I relate to so much of this, as a novelist, an activist, and a privileged gay white man with an expensive education, a blog, and lots of followers.

I especially appreciate the power part, because it took some friends of mine a long time to pound that into my head.

I see myself in one way. I’m small and physically unimposing. I often feel intimidated. I was a nerd before nerd was cool, and I often relate to the world through that sort of lens.

But people perceive my words to be powerful. I never really GOT that until a crisis woke me up and made me pay attention.

I had to listen to call outs. Still trying.

Thanks for a great read. I’m meditating on it a bit.


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