I love to talk to people, about their books, about their lives and about what makes them tick. So what better way to kick off a month of queer pride than to invite friends, new and old, onto my blog so we can talk about what makes us proud to be queer and for the creatives among us, what we’re doing to express ourselves through our work. Every day between June 1 and June 30, I’ll be hosting guests on my blog to celebrate the LGBTQPIA+ community by talking about what it means to be queer, discussing their favorite queer books, movies, musicals, etc.
Here’s the official prompt from the project’s founder, Ben @ Ace of Bens:
This month we’re here to celebrate. What makes you happy to be part of the queer community? Do you have an amazing coming out story about that terrifying moment that ended up being so much better than you expected? Does the recent surge of representation in books, TV, music, etc. make you proud to represent one (or more) of the letters of the ever-growing acronym? Are you a part of a project that helps queer people or highlights queer voices and you want to talk about how awesome it is? Then come tell us all about it. We want to hear about what you’re celebrating this month and what make you proud to be part of the LGBTQPIA+ community!
This is an event meant to reflect on our identities and increase positivity around pride month. No rainbow capitalistic filters here. Just queer peeps talking about their queer selves. This event is also a response to the disproportional amount of, for lack of a better term, “tragedy porn” found in queer media. Posts don’t have to gloss over reality, but we encourage everyone to have an ultimately hopeful or positive tenor to their posts.
Stumped on what to write? Here are some post ideas:
Narrative post — A post in which you retell a story about something that happened to you or someone you know. Maybe you have a story about the time you helped change a policy to create equality in your local community. Or maybe you want to tell us about your first time attending a pride festival. All of those awesome stories are welcome here!
Coming out story — This is a type of narrative post. Considering the nature of the event, I anticipate a lot of people choosing to submit that style of post. And that’s fine! Most of us have at least one coming out story to tell, and this is a great place to tell it.
Highlighting book, album, movie, etc. — This is essentially a review post. However, it’s slightly different because there’s not so much critique in a post highlighting a work. Feel free to mention some down sides or add a warning about something that rubbed you the wrong way. But I’d like you to focus on why you love this book, movie, TV show, music, album, etc. We’re here to talk about what we love and the work you’re highlighting should be something you love!
List post — Examples of this could include, “Shows that Make Me Proud to Be Bi”, “Ten of My Favorite Aro Characters”, “Seven Transgender Artists You Need in Your Music Library”. So maybe you want to talk about all the ways you feel represented in a certain media? A list post sounds like a great idea for you.
Q&A / Interview — This is usually done for authors, YouTubers, and other well-known creators who don’t have as much time to write a post of their own but still want to participate. This isn’t to say that you have to be ~famous~ to do this kind of post. If you want me to come up with some questions relating to a topic you’re excited to talk about, let me know, and we’ll work something out!
Some creative ideas I would also love to see and promote during this event:
- Queer pride make-up looks and tutorials
- Video post submissions
- Queer recipes
- Any kind of non-traditional or non-linear storytelling
- Poetry posts
- Anything else you want to try!
I expect that most of the people participating will be from the online bookish community, but this is not an exclusively bookish event and you do not have to be a part of the book community to participate. The only requirement is that you identify somewhere under the LGBTQPIA+ umbrella.
Identities I particularly want to see posts from: Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual, Demisexual & Gray-A’s, Aroaces, non-heteroromantic and non-heterosensual peeps, polyamorous peeps, Non-Binary, Trans and Genderqueer folks as well as QPOC, disabled queer peeps, autistic and neurodivergent queer peeps, etc. and any and all intersections there of. I can’t wait to hear from you and give you space to tell your stories. Your experiences matter so much.
All submissions will be accepted and find a home during this series! I have at least 30 spots on my blog and right now, Ben @ Ace of Bens and Kitty @ JellyFable are also co-hosting.
DEADLINE FOR POSTS: May 23, 2019
If you are interested in guest posting, nudge me via email or Twitter with a little about you and what you might want to write. We’ll get the ball rolling from there.
Hope to hear from you all soon!