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.

https://medium.com/th-ink/the-good-stuff-part-one-c25fd9198730

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.

https://medium.com/th-ink/the-bad-stuff-part-one-72968ed855e0

That’s about to change, though!

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

Jim

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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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