by James Finn
Prism & Pen is fiction-rich this week! Your can check out two outstanding short stories in our editor’s picks, while down in fiction finds, Emma Holiday gives us a beautiful allegory. Plus, KP_the_writer starts a promising (chilling!) queer paranormal fantasy serial.
Fiction aside, don’t miss Eilís O’Keeffe’s provocative take on colonialism and queer Irish history. Mike Rosebush, PhD explains how he (theologically) maintains his strong Christian faith as a gay man, and late-transitioning trans woman Kitty Whitemore offers a painfully honest, sometimes amusing account of how she stayed married to her wife after transition.
P.S. For writers…
Do you think your consensual adult sexual behavior in your own home is nobody’s business but yours? Do you think The Scarlett Letter is a cautionary tale? Do you believe you enjoy the fundamental right to be free from state control of your sex life?
Jonathan Mitchell says you’re wrong. The architect of the Texas law that bans abortion at about six weeks after conception (before many women even know they’re pregnant) says the government should have the power to regulate your private sexual conduct.
He and co-counsel Adam Mortara just spelled that out in an amicus brief…
I got unsettling medical news Tuesday from my primary care physician. He presumed I already knew the worst, so his words lacked sensitivity to cushion what I received as a hammer blow.
“I’m afraid we’re already doing pretty much everything we can. I will try adjusting your meds again, but I cannot offer you the realistic expectation of living without significant pain or of resuming former levels of physical activity.”
Let me translate that. I woke up in agony at four this morning, jolted out of a nightmare about agony. It wasn’t a bad dream, it was real. I hobbled…
Warning: anti-transgender and homophobic slurs some people will find traumatizing appear in the text of this story. I’m including them to help readers appreciate the harsh reality of what a gang of violent bullies did to Tobi Yandle.
Can we get personal about bullying? Can we talk about how adults RIGHT NOW are encouraging children to behave as cruel bullies, then validating them when they follow through?
A 16-year-old transgender boy hurries through a crowded school corridor. He has to go, bad. You can see his urgency as he jiggles the handle of a single-stall faculty restroom he’s…
by James Finn
Prism & Pen this week offers a mixture of joyful celebration and somber self reflection. Plus, Chandler Myer returns with a comedic tour de force as he revisits one of the funniest pieces we’ve ever published.
Laurence Best gives us an incredible story this week. I know “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry” is horrible cliché, but you really will. Don’t miss his latest memoir chapter!
Did you hear about the woman teacher who allegedly betrayed public trust by repeatedly having sex with a 14-year-old-boy? Cases like this are very rare, and I wouldn’t be writing about this case, except that Krystal Jackson, a 39-year-old woman charged recently by Fresno County Sheriff’s Sex Crimes Unit, has become the eye of an anti-transgender hurricane, for bizarre but deeply disturbing reasons.
Jackson is not transgender, and if any transgender teacher has ever been charged with sexually abusing a student, I can’t find evidence of it.
“Just look at that child rapist!” they shouted. “He’s clearly a biological male!”
I’m used to writing about homophobic bigots who run most private Christian schools in the United States. I’m used to expressing outrage at how they constantly discriminate against LGBTQ students and staff, how they normalize bigotry and train children to hate. I’m used to writing about how students at these same private Christian schools are resisting, increasingly taking the lead protesting school-sponsored anti-LGBTQ hatred.
I read a CBC article yesterday by a young woman in Vancouver lamenting in a beautiful but anonymous voice that she feels compelled to live in the closet in a Canadian metropolis regarded as one of the most progressive cities on Earth.
Her reason boils down to religion, to her realistic fear that her Christian friends and family will reject and shun her if they find out she’s queer. She isn’t paranoid; she’s seen such shunning happen to her peers. She knows how ordinary it is.
She attended a private Christian high school where she constantly witnessed LGBTQ people being…
When my partner of 10 years died, I grieved hard for years. Sometimes I’d dream of him and wake up feeling joyful for an instant before sadness crushed me again. But today, remembering Lenny brings me nothing but joy.
This morning, Artemis Shishir shared with me a memory of our friend and colleague Brian Mack, BFoundAPen, who died last week. Artemis told me his heart hurts when those memories come to him. I said, “It’s OK to remember and feel bad. One day you will be able to remember and smile.”
Let’s make that our Prism & Pen theme for…
by James Finn
Prism & Pen co-founder Brian Mack passed peacefully Thursday morning in the company of loved ones. Those of us who knew Brian best are bereft. He wasn’t just a shining light, he was a sweet-natured, loyal friend whose absence leaves a void that cannot be filled.
Today we mourn, featuring a story and a poem honoring Brian, but we also celebrate LGBTQ lives, which is exactly why Brian helped P&P to be born.
In this week’s issue, Lachlan Smith, founder of the Unicorns LGBTQ-inclusive cricket club in the UK, writes about allies within LGBTQ communities. Gay Christian…