PORCH BEERS #5, $5, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 40 pgs.

May 15, 2023

As the title “Radically and Unapologetically Queer” makes abundantly clear, Porch Beers #5 is about a lot of things gay, including coming out, homophobia, misgendering, Pride celebrations, and more. Its creator, Elliott Stewart, specifically talks about being gay in Huntington, W.Va., where they live with their “partner Lenny, three cats, and a turtle named Picasso.” West Virginia isn’t exactly known for being progressive on the gay front. Still, Stewart finds the joys of being gay in “Jewel City,” the nickname for Huntington. These joys include attending Huntington’s inaugural Pride Picnic and dancing to music by queer musicians, like the Pet Shop Boys. Speaking of music, Stewart also explores queer country performed by LGBTQIA+ artists, such as Brandi Carlile. Although much of Porch Beers #5 celebrates good things about being gay, it doesn’t shy away from some of the harsher realities—including gender dysphoria and suicide—and the difficult feelings that go along with those and are nothing to apologize for. –Gina Murrell (Porch Beers Press Production, [email protected])

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