I’m an old-school lefty, an American socialist long before socialism was cool, raised by a Marxist father to believe in the rights of the working class and the need for equality for all before the eyes of the law. But lately, the new left has begun to irritate me on a number of fronts. One particularly irritating aspect of new-leftism is the emergence of left homophobia.
Do not be content to think talent innate. Struggle against what you can not do until it becomes what you can.
I just received notice that I won 2nd place in the Parsec Ink short story contest.
To paraphrase The Simpsons’ Helen Lovejoy, “What about the language? Won’t somebody please think of the language?”
My latest short story is harsh. I mean, it’s brutal. No feelings were spared when I wrote it, and I used it to take genre fiction to task.
You’d think that, as a gay man, I’d be all about any site that offered upwards of 4¢ per word with a submissions page that stated boldly, “We’re looking for stories from different perspectives. LGBTQIAA+, African Americans, Women, Hispanics encouraged to apply!” You’d think I’d be even more excited for the yearly “Queers Only” edition of any one of a number of markets. Yet the more I think about it, the more it makes me cringe, the more it makes me fear for the safety of many of my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.