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7 Things Queer Refinery29 Editors Are Wearing To Pride This Year

MERCEDES VIERA



One question that haunts many queer fashionable people come June is "What am I going to wear for Pride?" Whether it's your first parade or your hundredth, dressing for the biggest gay party in your city is a big deal.

We suggest not leaving it all until super last minute — we know you do unless you're a queer Virgo — and start your wishlist now.

11 Queer Romantic TV Shows Streaming On Netflix & Beyond

By KATHERINE SINGH



Eleven of our favorite TV shows celebrating and highlighting queer love.

Nothing makes for better TV than a romance. Whether it’s "will-they-won’t-they" or forever from the jump, there’s nothing more exciting than watching two people fall in love on screen.

My Gay Stepdad Was All The Father I Needed

By BREANNA DAVIS



Life with my unorthodox, kinda-sorta two-parent household was great. Then Trump came into office.

Moving to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) was the worst day of my pre-adolescent life.

My mom had the great idea of leaving our lives in New Jersey to "start fresh" for reasons that are still unclear to me over 20 years later. I cried and protested for months.

I hated living there — until I was eventually introduced to the parental figure I never knew I wanted.
His name was Raul.

He worked with my mom at a credit union in the city.

5 Brands That Make Shopping For Gender-Neutral Swimwear Easy

By MERCEDES VIERA



The world of swimsuits can be very stressful for nonbinary people, so we decided to help lessen the load with expert recommendations from a non-binary shopping writer themself.

10 People On Their Awkward, Joyful, Lonely & Poetic Coming-Out Experiences

By LYDIA WANG



Before it became a chaotic and uncontrollable CW mainstay, Pretty Little Liars was a young adult series that took up an entire shelf at the nearest Barnes & Noble. When I was in sixth grade, I would go to the bookstore with my mom, and while she hunted down bestsellers for her book club, I’d hide out in the “Teen Series” section. Every trip, I’d reach for that same bright yellow book and flip to Emily and Maya’s almost-kiss near a waterfall.

Figuring out queerness is a journey, here is how ten people found themselves.

S’mores & Gender Norms: The Evolution Of Queerness At Summer Camp

By Andy Kent



Those adventurous, hormone-filled adolescent years of trying to understand why sitting on the corner of the couch feels so good can be a lot to navigate, especially when you’re thrown into the middle of nowhere with 200 other teens and no parents.

Add questioning one’s sexuality or gender to the equation, and you’ve got some pretty complicated math.

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