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Stephanie Schroeder

Freelance Writer

New York City

Stephanie Schroeder

I am a keen cultural observer with an appetite for odd juxtapositions and interesting contradictions.

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Art project aims to document gentrifying city: 'It's not just Brooklyn'

A New York artist is just over halfway to his fundraising goal for a project to document gentrification in his Brooklyn neighbourhood – with the help of supporters from all over the US who have watched, disappointed, as their own towns have changed. Imani Henry, a social worker and performer in Flatbush, Brooklyn, has organised Before It's Gone – Take It Back, a crowdsourced campaign to fund "a web-based response to the crisis of gentrification of Brooklyn, NY."
The Guardian Link to Story
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My Berlin for your Brooklyn

An experienced home exchanger with six apartment swaps under my belt, I was in no position, in the winter of 2009-2010, to travel abroad. So, when someone from Berlin inquired about an apartment swap, I sent back a modest proposal. I offered my apartment as the New York City-based accommodation for the inquiring Berliner and her partner while the designated traveler would be my friend Marion, a writer, web designer, and translator.
Station to Station Link to Story
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Death Cafes: Tea, Cake & Conversations about Dying

Death has long been outsourced to the healthcare and funeral industries. Death takes away our loved ones and those industries take our money with them. According to a 2014 article in Forbes, “Death is a dying industry with an economic phenomenon. As Americans perceived value of “traditional” funerals diminish, the cost of funerals have increased nearly 1,328% in just four decades.
Fifty is the New Fifty Link to Story
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Zinesters Do It on the Photocopier: A Look at the Queer Zine Archive Project

The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which holds over 1300 hard copies of queer zines past and present, was born of punk music, the DIY aesthetic, anarcho-queer politics and a little romance. Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating, ‘When Literature Was Dangerous,’ Words Without Borders’ Pride Issue, and Other LGBT News.
Lambda Literary Link to Story
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Classic k.d. lang: Long Live the Lang Thang

I notice k.d. lang is just about my size, perhaps a bit more broad-shouldered and with a very handsome, square jaw line. But all and all, we are just two dykes with short, dark hair. We both stand 5 feet 8 inches or so. We’re in jeans and sweatshirts. Her hair is perfect. Mine is not. I have 40 minutes.
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Illustrator Yuko Shimizu: A True Artists’ Artist

The Yuko Shimizu who is an illustrator, artist and teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York City is not the Yuko Shimizu who invented Hello Kitty. Let’s get that out of the way first thing. This Yuko Shimizu is the illustrator, fine artist and teacher, whose monograph, “Living with Yuko Shimizu: 32 Removable Arts Prints,” has been issued by ROADS Publishing and will soon be available in the U.S.
1st Amendment Media Link to Story
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Flashback Feminism: Phyllis Birkby and Women’s Environmental Fantasies

“It appears that if you were a man, you should be studying architecture.”. With that dismissal, in 1948 Noel Phyllis Birkby’s suburban New Jersey high school career counselors squashed her career aspirations. Based on their rigid notions of gender, they shunted her desire to build, guiding her into the more “feminine” study of art despite her aptitude for and interest in architectural and environmental design.
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Paws & Laws: The Very Real Link Between Domestic Violence and Pet Abuse

Earlier this month, Jets’ Michael Vick, notorious for his criminal dogfighting operation, publicly stated that he believed Ray Rice deserved a second chance. Turns out, the link between domestic violence and animal abuse is less tenuous than you might think. The connections between animal abuse and other forms of abuse are, according to Hugh Tebault, President of The Latham Foundation in Alameda, CA, well documented.
Life of the Law Link to Story
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Jess Dobkin Pieces It Together

Provocative lesbian-feminist performance artist extraordinaire Jess Dobkin is a fascinating study in juxtapositions. She is a caring mother of a toddler yet also a lesbian who publicly—and proudly—embraces feminism. She is extremely ardent about her art as well as activism for and with queer youth and is highly articulate about her performance work as legitimate exploration of gender, sex and culture.
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Jackson Heights, Queens: An Insider's Guide to Living There

The multi-ethnic mosaic of middle-class Jackson Heights, Queens is instantly visible on exiting the subway at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue stop. Little India, with its shops selling sari fabric and Bollywood movies, and restaurants like Jackson Diner and Indian Taj serving South Asian fare, takes up two blocks along 74th Street between Broadway and 35th Avenue, a main shopping thoroughfare.
Brick Underground Link to Story
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Pinup girls: The ‘I ♥ Bklyn Girls’ are back

If a man hangs a pin-up calendar above his desk at work, he’s an ogre. If a woman does it, she’s a sexual trend-setter. That, in a nutshell, is the premise of the “I ♡ Bklyn Girls: Women at Work” calendar — the fourth series of sexy, cheesecake-style wall-hangings that show plenty of skin, yes, but also initiate a conversation about sex and sexuality.
The Brooklyn Paper Publications Link to Story
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Keeping Depression at Bay

Keeping depression at bay is a big concern for anyone who’s suffered a bout of depression in their past. But a new study offers a surprising finding: meditation is an effective alternative to antidepressants when it comes to a preventing a patient’s relapse into depression. “It’s not so far-fetched that both antidepressants and mindfulness meditation can have similar effects,” says Alice Boyes, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist practicing in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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About

Stephanie Schroeder

A freelance writer based in New York City, Schroeder has written for The Guardian, Curve Magazine, Passport Magazine, GO! Magazine, Brooklyn Papers, About.com, Station-to-Station, Life of The Law, Lambda Literary Review, and other outlets. Her work has been anthologized in the classic anthology That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation; Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage; and Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories. Schroeder graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in communications and holds a J.D. from New York Law School. She is the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. Check out her book website for more: www.beautifulwreck.com

Photo of Stephanie Schroeder by Maeghan Donohue (http://maeghandonohue.com)

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Skills

  • writing
  • reporting
  • blogging
  • research
  • social media development
  • media relations
  • communications strategy