I Don’t Do Boxes Issue 5: OutLaws out now!

QueerLab is a youth-led media program exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in the Southeast 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 sustainability resources.

This year’s theme for the 5th edition of the magazine and workshops is OutLaws– for those who’ve 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. 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 denies it.


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. Read More…

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. Released June 6th, 2014. Read More…

The third issue of I Don’t Do Boxes 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! Released June 5th, 2015. Read More…

The fourth issue of I Don’t Do Boxes highlights queer beings from Southeastern US (and beyond!) who dare to explore and trek through the infinite unknown with us and expand what we’ve thought is possible. Released December 9th, 2016. Read More…

The fifth issue of I Don’t Do Boxes asks to recall experiences that reject cultural norms like What is it like to deal with gender and sexuality, connections with church and state, issues of accessibility due to political infighting, and to critically think about strategies for organizing community to move against laws that further oppress our people?  Released December 15th, 2017. Read More…


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 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