Over the past twenty years, changes in the publishing and book selling industries eroded this ecosystem of queer literary culture….
Connect with us to pitch a story, apply for a staff position, or let us know how you’d like to be involved. All positions are volunteer, you’ll receive payment in the satisfaction that you’re contributing to an organization ensuring Asian American voices are heard, perspectives are told, and faces are seen.
This call for pitches and staffers is open to anyone. LGBTQ individuals and people of color are strongly encourage to submit pitches and applications. There is a strong interest in content from the mid-west, south, and content written by/about the broad Pacific Islander and South Asian communities.
General themes to consider: Arts, Politics, Family, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Justice, and History
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In 2002, spurred by the shuttering of a.Magazine, a small group of 20-and-30-something journalists and artists got together to fill the void by envisioning the kind of magazine we always wanted to read
We began meeting around a kitchen table in San Francisco that spring, and over snacks and beer, a vision slowly emerged. The magazine wouldn’t flinch at covering serious issues, but also wouldn’t take itself too seriously. It would cover Asian Americans in Texas, Kansas and Minnesota, not just the critical mass living in California and New York. It would feature emerging artists, thinkers and doers, not only the few established Asian Americans who’d gotten mainstream approval. It would be a magazine that looked beyond identity — we’d explore cultural issues while tackling what is Asian American by accident, by tangent or by happenstance.
Hyphen issue 1, which paid tribute to Asian American activism, was published in June 2003 … in tackling issues of culture and community with substance and sass, Hyphen has also flourished, becoming a media must for savvy Asian Americans.
Open Calls for Submission
I’m an LGBT writer in the LGBT fiction community. I know there are tons of aspiring writers out there who have LGBT characters. There are also so many LGBT people out there who want a book written with an LGBT protagonist which doesn’t revolve around the fact they’re LGBT, who are tired of all those overdone tropes about coming out and being accepted.
Here are some LGBT publishers that have open calls for submission:
New and aspiring authors, here’s a short list of LGBT publishers who are looking for stories in any genre, not just contemporary or romance.
Happy writing (and reading)
YASSSS COME JOIN US
also to add, Bold Strokes Books
Members of the Trans Poets Workshop NYC offer pieces from their diverse bodies of work.
The Rainbow Hub / The Importance of LGBTQ Literature: Cleis Press Launches the OutWriters Project - The Rainbow Hub
In celebration of Pride month, Cleis Press has launched OutWriters, a brand new project that explores the importance of LGBTQ writing. Using the hashtag #OutWriters on Twitter, over fifty authors, readers, and writers of LGBTQ literature have been sharing why queer writers are important to them, and what it means to have queer visibility in books.
Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades.
Topside Press has organized a summer tour of groundbreaking transgender women writers visiting bookstores across the Northeast US.
Be sure to check out this awesome series from bisexual comic author/artist (and contributer to Anything That Loves) MariNaomi!
One of the next writing projects that I want to tackle will be about straight saviours in films.
That is, films that depict a straight character that takes it upon themselves to “save” or otherwise “help” a queer character who is going through struggles in the film - usually (if not always) to some personal benefit of their own.
Often times, these straight saviours are homophobic and/or depicted as (terrible representations of) allies to the queer community. Usually the queer character(s) are depicted (by straight actors/actresses) with stereotypical heteronormative ideas of what it means to be queer.
For example: Greg Kinnear’s depiction of his character Simon in As Good As It Gets and his relationship with Jack Nicholson’s character Melvin.
Please send me films where you have seen this sort of thing within the plot - even if the characters involved are not main characters or do not have a lot of dialogue. Thank you.
If folks are interested, I created a page on my blog for all of the posts that pertain to my personal writing. These pieces range from product reviews to articles that I have written on social issues and such.
I am also currently going through about four years worth of my posts to fix broken links, update my pronouns, and delete problematic terminology (i.e. trans with the asterisk). If you notice anything that I missed, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you.
For future reference: The page is entitled ‘writing’, and it is located at the top of my blog with all of my other blog pages.
Honorees included Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein, as well as the first ever Lammy given to an LGBT graphic novel.
The award-winning author and civil rights activist died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The conference schedule has been revealed! Here are some Topside-centric highlights (and the full schedule is here and every single thing is amazing).
p.s. It’s still not too late to buy tickets and come to this amazing conference!
THURSDAY, MAY 22
2:30pm - Plenary panel : Frames for Trans Literature
Panelists: Amir Rabiyah, Gein Wong, Joy Ladin, Tom Léger, Trace Peterson
FRIDAY, MAY 23
9am - Trans Fiction Writing Workshop
Workshop with Riley MacLeod and Tom Léger
11am Plenary panel : Story, Histories, Politics
Panelists: Casey Plett, Imogen Binnie, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Rupert Raj, Ryka Aoki
1pm Teaching Trans Writers
Cooper Lee Bombardier, Riley MacLeod, Catherine Fitzpatrick
3pm Group reading at the Millennium Library
Aiyyana Maracle, Amir Rabiyah, Casey Plett, Ching-In Chen, Imogen Binnie, Joy Ladin, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Nathanaël, Rachel Pollack, Trace Peterson
SATURDAY, MAY 24
9:30am Can’t Take a Joke: Trans People & Humor
Workshop with Red Durkin
4:45 Group reading
Free and open to the public
Cooper Lee Bombardier, Gein Wong, Rupert Raj, Ryka Aoki, Tom Léger, Trish Salah
According to a 2011 UCLA study, about 11% of Americans admit to having experienced same-sex attraction. Malinda Lo did some research, and after looking at the statistics, I was shocked to find that only “94 YA books published in 2013 include LGBT main characters or are about LGBT issues." Since approximately 5,000 YA titles were published in 2013, that means approximately 1 in 50 books contained an LGBT main character or involved LGBT issues.
That’s not even close to representation.
Some people like to argue that publishing LGBT YA isn’t lucrative because cishet readers don’t want to read about queer people. What those people don’t understand is that queer people consume all kinds of media that contains only straight people in it - just as much as cishet people consume it. In my experience, my cishet friends read just as much as my queer friends do - and my cishet friends read queer lit! If LGBT people are expected to consume straight media without complaint, then why shouldn’t straight people be expected to consume queer media?
When interviewing tumblr users about their views on why lesbian fiction is important, Harmony Ink Press’s [Nessa Warin] noted [in her article for KT Grant’s blog] that it’s not just important because lesbians exist, but also because “it’s hope for the future and inspiring confidence and teaching teenagers about the world and slowly but surely bringing about change." Queer media isn’t just important for queer people; it’s important for everyone.
So what can you do about it? Well, you can start off by buying and reading some more queer books. YALSA has a fantastic guide on getting started with all kinds of different genres.
Whatever books you read, review them, share them, get other people to notice. Give your favorite YA book to a friend and make them read it. Make them pass on the message.
For publishers, demand matters. Money matters. So the best way to get the Big Six publishers to start carrying more LGBT YA books is to buy LGBT YA books.
The disparity between the number of queer people and the number of books that contain them is reprehensible. We are living in the twenty-first century, and yet we still do not have proper representation of the queer community.
It’s time to change that.