“An armed 22-year-old entered an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, just before midnight Saturday night and immediately opened fire, killing at least five people and injuring 18 others, before patrons stopped and disarmed him, police said Sunday.”
Walking through the “Ravine of Regrets” for the last month and a half seems silly now. An important personal transition to be sure, but now it’s time for me to come back.. Exhaustion no longer matters when we have a job to do.
The symbolism of a massacre on the day of Trans Remembrance is not lost or ignored, and it should be understood as the deliberate act of murder in which it was intended. This kid walked into a bar and made his stand by eviscerating life and shattering lives. There will never be enough tears shed.
The LGBTQ+ community is a gorgeous mural painted thick with the deepest and most vibrant colors. We’ve always existed, and we’ll always be here. I’m sad for those we lost over the weekend, I’m disgusted that life will never be the same for those in the bar, and I’m devastated that there are still people who feel as if this act is warranted.
But my heart bursts with pride for those who fought back, for those who protected their own community even as shots were fired. To be allowed to be a part of the greater LGBTQ+ people is an honor I’m discovering every day of my life now, to know that we come from such a strong group.
Helloooo! Hi, there! Welcome to Writing.com! Your calendar will be in the mail in one year, but for now, enjoy the complete control of writing and owning your works. You are certainly free to do what you wish with your stories, but please consider...
Quit deleting all your works just because you think they're subpar. If you're a newbie, they're supposed to be weak in places, and that fear and panic you feel now that it's posted? That's normal. We all experience that. All of us. It's part of the process and part of the art of exposing who are you deeper than even you could realize.
When you delete what you consider a weak piece, you rob yourself of the opportunity to learn and grow. You're too new to understand how your talent has worked its way into your story, still too fresh to know while you might have written something you don't love, you can revise it in a year after you've learned. That's what we're here for: to learn how to expand ourselves in every way to keep this art flourishing. It can't flourish if we delete it.
Here. Here are literally my worst. I keep them as they are to remind myself where I came from.
Feel free to delete everything always, but remember...your story had been working its way to the surface for a while, and you had the fortification to post it...keep riding that confidence, and let your story stew. It deserves to live for all the work you did. You can always go back to make it better later.
In October of 1998, when I was a seventeen year old, Matthew Shepard was found clinging to life tied to a fencepost. I was coming to terms with being a homo while members of The First Baptist Church of Keota, Oklahoma started talking when I prayed out loud for Shepard. From this point in 1998 until December of the same year, that church sent the pastor and three of the deacons to my house to demand I step down as the assistant music director or they’d remove me.
They had to remove me.
And here I am, doing my thing, doing our thing on WDC. To see the genre stretch out, to watch you guys becoming better artists and stronger writers…to be able to learn about myself through you guys…I’m pretty damned satisfied in my life.
If you’re not ready to come out, please don’t. The point is to shed the identities others have placed upon us as long as it’s correct within our nature. And coming out isn’t just a queer thing…shedding those misconceptions and labels is universal. We all do it.
Regardless, this is a day to find love for yourself, for your story. It’s a day to celebrate that we’re okay and to be reminded our story is important. What gives us our Pride, the work we put into discovering ourselves without the influences from society, that’s what’s important.
I know June is still pretty far away, but it’s never too early to start planning a celebration. If you host an activity and would like to be involved, then definitely check out "WDC’s 2023 Pride Celebration Committee"
There’re only until the new issue of "A Prism of People Newsletters" is released! That means you have don’t have too long to read "A Prism of People Introduction" and sign up for the newsletter. In order to be eligible to for the optional activity and to read the newsletter, you’ll have to sign up before the first. Also, Prism Peeps, don’t forget the deadline for this month’s activity is this Friday, September 30 at noon, WDC time. So far, nobody has created a merit badge…could yours be the newest addition to the WDC family of merit badges? You can’t win if you don’t try!
Looking for something to do? "The Wilde & Dandy Short Story Contest" still has left until the competition closes. The prompt? “Do you sleep with your closet door opened? No? Why not? What’s in there? What could possibly live in a closet to make life scarier? Your mission, should you choose to accept, is tell the story of your main character confronting your biggest fear of what’s in the closet. Take the feeling of that, put it in a story, and make it worth your time!” The word range is 2K to 3K words, and the prizes are worth the effort. Go, check it out!
And always keep the LGBTQ+ genre in mind when looking for something to read. Several pieces are added every week, and it’s worth your time to peruse the collection!
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