Queer Writers Share Stories as SCOTUS Threatens to Destroy Liberty
Prism & Pen Weekly — May 8, 2022
by James Finn
Monday’s SCOTUS bombshell has women and LGBTQ people everywhere shaking with fear and outrage. The justices look set to gut precedents keeping the State out of women’s bodies and queer lives. In this week’s Prism & Pen, I examine the issue in depth as P&P writers share stories about life, love, and overcoming obstacles.
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— Editor’s Picks —
Scotus Abortion Bombshell to Nuke Women, LGBTQ, Human Rights
Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade is a vicious assault on women’s fundamental human rights, and it opens the door to the destruction of sexual privacy, marriage equality, and much more. If there were ever a moment in history for the American people to rise up and roar their uncompromising outrage, this is that moment.
Alito’s declaration that rights not enumerated in the Constitution must be firmly rooted in American history destroys the possibility of progressive legal reasoning. It enshrines the past (with all its racism, sexism, and homophobia) as the the only standard by which judges can rule to keep the State out of people’s private lives.
Anything I Want to Be: SOPHIE, Fiona and an LGBTQ Evening at Sugar Club
Invited to sit on a Dublin roundtable to discuss the late transgender icon SOPHIE, Fiona ended the night dancing. And learning to celebrate her own transition with more joy than ever!
After the spate of hate crimes that have plundered through Ireland like the Four Horsemen, our togetherness beneath the rainbow was a buffet for the soul … For one exquisite evening I was Belle of the Ball again. I was blasted free from the ghetto of myself and appeared all shiny, new and retooled. I was suddenly ready for another stab at life.
My Friend the Curious LGBTQ Bigot
A teacher and tutor, Lex recalls a childhood friendship and the impact of ignorance in nurturing homophobia and transphobia. What’s so bad about Don’t Say Gay? This:
“Have you read the latest in the series, then?” I asked. I was hoping to discuss it with someone, as I had enjoyed it immensely.
My friend made a face. “Ew, no,” she spat. “That has gay people in it.”
Well, naturally, the remark stung.
— Memoir —
A Tale of Two Souls
Alex’s memoir of love and loss during the worst of the AIDS era continues as he tells his and dying partner’s story to a compassionate stranger.
“The sex that night was as wondrous and fulfilling as I had hoped. Loy intuited what I wanted and needed while signaling what he needed and wanted. His needs and my wants flawlessly melded. He had done this before. … “I had been about to raise my head from where it nestled in his chest, nuzzling his nipple, to seek permission. He anticipated me…
— Fiction Series —
Prairie Death Tales — The Ben Nathan Murder
David Wade Chambers and Court Atchinson writing as Courtland Wade
Wade and his writing partner bring fictional Dine City, Oklahoma to life in Prairie Death Tales with tight prose and original photography. DC is typical American heartland at first glance, but much more goes on under the surface. The “Ben Nathan Murder” is a police procedural at first glance. But only first glance!
Firelight flickers over the interior of the master bedroom, doubling and tripling itself in the mirrors, highlighting the contours of an oiled, glistening thigh. Near the foot of the bed stands a low Regency table precisely suitable for displaying the elaborate game box of lacquered rosewood, which Ben brought home from his art-student days in Paris.
Chapter 1: Straight Encounter, Gay Surprise
Chapter 2: Spring Storm Brewing
Chapter 3: The Storm Breaks
— Essays and Creative Nonfiction —
Heterosexuality Is Bullshit
Don’t get too excited about me saying heterosexuality is bullshit. The same can and has been said about homosexuality. What you need to understand is that neither orientation is more valid than the other. Let’s get a couple things out of the way.
Would You Trust Your Child With a Trans Person? The Numbers Speak.
If you chose letter A through F, you exposed a child to a far greater chance of molestation than if you had chosen G.
Surprise!!! Your child is safer with a transgender person.
NOW, can I go to the bathroom????
A Gay Man Finding My Place in the World
On the surface, I should have fit right in — a curious, well-mannered boy among boys, with a good head — a yiddishe kop — on my shoulders. But given our lack of diversity, we Members of the Tribe filled all the roles in the scholastic universe, and by time I reached the upper elementary grades it seemed all the best seats were taken …
What’s Trans Got to Do With Golf? Let Luc Play.
