the alchemist's closet

The Alchemist's Closet Is A Magical Zine Store Catering To The Odd Customer and Specializing In Queer, Trans, Genderqueer, Feminist, Punk & Anarchist Zines.

Patreon, if you haven’t heard of it, is a platform for artists to get paid for their art. You can pledge toward the creation of work, and you can also get rewards for pledging, like pieces of artwork made for you. I have set one up— if you would like to be a patron, this is where you pledge!

I could really use the money right now! My partner and I will be driving from Maine to Louisiana soon in my car, and I don’t have much for an emergency (ie., one of our hosts couldn’t host) or car breakdowns (I have an old car and its 1800+ miles). I’ll be making some great stuff soon and I’m looking forward to posting it!

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OK, that’s it for now with the personal posts. Back to queer zines soon.

My partner and I will be passing through Charlotte, NC area and Montgomery AL area on August 8-9 respectively. We are a queer disabled nonbinary person (me) & a queer man (him). I have a serious illness and am not able to work much or earn much money, so I haven’t been able to afford to get hotels or anything for this trip, which is how I’m bringing my cat and my belongings to Louisiana for my move there from Maine.

If we don’t find a place we may have to sleep in the car where I may become pretty sick. We very much need a place to crash— a floor is fine, in queer-friendly, cat-friendly circumstances. Please help! And please, please boost and tell any friends in the area. We are friendly and kind, and the cat is a fixed male who is sociable with all creatures.



We are launching a new lit zine focusing on awesome stories of all genres featuring queer protagonists. For example, a story about a lesbian pirate who is seduced by a siren, or an asexual detective solving muder mysteries, or a trans scientist building sentient robots, or an agendered person travelling the world. The zine will include stories, poems, comics, and art all revolving around a positive portrayal of queerness, with an emphasis on entertainment and creativity.

But for now – WE NEED A NAME!

We’re asking you to suggest up to five names for this zine. Names should reflect our mission without using any specific queer words in the name.

The person who’s name we choose will win four books that fit our mission of awesome stories featuring queer protagonists:

And then five random people who entered will get a participation prize including kindle ebook codes for queer lit and coupons to purchase ebooks from indie authors like Sarah Diemer

To enter:

Contest will last until August 9th. We hope you’ll all enter!!



Alicia’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  Alicia is showing you four important signs in ASL:  ”I Love You,” “Queer,” “Bisexual,” and “Transgender.” 

When you’re talking about someone’s identity, make sure to only use words they’re OK with. 

If anyone has suggestions to improve these pages, they are very much welcome. 

Mq. & Mrs. is a queer/trans coloring book in progress that only uses real people as models.  New pages are published every Sunday at noon. Interested in modeling for a page? See our site for more info.  


(via keepyourrosariesoffmyovaries)



Read it HERE for FREE, or go to our website at

Articles and content cover the following topics: genderqueer/trans* identity, rape/sexual assault, male feminism, critiques of marriage, sexuality, street harassment, etc.

Check it out! I’m in this issue.

And so am I!


Follower Appreciation Giveaway!!

You guys are great and I wanted to celebrate that.

This giveaway is open to those who do NOT follow my blog. 

Also shipping is limited to the US & Canada 

Drawing will take place August 17th around 8 pm.

Reblogs (1) and Likes count as separate entries. 

Items Include:

-Reimagining Queer Community: A Perzine Copyright July 2011. 

-Smutt Hutt Volume 1# (NSFW)

-Trans (In)Formation 2nd Edition: A resource of zines written by transgender/genderqueer zinesters and or Zines with transgender/genderqueer content. By Kelly ShortandQueer

-Brazen: Trans Women Safer Sex Guide  [ (Toronto)]

-Don’t Dis My Ability! Disability Is a Social Justice Issue. Larger Print versions of this zine can be ordered by contacting

-Stink Eye Issue 1# (

-Professional Homo Pin

-Blue Don’t Assume My Gender Pin

Good Luck Everyone!


So I’m a little behind, but better late than never. My top 10 reasons I love zines:

1. I love working with my hands, there’s nothing better than making something with paper, scissors, and glue.

2. The community is awesome. Meeting other zinesters, especially in real life, has usually led to instant friendships.

3. Zines are so diverse, in style and in quality. They can be made by professional artists on expensive software, or by teenagers with nothing but a pen and their school’s copy machine. Anyone can do it!

4. A good perzine can give you a window into another person’s life and experiences, in ways that few other mediums can.

5. They’re cheap.

6. They can potentially last forever. I mean, we’re still finiding art and epic poems from thousands of years ago, maybe someone will find that anthropomorphic Hot Topic animals zine?

