LGBTQ Equality, True Friends, and Storytelling
A short selection!
It’s monthly update time for subscribers to my personal Medium publication. Here’s a very short selection of stories I think worked well last month. They all focus on love, peace, respect, and Pride. You can share this newsletter with anyone, by the way. The text links below the graphic links will allow people who aren’t Medium members to read for free. If something here inspires you, I hope you pass it on!
Here are four essays with interesting twists.
You won’t get this stuff in mainstream news sources. I’m confident that each of these stories will give readers something new to think about.
A Catholic priest and his bishop demanded the destruction of a public school student’s mural honoring Keith Haring. The Church officials claim that hearts and rainbows are sexually obscene. The same bishop tweeted on the first day of LGBTQ Pride that Catholics should not attend Pride events because they are harmful to children.
The irony? This bishop is considered to be an LGBTQ ally. Oh, really, Blanche? Read all about it!
I have a friend on Twitter who really IS an LGBTQ ally. She’s fully accepting and affirming of LGBTQ people. The catch? She’s a Muslim, and people keep trying to tell her she must be a violent homophobe. She takes all kinds of shit on social media, especially from the Left.
Read all about progressive Muslims, who really do exist!
LGBTQ, Progressive Muslims, and Fear Mongering
Let’s talk about gay people thrown off roofs
My friend Tim is a very conservative evangelical Christian. He is also fully accepting and affirming of LGBTQ people. How is that possible? Let me tell you a personal story!
On the same day that Vice President Mike Pence was speaking at Liberty University, advocating for the the right for Christians to discriminate against LGBTQ people, Cubans were out in the streets FIGHTING for LGBTQ rights.
But things are really complicated in Cuba, and American-based evangelical Christians are interjecting themselves, trying to export bigotry. Read all about how that’s going.
Cuba, Karen Pence, and Christians
A tale of unexpected LGBTQ equality and Christian pushback
Here’s a selection of some of my short fiction …
… much of it with disturbing themes this month. I’ve included one sweet children’s story for some balance and cheer.
Why do we need Pride? Ask Nick and Noah, two young men, two best friends, two human beings forced forced apart by violence, toxic masculinity, and sexual shame. This boxing tale packs a powerful punch.
Gay men defy stereotypes, but do stereotypes defy gay men? What happens when an urban hipster with a country background meets a gay man who’s happy to live on horseback half the year? Will hot sex be enough to shatter misperceptions?
Art imitates life, but what do artists imitate? This tale of genius, obsession, and mangled love is narrated from the point of view of a jilted lover. He’s jilted not by a man, but by a man’s art, in a process neither of them sees. Can cold stone take the place of a beating heart?
When two gay kids bond over making music, what could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty, I suppose, but not in this story! I wrote it for a boy with a dream. I wanted to help make it come true for him. Life is sweet a good deal of the time, and this story explores just how sweet it can be these days for LGBTQ youth.