Passionfruit:
an Asian American Queer Newsletter

A newsletter made by and for queer Asians/diasporic Asians in the USA. Sent through the post to your mailbox.

This project follows the tradition of queer newsletters and periodicals of the 70s-80s.

About

The goal of this project is to connect people who identify as Asian based in the USA/Asian American and LGBTQ+. We are looking for written or visual submissions from those folks to put in a newsletter. Think of it as a forum, bulletin board, time capsule!

Passionfruit takes inspiration from queer newsletters and periodicals of the 1970s and 1980s. See the inspiration page for details.

Anybody who submits will be sent a free copy through the post. A grant was provided by North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT).

Submissions

When: Passionfruit is taking submissions until July 25, 2021.
Newsletters will be mailed in August 2021.

What: Please submit personal and political writing and art on the themes of queerness & Asianness, keeping in mind our goal of connecting folks and furthering our thinking on queer Asian America and queer Asian American issues.

Some examples of things to submit:
open letterspoemscollected diary entriescriticism and essaysinterviewsrelated news from your communityvisual art, digital or traditionalsomething not here that you'd like to submit? feel free to send an email.For more ideas, take a look at the inspiration page!
Limit: 2 submissions total. Each written submission can be 2 pages single-spaced, 12pt font, max.

Sensitive content may be submitted, but please include content warnings. Please do not submit anything that is racist, ableist, or transphobic.

Who: Anybody who identifies as both LGBTQ+ AND as an Asian person based in the USA or Asian American can submit. Contributors should also be at least 16 years of age.

How to Submit

Please read the guidelines above and fill out this form!

Questions?

Email [email protected] or send an anonymous question through CuriousCat.

Subscribe

Passionfruit has a grant from North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) that allows contributors a free copy. This grant may not cover free copies for others, depending on the number of contributors.

However, you can sign up for the newsletter at this form on a first come, first serve basis: form.

Mailing will begin in August. A digital version of the newsletter will be available for all.

Also follow Passionfruit Newsletter on Twitter and Instagram at @passionfruit_nl!

Predecessors

Some resources:
Anamika, newsletter for South Asian queer women.Phoenix Rising, a newsletter released in 1984 and spanning a decade. See more at this website by Sophia Yuet See.Lambda Magazine, a periodical by UNC students that started in the 1970s.

Ideas

open letterspoemscollected diary entriescriticism and essaysinterviewsrelated news from your communityvisual art, digital or traditionalsomething not here that you'd like to submit? feel free to send an email.

Questions

How has being Asian affected your participation in queer spaces, and vice versa?How do your various identities affect your thinking, your art, and your way of being?What do you wish would change about queer Asian American organizing?What do you think other queer Asian people need to know? What issues are urgent to you?What is something you would say to your former self?Who/what experiences have led you to be the person you are today?What does an equitable future look like to you?What does your community look like?