Linda Cue

Love: That First Time

“Never mind these last days of spring.
Still, I’m walking as the sun sets.”

Merril Mushroom

The Gay Kids and the Johns Committee

“In 1956, when I was in my third year of high school, the terrors of McCarthyism came home to the lesbians and gay men of South Florida where I lived.”

Penny Guisinger

Fight Songs

“The orcs have pushed through the gate, clambered into the castle, and are preparing to lay waste to everything we care about, everything we have built. Does the acrid scent make the hairs on your arms stand at attention? Do you want to be a warrior? I do. But I also don’t. I’m not sure I can. I live in rural America. I live in Trump’s America.”

Mariel Masque

De La Luz Letters

“No sabes que gusto me dio recibir tu linda carta y los ricos chocolates. How did you remember that dark chocolate cherry cordials are my favorite? The hint of chili pepper made them a delicious treat.”

James Penha

Why I Won’t Be Taking My Muslim Husband Home to America

“Although a passionate native New Yorker, I have lived in Indonesia for a quarter-century in order to be with my same-sex partner, a Muslim born in Sumatra.”

Kate Gray

Stand Out

“When the scrub oak leaves around me turn brown and fall, they’re loud. I come here for quiet, seventy miles away from Portland, into the hills outside Mosier, a town in the Columbia River Gorge with few residents.”

Joan Annsfire

Two Poems

“Armed only with ideas and determination
we staked out our territory,
and began to lay the foundation
of something entirely new.”

Edward Moran

Excerpt from Notes from a Queer Noisemaker: A Memoir of Coal Country and Beyond

“The day my kid brother was born, my father strangled the cat in the coal cellar. Delved her with a shovel. Consigned her to the furnace. For, as old wives know, ‘a cat will take away a baby’s breath.'”

Kathleen “Corky” Culver

Three Poems

“I could have told him, “Sir, we are
radical, utopian, fallopian,
lesbian, Jewish, Christian.”

Bruce Owens Grimm

When Ghosts Have Gone

“I often wanted to go back in time to talk to the ghost of the boy I was in suburban Cleveland to let him know none of these things he worried about would come true.”

Bonné de Blas

The Long Tail of the Day

“Bundle him in blankets and a striped scarf. A blue beanie. Woolen socks on her feet. Drive him to one appointment. Drive him to the next. Wait.”

Jonathan Silin

SCOTUS Thunderbolts and the Long, Slow Work of Social Change

“I became a gay reader early, at age 9 or 10, when a well meaning librarian introduced me to the Hardy Boys books.”