Other Than by J.R. Gray

Gender in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of some of the top voices in queer fiction.  Read more from this series here. I’ve always known I wasn’t Cis. It’s a feeling I’ve had since as early as I could remember. I was different, and different growing up in a fundamentalist Christian environment isn’t tolerated. Decades before I even had words for what I am, I realized I was at risk if I opened my mouth. If I spoke, or asked too many questions I…

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On Comparisons: Writing Trans Characters in Same-Gender Romance by Austin Chant

Gender in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of some of the top voices in queer fiction. Read more from the series here. Let me start with an understatement: when you’re trans, it’s hard not to compare yourself to cis people. I’m a queer man; I go through life every day as a dude who likes other dudes. I’m about as excited as a person can be for that Dream Daddy game. But I’ve never quite felt like a “real” queer man, whatever that…

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When You Don’t Even Know Your Mind Is Closed by Jennifer Iacopelli

I am a white, cis, hetero woman from a relatively affluent suburb of New York City. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say my high school’s graduating class was 99% “me.” I am privileged. This isn’t to say my parents didn’t work hard or that I had everything growing up, they did and I didn’t, but simply that life is so much easier for me than it is for a lot of people through a sheer accident of birth. I always knew this, but I didn’t begin to…

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