queer author

louisa may alcott, w. h. auden, jane austen, james baldwin, charlotte brontë, lord byron, truman capote, willa cather, emily dickinson, e. m. forster, langston hughes, christopher isherwood, henry james, federico garcía lorca, christopher marlowe, herman melville, edna st. vincent millay, wilfred owen, marcel proust, mary renault, arthur rimbaud, siegfried sassoon, william shakespeare, gertrude stein, alfred lord tennyson, henry david thoreau, walt whitman, oscar wilde, tennessee williams, virginia woolf

what do all these beloved classic authors have in common? that’s right. none of them were straight. not a one. every single author on this list experienced same-gender romantic attraction during their lives. literary tradition is a hundred times more queer than what your high school english class would ever let you know

LGBT+ Represenation that Needs to Happen

  • Asexuals

How?? Simple:

- Include characters that support their friends in relationships but have none of their own

- Include characters with healthy romantic relationships who are still ace

- If writing an aroace character, don’t act like their orientation defines them. Too many times, a character’s asexuality will overcome them and make them seem hard and careless. They’re not. They’re people too

  • Pansexuals

- Have your character tell stories where they have experiences with multiple genders

- BUT the catch is, not every pansexual dates everyone they see. Some may rarely date while others have many partners. Remember that while writing

- Let them help your other characters with their relationships. They probably know a thing or two about who they personally think is cute, and pans helping others is my aesthetic

  • Nonbinary/Transgender People

- Don’t shy away from dysphoria. It’s hard to understand if you’re cis, but you’ll make a nonbinary person’s day if they see that the struggles they’re going through resonate with a character they admire

- Remember people who fluctuate. One day they may be a boy, another a girl, another something totally different. Highlight this change, make it a symbol of positivity

- Positive Dysphoria Tools. Let them practice safe binding or medicating properly with testosterone or estrogen. Too often, it’s seen as something harmful, but it really doesn’t have to be.

  • Demisexual

- Have a character who opens up to another character and falls in love over time rather than at first glance. It’s also an easy tool for character development

- Speaking of character development, demisexual people don’t have attraction right away, but they do have it. When the time finally comes for your character’s relationship, make it everything that a fast relationship would have

- Though demisexual is under the asexual, it’s not the same, so don’t fall under that trap. I know it might sound “too tumblr” to put into a book you want to publish, but trust me, we need to see it

  • Bisexuals 

- This should be obvious, but bisexuals aren’t greedy. Though they express interest in multiple genders, it doesn’t mean they flirt with everyone they see

- I love the badass bisexual trope, but it’s not always the case. Be sure not to have one personality trait define your character’s sexuality, and this is especially true for bisexual characters

- People who are bisexual aren’t always 50/50. Experiment with that 70/30 margin, or anything in between. Bisexuality is very fluid, and not as rigid as people think

  • Romantic Orientations

- As many of you know, you can be bisexual but not biromantic, aromantic but not ace, etcetera. Try mixing and matching some orientations to have the perfect combination of representation

- Some people rely much more on their romantic orientation, while others like to label as their sexual orientation. Being panromantic, to me, is just as important as being bisexual, but for some, they may be more attached to the pan community than the bisexual one. You catch my drift

  • Polysexuals

- Yes, that’s right, they are out there, and no, they’re not “somewhere between bi and pan”. Having a character explicitly saying “Hey, I’m poly” alone is a massive help

- Speaking of which, it’s very important to stay within the poly definition, so as not to trespass on other territories. If it’s your goal to have poly representation, then be sure to very specifically have attraction to some but not all genders

- What many polysexual people want in the media, I think, is just awareness. There aren’t really any tropes yet to go against, but remember that your character can be anyone, not just the internet girl in the back of the class

  • Polyamory

- A lot of people, some who I know included, think that being polyamorous is a hipster thing. Normalize it, don’t just make some teens do it for fun.

- People who are in a polyamorous relationship are in a relationship like anyone else. Don’t treat their relationship any different than your other characters

- And that’s not just for dating. Some poly people can even settle down and have families, so maybe have some poly characters talk about that, you know, like real people

Long story short, representation matters, and I don’t just mean with the white gays. Every little side remark about liking the opposite gender from your characters really is making a difference, not only in the LGBT+ community, but the writer one, too. With little things, you could make a massive difference

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anonymous asked:

Could you give some book/comic recommendations that are LGBT+ and written by people of color?

Hello. Some books just top of my head:

I hope it helps for now :)

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Last week I read the anthology Love Is Love, published by DC Comics and IDW, an homage to the victims and survivors of the Orlando shooting.

I didn’t dare asking to participate when Marc Andreyko made an open call for creators. But after reading it, and seeing the DC characters there (which I didn’t expect), I kept thinking what would I have done, and I was inspired to do this short story. Couldn’t help myself actually.
It falls utterly and unashamedly under the category of fan fiction. My first ever.

And to expand on the meta commentary, given the hostile world we live in, as a queer author and activist I think mainstream comics still could use higher profile queer superheroes, tied to their most visible franchises, that are queer super activists alongside the ones that do add to minority representation but sometimes just “happen to be queer”. Of course, as a Wonderfan I think one tied to the Wonder Woman franchise would be just perfect.

hey I’ve got some advice for fanfiction writers!

if you’re writing about a gay relationship, DON’T EVER say that a character is “straight with an exception”. PLEASE. It makes bisexual people (or at least me) feel invalid. That goes for things like being “gay with an exception” as well. I’m looking at you, Moffat. Don’t be afraid to use the word bisexual. If they’re usually into girls but they fall for a guy, guess what? They’re not entirely straight. Bisexuality folks. It’s a wonderful thing.


