Letter from the Editor

It’s been a while, my friends! Five months, in fact — one more piece of pandemic pandemonium was the postponement of our June issue. We’re stoked to be back, and proud to once again be partnering with Pride St. Louis, who’s bringing Pride is Alive to Ballpark Village August 27-29.

This issue is full of goodies. My predecessor as editor, Chris Andoe, has published his second book of thoroughly juicy tales of the city — Patrick Collins sat down with Chris for a peek behind the curtain. We’re pleased to feature Molly Pearson’s debut in Out in STL’s pages as she provides a nuanced look at how sex work and queer liberation are inextricably linked. Elizabeth Van Winkle shares some queer spots in the city and — no shade to tipping back a few — there’s not a bar on the list. I was the one asking the questions in my story about the peer counseling and other resources offered by SQSH, but I felt seen, heard, and affirmed after every conversation — those folks are champs at active listening!

May the sweat evaporate quickly from all your masks this summer. Stay safe out there!

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