queer author

@sharpegirl replied to your post “i think i would like 2 write a book”

DO IT SO I CAN READ IT

u heard it here first kids i have esteemed queer mystery author tess sharpe in my corner. but srsly beautiful netta your support is the world to me <333

haelstorm replied to your post “i think i would like 2 write a book”

i would like 2 read a book written by you ��

something opulent and gay!!!! if i ever finish a book i will send it right to u chey 

When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be agressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.
—  Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p 28-9
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Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards An Integrated Queer of Color Framework (2014)

“This volume launches the first sustained discussion of the need for a queer of color conceptual framework around Black, lesbian female identity. Specifically, this volume addresses the necessity for a more integrated framework within queer studies, in which the variables of race/ethnicity are taken into consideration. 

This book is unique in that it highlights a triple-jeopardy minority group that has been historically marginalized and concludes with the proposal of a much-needed framework for researchers to begin to create a baseline of knowledge/research under the umbrella of the Black Queer Identity Matrix.”

By Sheena C. Howard

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Dr. Sheena C. Howard (PhD, Howard University, Intercultural/ Rhetorical Communication) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Dr. Howard is the editor (with Ron L. Jackson) of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). Her most recent article, «Intercultural (Mis)Communication: Why Would You ‘Out’ Me in Class?», published in the Journal of Sexuality and Culture, won Top Competitive Paper under the Voices of Diversity Unit at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in 2012.


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A (not so) quick word on Ramona Blue...

So for anyone who doesn’t know, Julie Murphy has a new book coming out in 2017 called Ramona Blue.  

Here is the blurb:

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the responsible adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, her responsibilities weigh more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool.

As Ramona falls more in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift as well, and she must decide if knowing who she is is more important than figuring out who she might become.

I can feel it coming in the air tonight oh lord

I understand the concern.  If this book turns out to be ‘I was a lesbian and then the right guy turned me straight’ then I will rage and throw things.  I get that this is a trope that is hurtful to gay and lesbian people and lobbied at them all the time.  I will cut Julie Murphy from my shelves and never stop railing against her.  I’m experienced at holding a grudge against ya authors that write crappy portrayals of queer teens.  Ask me how I feel about The Bermudez Triangle!

However

There are lot of bisexual people out there who first identified as lesbian or gay before figuring themselves out as bi (especially at a young age).  We live in a DEEPLY monosexist society that pressures people to choose gay or straight, that labels anything queer as 100% gay, bombards teen girls with biphobia, and loathes living in the middle ground.  Navigating that can be a bitch.  Well meaning gay straight, and lesbian people who have never had to navigate that often don’t understand how tough it can be.

A story about a girl who thinks she is a lesbian and who realizes she is bisexual would be a glorious godsend.  I’ve never seen that in YA before and rarely in adult fiction, especially how common it is when you talk to actual bisexuals about their lives.  We deserve to have our coming out stories told as much as any other group.  

Mirrors and windows people.  We all deserve to see ourselves reflected in fiction and we all need the ability to look into others lives.  I hope this book will be a mirror and window and not a homophobic dumpster fire.  

Also, Julie Murphy is not an out bisexual author.  I don’t now how she identifies.

That said, if you search bisexual on her tumblr, you find some stuff that strongly implies that she is possibly bi or some kind of non-monosexual of some stripe.  I’ll wait for her to make that announcement or not, but considering how FEW bisexuals are out, I’m choosing to live in hope that Julie Murphy has the skill and sensitivity to handle this story no matter how she identifies.

I’ll choose to hope for that kind of coming out bi story because that’s what my bi community desperately needs.  I also respect other people’s skepticism….. as long as it isn’t veering into biphobia.  If you are on tumblr/twitter claiming that a lesbian figuring out she’s actually bi is somehow homophobic or bad representation or unnecessary then you need to check your biphobia at the door because you are invalidating the life experiences of a lot of real actual people.  Sexual orientation is complicated and the process of figuring it out doesn’t always fit a model minority ideal.  Stop being a dick.  

And until the book comes out in May, we wait.  

- Sarah 

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The Seth Alexander Files

So I’m a 16 year old queer author. I identify as non-binary and queer, and many of my characters are queer and defy the boundaries of binary genders. My first book, The Seth Alexander Files is a Young Adult take on the traditional Spy genre that not only deals with sexuality, but family tensions and the kind of nasty that the internet brings out in ex boyfriends. 

I really can assure you it's way more than mediocre. If you want to read the prologue of it before you buy it, just go to the link on my sidebar titled My Book and it’ll lead you right to it!

I’m also going to do a giveaway, so three people will get a free copy that is also signed with a letter from me to frame and/or collect DNA from so you can make your own little Sara to keep in a jar and tell you that you’re cute on a daily basis. 

You have until the end of July to reblog!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an ask!

