10-06-2015 The Bell Tower – The award-winning short story by DC Diamondopolous is published in the UK by Fiction On The Web http://www.fictionontheweb.co.uk/2015/10/the-bell-tower-by-dc-diamondopolous.html#more It’s the story of an African American teen who climbs to the top of the bell tower of her church to commit suicide because she’s gay. The story is told in the voice of seventy-five-year-old Reverend Penniman, the minister who tries to save her. The story won an honorary award from the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition for 2014. On January 26, 2016, Ball State University published the story in Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature. It has also been published by Children, Churches and Daddies Magazine and in the print anthology Being Real Magazine. You can read more about The Bell Tower and other stories by DC Diamondopolous at dcdiamondopolous.com
10-06-2016 Photographer Mark Sellger new book, On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories is a collection of 70 portraits he took on the street over the last three summers. Janet Monk, a trans activist and writer, has written the forward to the book. Since June, when President Obama designated the area as a national park, real estate prices have increased pushing out the transient and non-gender conforming populace that has gathered there for decades. “We’re very much still here,” Mock said in a recent interview. “It’s just that we can no longer afford to open up bars, we can no longer afford to have these spaces. There’s a gradual archiving of our history.” You can read more about the book and the interview with Mark Sellger at nbcnews.com
10-06-2014 The Supreme Court rejected appeals against gay marriage in five states, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize same-sex marriage in 11 additional states. It immediately affected five states – Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah. It also brought along six other states located in the judicial circuits overseen by those appellate courts: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming.