Joseph Altuzurra on the Changing Norms of Family and Parenthood in America and Beyond

Growing Up, Coming Out is a series of personal reflections from queer American designers, released every day this month. I was out to my friends from when I was 16. And I knew from pretty early on. Seth [Altuzarra’s husband] and I were talking about this recently: I never had this feeling that I didn’t … Read more

“In Today’s Space, Sexuality Is Political And Personal—And It’s Beautiful”

Growing Up, Coming Out is a series of personal reflections from queer American designers, released every day this month. I am from a very conservative, rural part of California in the San Joaquin Valley, and the town I grew up in was predominantly immigrants—very traditionally Mexican and very traditionally Catholic—and in the 70s, the community … Read more

“I Can’t Really Find An Instance Where Queerness Wasn’t Animating My Experience.”

I formally came out in my freshman year of high school, but it has been such an evolution over time. When you think about what queerness means as an idea beyond gayness, which is about sexual attraction—there’s a lot of other sociocultural things that are tied to it, but at the core it’s about attraction, … Read more

“Let’s Make Sure That Real Change Is Happening—That It’s Not Just Clickbait.”

Growing Up, Coming Out is a series of personal reflections from queer American designers, released every day this month. Some of my earliest memories from elementary school are just always carrying a notebook with me and sketching—I would draw images that I had seen in the magazines my mom had lying around. My mom and … Read more