Gay on a Budget founder & editor, Aries/Taurus cusp, bigender, Latinx, vegan, femme person, and the biggest Buffy fan you know. Now writing for Bustle, PRIDE, Everyday Feminism, and The Rumpus. Passionate, deeply feeling, sometimes angry, mostly emotional. Wants to make people feel less lonely in the world. Follow them on Twitter @gayonabudget.

Latest Articles

Thinking Of Going Vegan? Read These 6 Books

Veganism has become increasingly popular in recent years, but still, not too many resources exist for vegans or people thinking of going vegan. There isn't exactly a steady supply of "how to eat vegan...
By Jayson Flores

This App Recommends A New Book Every Time You Open A Tab

Let's face it, in our quick moving, constantly evolving web-based society, it can be hard not to want to see, read, watch, shop, and explore all at once. It starts with one amazing article or one deli...
By Jayson Flores

7 Struggles Every Slow Reader Knows To Be True

The thing about being a slow reader is that we almost always feel slower than everyone else. Humans — for the better — can't process time for other people. What feels like forever to us might feel lik...
By Jayson Flores

Are You An Empath? This Book Breaks Down What It Means

While empathy is arguably the greatest, most powerful gift a human can possess, it can also be one of the most painful. Empaths and empathic people often feel overwhelmed in a world full of cruelty an...
By Jayson Flores

'Evicted' Is The Nonfiction Book To Read This Spring

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners have just been announced, and everyone is talking about the fiction and nonfiction winners. In a category as broad as General Nonfiction, it can be hard to know where t...
By Jayson Flores

How To Use Your Writing To Resist Trump

The nightmare has yet to end in America in 2017. It can be easy in these uncertain times to feel like there's nothing you can do. Truth is, everyone has something to offer in the resistance against Do...
By Jayson Flores

Junot Díaz Wants You To Submit Your Best Dystopian Writing

Pulitzer Prize winning Dominican American writer Junot Díaz is looking for your fictional and non-fictional "global dystopias" in a special call for submissions from the Boston Review. It's timely, gi...
By Jayson Flores

How Reading Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

With the GOP rolling out what they're trying to call a "healthcare" plan, folks across the spectrum may have to kiss mental healthcare goodbye. This potential loss looming over head has people making ...
By Jayson Flores

Fictional Heroines To Inspire You To Stay Nasty

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said, "Well behaved women seldom make history." No matter the time, this statement is true because we (still) live in a deeply misogynistic...
By Jayson Flores

13 Quotes To Help You Feel More Optimistic In 2017

2017 has been a rough year... and we're less than three months in. Between the stress of Trump's administration, which is literally being declared a public health threat, trans students potentially al...
By Jayson Flores

If 'Buffy' Were Written By These Famous Authors...

Even though it's been 20 years since its premiere, Buffy The Vampire Slayer remains one of the most iconic TV shows of all-time. What keeps people talking, year after year, and what keeps pulling in n...
By Jayson Flores

Prepare For Fight Ahead With These Activism Guides

The world is a terrible place. That is neither a cynical aside nor a hopeless observation, but rather a statement of fact for many people in America right now. If there was a time for unified activism...
By Jayson Flores

The Bookends You Need For The Perfect Shelfie

There are few things that tell as much about who you are as person as the books you choose to display. What some may consider a simple aesthetic choice, is carefully thought out by others as a collect...
By Jayson Flores

Haruki Murakami's Best Quotes About Love—And Loss

As Valentine's Day approaches, you'll soon start to see a great divide in the people around us. There will be those who celebrate the day and throw themselves into the festivities and ideas of love an...
By Jayson Flores

This Video Game Was Inspired By Haruki Murakami

Video game Memoranda, described as a game about "forgetting and being forgotten," is a surreal, point-and-click adventure that was reportedly largely influenced by the stories of Japanese author Haruk...
By Jayson Flores

Why We'll Miss Reader-In-Chief Obama

Today is not a good day. Today is one of those days that is so not good that it will be remembered by history. Today, the United States of America's first black President, Barack Obama, will be passin...
By Jayson Flores

Action-Oriented Newsletters To Join In 2017

2017 is going to be a terrifying year. Now more than ever the phrase "Watching the world burn," seems accurate. What this means, simply, is that people have a choice. They can either watch passively a...
By Jayson Flores

How To Effectively Oppose Books By Bigots

In the year 2017, when a "Sociopathic, 70-year-old toddler" (as Full Frontal host Samantha Bee calls him) is President-Elect of the United States, protests and boycotts have become increasingly common...
By Jayson Flores

J.K. Rowling Tweets Even Non-Potterheads Will Love

Explaining who J.K. Rowling is to people who have never read or watched Harry Potter, is a challenging task to say the least. How can you hope to capture her essence, her spirit, and her style when so...
By Jayson Flores

Cast Your Vote For Goodreads' Best Books of 2016

2016 is nearing its end, which means it's time to reflect on the year. One fun, positive way to do this — because lord knows 2016 was a disaster — is to raise up and honor some of the best books this ...
By Jayson Flores

How This Murakami Character Made Me Who I Am

Today's modern, American young adult is constantly looking for their key to liberation—which is to say, the figure or epiphany that frees them from anything and everything that prevents them from bein...
By Jayson Flores

6 Story-Based Video Games Book Lovers Will Adore

Video games remain, to many people, a mystifying and uninviting form of media. Ripe with sexism, elitism, and confusing nerd culture, the gaming industry is not particularly welcoming to people of all...
By Jayson Flores

'Intimations' And How Not To Think About Dying

Most people don't like talking about death. Some of us prefer to ignore it completely, pretending it will never happen to us; others are fascinated by it and spend their time trying to understand it; ...
By Jayson Flores

My Uncle Inspired My Writing With One Simple Act

I was a very needy child. This didn't come through in vocal calls for attention or from desperate waves of tears. Rather, my neediness did and still does stem from a hunger for validation. I wanted to...
By Jayson Flores

You Need More Bookcases? Here's A Shopping Guide

There are few passions as rewarding and worthwhile as reading, but even the best things have their bad sides. With public libraries and the dawn of brands like Barnes and Noble, Amazon, IndieBound, an...
By Jayson Flores

5 Vegan Books That Are Not Exclusively For Vegans

The word 'vegan' is still a dirty word to some. For many people, it evokes a sense of superiority, aggressiveness, judgement, and smugness — which is precisely why these books about veganism are
By Jayson Flores

Fruits Basket Is Back And Reminding Me To Be Kind

There are many unfortunate divisions in the world, within which people stand obstinately on one side of an issue of two or more sides: you have Democrats and Republicans; you have tops and bottoms; yo...
By Jayson Flores

Learn To Love Your Writing By Not Emulating Others

I've spent most of my life thinking that my writing was complete garbage. Despite the fact that, for the most part, there is no universal standard for good and bad writing, I'd somehow accepted that m...
By Jayson Flores

Frida's Teen Love Letters Make You Feel Everything

Today we honor Frida Kahlo on what would be her 109th birthday, which is probably far older than she'd ever have wanted to be. What's sad about Frida is the way in which we sometimes talk about her an...
By Jayson Flores