Five Ways To Celebrate Summer During COVID-19

By ena ganguly If you’re like me, you haven’t lived through a pandemic before, which means this is the first time you, me, all of us, will experience the summer time during a pandemic. So, how does one spend the hot summer months during a time when COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in Texas and hospitals are nearing capacity?  This is …

Thoughts on COVID and Staying Grounded

Photo featuring a Black non-binary person by Chona Kasinger for Disabled and Here, a publisher of free stock photos featuring and celebrating disabled BIPOC in the Pacific Northwest.By Bryan Garcia As QPOC, we are part of a community that is particularly vulnerable to the health risks and economic impact of the virus. This is due to higher rates of tobacco …

Why Masturbation Is A Self-Care Tool

By ena ganguly We all have different masturbation stories. Many of us began to explore at a young age, while others didn’t until they were much older. There may be different ways we were introduced to it. Some of us have never masturbated. No matter when it was that we started our masturbation journey, and if we have not, it’s …

Why Are Some Of Us Acting As If COVID-19 Never Happened?

By ena ganguly Two days after the City of Austin’s stay-at-home order expired, the City extended their order till August 15th. Austin is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, hence, an increase in hospitalizations. Austin Public Health is continuing to urge residents to wear masks (email allgo@allgo.org if you need masks!), physically distance themselves from others, and avoid social gatherings …

Protesting As QPOC During COVID-19

By ena ganguly The experiences of immunocompromised queer people of color (QPOC) are diverse. Each one of us has a different story as to why we have a weakened immune system. One can be born with it, or get it later on in life. It can be because of a chronic illness or because of a medication we are taking. …

Loving Ourselves at Every Size

Photo featuring plus-size model by Michael Poley of Poley Creative for AllGo, publisher of free stock photos featuring plus-size people. by Bryan Garcia Summer is rolling in and with that usually comes messaging that asks whether or not you are “beach body ready.” This year, however, as the world is in the middle of a global pandemic and seeing increased …

The Beauty Of Herbs & When We Need It Most

By ena ganguly Many cultures around the world believe that herbs have a spirit of their own, and each herb has its own energy, essence and spirit within it. There are also those who believe that herbs are our friends, possibly some of the very first ones, who are ancient and wise in their ways. These beliefs generate respect and …

How To Cope When You Can’t Sleep

By ena ganguly There are those nights where no matter what we do, we just cannot seem to fall asleep. Trust me, I’ve been there. Some things I try to do before I fall asleep is to not look at any bright screens an hour before I sleep, not drink water, journal or free write, adjust the room temperature to …

Four Netflix Shows & Movies To Watch During API History Month

By ena ganguly As some folks may know, the month of May is Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month. This month we get to celebrate the victories, achievements, and most importantly, the collective histories of all Asian Pacific Islander communities. In the spirit of this month’s theme, I curated a list of shows and movies one can watch if they …

5 Instagram Accounts Helping Me Feel Less Alone

by Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) While many would recommend limiting your social media intake, especially during a time when the news is flooded with and continuously updated with the latest news on COVID-19, it is important to remind ourselves that we do have some control over what we allow our minds and hearts to consume. So, I wanted to highlight five …