Welcome back to Ace Of Bens! I have a very exciting announcement today that I hope you’ll all consider participating in.
So, I’m sure most, if not all, of us know that June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, right? For me, the entire month feels like a 30-day holiday. It’s a time when everyone is celebrating their identities and everything just feels happier, lighter. This year, I want to contribute to that feeling. I want to give people a space to talk about the positive side of being queer. Which leads me to announcing…
30 Days of Pride — A blogging series taking place through all of June. That’s right. A thirty day event!
So how am I going to come up with 30 days of content? Well, that’s where you come in. Yes, you! The one reading this! Are you queer? Do you have some words to say? Then I want to hear from you! Here’s the official prompt:
This month we’re here to celebrate. What makes you happy to be part of the queer community? Do you have an amazing coming out story about that terrifying moment that ended up being so much better than you expected? Does the recent surge of representation in books, TV, music, etc. make you proud to represent one (or more) of the letters of the ever-growing acronym? Are you a part of a project that helps queer people or highlights queer voices and you want to talk about how awesome it is? Then come tell us all about it. We want to hear about what you’re celebrating this month and what make you proud to be part of the LGBTQ+ community!
In other words, I want this series to focus on the positive side of the queer experience. This idea partially stems from my noticing the disproportional amount of, for lack of a better term, “tragedy porn” found in queer media. Your submission does not have to totally avoid negativity. It’s a fact of life! We can’t be upbeat and happy all the time. However, it has to have an overall positive mood.
Some types of posts you might do include
A post in which you retell a story about something that happened to you or someone you know. Maybe you have a story about the time you helped change a policy to create equality in your local community. Or maybe you want to tell us about your first time attending a pride festival. All of those awesome stories are welcome here!
Coming out story
This is a type of narrative post. Considering the nature of the event, I anticipate a lot of people choosing to submit that style of post. And that’s fine! Most of us have at least one coming out story to tell, and this is a great place to tell it.
Highlighting book, album, movie, etc.
This is essentially a review post. However, it’s slightly different because there’s not so much critique in a post highlighting a work. Feel free to mention some down sides or add a warning about something that rubbed you the wrong way. But I’d like you to focus on why you love this book, movie, TV show, music, album, etc. We’re here to talk about what we love and the work you’re highlighting should be something you love!
Examples of this could include, “Shows that Make Me Proud to Be Bi”, “Ten of My Favorite Aro Characters”, “Seven Transgender Artists You Need in Your Music Library”. So maybe you want to talk about all the ways you feel represented in a certain media? A list post sounds like a great idea for you.
Q&A / Interview
This is usually done for authors, YouTubers, and other well-known creators who don’t have as much time to write a post of their own but still want to participate. This isn’t to say that you have to be ~famous~ to do this kind of post. If you want me to come up with some questions relating to a topic you’re excited to talk about, let me know, and we’ll work something out!
As always, although my blog generally focuses on bookish content, you do not have to be a part of the book community to participate. The only requirement is that you identify as non-heterosexual, non-heteroromantic, and/or non-cisgender!
I currently have no plans of rejecting anyone’s post, as long as it fits the above prompt. And since this is a 30-day series, I have at least 30 spots on my blog. Not to mention my co-hosts, Tay @ Stay on the Page and Kitty @ Jellyfable will have spots of their own to fill!
So if you are interested in guest posting (or co-hosting, anyone?) let me know below! I have a Google Form where you can fill out everything I need to know. OR feel free to contact me through any of the other social media links specified below.
I would like all submissions sent to me by Saturday, May 25th.
I look forward to working with you all and seeing what you have in store for this event!