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Submit to the Been Here Been Queer Archive & Book

This book will highlight shared marginalized Millennial and Gen Z queer experiences, feelings & longings despite our disparate lives.

    Who Should Submit?

    LGBTQIA+ Millennial and Gen Z activists and changemakers

    Is that me?

    • Were you born between the years 1981 and 2005?
    • Do you currently live in the United States?
    • Do you identify anywhere along the LGBTQIA+ / queer spectrum?
    • Are you doing work to support queer lives, progress &/ visibility?
    • Are you comfortable with having your words and photograph(s) and/ illustration used in support of this project through multiple mediums? (This could include social media, web & print media, podcasts and/or other audio recordings, the Been Here Been Queer Archive, and any additional media).

    We are prioritizing queer folxs of color, folx with disabilities, and queers of marginalized faiths.

    What to submit? 

    • Select 7-10 of the questions that most resonate with you from list below.
    • Compose your answers in a google or word document.
    • At the top of the document, please include the following:
    1. Your first and last name, exactly as you would like it to appear in the book and the archive.
    2. Your pronouns.
    3. How you identify.
    4. Embed links to any social media accounts and/or websites you would like us to include in the Been Here. Been Queer. Archive.
    • Select 1-4 clear, focused and ideally high-resolution photographs of yourself. We are especially looking for photographs that may highlight your work as a queer activist/changemaker. (see more details below)
    • Fill out and sign our release statement to be included in the project
    • Email your answers, photographs and release statement to with the subject line: New Book Submission, FIRST and LAST name. (example: New Book Submission CALLIE GARP)

    Been Here Been Queer Feature Questions:

    Pick 7-10 questions to answer.

    1. How do you describe yourself? How do you identify?
    2. How does marginality intersect with your identity? For instance, Is it a part of who you are, where you live, how you identify?
    3. What labor do you do to earn a living? What labor do you do to nourish your passions?
    4. What kinds of queer activist labor do you partake in? And/or what does queer activism mean to you?
    5. In what ways do you strive to make your activist labor more inclusive and intersectional?
    6. How do you define community, and what communities do you engage with? What communities do you wish to engage with?
    7. How does your activist labor support your sense of self, and/or community?
    8. How do you enlist your community in shaping the goals and methods of your activism?
    9. How do you balance queer activism with earning a living?
    10. How do you find, engage with, or build community?
    11. How does the internet play a role in how you build a sense of community?
    12. What is your relationship with being “out” in your geographic community?
    13. How do you feel being or living in the margins may be different from or similar to being or living in more (visibly) queer-centralized spaces/identities?
    14. Do you see yourself or your story reflected in representations of queer life in America?
    15. What is your relationship with the narrative of queer migration to larger cities?
    16. What is it about life ‘in the margins’ that speaks to you -- why do you live where you do? Does it feel like a choice?
    17.  What role does family and/or chosen family play in your life?
    18. How do you feel being in the margins has shaped your activism and/or your queer identity?
    19. What is your day-to-day life like?
    20. What is the most meaningful queer project you have participated in, and how did it impact you?
    21. How have queer activists, leaders and/creators influenced you?
    22. How has queer theory, queer media/literature impacted your life personally?
    23. What queer book/media/content are you engaging with right now and what do you think about it? Is there something about it that you find especially meaningful?
    24. What advice would you give to a younger you?
    25. What words of encouragement do you have for young queers in the margins?
    26. What is the best advice you’ve been given as a queer person in the margins?
    27. What gives you hope as a queer person in the margins?
    28. Why do you stay in the community you live in?

    A Note On Photographs

    We are looking to craft an interesting, dynamic composition, that hopefully gives the viewer/reader greater context for the work you do and/or brings some additional visual interest to the table. The illustrations for this project will move beyond photographs typically used as headshots etc. In order for Callie to illustrate you, your photo needs to be clear & focused, ideally high res. It can be stylized or not, full body shot or cropped, but you should be mostly if not fully within the frame. Callie is pretty flexible with what this looks like, and she prefers this to be a collaborative effort. She encourages everyone to send in 3-6 different photographs, and then we can settle on the one that fits this project best. Get inspiration from portraits Callie has illustrated in the past.

    By submitting your photograph(s), you are certifying that you have full rights to the image, and that you understand that if selected, your photo will be referenced in the designing of an illustration, which will be fully owned and copyrighted by Callie Garp. In exchange, you will be provided one 8.5x11" print of this illustration. No digital files or copies will be exchanged. The resulting illustration may be used in commercial or advertising activities in the future as they relate to the Been Here Been Queer Project, or Fabulously Feminist in general. The resulting illustration may be submitted to other digital or print publications, gallery spaces etc.

    If you are submitting a photograph taken by a photographer, you must submit a separate release from that photographer acknowledging that we have the right to use their photo.

    A Note On Inclusive Content

    We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Any submission which disparages others based on these identities will be excluded from the project.


    Here's an example of what archive posts will look like:

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