Today, May 17th, hundreds of writer/editors/artists and others involved in LGBTQ literature are blogging to observe a yearly Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. See more details about the day at:
and about this Blog Hop at:
http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/ where you can find a list with links to all the participants.
I write and edit chiefly lesbian erotica, with nine anthologies (six for Cleis Press) and one collection (from Lethe Press) under my erotica name, Sacchi Green. I also write the occasional gay or transgender piece, because some stories insist on choosing their own characters, and there’s just no arguing with them. My alter-ego, Connie Wilkins, concentrates more on science fiction and fantasy and other permutations of speculative fiction, still in general with an LGBTQ slant.
Besides sharing our thoughts on homophobia and transphobia, each blogger is offering a prize. I’ve chosen my anthology Time Well Bent: Queer Alternative Histories, edited for Lethe Press, because it includes something for everyone with any interest in history. Gay, lesbian, transgender; from an Irish monk altering his transcription of the Bible as Vikings are about to attack, to Shakespeare’s twin sister conspiring with Christopher Marlowe, to what T.E. Lawrence really wrote in that lost first manuscript of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, along with a multitude of other reimaginings of history, the writers in this book say far more about the LGBTQ experience in an inhospitable world than I could possibly say here. To be entered in a drawing for a copy of the book, just comment on this blog with a real e-mail address so I can contact the winner. You have through May 27th to enter, and I’ll announce a winner by the 29th. I’ll try to contact the winner by e-mail, but I’ll also announce it here, so it wouldn’t hurt to check.
In keeping with my interest in LGBTQ history, instead of an essay I’m posting a link to a free story in my blog, and an excerpt right here to give you a taste of it. “Lipstick on Her Collar” was originally published in an anthology by the same name that I edited for Pretty Things Press, and was later reprinted in my own collection A Ride to Remember from Lethe Press.
I won’t tell you the historical setting or period; you’ll figure that out for yourself. Here’s the brief excerpt:
Lipstick on Her Collar
The DC-7 burst from clouds over the South China Sea at an angle so steep VC rockets had no chance at a target. My breath caught and my butt clenched. At the last possible instant the plane leveled off, touched down, and came to a jolting stop.
I'd seen the same thing too often to be seriously alarmed. But I wasn't on board. And I wasn't Miss Maureen O'Malley from the Boston Globe, getting her first taste of the adrenaline-mill that was Vietnam in 1969. I wondered whether Miss Maureen's panties were still dry. And how long she'd last at this war correspondent game. If she couldn't handle the heat, the sooner she headed back to the Ladies' pages, the better.
She wasn't hard to spot on the tarmac. Miss Boston's dainty sandals, blue plaid skirt and matching jacket were about what I'd expected. The fine legs beneath the short hem, however, exceeded expectations.
I wasn’t the only one looking her over, but I was a lot more discreet about it than the guys. Any overt attraction to women could have landed me, if not in the brig, at least back Stateside with a dishonorable discharge.
And here’s the link to the whole story, or you can just scroll down about seven posts: