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Some Thoughts on NCOD

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Tuesday, October 11th, marks National Coming Out Day (NCOD) here in the US! It was first celebrated in 1988 on the one year anniversary of the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights. When faced with harassment, rather than responding negatively LGBT rights activists responded with NCOD to share positivity and celebration within the community and those around. In 1990 the group behind the day merged their efforts with the Human Rights Campaign and has been partnered with them ever since. Today, it’s not only celebrated in the United States but in a few other countries...

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Who has the “right” to queer stories?

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I’m a little late to the party on this, but I wanted to respond to the recent dust-up on social media involving some antagonistic, passive-aggressive tweets from Gaby Dunn directed at Becky Albertalli. There’s a lot to unpack here, so bear with me.

First of all, I do not agree with several of the things Dunn said in those tweets. No LGBTQIA+ person owes anyone a coming out. No one needs to be “comfy”...

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What PRIDE means to me as an author

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I'm going to get a little personal here as I wrap up our Pride-themed month. I hope many of you were able to attend festivities (or will be able to; in my city, Pride is next month).

When I began writing seriously in 2013, I had no intention of publishing. I just wrote a novel to see if I could, thanks to National Novel Writing Month. I ended up with 50k words of what would be my first published book. It wasn't meant to be LGBTQIA+-themed, either. Let me tell you, I was...

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