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During the spring cycle of The Attic’s programming, there was a group called Fox Tales, based on an anime we had watched in the previous cycle. The anime, “Naruto,” is about a young boy whose father imbued him with a demon called the nine-tale fox. This led to him having a hard time fitting in with his society. We discussed this in the context of our own lives, when we’ve felt separate from those around us. This led to an anthology of youth-created art, poetry and flash fiction about group members’ struggles with their own “nine-tale foxes.” Here are some examples.

For thousands of years, writing has been a branch of artistic self-expression that allowed those who were often considered peculiar to find an alternate sense of belonging outside of the rigid norms of society. Writers who were part of the LGBT community were forced to live a life of secrecy behind their pen and paper. Writers like Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Alice Walker, Poppy Z. Brite and Christopher Isherwood used their words to ignite a revolution with language, some using poetry to purposely break the structural norms of literature in a rebellious manner. Authors often hid the true themes of romantic poetry and writing behind unspecific pronouns, masking the truth within the stories of their true hidden lovers.

The latest entry in James Wan’s horror universe, “Annabelle: Creation,” brought to us by director David F. Sandberg, is a supremely entertaining horror thrill-fest. The film concerns a group of young girls and a nun who transfer their closing orphanage to the private farmhouse of a former doll-maker and his bedridden wife. No sooner do the young women arrive at the home than do strange, supernatural — dare I say, evil — events begin to unfold, risking the lives of all the innocent souls within the house. Oh, and there happens to be an oversized, disturbing-looking demonic doll at the center of it all.

I hate feeling obligated to be religious because all of my favorite poets mention god when they talk about inspiration. I start wondering if maybe I’d be a better writer if I actually believed in something. It’s not a proven theory — I’ve never given it a try, or found someone who has. And maybe that’s a good thing, actually, because god tends to be associated with people who hate everything I am.

A GSA (gay-straight alliance or gender-sexuality alliance) is a club that focuses on the LGBT community. GSAs can demonstrate this focus in a variety of ways, between discussion topics that focus on queer issues, being actively involved in their school and community, or simply providing a safe space for the members of the LGBT community (and its allies). GSAs can be incredibly important to the development of queer teenagers, and having one in each school can help create a support system that they may not have otherwise had. Being a part of a GSA is not just being a part of a club, it is being a part of a support network, an education system, a group of friends, a family.

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