The Q-Jay

text: the Q-Jay with a rainbow-colored blue jay perched in the Q

The Q-Jay is a zine published by and for the LGBTQ community at Johns Hopkins University. As an expression of queer identities, The Q-Jay aims to provide a broadly accessible means for members of the Hopkins queer community to connect and support one another through art and writing.

Editor-in-chief: Jacob Took

Managing editor: Monika Borkovic

Design editor: Bex Dansereau

Communications director: Rudy Malcom

Content Guidelines

Guidelines for content are flexible, but a few ideas for submissions are:

  • Contemporary queer news – updates about local, national, or global news that impacts LGBTQ communities
  • Queer histories – local, national, or global pieces of history that can educate readers about the queer community
  • Voices and opinions – responses to global events or think pieces regarding queer identities that will engage readers
  • Interactions with queer art – reviews or responses to books, films, albums, etc. that are relevant to queer communities (produced by a queer artist, regarding queer themes, etc.)
  • Expressions of queer art – including but not limited to poetry, short stories, and visual art that somehow expresses queer identity

Please limit written submissions to no more than about 1500 words. If a contributor would like to remain anonymous, they may request to be published as “Anonymous” or select a codename for publication.

The editors will make selection for publication based on each piece’s alignment with the goals of The Q-Jay, such as expressing queer identities, supporting queer individuals and fostering a queer community at Hopkins.

Submissions may be emailed to or brought to LGBTQ Life at any time, though a call for submissions will be put out in the weeks leading up to each publication. Feel free to send us an email or contact one of the editors individually if you have any questions!