I Don’t Do Boxes Issue 5: #OUTlaws

QueerLab is a youth-led media program exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in North Carolina and beyond.

Each QueerLab session brings together an editorial team of queer identifying youth to publish I Don’t Do Boxes, and organize workshops focused on creative media production and digital storytelling. This season we focus on queer liberation and individual transformation, explore the existence of the gender spectrum, and create multimedia experiences and resources about how to sustain ourselves through every social construct that tries to erase us.

This year’s theme for the 5th edition of the magazine and the workshops is OUTlaws. OUTlaws is for those that have been criminalized or erased altogether by the established order. This year we take time to celebrate the resiliency of those existing in spite of the harsh borders of contradictory conformity. We will take time to honor those that have fought for us to exist today, realize where we are in this moment in relation to their work, and imagine the futures we deserve to have. Come join us as we recognize the multiple histories in our bodies and critically discuss what it means for us to have equity in a world that sees many of us as undeserving of it. Join I Don’t Do Boxes Staff

Launch Party
Friday, Dec. 15th | 6 – 10 pm

Celebrate the launch of Issue 5: #OUTlaws online and in-print with a BIG QUEER PARTY! 🎉  RSVP here!

Activities throughout the night will share the insights and experiences generated through QueerLab workshops and IDDB submissions.


Join I Don’t Do Boxes Editorial Team

I Don’t Do Boxes is a youth focused zine dedicated to presenting stories of LGBTQ experience in the South. The Editorial Team meets bi-weekly September-December to produce and promote each issue. Meetings are held at Elsewhere; they are free and open to all. For more information on joining the editorial team and how to get involved please contact I Don’t Do Boxes at IDDB@goelsewhere.org.


Past Issues of I Don’t Do Boxes

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The first issue of I Don’t Do Boxes collects over 30 artworks, stories, poems, comics and essays exploring queer southern experience and beyond. Launched on June 7, 2013, the issue was distributed to local schools and spaces around the Triad featuring advice, news, essays, youth commentary, lesson plans and ideas for organizing and sustaining Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) at local schools. Download (PDF) | Purchase Online

The second issue focuses on the power of song and voice, and feature original music, lyrics, stories and sound recordings. Selected submissions will be curated into a digital album with an accompanying zine of writings and artworks, and distributed to queer communities around the country. Download (PDF) | Purchase Online

The third issue of I Don’t Do Boxes, Act Out!, brings together a diverse collection of stories, poems, artworks and sounds exploring LGBTQ+ experiences. This issue invited queer youth, poets, and writers to explore how they Act Out! Download (PDF) | Purchase Online

The fourth issue of I Don’t Do Boxes, #OUTerSpace, brings together a diverse collection of stories, poems, artworks and sounds exploring LGBTQ+ experiences like alienation and exploring personal space. Download (PDF) | Purchase Online



Support & Partners

QueerLab is an Elsewhere collaboration with the Lincoln Financial Foundation, and allies like you. Support QueerLab with a tax-deductible donation to help print and distribute I Don’t Do Boxes, and ensure future QueerLab sessions with LGBTQ+ youth in the Triad.

For more information and to get involved with Queerlab please contact Nhawndie Smith, QueerLab Education Coordinator at IDDB@goelsewhere.org.


  • An Innovative Publication: A publication made for and by LGBTQ-identifying youth
  • Building Support Networks: A platform for creative community building in Greensboro and beyond
  • Creative ways to Connect: Using video, music, and art to share stories
  • Build a more Curious Culture: Furthering Elsewhere’s mission to find art in everyday life