Category Archives: lgbtq

writing update

I have been very busy. It’s mid term for my graduate class and there’s this research paper due Thursday. But I have also been sneaking in a few fiction writing minutes over the last few weeks. Finally finished another scene for We Fit, the sequel to We Three, an erotic romance, emphasis on the romance.

inspiration cover for We Fit
creative inspiration cover for We Fit, sequel to We Three

Thought I’d share a preview.

Elena and Jess walked out of the bedroom. Collecting her laptop from the living room, Elena returned to the dining table to set out breakfast items and found colorfully wrapped packages and envelopes at her place and where Jess usually sat when they ate together. She frowned, but then, lifting the card, she remembered a conversation with Eric about taking a spring trip. He must’ve been able to swing it, she thought. “Jess, come out here for a sec.”

“What’s up?” Jess appeared at the space between the dining table and kitchen entry. “Presents?”

“Presents,” she confirmed. “You’ve got a card.”

“What for?”

Elena had already opened her envelope with a card. “It says ‘All That Jazz’.” She caught a piece of paper that fell from the card. “Oh. I think–oh!” She quickly pointed to Jess’s package. “Jess, open yours.”

Jess stood behind her chair and reached for the package first. Elena could feel her own excitement building as she anticipated the blonde’s reaction to Eric’s gift. Out of the clown-wrapped paper, Jess removed a green and gray sweatshirt.

“When am I going to be able to wear a sweatshirt in Miami?” Jess asked. She turned it around holding the sweatshirt with a big Shamrock between the words “Not Irish, Just Drunk.”

“The card,” Elena said, finally unable to hide her impatient excitement. “Read his card.”

Jess lifted the flap out of the unsealed envelope and removed the card. “All That Jazz,” she read aloud then flipped open the front cover. Elena held her breath. “A plane ticket?”

Elena held up her own. “To Chicago!”

“What’s in Chicago?”

“Eric started as a commercial pilot out of O’Hare. He likes to go back every so often.”

Jess read the ticket information. “March 16. 18. That’s three days?”

“Over St Patrick’s Day,” Elena explained pointing at Jess’s sweatshirt then her own, now unpacked, the gold letters splashed over a green shamrock read: Too cute to pinch. “Eric and I have gone a few times. Now you’ll get to experience it, too. They dye the river green and everything is just…” She stumbled to explain. “You’ll love it,” she finished.

Jess slowly smiled and lifted her gaze from the ticket, meeting Elena’s.. Her green eyes filled with bright sparkles. “I’ve …wow. They put dye in the river? How? I’ve never…This is….he got me a ticket.” She sank to the chair still holding the ticket and shirt.

Yep, I decided the trio needed to take a vacation. Must be all this stuck inside I’m feeling from the pandemic.

~ Lara

Local PRIDE Celebrated Virtually

Our local LGBTQ Pride celebrations were held virtually yesterday (and will continue all this week). There was a car parade that wound through 15 miles of neighborhoods.

I think this was more wonderful than the one-mile circuit they do every year on foot around a downtown park because it was more VISIBLE. Even though it’s a public park, it’s downtown, you do have to travel to see it. That means if people don’t want to see it, they don’t come. In the car parade there was a bigger “we’re here, we’re queer” vibe.

Check out Come OUT with PRIDE‘s other videos and be sure to BE VISIBLE.

I think it’s more important now with threats to several hard-won rights that we point out that LGBTQ exist in every aspect of life. We deserve the right to fulfill our own “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” definitions. Having guaranteed equal protection before the law in where we live, where we work, and who we choose to form families, homes, and relationships with is crucial to that.

I’m angry that two SC jurists decided that opponents of same-sex marriage being called “bigots” is a “material damage” and want to force the court to reconsider the verdict in Obergefell. For those not in the know, Obergefell found that there was material damage to the lack of marital rights (and property rights granted by marriage) when a woman’s wife died. So Obergefell granted that all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, have the right to marriage (and all its 1134 assumed rights and protections). Alito and Thomas wrote marriage should “never have been extended” to LGBTQ citizens in the United States.

In short here’s my reply: “Go ahead and be a bigot, but ruling after ruling has already shown that the first amendment doesn’t give you the right to say and gain protection from non-material consequences. Name-calling is a non-material consequence. If people decide you’re a bigot and that they won’t associate with you (or your business), that’s them exercising their first amendment right, too.”

Liberty Kissing Justice - YouTube

I certainly hope the legal response to Thomas and Alito’s letter is “there’s no standing” (in addition to there’s no case to actually consider the issue again).

A paid plaintiffs tactic to “get a case together quickly” is also a travesty of justice (just like paying “supporters” to come to your White House lawn appearance, by the way). But I won’t go there, because this post has become long enough already.

People are trying to make sure ACB isn’t confirmed so the SCourt is not shifted so hard right for several generations, but you can more immediately turn the tide, by making sure that these attacks on individuals’ rights ceases on January 20, 2021. Send the orange one and his ass-kissing cronies packing. Vote!

Happy PRIDE month, everyone!

Diversity Pride

Be PROUD

Be RAUCOUS

Be INDIVISIBLE

Be DAUNTLESS

Be ENERGIZED

~ Lara

LGBT History Month: A Reading List

Forwarding this wonderful list:

36 socially conscious books for your reading list | locallove

LGBT History Month: A Reading List by ChiPubLib_Adults – a staff-created list : In observance of LGBT History Month and for use year-round, we’ve compiled a list of recent and classic books about the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

— Read on chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/199702383/1292030877