I’m currently 50/50 on joining, my current in-progress story is LGBT+, but I’m debating whether to enter it as my entry. The title is November Rain… but I don’t know if I want to publish it as a contest entry, “Queer: November Rain”, uh-
I was pretty okay in with this contest until I saw everyone gatekeeping anyone Cisgender and Heterosexual from the contest. Other than that, the name is just not sitting right with me. I don’t think the contest should’ve been named qu**r. I’m conflicted on how to really feel about this contest. I’ve already seen stories that rather giving characters an actual personality, they just constantly need to mention their gay everyone five seconds. Yes, even stories by LGBT+ members themselves.
It’s honestly really degrading how the comment section of the thread is making it seem like only cis-heteros are the only ones capable of making offensive/stereotypical/low-brow content featuring LGBT+. And saying “if you don’t experience it, you shouldn’t write it,” defeats the purpose of what writers are meant to do: tell a story. You don’t need to experience something in order to write it. As long as you care for the topic and do your research correctly, I don’t see a problem but that’s just me.
Thank you! I myself am questioning, but even if I am straight, I know a lot what oppression feels like (despite being a (possibly) cishet white person, le gasp). Saying that just because you’re straight doesn’t mean you can experience the same thing as LGBT people is complete bull.
Well, they’re right about not experiencing the same things but saying you can’t write or discuss their experiences is ridiculous. I agree with what you said about them seeming heterophobic because with their responses, it was.
Also–The contest is about LGBT+ characters. They didn’t say you have to write about their oppression or discrimination. You can easily write any story as long as it fits their standards of containing main characters/cast that is apart of the LGBTQ+ community.
Yeah, I’m just getting a bit embarrassed because of my first reaction. I stand by it, everyone else is just kind of chill in comparison. And Zey actually seems like a pretty cool person so I feel bad for calling her out like that
I did think you were too aggressive but so were they even before you commented. Both were wrong. And they’re being hypocritical too. They lied about saying they never said straight people can’t enter yet most of the replies say otherwise.
I thought using Queer was a very strange idea to go with. It’s not really a term used like this. It should of jist been called the LBGTQ+ contest instead. It would of come off better. Especially since their banner on the episode forums says LBGTQ+.