Category: LGBTQ

Dear Straight People: Sex Isn’t Everything — What NOT to Say to Your Ace Friends
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Dear Straight People: Sex Isn’t Everything — What NOT to Say to Your Ace Friends

by Laila Winters It’s been several years since I emerged from the proverbial closet, first as bisexual and then as a full-fledged lesbian (identity is a confusing thing). From the very beginning of my journey into flannel and combat boots, I was fortunate to have champions in my corner, especially after a friend accidentally outed...

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Barbara Winkes on the Critical Life Events that Shaped Her and Her Latest Release and Work in Progress

Sandra Ruttan: What’s your new book/work in progress about?  Barbara Winkes: I have just introduced the all new covers for my Carpenter/Harding series. The next release will be #9, Implications, in which the protagonists Jordan Carpenter and Ellie Harding have to solve a murder that happened a long time ago. At the moment I’m writing...

Dear Straight People
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Dear Straight People

How NOT to Interact With Queer People in Public by Laila Winters Although I don’t suppose this will come as much of a surprise, I’m a homebody. A queer, anxious homebody who does not leave her apartment unless otherwise prompted by an equally as queer fiancée. But on the rare occasion that I do go...

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Recognizing Toxic Family

by Laila Winters When we love someone, especially a member of our family, we frequently turn a blind eye to their faults. We forgive them for their shortcomings and less than stellar behavior, though sometimes, we don’t always realize that we’re doing so at our own expense.  In my previous article, Surviving Toxic Family, I...

Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet
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Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet

by Laila Winters Content Warning: homophobia, queer slurs, religion, abortion Despite the rain and the ominous clouds overhead, an explosion of color poured into the streets of downtown Columbus on June 15th, 2019. In a celebration echoed across the world during the month of June, more than 500,000 people marched between Columbus’ towering skyscrapers in...