It Doesn’t Get Better, It Gets Real

June is #LGBTQPrideMonth. Over on Mental Health Matters, I share my experiences and explicate why for many LGBTQs, it doesn’t get better, it simply gets real.

If you or someone you know is struggling with coming out or navigating their orientation/identity, perhaps this piece can serve as a resource.

Let’s get into some things.

My Top Articles of 2018

 

So one of the primary reasons I didn’t update this space much last year was because I was on constant deadline churning out a lot of pieces which didn’t leave me time to even catch my breath, much less do anything else.

This isn’t a bad thing when you’re a freelance journalist and a speculative fiction author. Not a bad thing at all. Being booked with paid gigs is always a blessing.

Nevertheless I was in Writer Mode for most of 2018 which is the visual equivalent of Puppet Angel, hence the Feature Image Header Pic. I can definitely say that I outdid myself last year with more than a few pieces. So much so I was inspired to make a Top 8 List so if you missed any of them or want to read them again, you can do so.

And don’t worry, one of my New Years Resolutions is to update here when a new piece gets published online so yeah this is me vying to do better.

Without further adieu, here are my picks for The Top 8 Articles of 2018.

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Gamechanger: Upkins Media Litmus Test

Originally published on Mental Health Matters

They say necessity is the mother of all invention. One thing was certain, I found myself in desperate need a few years back.

As a speculative fiction author and a queer person of color (QPoC), I’m constantly frustrated not only with the lack of diversity, but the nonstop misogyny, racism, and queerphobia that continues to be the status quo in media.

More than that, as someone who suffers from depression, high anxiety and ptsd, I found the subliminal bigotry taking a toll on my mental health. Not only was I having trouble writing and creating, but some days I found myself physically ill and under the weather.

Not one to sit around and do nothing, I decided to take action.

I always appreciated the idea behind the Bechdel test. Designed to call attention to gender equality and combat sexism, the Bechdel test must satisfy three requirements:

  1. The movie has to have at least two women in it
  2. who talk to each other
  3. about something besides a man

As wonderful a tool the Bechdel test is in combatting misogyny, unfortunately, it doesn’t address the racism and homophobia. Similar racial criteria have also come up short for me. This was certainly an opportunity to fill a void for QPoCs such as myself.

The Upkins Media Litmus Test is a set of questions I’ll pose before I even entertain watching a television series, movie, reading a novel, a comic book or any other form of media.

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