Reminds me of the days, Eric Griggs , when Lenny and I used to go to Tompkins Square Park to see Ru and others perform, way before she was nationally known.

You’re right about the struggle part. Those were not glamour-filled events and venues.

I’ve never seen the TV show, not being a consumer of television for the most part, or of most any kind of video, but I have been observing the controversy that Phaylen Fairchild has written about. It’s pretty big on Twitter right now too.

I can see why trans people feel excluded and offended. I can also see what Ru is probably trying to accomplish.

I hope we get to where we need to be without too much negativity setting us back.

I am extra conscious right now of entering fraught territory, myself, as I begin to write a trans teen into one of my serialized fiction pieces, The Good Stuff.

Actually, she was already present as a supporting character in the prequel, The Bad Stuff, as a youngster forced to undergo a residential conversion therapy program.

I just didn’t let on (other than dropping a few broad hints) that she was trans.

Technically, I still haven’t let on, but the cat will be out of the bag entirely very soon.

I worry, though, about being a gay man writing a trans character. I feel I need to with this story, because to leave trans kids out would constitute erasure, I think.

On the other hand, I want to make sure I get it right.

Phaylen Fairchild, if I should happen to screw up anything badly, I wouldn’t mind some helpful criticism.

If you’re interested, I’m referring to the Matt character in The Bad Stuff, who is actually not a gay boy but a trans girl.

Given the sadistic setting she finds herself in, she hasn’t shared that fact with Caleb, the protagonist.

That’s about to change, though!

I’m gonna do my level best to draw her as accurately and sympathetically as I can.


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

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