Throughout June, I wrote a number of posts to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month. I’ve never been to any Pride events and I didn’t go this year, but I hope to someday. In the meantime, I’m content to post about issues that concern me. It’s good practice for all those college writing courses I’ll take someday, right?
I thought I’d do a quick recap of my Pride 2014 posts just in case you missed any of them, and also because I want to ask you some questions about the types of posts I write.
On June first, I kicked off Pride with a post titled Should You Write Only What You Know? This post was SUPER LONG and I’M SORRY IF THAT MADE IT DIFFICULT TO READ but there was so much that I wanted to talk about that I decided to just talk about it all.
So, should you write only what you know? Nope. Representation and diversity are important! And it’s not that hard to figure out what is and is not OK when it comes to portraying characters who are not like you – do some research and use your imagination. I provided lots of links to Malinda Lo’s blog because she is an AWESOME author.
Also, I talked about how you really should be able to relate to both hobbits and lesbians. Or dragons and transgender people. Relate to them, read about them, write queer high fantasy stories because I’d love to see them.
Several days later on June ninth, I posted Marriage Equality In Indiana, As Explained By Charlie Brown. I loved writing this because it allowed me to let off frustration about inane articles in the local newspaper.
My two main points were that A) we should not prioritize money over basic human rights and B) a cause does not have to benefit straight people in order to be considered legitimate. I’m really tired of heterosexual people jumping on the LGBTQ+ rights bandwagon because they see something in it for them, not because they have an interest in things like equality and human dignity and all that jazz.
June fourteenth was the day I published All I Really Want Are More Queer, Avenging, Gorgeous Fairy Queens. The recent movie Maleficent contains a lot of LGBTQ+ subtext and although the idea of a Maleficent/Aurora relationship makes me uncomfortable (because BIG AGE DIFFERENCES, PEOPLE), canonically-queer!Maleficent would’ve meant so much to me. I want queer fantasy! And queer fairy tales! And queer children’s stories!
Also, apparently I just like to look at super-pretty, super-evil fictional ladies. Who knew?
Gaydar Is Overrated – Be A Sleuth Instead was published on June seventeenth in response to some questions from one of my followers. Here’s a super-short crash course in gaydar for you: IT’S NOT REAL. IT DOESN’T WORK. AND IT’S LIKELY TO OFFEND PEOPLE.
And besides, there definitely are tactful, non-gaydar-ish ways of inquiring about someone’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. So don’t be offensive. Being offensive is not nice (duh) and, at least in my small corner of the universe, will ensure that I laugh at you in a post. Behold:
To the girl at work who claimed she had amazing gaydar while failing to notice the tired lesbian who sat before her rolling forks and knives into napkins – smile! You’re blog fodder! You don’t know what you’re talking about… plus, your waitressing skills leave a lot to be desired!
On June twenty-fifth, I spent all day in a daze – my (ultra-conservative) state finally legalized marriage equality! I wrote about the occasion in A Surprise From Indiana.
Unfortunately, the ruling was stayed after only two days, but for one glorious moment queer couples were marrying in my state! In my county! In my town! Aaah! I still can’t believe it! CONGRATULATIONS, PEOPLE!
My final Pride 2014 post was published yesterday, June thirtieth – the one-year anniversary of my coming out. It was called, fittingly, One Year Ago Today. I enjoyed sorting out all my thoughts, but at the same time it was hard to write. It made me think about some things I would rather not remember.
In the end, I think it was good that I wrote it. Also, I got to quote U2. And Doctor Who. Because I can.
Well, those were my six Pride 2014 posts. I had a great deal of fun while writing them and hope that if you missed any of them, you’ll read them now. (And hopefully comment! I LOVE COMMENTS.)
And that nearly wraps up this post, but not quite. I’d love to hear your thoughts on those Pride posts, of course, but I’d also love to know your thoughts on future LGBTQ+ posts. You know I’ll write more – but is there anything in particular that you would like me to write about?
My first Pride 2014 post was about writing. The second and fourth were about current events. Number three discussed fandom-y stuff, and number five gave advice in addition to talking about items that would be of concern to allies. The final post was about personal matters, my own experiences.
I would like to know which topic or topics you liked the most. Would you like to see certain types of posts more often? Less often? Is there something I’ve never written about here that you would like to read about? I’ll use your responses to help me decide what kinds of LGBTQ+ posts to write in days to come, so please leave comments! Don’t be shy!
Did you do anything special for Pride? Did you do anything fun during June in general?