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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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Flashback: In Conversation with Anthony Bidulka

Sandra: Let’s start on background. Where did you grow up? Anthony: I grew up on a farm. I’m a farm boy. About an hour outside of Saskatoon. Spent all my years there until I went to university in Saskatoon. For me, as I think for a lot of kids from rural areas, you move to...

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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...

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Cosplay Culture and Presidential State Dinners: Matsuricon 2018 vs. 2019

by Laila Winters Nestled in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a massive 1.8 million square foot facility. With its numerous exhibition halls and ballrooms, overhead skywalks to several nearby hotels, and its beautiful water fountains that serve as stellar  backdrops for photoshoots, Columbus’ primary convention center is the...