By Tony Ortega
Queerantine Stories are personal essays or artistic pieces about the queer and trans community during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We hope their stories will help show their varied experiences in different communities within the Jersey City area and throughout the nation.
Queerantine has been one of the most life-altering experiences of my life, and not in the way one would typically assume. Sure, I have learned to work from home in my profession, which I don't like doing. I have also needed to get accustomed to home workouts when I typically go to a gym seven days a week (and two of those days I work with a trainer online).
By Josh Bell
Superheroes ruled my childhood. Since my parents bought me a $5 copy of Uncanny X-Men #199, I was hooked. The X-Men cartoon drew me even deeper into Marvel’s merry mutants. I quickly took notice of how those mutants reminded me of myself. They were hated because they were different. Just like me. In high school, I found a Superman/Batman #8 by Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner. It introduced Kara Zor-El back to the DC Universe after twenty years. These heroes were like the Greek myths I devoured in grade school made modern. These sporadic comic back issues from Sears catalogs and Alco came to full bloom when I went to Brookings, South Dakota for college. There was a comic book store downtown. I spent my weight three times over in comics. It only proceeded to get worse when the owner offered me a job. I was hooked forever. Superheroes would become my life.