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10.05.2010

Writers on Being Queer and Getting Better

In the aftermath of suicide week (my name for it; terrible that five lives can be summed up that way), is Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project, a series of public service announcement from (usually queer) celebrities: Darren Hayes, Jeffery Self, and Ellen (is there another Ellen?) among others, urging gay teens to stick through it: high school isn't forever, you'll be out of no time. Ellen called this a crisis. Like others, I think it is evidence of a bigger problem (a structural problem in society)...not that anyone didn't know that already. While some believe the video project is giving false hope (the video I wanted to link has been removed), and obviously some celebrities are doing it to attract gay audiences (Jason Derulo, you have no idea what you're talking about, you're speaking generalizations here; Ashley Tisdale might as well be saying that no cats were harmed in the making of this episode), I think this project does help, it uses a media the youth use, using celebrity voices, including some (fabulous) writers:

1. Nicola Griffith is the coolest ever! This is not specifically made for the It Gets Better Project (it was made in 2008), but it goes along with it. Nicola gives us a story about growing up queer (and surviving) and in her British accent to boot!


Nicola Griffith, Hugo House Reading, Second Piece
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2. Rob Wolfsham is an up and coming erotica write who has been published in multiple anthologies; he also is an editor at Escarp. Besides the pictures of naked redheads, the posts on his blog are definitely something to follow. They're like poetry. He is charming. I want to be like him when I'm his age. Here, you'll see what I mean:



3. Kate Bornstein is simply amazing. I still have that card!


I think all of this has gotten me thinking: about the meaning of queer stories, the way we use these stories, and how we as a queer community must stick together.

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