Luc Esquivel loves playing golf! That’s kind of amazing considering when he was born, he had to be emergency-airlifted to a children’s hospital to correct a heart defect. Doctors warned his parents that if he lived, he might be severely disabled. So, why won’t Tennessee let him play? Luc is a transgender boy, and a Tennessee law kicked him off the team.
Anti-Gay Bigotry Harms People You Know and Love
Anita Bryant infamously used the slogan, “Gays don’t produce, so they must recruit.” This is the same justification for the current rash of anti-gay laws exploding around the country. Charges of grooming and sexualizing children are the cornerstone of bigotry against queer people.
It’s My One Year HRT Anniversary & I’m Scared
I have been on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for a year, and it has made me so incredibly happy. I look at the curves of my new body in the mirror every morning, and it fills me with joy… All over the country, regressive, anti-queer laws have been passed. I want to explain why I am terrified…
Same Sex Marriage is “Very Sad” Says Christian Institute’s Nigel Kenny
When Kenny says, “The Bible is crystal clear that true, God-honouring marriage is only between one man and one woman,” he is lying. I have read the whole Bible more than once, and I have studied much of it in depth, and I have read many interpretations and analyses of the Bible, and the Bible is not “crystal clear” about marriage at all.
Sexual Harassment on the Job
Five years ago, I became a member of one of the most marginalized of minorities. I discovered I was transgender. That diagnosis triggered the most profound and scathing analysis and dissection of who and what I am. It is still an ongoing process.
LGBTQ Teen Romance Heartstopper Made Me Cry
For LGBTQ people, films like this are rare birds. Heartstopper is something new under the sun. It’s an entirely normal film about entirely normal teens who live in a world that doesn’t throw up overwhelming obstacles just because of who they are.
Lena’s Bathtub Brew for Trans Women
I haven’t used it in forever. I did hold on to it just in case. I no longer need it as a safety net. So I am going to throw Lena’s Bathtub brew away. I may shed a tear, but I know that I will always remember how I felt on that stuff. I was an Eastern European tough girl for a month or so.
A Note from Your Friendly Neighborhood Man with a Uterus
Her sign said, “If men could get pregnant, abortions would be available at ATMs.” Who’s going to tell my fellow protestor that she was walking beside a man with a uterus the whole time she held that sign? I’m not offended exactly. I didn’t know guys like me existed either for much of my life.
A Twitter TERF Tried To Turn People Against Sapphic Authors
This week, a sad little TERF decided it would be a good idea to share the names of all of the Sapphic writers who support trans people to… I don’t know, shame us, I guess? Warn their fellow TERFs not to buy our books? … It backfired significantly.
Are Men Victims of Testosterone or Patriarchal Socialization?
Starting HRT has had a profound impact on many things for me … Many things in my life lost their sexual associations. Victoria’s Secret became a clothing store. I have found myself more attracted to fashion than the sexual context of it. I grew breasts, so cleavage became expressing my female gender and bras became just another piece of clothing. There were so many other examples because my world was so excessively sexualized.
Senators Demand Parental Blocking for Gay/Trans TV Characters
If the senators get their way, a warning like the one at the top of this article will appear before programming with gay characters, bisexual characters, or trans characters. Parents who use blocking tech to protect their kids from explicit or mature content would end up blocking programming with LGBTQ people.
Rejected: Too Gay to Write
I offered my writing services to another, well-known, Christian charity based in the UK. “I’m sorry, mate. The Trustees have just put a new rule in place. Volunteers must now sign something to say they support the traditional view of marriage, so I am afraid you can’t sign up as a volunteer. You can’t write for us.”
Our youth are our tomorrow
That is the aim behind the #letters4transkids movement championed by Matthew’s Place. Create cards, letters, notes, and poems, and send them out to our youth community. Let them know they aren’t alone!!!
— Poetry Picks —
Where Should I Stand in Your Universe? (A Transgender Love Poem)
Where should I stand
in your universe?
Should I be the Moon
to your Earth,
Tree of Knowledge — A Poem
I found a lover, beautiful and kind
the fairest woman anyone could find
in fear, they tell me not to take her hand
in fear of God’s true wrath they cannot stand
My heart holds on — a poem
I have made my way through collections
of journals old as my fear
few blank pages remain …
That’s it, folks! Writers, it’s prompt day tomorrow. What shall we write about for the next two weeks? Hit me up in comments.
Seeya next Sunday! ❤
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