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“Black science fiction trailblazer Samuel Delaney, 63, remembers teaching Butler as a 23-year-old student at the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop. She was, he says, incredibly shy, a student who spoke only when she had something to say, but someone who obviously had great talent.

It was years later, however, after she had published "Kindred,” that he saw what she had become. “It was wonderful to see how she had bloomed and gained so much self-confidence and become a really extraordinary public speaker,” Delaney says. She also was a pathblazer in a genre where once you could count the black writers on one hand.“

I think it’s crucial for all art, but especially art created for young people, to reflect the world around us. Not a whitewashed or straightwashed or ciswashed version of that world. It’s vital that queer kids and teenagers see people like themselves in the books they read, the movies they watch, and the games they play ― and it’s equally vital that non-queer kids and teenagers see those characters too. That’s one of the most important ways we can show the next generation that queer people make up part of the landscape just like straight and cisgender people do. This way, we can move toward a world where “normal” means something bigger than it used to.
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Bisexual Characters from Bisexual Authors

  • Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj - erotic space opera, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, multi-sexual world, multiple bi characters
  • Masquerade and Shadowplay by Laura Lam - YA, steampunk speculative fiction, intersex bi protagonist
  • Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz - rom-com style contemporary romance, bi trans man protagonist
  • She of the Moutains by Vivek Shraya - blend of art, myth, and verse, Indian bi protagonist
  • Far From You by Tess Sharpe - YA, murder mystery, disabled bi girl protagonist
  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz - YA, coming of age story, black bi girl protagonist
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis - YA, fantasy, split between disabled latino boy protagonist and mute bi girl protagonist
  • Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau - erotica, BDSM, bi guy love interest and coming out non-monosexual protagonist
  • Constantine Vol 1: Going Down by Ming Doyle and James Tyron IV - comics, horror/fantasy, bi guy magician protagonist

Tina Root (Switchblade Symphony, Tre Lux, Small Halo) and
Clint Catalyst (Cottonmouth Kisses, Adonis Factor, Best Gay Stories 2012)

San Francisco, 1996

[My] thesis looked at lesbian and gay historical fictions from the late 19th century and onward. It really looked at the way in which people appealed to the past, either to defend homosexuality, like with Victorian men appealing to the idea of Greek love, for example, or women appealing to the idea of Sappho. Or conversely, people often invoking the past as a way to criticize homosexuality, saying, “Well, look at the fall of the Roman empire.” I was very interested in the way that the past was just continually reinvented as new ideas of homosexuality came along. It left me interested in not just the gay past, but how we write about the gay past and how we claim it or deny it. That led straight into my novels.
As feminists, our goal should not be to “move beyond gender” or to bring on the “end of gender”, as if such a thing were actually possible. Instead we should envision ourselves as working to bring an end to all double standards based on sex, gender, and sexuality, as well as any other double standard that is unjustly used to demonize, delegitimize, and dehumanize other human beings.
—  Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p137.
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Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora (2015)

“Nadia Ellis attends to African diasporic belonging as it comes into being through black expressive culture. Living in the diaspora, Ellis asserts, means existing between claims to land and imaginative flights unmoored from the earth—that is, to live within the territories of the soul. Drawing on the work of Jose Muñoz, Ellis connects queerness’ utopian potential with diasporic aesthetics. Occupying the territory of the soul, being neither here nor there, creates in diasporic subjects feelings of loss, desire, and a sensation of a pull from elsewhere. Ellis locates these phenomena in the works of C.L.R. James, the testy encounter between George Lamming and James Baldwin at the 1956 Congress of Negro Artists and Writers in Paris, the elusiveness of the queer diasporic subject in Andrew Salkey’s novel Escape to an Autumn Pavement, and the trope of spirit possession in Nathaniel Mackey’s writing and Burning Spear’s reggae. Ellis’ use of queer and affect theory shows how geographies claim diasporic subjects in ways that nationalist or masculinist tropes can never fully capture. Diaspora, Ellis concludes, is best understood as a mode of feeling and belonging, one fundamentally shaped by the experience of loss.“

by Nadia Ellis

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Nadia Ellis  is Assistant Professor of English. She specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and cultures. Her research traces the trajectories of literary and expressive cultures from the Caribbean to Britain to the United States and she is most intellectually at home at various intersections: between the diasporic and the queer; imperial identification and colonial resistance; performance and theory; migrancy and domesticity. She teaches classes on postcolonial literature and the city, black diasporic culture, queer theory, and US immigrant literature. Her book, Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora is forthcoming in 2015 from Duke UP. Published and upcoming essays are on such topics as Jamaican dancehall music; sexuality and the archive in postwar London; performance culture in the era of slavery Emancipation; and recent trends in Caribbean literary criticism. She is at work on a new book project, Diaspora’s Urban Sublime.


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