On tears and rejecting harmful belief systems

I cried as I fell asleep —

My own fault, really. I shouldn’t have been reading Braden’s Story by Mason Dodd. As an aspiring author of LGBTQ YA fiction, I read a lot. Knowing my genre is part of the job. This one knocked me for a loop.

Grieves his community as he offers his heart

I promise you this story is not boring, even though the Roman Catholic witch-hunt against gay staff has become so ordinary that people almost don’t get outraged about it anymore. Even loving Catholics who abhor their Church’s persecution of LGBTQ people often shrug their shoulders. What can we do, they…

It’s OK to hold complex views about complex topics

I swore I would not write about Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special “The Closer.” I am neither transgender nor Black, so even though I love some of the points Chappelle made, and even though I’m grieved by others, I decided to stand back and give others air to speak.

I changed…

Prism & Pen Weekly — October 24, 2021

by James Finn

Since the moment Prism & Pen was born, transgender writers have been part of our beating heart. When some of them expressed discomfort with drag queens and drag art, I asked for a conversation. This is week one of that process, featuring diverse queer people who love…

Unexpected new data show how you can fight back and win

If you follow LGBTQ news even a little, you know school bullying is a serious, increasing problem for queer teens. LGBTQ students at U.S. middle and high schools face a rising tide of bullying, which is often violent. …

Subverting gender performance is celebration and rebellion

When I look at a hot guy, a buzz of sexual pleasure electrifies my body, but I’m more romantic than anything else. I fall in love at the drop of a pin. …

Superintendent blames the rainbow

Two teens walk into a high-school classroom during period change. While the teacher yells at them, they rip a Pride flag off a wall then sprint through a crowded hall. They outrun the teacher and disappear. Soon after, several students film themselves crowding into a school toilet cubicle as they…

A Prism & Pen writing prompt

Decades ago, my late partner Lenny and I used to thread around broken beer bottles and discarded syringes in NYC’s Tompkins Square Park to watch a scruffy nobody called Ru Paul do drag. …

Prism & Pen Weekly — October 17, 2021

by James Finn

This week in Prism & Pen, we feature some little-known pre-Stonewall gay history involving a fight with American Nazis, we look at Tucker Carlson’s anti-feminist Pete Buttigieg rant, we mourn some queer ghosts, and we amplify transgender voices decrying toxic tropes. …

What’s with the breastfeeding crack?

Did you hear how Fox News commentator/provocateur Tucker Carlson ripped on openly gay Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave to help care for his twin infants? …

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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