By David T. Valentin

The Mitchells vs. the Machines may not only be one of my new favorite animated movies, but also one of my new favorite uniquely queer animated movies to date.

The movie follows Katie Mitchell, a quirky, artistic, last-girl-vibe kind of gal who just wants to move away from her family, to become a film major and get away from her troubling increasingly distant relationship with her father, Rick Mitchell, who doesn’t seem to quite get her. There’s her 1st grade teacher mother, Linda Mitchell, and her quirky, adorable best friend of a little brother Aaron Mitchell…

By David T. Valentin

In an effort to get with the times, Disney has revised their company’s dress code to allow nonbinary haircuts and allow workers to now proudly display their tattoos.

In a blog post published April 13th on Disney’s website, chairman Josh D’Amaro, who was named chairman just last year, began his post with, “We will never stop working to make sure Disney is a welcoming place for all.”

Within D’Amaro’s blog post are his goals and the steps he has taken to create a more inclusive and diverse Disney experience within the amusement parks all around the…

By Lori Perkins

With the legalization of marijuana in 17 states (as of today), 4/20 becomes more of national holiday than ever before (especially as we emerge from this depressing pandemic). But 4/20 has never focused on women, and women are changing the way this industry operates from Martha Stewart (she has a line of legal CBD gummies) to women-owned medical dispensaries that cater to breast cancer survivors (The Etienne chain) as well as just female owned and operated dispensaries (The Green Goddess in L.A.).

Cannabis pop culture in America has been traditionally male, so much so that when you…

By David T. Valentin

The internet was ablaze this weekend after Lil Nas X, the wildly popular queer hip hop artist, dropped a “controversial” music video for his new single MONTERO (Call me By Your Name).

The music video features Lil Nas X dressed in a variety of colorfully amazing outfits going through what seems to be a queer reinterpretation of the downfall of Adam and Eve, being judged, and owning up to the sin. In the music video Lil Nas, who seems to be Eve, is tempted by the snake and makes love to it. The sin leads to…

By Lori Perkins

Like most of us, I was hoping to get a jump on holiday shopping this year online, but as my mailbox fills up with Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers, it amazes me to see how many of them as still for real life services, events, and activities. No, I do not want 50% off on a Royal Caribbean cruise. I don’t care how much a room at Caesar’s in Las Vegas is — I won’t be booking it. Likewise for the Botox, spa treatments, dental cleaning, eyebrow waxing, axe throwing or escape room events. …

By Olivia Haveron

The year 2020, to put it in the simplest way possible, has been a year where everything that could go wrong… has gone horribly wrong. From a global pandemic to the stressful, nail-biting election, any sort of positive moment brings joy to all. With the holiday season supposed to be starting later this month, it calls the question: Could the Christmas season come early this year?

Even to those who religiously preach that the holiday season doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving, which I even attest to normally, this year is anything but normal, so people are vouching…

By Dominique Aleesha

ID Johnson, author of Racing Hearts, Ashes and Rose Petals, and more

Despite the adversities of 2020, NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, hit off with a great start this past Sunday, November 1. Currently, includes over 798,000 active novels and has an additional following on Instagram, with as many 23,000 posts for #Nanowrimo2020.

Many publishers, like eGlobal Creative Publishing Inc., have also gotten their writers involved in month-long writing programs too. eGlobal is an e-publishing company based in Western New

York that manages an original English-language publishing program, which partners with online platforms (e.g. the AnyStories app,,,, to distribute authors’ works…

By Stephanie Valentin

When I was much younger, I wasn’t educated about or too interested in “politics.” It was in the year 2016 that I realized how many opinions of my own I did have based on my beliefs I’ve developed as a growing teenager. I didn’t know anything about Donald J. Trump at the time, but it wasn’t long before I learned about his history, and what he was striving for as a candidate for the 2016 presidential election. Up until Election Day, I laughed at this man, thinking to myself that there’s no way America will vote him…

By Cardyn Brooks

Christmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice, whichever is being observed, the inhabitants of Romancelandia and its overlapping genre territories invite readers to celebrate love stories ranging from sweet warmth to Habanero combustion during the season of winter holidays. Exciting new releases, established favorites, comforting rereads, and long-overdue #OwnVoices love stories entertain, amuse, inspire, and challenge readers to support everyone’s right to love and the HTN or HEA of their dreams.

Here is an assortment of noteworthy titles — quick reading snacks to full-course installments from binge-able series, newest releases first. …

By Olivia Haveron

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Christmas draws near in this crazy year of 2020. Everyone has taken the holiday spirit to the extreme in order to stay jolly as COVID has continued to take over all of our lives. However, Christmas is not going away, which means that our favorite Christmas traditions aren’t leaving either. One of these traditions happens to be watching holiday movies.

Whether it be ’25 Days of Christmas’ or ‘Hallmark,’ snuggle up on the couch in your favorite festive pajamas with some hot coco in hand and enjoy the…

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