Lessons in cultist leader worship for all Americans

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Log Cabin Republicans Stage Gays for Trump Rally in WeHo. Photo copyright Paul Murillo.

What can gay Trump supporters teach us about a human tendency to revere leaders to the point of social destruction? A march in West Hollywood has lessons for us all. That the marchers gathered during a pandemic without masks and broadcast racist messages has more to say. The fact that local police embraced them instead of enforcing the law is a warning sign for all of us.

As Paul Murillo first reported in the WeHo Times, the Log Cabin Republicans staged a “Gays for Trump” rally last Friday night in West Hollywood, a small city offering the densest concentration of gay-popular hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars in greater Los Angeles. …

A Prism & Pen Writing Prompt

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Copyright: Pablo Salto-Weis Azevedo “Teco” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 ES)

Writers, on your marks!

Thunderstorm season is almost over where I live, but we’ve had some blue-electrical hair-lifting dillies in the last week. Enough to send my dog Sam scampering for refuge under a bed. What do you do when lightning threatens?

It’s time for a new Prism & Pen challenge. What can you write about Lightning and Strikes?

P&P’s new two-week challenge starts today

We’re looking for fiction, personal essays, and storytelling of all kind. As always, poets are welcome and encouraged. Anything you have to say about Lightning and Strikes would be awesome. Wanna subvert the theme and write weird? We love that.

Question: Do writers have to write to the prompt to submit? Nope! It’s there to inspire you, not restrict you. P&P writers are welcome to write about anything within our guidelines at any time. …

P&P queer storytelling — October 25, 2020

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by James Finn

Fiction pops on Prism & Pen this week as Chandler Myer hits us with another searing short read, BFoundAPen debuts a serial about the black transman experience, and Enne Baker continues his wrenching WWII gay Jewish story.

As always, we offer plenty of nonfiction storytelling, including ElMehdi El Azhary’s examination of closeted gay life in Morocco.

Let’s dive in!

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James Finn

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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