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Read Grace Owen's sensitive, insightful study of the 2015 film Tangerine, directed by Sean Baker and starring Mya Taylor and Kiki Rodriguez, in the Winter 2017 issue of The Queer Foundation Scholar, Newsletter of The QF.

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Pink Ink 2017

The QF's 12th Annual High School Seniors English Essay Contest

Application Deadline: February 14, 2017

Click here for contest rules and an application

Queer Scholars for 2016–17

Helen Guo
Pomona College

Ella Murray
Oberlin College
"I Discovered I Was Not Gay When, in Fifth Grade, Jack Held My Hand"

Jason Quackenbush
Rider University
"With Two Inches of Makeup Caked onto Your Face"


Writings of Former Queer Scholars

Special Mention Essays from High School Seniors

Queer Foundation is happy to grant, upon request, permission to teachers and counselors to reproduce and use in their schools, for educational purposes only, high-school seniors' essays submitted in the annual English essay contest. We ask only that you give credit to the authors and to the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.

We would like to hear from you. How have you used the essays and how you did you hear about them? Send email to Joseph Dial,

"LGBTQ Youths' Speech and Writing as Contributors to a Rich and Diverse School Culture," presentation by the Executive Director at NCTE 2012, the Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English

For information about the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program, click on Scholarships (to the left above).

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