Summer of Love- Editor’s Note

You sent us your submissions. Today, we present to you the winners of the inaugural Summer of Love essay contest. We had to sift through an incredible volume of pieces from all walks of life in Berkeley. Queer and non-normative perspectives reigned supreme. The hippies of the original Summer of
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Chosen families refuse to quit

I travel in circles that prioritize “chosen family.” Several of us are estranged from one or both of our parents, the rest fled for the usual crimes — queer, young and hopeful. Some came on pilgrimage and stayed, the rest of us sheltered in the first house that would take
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