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27 May Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Dangerous Times Require ‘Radical Hope’

Dangerous Times Require ‘Radical Hope’

Almost immediately after the election—which I’ve come to think of as the Zombie Apocalypse—I received an email from novelist Carolina De Robertis. She was inviting authors of all types to write essays (in the form of letters) which would be part of an anthology called Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. […]

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25 Apr Posted by in • Lee Lynch | 5 comments

1960’s Gay Activism 101

1960’s Gay Activism 101

Recently, a lesbian high school student was writing a paper about 1960’s gay activists. Below are the young woman’s questions and my attempts to answer. I am very fortunate to be able to reach across generations. How/why did you get involved in the 1960’s gay rights movement? “This was a natural progression for me. At age […]

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15 Mar Posted by in • Lee Lynch | 3 comments

Do You have TDD? (Trump Depression Disorder)

Do You have TDD? (Trump Depression Disorder)

Okay, I give in, it’s depression. I might as well face it. And I know I’m not alone. You can guess when it started: November 8, 2016. I tried to overcome it by resisting, ignoring, laughing at the fools on the hill. Like the amazing Elizabeth Warren, I persisted, but so did this depression. I’ve […]

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13 Mar Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | Comments Off on I Read the News Today

I Read the News Today

I Read the News Today

A wave of consciousness was spreading over the world. Choice and freedom was replacing repression. Hamas, ISIS, and Hezbollah acknowledged Israel’s right to exist. I breathed deeply as I read the news, there was more: The mullahs of Iran decided to drop Islamist ideology from their platform, apologizing for the pain and suffering they caused their people. […]

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17 Oct Posted by in • Lee Lynch | Comments Off on A Dirty Little Secret

A Dirty Little Secret

A Dirty Little Secret

“I thought I was the only one,” the stranger said in a low voice. It wasn’t 1957, or even 1977. It was last week, at the grand opening of a supermarket in town. He was gray-haired, tall, dressed like a ranch hand. His smile was sheepish, his eyes conspiratorial. He wasn’t talking about finding a […]

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13 Sep Posted by in • Lee Lynch | Comments Off on Why Lesbians are Defined by Our Sexuality

Why Lesbians are Defined by Our Sexuality

Why Lesbians are Defined by Our Sexuality

Do you have an “Affectional Preference for Female Companionship”?  Hey, world, big news! Gay people are more than our sexuality. I am really, really tired of the focus on the third syllable of the term homosexual. It’s annoyed me for fifty-four years that I am defined by one part of my humanity. Please tell me why, […]

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02 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on LGBT History and The City of Brotherly Love

LGBT History and The City of Brotherly Love

LGBT History and The City of Brotherly Love

When GILDA, Diane and I pulled into Philadelphia, a city I’d visited regularly in the 1980s, it was like coming home. (Fortunately this was weeks ahead of the Democratic National Convention!) We stayed in a lovely B & B, The Alexander Inn, on Spruce St; just around the corner from the store where I was reading: […]

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14 Jul Posted by in • Lee Lynch | Comments Off on Remembering Orlando & Gay Freedom

Remembering Orlando & Gay Freedom

Remembering Orlando & Gay Freedom

So here I am, trying on men’s dress pants for the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards ceremony, and I keep thinking of the photos of our people in Orlando. They dressed up too in their best freedom clothes, also anticipating an evening of togetherness. I’m grateful to be alive and able to gather with other […]

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23 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

On the Road with THE GILDA STORIES

On the Road with THE GILDA STORIES

Of all the southern cities Atlanta is the one I’ve visited most.  It’s got wonderful universities, peaches and Coca Cola (I know, not correct but it’s been my fave since I was a kid!).  I attended the very first conference on Black Speculative Fiction writers at Clark Atlanta University more than a decade ago and […]

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14 Jun Posted by in • Lee Lynch | 2 comments

The Link Between Old and Young Dykes

The Link Between Old and Young Dykes

The only information I had on old gay people when I came out was that we were doomed to be alone and thus miserable. Oh, and lesbians would have leathery skin while gay men would become pitiful predators. At least, that’s how old perverts were portrayed in the pulps, and in non-fiction about criminology and […]

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