Hello and welcome to Decoded Pride Issue #2!
Last year, we started Decoded Pride, our story-a-day anthology of speculative fiction and comics, during a global pandemic that changed just about every aspect of our lives. Even as vaccinations increase, many people across the world lack access and are still struggling with the emotional and physical fallout of more than a year spent holding everyone at an arm’s length, readjusting our work habits, watching police violence continue to disrupt our neighborhoods, and suffering the loss of friends and loved ones. This is to say, just surviving the last year was a feat in and of itself.
Yet, in so many ways, there is no better time for Decoded Pride Issue #2 (get your subscription now!), a collection of stories that reaches for stars, gets lost in forests, swims in the deepest oceans, and digs to the center of the earth. A collection full of queer and trans creators questioning rule systems and reimagining the future. A collection, in short, of hope.
We have always wanted Decoded Pride to show an alternative to mainstream media portrayals of queers in speculative fiction, and with the help of every single creator, reader, or behind-the-scenes tech magician involved, we’ve done that now for our second year.
When you’re in the thick of things, it’s hard to take a moment to look up and realize how much you’ve accomplished. When we look up, we see so many queer creators that are daring to dream of a better world while not losing sight of how much we have, so many queer creators with exciting new ideas that can change how we as humans interact with one another, so many queer creators that are afraid but are doing it anyway. We see so many queer creators, and we believe these voices are worth fighting for.
Thank you for dreaming with us.
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Sara Century, Monika Estrella Negra, and S.E. Fleenor, Editors of Decoded Pride Issue #2