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What Pansexual People Want You to Know

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Pansexual Pride Day, 8 December, is a day dedicated to celebrating, recognising and learning about the pansexual community. Pansexuality, attraction which is not limited by gender, is a sexual orientation that has been plagued by misconceptions and erasure. Pansexuality and bisexuality are not the same thing While many people use the words “pansexual” and “bisexual” interchangeably, they are distinct and separate sexual orientations. Pansexual BBC Studios podcast producer Ella Watts explained: “For me, the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality is that I don’t experience any difference in my sexual or romantic attraction to people of different genders, whereas I’ve known … Read more

FOR READERS & WRITERS: Checking the Facts

FOR READERS & WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Terry Poole: How important are fact checking/realism to a story? Writers: how do you fact check your work? Readers: does it bother you when a story gets the facts wrong? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat

Four Facts About Beloved Black Lesbian Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler

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On Friday (June 22), Google celebrated the birthday of award-winning and Black lesbian science fiction writer Octavia Butler. “Octavia E. Butler’s legacy calls to mind the age-old question of whether life imitates art, or vice versa,” Google wrote in her tribute. “Today’s Doodle honors the author’s immense contribution to the genre of science fiction, including the diverse worlds and characters she brought to life.” The “Kindred” author died of a stroke in 2006 and she would have been 71-years-old today. But who is Butler? What were her stories about and what is the legacy she left behind? Well, we got you: … Read more