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Deadline for Fall Submissions: October 20

Hey everyone! This is your biannual reminder to keep our magazine going by sending your submissions to us by email (

Submissions sent in after this date will be considered for the Spring issue.

The Winter Issue is Now Available

Click on the cover image to view or download our Winter 2013 issue! Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues are on the Archive page.

cover of The Colors Project  Winter 2013 Vol. 2 Issue 1 - p. 9 Dayuhans - p. 19 Don't Call It Love - p. 12 Machismo es una palabra de hispanos - p. 10-11 Our City of Colours

Winter 13 issue cover

The latest issue will be available digitally soon.

Calling Philadelphia writers, artists, activists…

… submit to The Colors Project, a student-run magazine by and for queer people of color.

We are accepting submissions all year round; the deadline for pieces to be considered for the Spring 2013 issue is March 18. Send your work to

Facebook event | see our Call for Submissions page for more details

Fall 2012 Call for Submissions

Deadline is Thurs. October 18

We’re excited to open our inbox to submissions for the Fall 2012 issue! Send them to

What do we accept?

  • essays (500-1000 words)
  • artwork
  • comics
  • photography
  • poetry
  • prose
  • interviews
  • personal reflections
  • editorials
  • movie reviews

Join the Board

If you’re thinking of joining the board of The Colors Project and becoming directly involved with the publication, now is a good time! Our first meeting is today at 4 PM in the LGBT Center.

If you can’t make it, email us at or like our Facebook page to hear about the next meeting and other announcements.

We will soon announce our call for submissions for our Fall 2012 issue, so if you have a piece to submit, stay tuned.

Spring ’12 Issue

Vol. 1 Issue 2 - Spring 2012

Cover designed by Sean Laughlin, Philadelphia artist.

Download the PDF [3 MB]

Print copies can be found at:

  • UPenn’s LGBT Center (3907 Spruce St.) and around the UPenn campus
  • Attic Youth Center (255 South 16th St.)
  • William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce St.)
  • GALAEI (1207 Chestnut St.)
  • Mazzoni Center – Washington West (809 Locust St.)
  • Giovanni’s Room (345 South 12th St.)
  • Swarthmore College (starting next Monday)
  • Marks Intercultural Center (30 South 33rd St.), Drexel University

and by emailing – tell us the number of copies you want and your mailing address.

Join us for the Spring Launch!

Pick up your free print copy of the spring issue, meet the board of The Colors Project, and socialize!

The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 26, 8pm

RSVP on Facebook

A Brown World

It is an interesting facet of language that, as much as it is used to bind groups of people together through history and “culture,” inherent in it is exclusion. To begin to deconstruct our identities, we must use language that forces us to create an outside world; we must first assess what we are not. How can we, as scholars, as thinkers, begin to understand a world that forces us to exclude ourselves from so much of it? While we can argue that there is only so much one can experience, there is a difference between saying that we have not experienced something and constructing an identity that excludes the possibility of such experience. Thus, I stand in opposition, not only to our languages, but to these very notions of exclusive identity. I stand Brown; not in color or race, but Brown in thought, in action, in motivation, and in ideology.
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