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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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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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Reading lists for LGBTQIA+ audiences: Looking ahead to 2022

Looking for books to read this winter and into 2022? Look over some of these lists and you'll no doubt find titles of interest. Enjoy!

In a more timely manner than my summer reading list was, I present some preliminary lists to start you thinking ahead to this winter and the beginning of 2022. I’ve highlighted a few titles here and there, but be aware that I’ve not read any of these, either. And, with that note, here are some lists to help you compile your upcoming lists …

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Reading lists for LGBTQIA+ audiences, summer 2021

With the-gay-editor, you’ll be working with an editor who belongs to the community and knows the community-- who treats you with common sense and respect.

This list of lists is coming out at the end of summer rather than its start, but given the number and diversity of recent publications, I could not resist putting it together. That said, let me get started . . . The first list, totaling 13 titles,…

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Reappraising LGBTQIA+ literature

via AuthorAllsorts, where it was used as artwork for a post, "Windows and Doors to Our Worlds: Writing LGBTQIA Literature" in which guest blogger author Laura Lam mentioned a We Need Diverse Books,, program at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Michael Nava begins the first in a series of three posts to explore the steps that gay and lesbian* writers—as well as readers, publishers, critics, scholars, and other component parts—once took to articulate their experience and existence.  Part I introduces the decades between 1940 and 1980, which “began as a wasteland for gay and lesbian writers” in books…

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