This is a true story: I once rubbed my hands together and started a fire. I was around five and it was Jeffrey’s turn to take care of me and he insisted I wear a dress to the supermarket. Supermarkets are cold and I was angry. Rubbing my hands together didn’t really help: just part of an act of conspicuous misery. There were fits of shivering and chattering teeth; I gave myself goosebumps when I could manage it. Jeffrey understood and said nothing.Read More »
The name of the exhibition is ‘Passage/s’ by Do Ho Suh. As we climb what seems like an endless set of stairs towards the gallery, I try to remember anything that Jess had told me about it.
Truthfully, the art doesn’t interest me.
(In the long, terrible canals of history, homosexual men have often had to communicate in code, using signal phrases to locate one another. By the mid 20th century, this coded language was vibrant and rich: it became the roots of current queer slang. In the military, one such code – being “a friend of Dorothy” – got so famous that even the higher-ups heard whispers about it. In the 1980’s, the US Navy even conducted an operation to find the infamous “Dorothy” and her ring of homosexuals to remove them from service. Needless to say, they found no Dorothy.)
It was the lotus flower that caught my eye.
I’ve always loved them, ever since I was a little girl. My parents owned a pond in their garden; it was awash with them. Pale pink, flushed dark at the tips, like a child’s hands in the cold. In summer, they’d attract dragonflies – vibrant sapphire jewels whipping past our ears, their delicate wings humming as they danced around the flowers.
Lorena and I, we loved those dragonflies. Read More »
Reminder that the deadline to submit to the debut issue of PLUS+ is today APRIL 16! Please see our submission guidelines and send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions to the debut issue of plus+ has been extended until 16 APRIL 2018! Here’s a quick reminder of what we’re looking for.
LGBT+ focused literature in the following forms:
- Prose Fiction: maximum of 2 pieces of up to 10,000 words each.
- Creative Nonfiction: maximum of 2 pieces of up to 10,000 words each.
- Poetry: maximum of 4 poems of any length or form.
- Drama: maximum of 1 piece of up to 30 pages.
You may submit across multiple genres as long as the complete submission does not total more than 30 pages. Submissions should be send to email@example.com as a .doc or .docx file.
All submissions to plus+ must be previously unpublished.
Happy writing! We look forward to reading your submissions!