'The dead will be commemorated and will struggle on with the living, and we are not going away. We won’t die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come.'
Those few choice linesby Tony Kushner from the final scene of Angels in America always come to me at New Year’s. They note the passage of time, the gains and losses inherent in it, and a commitment to a greater good.
I like thinking of the past existing directly alongside a hope for the future. It somehow feels especially appropriate as we collectively prepare to take a deep breath and a sure step into the unknown of January.
If only for a brief moment, “now” is both gone and ahead of us at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and this issue of Q tries to capture a bit of that past-present-future magic to launch 2019.
We glance fondly back with a brief queer history of The Ones Who Got Away from VaVa Vroom in Q Voices, and the journey forward starts with some goals for every queer in the village in the New Year in 10 Queer Things.
Keeping the momentum, our Queer Year cover story meets six local movers and shakers as seen through the lens of contributing photographer Jon Dean. Alongside the portraits, he corrals their hopes, goals and plans for 2019.
With the past and future covered, of course this issue also sits giddily on that namesake precipice between the two: New Year’s Eve. The Queer Agenda calendar of the best queer things to do New Year's Eve lays out party plans.
Take all you want. We’ll make more, because the world spins ever forward, and our time has come. Flip through the full issue below.
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