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FOR WRITERS & READERS: Defining Who We Are

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FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth: QSF is a very diverse group with a lotta knowledge. So I thought it would be fun to create a dictionary on the site of identity terms (orientation, gender, etc) – things like gay, transgender, enby, demisexual, scoliosexual, etc – with definitions and references 9ie: who submitted the term) as a resource for our writers and readers. So… please include in the comments below in a new comment post for each – any community or identity terms you are familiar with: Term: Definition (ok to post your name/FB link … Read more

FOR WRITERS: Queer Enough

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FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Thianna Durston: Thianna and I discussed this topic, and wanted to come at it in a way that doesn’t inflame too much passion but engenders a good discussion instead. In Romance, it’s typically fairly obvious that your characters are gay, or bi, or lesbian, or transgender or gender fluid, or ace, etc, based on the relationships they pursue and the way they express themselves in the story. But when you’re writing speculative fiction that’s not romance, it can seem a bit trickier, especially to new authors, to portray a character’s orientation, gender … Read more

For Writers: Magic and Sexual Orientation

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Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Elizabeth Barrette: How magic relates to sexual orientation — because just as there have been traditions that paired male and female, there have been a few that favored homosexuality instead. I’m gonna run with this a little, and suggest that we talk about how the two can be intertwined in our writing. We’ve all read the “he’s part of the magical bloodline” stories. And I’m sure there are already authors out there who are intertwining the two. So my questions today: Which stories have you read where magic is rooted in or connected to … Read more

News: Did Scientists Just Discover Evidence That ‘Gay Genes’ Exist?


Scientists may have found genetic indicators of whether someone has same or opposite-sex attraction. The link was discovered when scientists compared the DNA of 47 sets of male twins. The pairs included some where the two twins had a different sexual orientation. Looking at the molecular data from nine genome sites, researchers could guess whether a twin pair was straight or gay with up to 70% accuracy. Lead researcher Dr Tuck Ngun, from the University of California at Los Angeles, said: “To our knowledge, this is the first example of a predictive model for sexual orientation based on molecular markers.” … Read more