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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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COVID-19 Statement and Update

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This is an uncertain time for a lot of us. As I type this, I’m in my living room with my kids nearby, doing a video call with their music teacher. My spouse is preparing for an online meeting as well.

We’re the lucky ones.

We have the luxury, the privilege, of all working from home. I already do, and we live in a school district that can provide technology and food for every student, free of charge. My spouse works for a state educational agency. We have good enough health insurance to...

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To Valentine...or not

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Ah, love...it’s in the air this time of year. Hearts and flowers and advertising for how to best show your sweetheart you care. Dinner dates and candy with cute sayings and the reddest roses. Wine, chocolate, and tasteful gifts.

But what if all of it is meaningless to some people?

There are lots of reasons folks might not like Valentine’s Day. Obviously, if that’s a person’s thing, we shouldn’t yuck on their yum. Go for it, have a great time and enjoy the special day with the one (or ones) you love.

We...

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LGBTQIA+ News & Entertainment

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If you're in the northeast, I hope you're staying warm through this wintry weather. Where I am, there's about 2 feet of snow on the ground, and it's 9 degrees F (-13C). Brr! Hopefully this month's news will warm you upon some way.

The Good

New York state legislators finally voted to ban "conversion therapy" (altering sexual orientation or gender) for minors. The wording of the bill is inclusive. That means not only is it illegal to attempt to turn gay or lesbian people heterosexual, it's...

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LGBTQ is not a genre

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Last week, a lesser-known flash fiction contest went viral due to its refusal of LGBTQ material. The contest rules were then updated to clarify, but they remain antagonistic toward LGBTQ stories.

There are plenty of flash fiction contests that do not prohibit LGBTQ stories, and some that actively seek them. NYCMidnight, which begins every July, is one I personally have done, and I submitted...

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