"I must / still look for / him. My constant / resentment. / Unrequited."
To participate in the fight against fascism and bigotry and for social justice, as well as to manage despair, I'm going to need assigned tasks between now and the election. It looks like the RGB Memorial Challenge will provide some of that guidance and discipline.
I condemn J.K. Rowling and her continuing transphobic views, including her recent social media posts and response to the backlash.
Richard Leis created Painbow after he witnessed and experienced two incidents of discrimination. His idea was to briefly describe each situation, include the hurtful statement itself, and provide a short response.
"I drove Pacific Northwest November numb / through trees like tall green drifts to the ocean / seething with chaos."
"A snout breaks the surface of Greek yogurt in the thirty-two-ounce container I have freshly opened and set on the counter. It sniffs cautiously, then sneezes and sprays yogurt everywhere. I yell. It pokes its entire head out and chirps."
"Teenagers / grip their friends / to hold off the fact / of a classmate’s death."
Dana Diehl's latest flash fiction piece titled "Forever Baby" and inspired by the game Stardew Valley is available on Cartridge Lit in the new "The Double Click Temple Issue." Her story is awesome, sad, allegorical for so much, and you don't need to know anything about Stardew Valley to appreciate it.
"I watch light flicker under the bathroom door. / I watch the clock. / I watch one foot with a sock on jealous of the other."
I condemn reinstatement of this bigoted ban by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court.
"To see a man / My man / Invisible man / I plan accidentally to / meet every day"
”I’m dazzled by headlights / while flaming forest fire sits / smug on my couch under my roof / smoking up his coming out to me / like its air itself. He told me over the phone. / He’s here now. I pull from the breast / pocket of my work shirt a folded list / of questions I wrote.”
Simon and the other characters are the highlight of Simon vs the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, about a high school student on the verge of coming out as gay dealing with doubt, first love, and blackmail.
I came out to my mom twenty years ago, the day after Ellen Degeneres came out on national television. I was so inspired but I was so terrified. I could only make the attempt over the telephone and I couldn't even say the words; I made my mom guess until I finally said "Yes" when … Continue reading Happy National Coming Out Day!
"The thing crafted from fabric and plaster, / more pile of dirt and wet cardboard / than realistic human skeleton, lies / under glass in a white cinderblock / coffin elevated over the concrete floor / in the last of three corrugated steel sheds / at the roadside attraction."
Lisa Williamson's wonderful The Art of Being Normal explores the complicated and emotional coming-of-age of two English teenagers.
Lansky's account of his drug use is riveting but also very upsetting.
I started Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper's conversation The Rainbow Comes and Goes not expecting to enjoy it much, but by the end of the book I was thoroughly charmed.
I highly recommend Garrard Conley's beautifully written and emotional memoir about his religious upbringing, sexuality, rape, and conversion therapy.
With issue 11, Jonathan diversifies from fiction written by gay men to fiction written "by self-identified queer writers from all across the LGBTQ spectrum." I haven't read the previous ten issues, but the quality of the stories in issue 11 convinces me to purchase the back issues and also look forward to upcoming issues.