7. Almost all of them are unique and rare. I have zines from people who made under 100 copies.

8. When DIY zines teach me how to do things I would never have looked into myself, like making lye soap or building bike racks out of pipes.

9. You have so many more creative options with zines than you do with books. They’re not about being easy to print a million copies, they are labors of love and it shows.

10. The vulnerability of putting yourself on paper and then sending it out into the world.

(via welovezines)


hello! created a short sloppy e-zine on girlhood where i “talk” a little about black girlhood stuff and immigrant girl stuff and also showcase cute photos. this is a first from a series of e-zines im goin to create on the subject so watch out for those!

i put it on issuu cause it looked cuter there instead of google docs, go ahead and download if u want!



From my own experience only, here are a few simple tips for those talking with, working with and befriending folks with chronic illnesses— especially invisible illnesses. Some of these could apply to people with other disabilities too— but not all of them. Please do consult materials more specifically oriented toward disability to enrich your knowledge of that, as well. There is crossover— some folks with chronic illnesses are disabled, and some people with disabilities have chronic illnesses— but not all disability is also illness. For example, using a motorized chair for mobility may or may not be related to illness. I’m not equipped to address more than a fraction of these experiences.

Tips for Respect: Understanding Folks with Invisible Illnesses

  1. Don’t argue when someone comes out to you as chronically ill. Don’t say “But you look so healthy!” 
  2. Don’t jump to offer solutions that you have heard of from a friend, on the internet, or on the news. People with chronic illnesses have tried, or are trying, many solutions to get better. They may be damn sick of the process but are doing their best. They have heard of a big portion of the miracle cures out there. There is no one who wants it more than they do. You are not likely to be the golden ticket to their wellness. Leave the magic-solution-to-everything that you heard about recently and engage as a human being.
  3. In a similar vein, don’t criticize lifestyle. Try to refrain from pointing out that the person could do better for themselves. Again, the challenges faced by the person are probably beyond your knowledge. 
  4. Take them seriously. A chronic illness is not just like the bad flu you once got over or the time you got depressed for a few weeks. Having a chronic illness changes one’s life in radical ways. It often implies grief and loss. 
  5. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything to say, or you can’t relate. Acknowledge what the person is saying and indicate that you hear them. Often, folks with invisible illness keep their complaints and frustrations bottled up inside. If you can, make space for the person to vent if they need to.
  6. If you yourself are up for it, make a standing offer of real help. Offer to lighten the burden. It might not be accepted— for a variety of reasons. For example, I hate to feel like an imposition — so its hard for me to accept, say, an offer of free housework or dinner as much as I might want these. (For me, I’d love it if more people offered in ways that didn’t make it seem like a burden to them. For example, a trade, or something we do ‘together’ where they do most of the work. Even when I am exhausted and in pain, I love to cook, garden or work on projects— I just can’t lift or move so much.)
  7. Ensure people with chronic illnesses, or disabilities that affect access, can participate fully in decision-making even if they cannot do the same quantity or type of work as others. In groups, people with fatigue, pain, or mobility issues cannot always express their commitment through attendance of meetings. Recognize that there may be other, equally important indicators of commitment and investment besides the ones able-bodied and non-chronically ill folks typically display. Be open to meeting via teleconference, or conducting some conversations online. Take input from these channels just as seriously as input from those who can be physically present.
  8. Keep in mind that bike culture, commenting on the evilness of cars, and disparaging television and other sedentary activities are all a lot easier to do when you are fully able bodied.
  9. Consider low-energy activities, too. Try being open to being with someone and not doing much. Just talking, watching a movie, or eating a simple meal or takeout can be relaxing and valuable. It can be very stressful for a chronically ill person when it seems like maintaining friendships requires way too much energy.
  10. Remember that you cannot see pain or fatigue. Ask. Listen.

What would you add to this list?

I feel like point 5 is possibly the most important of these. I feel like often people feel like they’re good at relating to others so if they can’t relate it’s the other person’s fault (or something). It seems like this is where all the ‘I know how you feel, I had x five years ago’, ‘I’m sure you’d be fine if you just did x’, etc. comes from. In reality, they just haven’t had the right experiences to enable them to relate. It’s okay to say ‘I don’t know what you’re going through but I’m here if there’s anything I can do for you’. That’s a lot more helpful - and honest - than trying to dredge up some incident that happened years ago. Honestly, I’m glad people can’t relate (I’m always both happy and sad when I meet someone who can) so do us both a favour and just be honest about it!

{Text reads: I decide what my gender is.
My name and pronouns.
What my body means.
How to change— or not change— my body.
Trans rights are human rights.}