Love, language and cigarettes

Off the Beat

Platonic love is a slow, sustained burn with bright flashes of color, like throwing salts into a fire. By necessity or otherwise, I think queer people have always known this
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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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