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Performing Gender and Sexuality in Writing

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A colleague shared the other day about people within the LGBTQIA+ community monitoring and judging how others express their gender and sexuality. It led me to thinking about how in writing, we often expect characters to “perform” their sexuality in a way that still allows readers to mentally catalogue them. This is of specific interest to me as a nonbinary bisexual person.

I’ve found that often, people whose gender and sexuality are binary don’t quite capture certain nuances. (The same can actually be said in reverse, to be honest, but I can’t speak...

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The latest reviews are in!

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It’s still summer, and we’re still socially distancing. What better way to relax with a friend than reading the same book? There’s still time to find your next great read.

The Practical Mage’s Guide to Magic and Mayhem, by Dan Ackerman

(Side note: I loved this one myself, and I highly recommend it!)

“Ackerman once again does an amazing job building their universe while at the same time telling an incredibly compelling story and having characters that are fully realized and who feel like real people. While I would never spoil any part...

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To cancel or not to cancel?

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There’s been a lot across social media about She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and her ongoing trans-antagonistic words and behaviors. I wanted to wait until some of the initial fury had passed to write this. (My fury, not other people’s.) The pause has given me some time to think about some bigger issues, like whether we can really separate the art from the artist and if there’s a widespread problem with “cancel culture."

First, can we enjoy a book or a film or a piece of music independently from the person who created it? That depends...

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Hear Me Out

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Over the past week, I’ve shared multiple articles about the problems with J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans ranting. The most recent was this one, about a politician quoting Rowling’s vile kick at trans people in order to support his own hateful views.

It isn’t too surprising these posts were met with some degree of anti-trans sentiment, even in queer-friendly spaces. I have found, on the whole, that sharing things that are of interest or concern to the trans/nonbinary and/or bisexual communities are more likely to result in negativity...

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Nonbinary: Beyond the Pronouns

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Last week, a... (ahem)... lively discussion on nonbinary pronouns resulted in a lot of feelings from those of us who are actual living, breathing nonbinary people. This follow up is good, with some resources on the subject.

I’ve written on the subject of pronouns on my personal blog, and I believe I’ve expressed all I want to say on the topic here (on cis...

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