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Trans Porn Fantasy, Gay Military Persecution, and the Best Fiction EVER

A week of Prism & Pen — January 30, 2022

by James Finn

What’s the difference between a lover and a chaser? Can you ever get your life back after being hounded out of the military for being gay? Can fiction about a trans woman in the Bronx be gorgeous and illuminating? We answer those questions and pose many more this week in Prism & Pen.

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Editor’s Picks —

He Wanted Me to Fulfill His Transgender Porn Fantasy

Suzanna Alastair

Chaser, fetishization, dehumanization — desiring what people are, not who they are:

He watched some trans porn and got all hot and bothered. He lusted for the same experience and assumed I was down for it too. Why? Well, because I am a trans woman, which of course must mean that I want to fuck him exactly like …

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The Royal Air Force Discharged Me for Being Gay and Wrecked My Life

David Moreton

Many LGBTQ people lost lives and livlihoods after military persecution and prosecution. There is no getting back what we lost. I’m one of those people. So is David.

Whilst serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces RAF, I was arrested, not for being gay, but because of homophobia that was rife within …

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A Reader in Pakistan Bought My Lesbian Romance Book

Victoria Stagg Elliott

I love getting my books out to the world, especially those parts where people like me are less than welcome or even illegal. My paperbacks go to many countries. My ebooks get even wider distribution …

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Memoir —

Slammed: a Memoir

John Cormier

Two gripping chapter this week’s in John’s memoir of a promising musical theatre career, and a life, sucked into a rabbit hole of meth and sex addiction.

I honestly didn’t care. I just wanted to fuck.

From that first bong hit in Danny’s room, all I wanted to do was get high and fuck. Party and Play.

Fiction Series —

The Life of Alma: Urban Transgender Literary Fiction

A. T. Steel

Alma’s life will GRIP you. This is possibly the most authentic, powerful fiction ever to appear in P&P. And each chapter stands on its own.

The wraith upon the bed must have been an imposter, but it had her mother’s rings on its hand. Alma was not strong enough to hold her emotions at bay …

Read chapter 3Trans Daughter Reunites With Scornful Mother
Read chapter 4Repressed Memories Of A Trans Beginning

Essays and Creative Nonfiction —

After 15 Years of LGBTQ Living, I Forget I am Queer Sometimes

Meagon Nolasco

I have lived this queer lifestyle for so long I forget that I am different than the norm. I forget that I am also part of a marginalized community.

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I’m A Lesbian Who Can Sew Cushions To Go With Your Couch

Justine L

Having this traditionally feminine skill has brought about dissonance within my largely gender non-conforming self. How odd to be the parent who can readily alter school clothes …

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The Transgender Physical Reality

Emma Holiday

As trans women, the goal of passing and, even harder, the goal of beauty is massively difficult. Beauty for even cisgender woman is an enormously challenging …

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News Flash: LGBTQ Teens Don’t Use Litter Boxes at School

James Finn

Somehow, Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock heard Hansen’s wild accusation and posted it to her Facebook page as a fact. Her post received wide distribution, and some conservative parents are even more outraged over LGBTQ …

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I’m Trans. I’m Human. I’m a Weird Old Lady.

Michelle Paquette

Does knowing that I am a transgender person mean that you now know everything about me? That one little word hardly describes my life and how I live it.

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Do Gay Men Have More Sex Than Straight Men?

Arthur Keith

My straight friends get a kick from hearing about my sexual escapades. But why do I feel a need to tell them about the most intimate aspects of my life? Sometimes I think they expect it of a gay guy.

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Transgender In-Fighting for Cis Entertainment?

Logan Silkwood

Since I came out as transgender, I have experienced two things that have really stunned me. The first thing has been incredibly ugly at times, while the second thing has been absolutely beautiful.

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Transgender Bitches

Stephanie Moga

She fully transitioned ten years ago and calls herself female. She used trans-medical rhetoric to claim those trans women without surgical intervention are fake.

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‘Side B’ Christianity is Exactly Like Christian Racism

James Finn

‘Side B’ is a polite code word for Christians (often members of progressive denominations) who are homophobic bigots, who believe that God calls for same-sex oriented people to lead lives of celibacy.

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What is Happening Inside My Estradiol Infused Transgender Mind?

Joanna Miles

I am not sure if the Estradiol is changing my brain chemistry, or my experience and self-acceptance have altered my outlook, removed my shame, fueled a spiritual awakening or …

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WO’MAN: The Transgender Chance to Be the Best of Both

Emma Holiday

We draw together the best of each of our gender personalities and experiences to create kaleidoscopic lenses.We see with the empathy, compassion, understanding and …

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BYU Reignites War on LGBTQ Students as Feds Investigate

James Finn

Many LGBTQ Mormons say the centrality of BYU in their lives and social spheres made this thaw critically important. They believed they were finally allowed to be more fully part of the communities they were born into.

Then just a few months ago, everything blew up.

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Do I Want a Female Bosom Or Not?

Elena Wunderbar

What kind of question? Of course I want breasts. How big or small? What does it matter to me? I want to feel my bosom move as I move. I want to feel what cis women feel …

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GRUNGE, SOCIAL ISOLATION, and COMING OF AGE, GAY in the 1990s

JULIAN GRACIANO NUNEZ

At one concert, I saw two gorgeous skinhead boys holding each other and gently kissing. I had never seen in public a display of physical affection …

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Plotting a Grandstand: Are you Butterfly or Ostrich?

Fiona Evangeline Leigh

I’ve written about it, lovingly, traced its dimensions, shone it up with good intentions, epic plans, beautiful outfits.

A pair of knee high leather boots for the pupating Goddess in the back square, above the Citizen’s Information Centre.

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GOP Senator Admits Religious Freedom Means Rejecting LGBTQ People

James Finn

Sometimes the mask slips and ‘freedom’ snarls at you. Peake’s mask slipped. He gave a transparent and frightening answer when asked if his bill would allow Christian organizations to deny housing to LGBTQ people.

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Storming the Gender Castle

Emma Holiday

My walls were massive. I thought they were impregnatable. For most of my life, the walls were never breach. Over time, other than an occasional moan, I stopped hearing any sound of my female soul.

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A Single Gay Man’s Struggle with Valentine’s Day

Judah Leblang

I know, on an intellectual level, that the holiday is a boon for greeting card companies, candy-makers and florists, and that it creates an air of false romance and frivolity a la New Year’s Eve …

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That’s it for this week! Readers? If you enjoy a story, can you tell the writer so in a comment? Artists need feedback! And writers? It’s prompt day tomorrow. Comment below and tell me what we should be writing about?

Jim

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James Finn

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