Does Love Conquer All? An Interview with Vanessa Clark – LGBTr

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I had a chat with Vanessa Clark (a.k.a V.C.) in my latest episode of LGBTr (formerly The Read). They are the intersex, gender non-conforming, androgynous, pansexual author of erotic short stories and novel, The Man on Top of the World. This was their first video interview, and I was happy to have them on the show. They were my first gender non-conforming guest, and this experience really confirmed to me just how easy it is to switch up my usual language in order to be respectful. There are a lot of people who don’t respect those who live outside of binary gender norms. My advice to them: take the few seconds necessary to re-wire your brain and remember that we are all deserving of respect. Not everything is black and white.

Some of the most interesting moments in the interview were when we started to talk about dealing with book query rejections from publishers/agents and Clark’s response to some of the negative reviews of their book.  Jump to 6:43 in the video below for the rejection letter discussion, and to 14:26 for thoughts on the negative reviews.

All in all, I believe that our conversation was enlightening. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this author in the future. Take a look at the full interview below.

#LGBTr: Vanessa Clark

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The Rise – An Interview with Toni Newman

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While reading I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman, I started to reflect on my own life. For one, I didn’t get nearly as much attention from the same sex in high school and college as Toni. (Yes, I’m kinda jealous, haha!) Aside from that, I was able to reconfirm just how good I had it (and still do). My family accepted my sexuality when I came out and I never had to go to extremes to explore and be who I was. The same can’t be said for Toni, nor for many other transgender people for whom she wrote this book. While her strict Christian family accepted her as a gay male, that connection was lost once she told them the full story. She explored being a man, but found that she couldn’t hide from who she really was. This led to her decision to make the transition. And what followed was a story worth making into a movie.

I really enjoyed my conversation with Toni and learned so much by reading her story. Despite all of her circumstances, she gave us all the message to live in the fullness of who you are. This is something we both agree on. My tagline is Show Yourself, after all.

Watch the video below, subscribe, and grab a copy of her book for the full story.

The Read: Toni Newman

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