*Letters between Forster and Isherwood on Homosexuality and Literature (2008) edited by Richard E. Zeikowitz. **The drawings of Isherwood and Forster on the book cover are by Don Bachardy.  :-)  In fact, the book was dedicated to Bachardy by the editor.

***A letter where Isherwood is sending his high praise to Forster for his book, Maurice.

Favorite quotes about Maurice from Isherwood’s letter:

”What a book! In some ways, your very best.” - Totally agree, Christopher!

“And Maurice himself is a masterpiece–one of the few truly noble characters of fiction.” - Heck yeah! You better believe it!

“I have nothing, really, to criticize about the ending–except that you shouldn’t stop there. Or there should be a sequel.” - I love that Isherwood was demanding a sequel! LOL! 

“I should love to know what [Alec and Maurice] are doing now.” - The moment when Isherwood became ALL of us in the Maurice fandom.

Sudden thought: why do so many people who do not identify as queer and don’t want anything to do with the word think they can police who is queer and who gets to reclaim or use the word?

We’ve gotten to a point where “LGBT” and “queer” mean very different identities, communities and philosophies; they are not the same thing. Rather, LGBT and queer are more like two different communities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. So why aren’t we taking this separation to its ultimate conclusion? Why are we still allowing non-queer people to police what it means to be queer? Why are we still entertaining the “queer is a slur so don’t use it ever” or “only SGA and trans people are queer” conversations as valid when they come from people who are not queer and reject queerness? People who are so violently opposed to the word that they’re on a quest to eradicate it from all LGBTQIA+ spaces?

They are not queer, yet they’re continually speaking over queer-identified people in the attempt to restrict, define and silence a word and community that isn’t theirs.

If you don’t like how many different identities and relationships are welcome in queer spaces, your thoughts on this, as a non-queer person, are superfluous and irrelevant. You don’t get to make strawman arguments about BDSM-practicing heterosexuals considering themselves queer: this isn’t your concern. Dealing with BDSM-practicing heterosexuals, and figuring out whether or not they can call themselves queer or if their identification is valid, is our job, as queer people of the queer community. You don’t get to make lists of the precise identities targeted by queer-as-a-slur and argue only those people get to use the word; deciding who is queer enough to use the word is our job, as queer people of the queer community. You don’t get to decide when queer is permissible to reclaim or if folks who have never been explicitly targeted by it can use it; that’s our job, as queer people of the queer community.

(And if queer people want to share the word with anyone who isn’t cis, heterosexual, heteromantic or perisex, as seems to be the consensus among a vast majority of queer people? If you’re not queer yourself, you don’t get to have a say in this. You don’t get to take your toxic exclusionary rhetoric and apply it to a community not your own.)

If you’re not queer, your opinion on who gets to be queer and just who reclaims or uses the word is worthless. You don’t belong in this conversation. You have no authority on this subject. You’re just another annoying invader attempting to derail and erase.

It is past time that we stopped engaging with non-queer people attempting to police queer and started treating them as we treat cis folk attempting to police trans/NB/agender/cultural gender spaces and conversations.

Of course, we’ll see an upsurge in “I could be queer if I wanted” and “discoursers IDing as queer only for the purpose of discourse”, but we handle that dishonesty in other conversations. We can handle that here as well.

TL;DR: Queer and LGBT are not the same communities, so why are we allowing non-queer LGBT people to have a say on who is queer and how it is used?

COLETTE 1873–1954

Celebrated French novelist and beloved public figure, best known for her work Gigi. Colette was introduced both to writing and to Paris’s libertine underground when she married her first husband at the age of 20. He persuaded her, perhaps forcibly, into writing her first novels, the semi-autobiographical Claudine series which included salacious descriptions of same-sex attraction. The novels were published under her husband’s name, which was a fine opportunity for a female author at the time, but when Colette divorced him she no longer had access to any of her books’ profits. To get by, she became a music hall performer. She had a number of affairs with women during her marriage (then encouraged by her husband) and continued to form relationships with both men and women, most notably that of fellow actress Mathilde de Morny. Together they scandalized audiences by sharing a kiss on stage, and police had to be called to quell the ensuing riot. Colette married twice more, earned a reputation for her sexual appetite (her second marriage ended when she began an affair with her 16-year-old stepson), and throughout this time wrote under her own name about women seeking both independence and love. When her popular novel Gigi became a film and then a play, she handpicked a then-unknown Audrey Hepburn to play the title role.

Ya’ll, I know I reblogged something about this earlier, but I finished Tales From Perach by @shiraglassman​ today and it’s really good. :) It’s a book of Jewish fantasy short stories with wonderful LGBTQ+ rep, including both f/f and m/m romance, as well as trans, ace/aro, and demisexual rep. 

Seriously, check out this book! ^_^

I drive five miles in the wrong direction until I find a spot where I can turn around, but once I hit the longest part of the drive, something in my brain goes quiet and I take a breath. It’s gonna be okay. Everything will be fine. If I can get through these two days, if I can manage that, then everything will turn out alright.

Needless to say, I am excited and terrified and there are ideas of a glorious new future crowding out everything else in my mind.

—  journeys/destinations