Emell Derra Adolphus

Emell Derra Adolphus is a writer from Detroit. Read more of his work at

How Da Brat’s Gender Remixing Brought Up Big Questions in My Black Family

Growing up in a Black middle-class household in the early ’90s, the only force more powerful than God was gender. In our childhood home, there were boys and there were girls. Boys did boy stuff, and girls did girl stuff. There was little [...]

How Lil Nas X Is Leading Black Queerness Out of Purgatory

If it feels like Lil Nas X releases a new video for "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" every day, it is because the Twitterverse and Lil Nas himself haven't had a moment's pause since the video's premiere last Friday. With each public pan or praise, [...]

Pride & Poise: How Community Leaders Cornelius Wilson, Robert Tate Shaped Hotter Than July into Detroit's Premier Black LGBTQ Pride Event

When most Pride celebrations are winding down at the end of June, Pride is only just beginning in Detroit thanks to Hotter Than July, the second-longest LGBTQ Pride celebration in the country. But whereas the first Pride was a riot, Hotter Than July [...]

Car Craftsman

In his work as senior creative designer at General Motors Industrial Design, Christopher J. Webb draws on a childhood fascination for the engineering and elegance of automobiles. "I used to call out the name, make and model of cars," Webb recalled [...]

Distant Dispatches

To take a trip requires a ticket, but only a journey begins with friends. Such is one of many themes stowed away in author Julién Godman's debut work "Andanzas, Vol. I, Friends" published by Bang Pang Editorial earlier this year. The staging across [...]


International Erotic Art Exhibition Detroit Saturday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 16 Russell Exhibition Center Russell Industrial Complex 1600 Clay St., Detroit Tickets start at $40. For more information, go online to As soon as [...]

Close Quarters

If Alexander Weyer had to put a postmark on when he decided to build a tiny home, he'd guess it started about three years ago just as most of his thoughts begin: under the stars. Weyer, an openly gay practicing astrologer and herbalist, was visiting [...]

Team-WERK: Gays Bond Over Scoring Goals in the Detroit Drive Soccer League

Considering the number of LGBTQ athletes who have taken center stage in the last five years — Caitlin Jenner, footballer Michael Sam, ice skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, to name a few — the stereotype that gay people are not [...]

Wayne's World

A Local Designer's Breathable, Butt-Hugging Underwear Line for Men Who Want to Feel Comfortable While Feeling Sexy Designer Perry Wayne taught himself how to sew and used that skill to start creating the type of fashionable clothes he dreamed to one [...]

Healing Words

Poetry for the Purpose of Community Engagement The strong sense of resilience that permeates Natasha "T" Miller's poems was shaped by dealing with great loss. Missed opportunities, misconceptions, queerness, ex-lovers and lost identities all make [...]

The Pope of Pride

Longtime Ferndale Pride 'Mascot' Gordon Matson on Living Long, Proud and Out Loud Whenever someone references "standing on the shoulders" of those who came before them in the fight for equality, they are talking about people like Gordon Matson. [...]

Talking Body

Decorative Artist Matt Lambert Explores Queer Body Politics To fully consume the queer concepts in Matt Lambert's body of work, use your primordial senses: touch, sight, sex. The 28-year-old decorative artist has a BFA in printmaking and ceramics [...]