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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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In the news: Politics, Media, and Fall Fun

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October is shaping up to be an interesting month. Here's the bad, the good, the media, and the just plain fun.

The Bad News:

On the American political front, Brett Kavanaugh has now been confirmed and sworn in. It's more important than ever that all eligible people vote this November, regardless of your affiliation.

During a drill at school, a transgender student was the subject of debate by teachers. They didn't know which...

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September News, Info, & New Release

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It's the start of a new school year, and fall is just around the corner. Here are some of the bigger news stories from the last few weeks, plus a bit about our new release.

First, and most importantly, India's top court decriminalized homosexuality. This is an important step in demolishing old colonial laws, which makes it a victory in more than one sense. You can read more about it here and Read more →


How much promotion is too much?

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Recently, there's been a big stir in the writing world, especially among small-press and self-published authors. It's taken different forms, but the main point boils down to whether or not authors can share links related to their books on their personal Facebook profiles.

The issue is multi-faceted and only affects Facebook. That's because FB separates business pages from personal profiles and doesn't allow either seamless integration or multiple personal profiles. Platforms like Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. allow you to use the same profile for everything or create multiple separate accounts. (I believe G+ requires...

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Let It B

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There's been some furor (and some confusion) over the recent 4Chan-initiated "drop the B" fake campaign. While this particular time there isn't a real initiative to eliminate bisexual from the LGBTQIA+ lexicon, it's evoked a lot of feelings.

It would be easy to laugh it off and dismiss it as right-wing trolls being their usual haterly selves if it weren't for some hard reality. The truth is, that campaign was borrowed from the actual experiences of bisexual people.

The fake campaign rested on the premise that bisexuality is inherently...

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