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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.

Hearts and Rainbows Reduce to Sex?

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!

https://medium.com/james-finn/hearts-and-rainbows-reduce-to-sex-aaf70816ce8d?source=friends_link&sk=e198b91443c3590efb6096a1cdd284bf

LGBTQ, Progressive Muslims, and Fear Mongering

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!

https://medium.com/james-finn/lgbtq-progressive-muslims-and-fear-mongering-e7af2359861f?source=friends_link&sk=b98081e5f6fe1d33befb810f2c9ca556

Cuba, Karen Pence, and Christians

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.

https://medium.com/james-finn/cuba-karen-pence-and-christians-ee92aa2f43e5?source=friends_link&sk=fd8b0a48522d9f0a6a5b9e176b091706

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.

Take It to the Ring like Men

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.

https://medium.com/james-finn/take-it-to-the-ring-like-men-71b89f583968?source=friends_link&sk=d003229354c524ed405c3ee5c2c5f38e

Dustin’s Chaps, Dogs, and Prairie Sex

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?

https://medium.com/james-finn/dustins-chaps-dogs-and-prairie-sex-34cf1a590f39?source=friends_link&sk=0092cf26d9c812344b164e3018c1d610

Pulsing Marble, Frozen Flesh

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?

https://medium.com/james-finn/pulsing-marble-frozen-flesh-b82a8e739d74?source=friends_link&sk=c6a070955bd22b28ebfaa91747c914fd

Hitting the High Notes

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.

https://medium.com/james-finn/hitting-the-high-notes-10af2f21435b?source=friends_link&sk=54bef48b220657b1925cd45c73c04b59

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James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.