From Personal Essay

A Self-Care Approach to Mental Health Isolation

by Kelly Ronaldson. Photo by Naomi August. This time last year, I was halfway through my first year of university, living in the heart of my favourite city, and on my way to securing my dream career. Things weren’t perfect, but I had an incredible group of friends, a revitalised love for writing and a…

In Media Res: Notes from My Eating Disorder Relapse

TW: eating disorders, body image [NB from Q: This was written about 2 months ago in the midst of an ED relapse – it was barely even written for the blog, but we’ve decided to share it anyway. I’ve since “recovered,” so let’s all agree to view this as a historical relic]   My perception…

Island Movies

by E. Photography by Noel Nichols.   I grasp at the edges of language to describe it. A state of perpetual submersion: underwater, but not yet drowning. My lungs functioning at half-capacity. I can see the sunlight refracting through waves above me. Salt stinging my eyes.

Notes on the Body // My Transition Journey

by Zelda Wait. Zelda is a trans woman writing about the experience of her transition. Photography by Mikail Duran. My body is an open forum for discussion. This has been true since the day I came out as trans, before I began to medically transition to today. My experiences in life are all subdued when…

I’m Here! I’m Queer! I Promise!

By contributor Taylor Wear. Photography by Toa Heftiba. Full disclosure: I am unabashedly feminine. I love face masks and false lashes and bright, audacious lipstick and ridiculous hoop earrings. And in spite of our current state of affairs, I adore men. Which is convenient, because if someone asked you to guess my sexuality off appearance…

On Being Proud // remembering Pulse nightclub, two years later

This piece originally appeared in Boshemia Magazine: Issue 01 in June 2017. Friend of Boshemia and writer Alex Nolan wrote a response to the Pulse nightclub massacre. We share his words again the week of the two year anniversary of the tragedy. Photography by Matias Rengel. They’re never going to stop killing us, are they?…

In the Midst of Violence, Hope

Ropafadzo Mugadza is an editorial assistant at Boshemia.  CW: In this piece, Ropa writes about her experience of childhood in Zimbabwe where she witnessed police brutality and violence against women in her neighborhood.  My sister and I were walking home from an all-night service at church. It must have been sometime in the very early…

Cornerstones Of My Feminism // R’s Feminist Journey

I believe that to some degree, I was a feminist from a very young age. I grew up in Zimbabwe and something that I remember clearly is that me and many other young girls resisted the ideals that the culture restlessly encoded within us. The idea that boys had more value than girls. Older women…

Take Me To (Gay) Church // Queerness & Religion

Becca returns to Boshemia to share her thoughts on being bisexual in the Christian faith. B is a writer and MA Publishing student at Oxford Brookes.  default I am bisexual and I am a Christian. My faith revolves around a deep, individual relationship with God. When I’ve needed help and guidance, when I’ve been grateful, frightened,…