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Marlon James on the Diversity Conversation, Joy Ladin on the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and More LGBT News

Marlon James on the Diversity Conversation, Joy Ladin on the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and More LGBT News

Author: Parrish Turner

October 28, 2016

In other LGBT news …

Writer Marlon James is ready for the conversation around diversity to change:

A panel on diversity is like a panel on world peace. It should be seeking a time when we no longer need such panels. It should be a panel actively working towards its own irrelevance. The fact that we’re still having them not only means that we continue to fail, but the false sense of accomplishment in simply having one is deceiving us into thinking that something was tried.

Halloween is my favorite holiday. If you are like me and have yet to get your Halloween costume together, might I suggest these Highly Conceptual Literary Costumes? Really, I am just looking for an excuse to use this gif:


A lot of people have been feeling a lot of different ways about Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize. For those of you who don’t quite understand the controversy, like myself, the lovely folks at PEN have broken down the thoughts of a number of writers for us.

Sarah Schulman examines the work of Carson McCuller through the lens of a white writer working through depressions and questions of gender.


Joy Ladin shared her experiences with the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat.  As she shared, “We could share and celebrate them as sources of poetry, insight, humanity.”

Bret Easton Ellis sat down with The Creative Independent to talk about how his writing has evolved as he has aged.

In Buzzfeed, novelist Tim Murphy writes about his relationship with an older couple and meth:

Ron and Evan were the first gay couple I intimately observed laughing together, having a ball, conspiring giddily, in their domestic life. One of them would say something funny and they’d both crack up. They were so obviously in love. This was very confusing for me. This was what I wanted, after all, at some vague point in my future. But did it come with loads of drugs and a turnstile at the apartment door?

As any lover of Oscar Wilde, Dan Piepenbring examines Wilde’s advice for “Flinging.”

Mayday Magazine just released their LGBTQ Issue!

Author Rabih Alameddine discusses writing with John Freeman from LitHub:

When I sit down to write, I don’t write to be a bad boy. I sit down to write. Usually what I write about are things that I’m obsessed with, and usually things that I’m obsessed with are things that I am angry about. So what usually comes out is uncomfortable for people. But my existence is uncomfortable for people. It’s really important for me to have actually said that right now, that my existence—the mere fact that I exist—is uncomfortable for people. So I write about the things that interest me, and that is a little bit uncomfortable. But why did I write about Mohammad as a gay man? Because there are so many Mohammads out there.

(Images via Riverhead, GIPHY & The New Yorker)

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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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