EDITED BY LAURA BULLARD + KAYLA E.

ANOTHER

CLOSET

CONTENT WARNING: SOME OF THE WORK IN THIS COLLECTION CONTAINS REFERENCE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT, VIOLENCE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, + DISORDERED EATING.

Addiction is intersectional. It is insidious, often misunderstood, and it disproportionately affects marginalized communities. Trauma and oppression can be contributing factors to substance misuse, substance abuse, and addictive behavior. Some of us struggling with substance misuse or addiction identify as LGBTQIA. Some of us are survivors. Some of us are LGBTQIA and survivors. Some of us live in poverty or in rural areas with inadequate resources. Some of us are neurodiverse.

 

Some of us are in recovery and have been sober for decades, while some of us are still engaging with substances and addictive behaviors as a means of survival. Some of us are relapsing. Some of us are newly sober.

 

Another Closet is a collection of work by folks living at the intersections of these experiences and identities and aims to be an exercise in community building, harm reduction, vulnerable sharing, and empathetic listening.  

 

Coming out of the closet is a part of all of our stories—as queer and trans, as survivors—and this collection deals with the process of coming out as someone grappling with substance misuse or addiction. Coming out is risky. It’s not always easy, it’s not always safe, and it’s not always simple—most of us have to come out to ourselves before we can come out to our community.

This is a collection of work by people who are stepping out of another closet. It is dedicated to everyone still inside.

—Laura and Kayla

Danielle Aykroyd
The Most Fitting Word
Zully O'Conner
Swallowing Trauma
Kaya York
"In the Midst of Winter..."
Shelly Kohli
And Then He Ate Up All the Light
Davey Davis
Inhuman Hunger: How gendering diseases dehumanizes women, and hurts all people with eating disorders
Anonymous
Moving Forward Inevitably
courtney marie
don't get your hopes up
Anonymous
sometimes I need something
Samuel Peterson
Trunky: Transgender Junky
Briana McClaskey
Flooding Closet
torrin greathouse
Haunting with Alcoholic, Riverbed & Handcuffed Magician
Intiya Isaza-Figueroa
Will They Notice?
Jules Wood
Two Poems
Samson Harman
stoner/sober/they-them
Adam Tyus
Reconciling the Body
Brighde Moffat
Bathrooms: A Queer Geography of Intimacies and Violences
Nicola Jones
Surviving Cumulative Trauma
Quinn
The Anticipation is Killing Me
M. Clay
Racism, Rage, and the Recovering Queer
Kayleb Rae Candrilli
My Chest as Monsoon
Ashley Young
In the Presence of the Goddess
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