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A Year Of Living Visibly

A Year Of Living Visibly

A year ago yesterday, I publicly came out as nonbinary. Now, a year on, I wanted to talk about what it’s been like to live visibly. I have not been unapologetic about my identity, and the extent to which I’ve been ‘out’ varies hugely by context. On the internet, I’m public about it: I list my pronouns in all my social media bios and I don’t shy away from mentioning that I’m nonbinary when it seems relevant. I also sometime…

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Looking For Joy

Looking For Joy

I went to a talk about LGBTQ+ representation in YA books called “The GaYAgenda” tonight, as part of Cambridge’s queer history month. The talk was given by a panel: Fox Benwell, Erica Gillingham, and Wei Ming Kam. At the end of the session the panelists were talking a bit about what they’d like to see in YA fiction: what tropes would they happily never see again? And what did they want to see more of? One answer came up in…

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Aftereffects Of Coming Out

Aftereffects Of Coming Out

Whenever I write a big, scary blog post, I never really know how to follow it up. Should I just go back to ‘business as usual’ posts about how I’m getting on with my dissertation (not as quickly as I’d like), or do I need to take this time to be serious and deep since that’s what people are probably expecting? I also considered making a post made up of all the bits and pieces of things I’ve wanted to…

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Coming Out (Again)

Coming Out (Again)

When I came out on my blog over four years ago, I didn’t think I’d need to do it again. It was an all-encompassing, non-label-specific post about my queerness that, barring a few details, has remained true even as my understanding of my identity has changed and deepened. Mostly. But in June 2014, in the midst of my A-Levels, I started questioning my gender identity. It wasn’t really the best timing to have a major crisis about fundamental building blocks…

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A Queer Reading Of My Life

A Queer Reading Of My Life

One of the things I learned during A-Level English Literature that I hadn’t come across before was the idea of different readings of a text. I mean, I think I’d been doing it unconsciously already, but the terminology hadn’t crossed my path. I didn’t know you could do a ‘feminist reading’ of a text, let alone a ‘queer reading’. I didn’t know it was legitimate to look at material through a certain lens and see what it uncovered, and discovering…

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Music, Love And Pride

Music, Love And Pride

By now you’ll have heard about the Orlando shootings. You may have been reading about them all of today and yesterday. You may have been sitting in shocked silence in front of the news. You may have been trying to contact friends and family, or warning friends at Pride events to stay safe, or wondering what this means for you as an LGBTQ person, or mourning, helpless, from the other side of the world. But I’m not really going to…

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LGBTQ Fiction For Children: Queer Characters And Happy Endings

LGBTQ Fiction For Children: Queer Characters And Happy Endings

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the nature of LGBTQ+ literature. It was prompted somewhat by the recent controversy over the treatment of Lexa in The 100, and the resurgence of posts by bloggers I follow about the ‘Bury Your Gays’ (or ‘Bury Your Queers’ — I’ve seen both used, and tend to opt for that because I find it a bit more inclusive, although I know some people aren’t comfortable with the term) trope. My friend Engie’s post No More…

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Sarcastic Knights And Where To Find Them

Sarcastic Knights And Where To Find Them

I like writing miserable books. My beta-readers know this. I enjoy reading their increasingly angry / devastated comments and I take great delight in making them cry, because I consider that a badge of success. Several of my books were written simply as revenge after Charley killed a character I liked, in order to make her suffer what I had suffered. (Multiple times. Because I’m mean like that.) But sometimes I just want a break. I can’t write miserable characters…

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History Is Full Of Queer People Fighting Aliens (TCWT)

History Is Full Of Queer People Fighting Aliens (TCWT)

It’s Teens Can Write Too! again. It’s weird, the whole TCWT thing. I was involved since the beginning, when I was fifteen, and I was one of the younger members. Now there are a lot of new folks who are several years younger than me and I’m beginning to feel a little elderly. “What kinds of published books would you like to see more of?” As soon as you saw that prompt, you thought, “Miriam’s going to talk about diversity, isn’t she?”…

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Diversity And Storytelling

Diversity And Storytelling

Yesterday I was explaining to Mother Person why exactly I like Marvel more than DC, and two things popped up: humour and diversity. In my personal opinion, DC heroes take themselves way too seriously. They also have a habit of being straight white abled guys and it’s like … dude, seriously? Mother Person warned me that I need to be careful not to become a ‘one-issue voter’, because I never seem to shut up about diversity to the point where…

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