I don’t know of you’re a fan of short stories, Christine Marie Merkel, but I participate in an LGBTQ writing group that does short theme pieces every two weeks. The theme this past cycle was religion. I was expecting a pretty good mix of pieces because our group is quite diverse.

But with a couple of exceptions, just about everyone in the group chose to write about how religion to them is about pain and exclusion. If you want to have a look, just scroll down past the announcement and you’ll find the list of submissions.


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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