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Below are recent posts to anEditor’s Blog of the-freelance-editor that are likely to be of specific interest to LGBT2sQQAI+ writers and readers. the-gay-editor (formerly theGayEditor) has decided to pull them into a separate list so they are easier to locate and so you can feel comfortable knowing that you have a place where your writing will be respected and appreciated.

the-gay-editor is truly passionate about helping writers to share stories from, for, and with the gay community—and, by the way, when we say gay, we are using the word’s older generic form of inclusion, to mean all levels and variations of queerness: gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT / LGBT) persons, as well as those who identify more as queer or intersex or asexual or transitional, in addition to anyone who is questioning and/or an ally—because that community, those communities, has so, so many stories to share.

With these posts, we hope to reassure readers, and writers, that a more passionate, more open-minded, more energetic, more creative, more understanding community does exist—even amidst the judgment and persecution that can sometimes be more obvious.

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Like a Love Story, a short book review

This short book review of Like a Love Story, by gay author Abdi Nazemian, is focused on one of the best LGBTQ+ books of historical fiction I’ve read in a short while—and that opinion is evidently shared by the Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association, which selected Like a Love Story as a Stonewall Honor Book in Children’s and Young Adult Literature in 2020. Nazemian also wrote The Walk-In Closet (Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction, 2014) and  . . .

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The Minus-One Club, a short book review

This short book review of The Minus-One Club will announce that author Kekla Magoon—Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature winner—has written one of the most passionate books I’ve read in years! It is the story of fifteen-year-old Kermit, who finds a mysterious invitation in his locker one day. The invitation contains an intriguing message that includes a time and place to meet and is signed “-1”  . . .

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Something Fabulous, a short book review

While I’ll express mixed feelings about Something Fabulous in the following short book review, I did completely enjoy this so-called historical gay romance by author Alexis Hall. As you’ll see, my feelings are mixed in very limited ways! On the first hand, Hall’s storyline and plot, pacing, characterizations, and descriptions made Something Fabulous very readable and appropriate for readers of all ages. On the other hand, . . .

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Before We Disappear, a short book review

Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson -- cover art

I am not a big fantasy reader but when I noticed that Before We Disappear was loosely classified as a “‘historical’ fantasy”—I decided to give it a try. The historical part is the story’s primary setting: the famed Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, perhaps more commonly known as the 1909 Seattle world’s fair. I really knew nothing about that historical event (and you won’t learn much from the book’s context) but descriptions of places and events referenced in the story made me want to know more about it, particularly in the way of . . .

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Boy Underground, a short book review

book review- Boy Underground by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The historical novel Boy Underground, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, contains some of the best written narrative I have read in a long, long time—but the gay-themed historical novel is also engaging and informative. Set in rural California during the outset of World War II, Boy Underground weaves an evolving coming-out story, based on the memories of a real-life narrator, into the plot that is believable and relatable. See what else I thought about the book . . .

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When did I know?

Learning for Justice, formerly Teaching Tolerance, has developed a series of podcasts to share stories of LGBTQ life.

“When did you know you were gay?” You might think that question would lead to an easily conveyed, straightforward answer; and maybe it would and does these days. But, growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, I find my response is a bit of a long story, centered more on “inklings” than on knowledge—which was hard to come by until I was mostly grown! . . .

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Style guides and LGBTQ+ terminology

partial infographic of LGBT2SQIA+ terminology, defined and published by University of British Columbia, Equity and Inclusion Office

While fact-checking some text for a few recent publications, I stumbled across this colorful infographic and a separate, rather thorough list of LGBT2SQIA+ words and terminology with very thoughtful definitions. As I dug deeper, I found some other, newer style guides that encouraged “better” language, words of inclusivity, and terms for diversity—then, I decided to make my own list of those alternative guides . . .

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