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Laura Jane Grace’s Memoir, Frog and Toad’s Same Sex Love, and More LGBT News

Laura Jane Grace’s Memoir, Frog and Toad’s Same Sex Love, and More LGBT News

Author: Parrish Turner

June 11, 2016

June is Pride Month so the internet is abuzz with LGBT news… 

In case you haven’t read The New Yorker piece, Arnold Lobel, creator of the famous Frog and Toad children’s books, was gay. This adds a whole new dimension to the amphibious relationship so beloved by children.

lead singer of Against Me!, has announced her upcoming memoir: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.

In honor of Pride Month, these queer poets shared the poems that saved their lives.

Tara’s Crossing, a play about transgender asylum seekers, was performed at the LGBT Center in New York City:

“It’s a dangerous game you play because if you don’t express yourself, you feel you are dying inside, killing yourself, but when you do express who you are, you feel you might be killed,” says Tara Patel, the namesake character in Tara’s Crossing — a play inspired by a transgender asylum seeker in the United States who experienced transphobia in her home country, only to wind up in isolation after she was detained in an U.S. federal immigration detention center for two months.

Margaret Atwood will be speaking on a panel at Toronto Pride about the legacy of the 1981 bathhouse raids.

Hilton Als has curated a new art exhibit entitled James Baldwin/Jim Brown and the Children. The exhibition aims to highlight black gay writers.

espnW shared writer Naomi Jackson’s essay On Loving Broken Women and Brittney Griner.

Author Sarah Schulman wrote a piece entitled “Making Lesbian History Possible: A Proposal” for OutHistory:

At this point I would like to make a radical proposal: that we temporarily forget about who calls themselves a lesbian; why, or why not. Instead, I propose that we look into the emotional, psychological, economic, political, intellectual, artistic, sexual, daily and life long experiences of women who allowed or refused the embrace. The conversations that did happen and did not. The words permitted, and those uttered without permission. The invitations refused and accepted. The fears. The imaginations, erotic and projected. The walks in the woods, the fucking, the pleasure of the company acknowledged and refused. The meals, the conversation, how and what conversations provoked, the actions, the artworks, the articles, books, tears, orgasms realized/failed/imagined/remembered, caresses, tendernesses, the refusals of tenderness, kisses that were and should have been, and how this moved the earth, the culture, the society or even just one or two people’s small lives.

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About: Parrish Turner

Parrish Turner is a queer writer who hails from Georgia. He holds his MFA from The New School, with a focus in creative nonfiction. His work has been featured on The Rumpus and Gertrude Press. You can learn more at

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