Ask A Queer: Kristian House

Today’s queer is Kristian [pronounced like “Kristen”] House, a 24-year-old woman living in Fresno, California. She is currently working as a Communication Coordinator for a local non-profit that is focused on improving the health of her community. When she’s not working, she loves to read, write, and take photos. Kristian runs a small photography business on the side and frequently photographs events or portraits. Her ultimate goal is to be a published author and to have the opportunity to interview people she admire.

How Make Muse Is Inspiring Young Women

Make Muse is a publication that exists online, but is still creating physical copies of a magazine. And of all the content I could read in print, the content produced by Make Muse is some of the most worthy of my time. It’s all genuine and free of clickbait-y hyperbole.

Make Muse describes itself as a “newspaper-meets-literary-mag creating intelligent media for the smart young women of today.” The publication is female-focused in the inclusive sense of the term: it caters to cis women as well as trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. The content in both the magazine and on the website aims to inspire people to change and question gender-based societal standards, highlight varied experiences and voices, and share real stories.

What To Watch: Holiday Cheer

I’m a purist and a romantic when it comes to holiday movies. I’ve loved the same movies since I was a child and have not grown out of any of the animated classics. Even if I’ve seen these movies dozens of times, I alway re-watch them when the holiday season comes around.

Ask A Queer: Lydia Rogue

Today’s queer is Lydia Rogue. Lydia resides in Portland, Oregon and is currently a freelance writer. They just come out with a book, True Trans Bike Rebel, which is a collection of essays from trans and nonbinary people who use human-powered transportation, and are currently reading and editing submissions for an anthology of feminist bicycling science fiction that’s written by trans or nonbinary people. Lydia and her girlfriend are the proud owners of three rats.

Gift Guide: Independent Artists

Supporting female-owned companies is awesome, but you know what’s even better during the holiday season? Buying gifts from independent artists!

There are so many talented, incredible artists out in the universe that it’s hard to know them all. From craft shows to Etsy shops, I’m always discovering new people who have an indescribable amount of talent. Most of these artists sell art prints and/or enamel pins, which are great gifts for literally everyone, as well as other goods like tote bags, clothing, stickers and more.

3 Apps To Help You Save Money

Confession time: I love to shop. I spend more money than I probably should and my spending habits could use some work. But one thing I am really good at is making the most of my spending with coupons, sales, deals and cash back. The best way to stay on track of deals and cash back for me is with apps and browser plugins! I do about half of my shopping online, and between these three apps [Drop, Honey and Ebates], I feel like I save money or get cash back on almost all my purchases, from clothing to groceries.

Skip Black Friday

Black Friday and Cyber Whatever (I know it’s Monday, but it really goes on from Thanksgiving evening to the following Monday) are soul-sucking. These shopping “holidays” turn people into greedy monsters. In my mind, these days are cancelled. Over. Buh-bye.

Ask A Queer: Alice Tsui

Today’s queer is Alice Tsui, a 22-year-old self-described jack of all trades in the entertainment industry. She lives in Los Angeles and is primarily an actor, but also a photographer, director, model, and writer. Recently, she starred in the Wong Fu Productions short “Digital Influencer vs. Digital Minimalist.” She cites authenticity, respect, and compassion as her greatest values, dogs as her favorite photography subject, and desserts as her weakness.

Why I Vote

You’ve seen it all over social media, even from unlikely sources - the midterms are coming. Midterm elections usually don’t get this much attention, but after the 2016 presidential election, a lot of passive voters or people who previously didn’t pay much attention to politics woke up. The 2018 midterm elections are crucial for many House, Senate and Governor races and there is a potential for Democrats to take back the House, therefore adding a little balance (in my opinion) to a heavily Republican Washington D.C.

This is why I vote.