Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

Straight writers frequently portray cisgender heterosexual characters with twisted sexual pathologies or dysfunctional, miserable relationships. But when an emerging sci-fi writer published a sharp, witty, in-your-face short story about a transgender helicopter pilot in a dystopian future, prominent members of the writing community rushed to viciously condemn her until she withdrew her work and went into hiding.

In this episode, horror writer Gretchen Felker-Martin joins us to talk about the importance of making space for transgressive fiction by queer writers. We also discuss didactive versus expressive art, the trap of respectability that queer creatives fall into, and Isabel Fall’s “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter.” (And Raquel mispronounces the word didactic several dozen times.)


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