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Celebrate International Non-Binary People’s Day with Books by Non-Binary Authors!

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A graphic of 12 book covers in front of stripes in the colors of the Non-Binary Pride Flag. The books are: The Four Profound Weaves by R. B. Lemberg, Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore, An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows, A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland, An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, Melissa by Alex Gino, Once and Future by A. R. Capetta, When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey, Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani, Providence Girls by Morgan Dante, and Soulstar by C. L. Polk. Graphic 2 of 2.

Today, July 14th, is International Non-Binary People’s Day. Last year, we put together a post featuring our favorite books with non-binary characters. This year, we changed it up by highlighting books we loved written by out non-binary authors! We hope you’ll take a peek at the works we’ve listed here and other stories created by these awesome folks! The contributors to this list are: Shea Sullivan, Nina Waters, Sanne, May Barros, Shadaras, Tris Lawrence, Meera S. and two anonymous contributors.

Who are YOUR favorite non-binary authors?

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Last Day to Buy Short Story Bundles to Support Rainbow Railroad!

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We are in the final 24 hours of our Pride Month fundraiser, selling a General Imprint Short Story Bundle and an Explicit Imprint Short Story Bundle to raise money for the charity Rainbow Railroad! We’ve raised $135 to donate thus far, and we’d love to make that $150 or more with your help.

How can you help, I hear you ask?

Well, of course, you can buy the bundles yourself and get loads of awesome queer stories to support an awesome queer cause! But if that doesn’t appeal, it’s simple: you can help by boosting this post! Share it, reblog it, boost it, retoot it, every single time our posts spread, it helps and we appreciate it!

Approximately 20% of the sales price will go to Rainbow Railroad to help LGBTQI+ people escape repressive regimes to move to places where they can be themselves and safe.

Read more about Duck Prints Press, Rainbow Railroad, and the short stories in these bundles.

Help us give more to a great cause before time runs out!

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Read Queer Stories, Support Queer Causes: Less Than One Week Left!

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Time sure does fly when we’re having fun celebrating Pride! Our Pride Bundle sale to raise money for Rainbow Railroad has less than one week left! Sales since we launched will enable us to donate $105.29, but we’d love to increase that, ideally by a lot! We’re offering two short story bundles:

Approximately 20% of the sales price will go to Rainbow Railroad to help LGBTQI+ people escape repressive regimes to move to places where they can be themselves and safe.

You can read more about the campaign, our Press, the charity, and the bundles here.

Visit our store, get your bundles, and support a great cause today, before time runs out! This bundle sale ends July 8th 2024.

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Celebrating the History of the Stonewall Riots

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June 28th 2024 was the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, a turning point event often seen as the birth of the modern gay rights movement. To celebrate, we’ve assembled a short list of our favorite non-fiction books about queer activism – plus two websites that are good resources as well! The contributors to this list are Kelas, Meera S., E. C., Tris Lawrence, and three anonymous contributors.

And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal

On December 11, 1973, Mark Segal disrupted a live broadcast of the CBS Evening News when he sat on the desk directly between the camera and news anchor Walter Cronkite, yelling, “Gays protest CBS prejudice ” He was wrestled to the studio floor by the stagehands on live national television, thus ending LGBT invisibility. But this one victory left many more battles to fight, and creativity was required to find a way to challenge stereotypes surrounding the LGBT community. Mark Segal’s job, as he saw it, was to show the nation who gay people are: our sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers.

Because of activists like Mark Segal, whose life work is dramatically detailed in this poignant and important memoir, today there are openly LGBT people working in the White House and throughout corporate America. An entire community of gay world citizens is now finding the voice that they need to become visible.


Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano’s well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today’s feminists and transgender activist must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.


Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

In this fascinating, personal journey hrough history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.


Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka’ahumanu

In this groundbreaking anthology, more than seventy women and men from all walks of life describe their lives as bisexuals in prose, poetry, art, and essays


Queer Budapest, 1873–1961 by Anita Kurimay

By the dawn of the twentieth century, Budapest was a burgeoning cosmopolitan metropolis. Known at the time as the “Pearl of the Danube,” it boasted some of Europe’s most innovative architectural and cultural achievements, and its growing middle class was committed to advancing the city’s liberal politics and making it an intellectual and commercial crossroads between East and West. In addition, as historian Anita Kurimay reveals, fin-de-si cle Budapest was also famous for its boisterous public sexual culture, including a robust gay subculture. Queer Budapest is the riveting story of nonnormative sexualities in Hungary as they were understood, experienced, and policed between the birth of the capital as a unified metropolis in 1873 and the decriminalization of male homosexual acts in 1961.

Kurimay explores how and why a series of illiberal Hungarian regimes came to regulate but also tolerate and protect queer life. She also explains how the precarious coexistence between the illiberal state and queer community ended abruptly at the close of World War II. A stunning reappraisal of sexuality’s political implications, Queer Budapest recuperates queer communities as an integral part of Hungary’s–and Europe’s–modern incarnation.


The Stonewall Reader by New York Public Library

June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.


Bonus – Two Great Websites:

Stonewall National Museum Archives & Library

Making Queer History


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Fandom Lexicon: T

Lots of social media platforms in our “T” update. What’s up with that?

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Lexicon Entries Beginning with T:

T4T: Abbreviation for “trans for trans.” Typically used to refer to relationships (platonic or romantic) in which both partners are transgender. Can also be used in a “personals” setting to indicate a trans person looking for other trans people. See also: Bi4Bi.

TANSTAAFL: Abbreviation for “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” An old internet abbreviations meant to indicate that people shouldn’t expect to get anything for free (and that if someone got taken in by a scam or bad actor, they brought it on themselves for thinking they could get something for nothing – and as such, it’s a little victim-blamey).

TBH: Abbreviation for “to be honest.”

TBR: Abbreviation for “to be read,” most often used to refer to books one intends to read but hasn’t yet.

Tea: Gossip, insider information, all the gory details of a drama. Typically used in phrases like “spill the tea” (share the gossip), “that tea is piping hot” (fresh gossip shared with personal commentary), or “sipping tea” (watching a drama occur with a sort of “I knew that would happen” attitude).

Teal Deer: See TL:DR.

TERF: Abbreviation for “trans-exclusive radical feminist/feminism.” What it says on the tin: radfems/radical feminists who do not consider trans women to be women and therefore explicitly exclude trans women from their feminism. TERFs are not welcome here. Read more about TERFism.

The Cake is a Lie: A reference to the game Portal, in which the cake is, in fact, a lie. Became widely used as a way of saying “a promised reward doesn’t actually exist/isn’t real.” Read more about the “The Cake is a Lie” meme.

Thembo: Portmanteau of “them” and “himbo/bimbo.” A good looking and well-intentioned nonbinary person who is lacking in foresight/intelligence. See also: himbo.

There Was Only One Bed: A fic trope in which two people are forced to share a bed and as a result develop (or act on existing) feelings for each other. Read more about the “there was only one bed” trope.

Thirst Trap: Typically used in reference to sexually charged photos, GIFs, or videos of an attractive celebrity or character. Read more about thirst traps.

Tiktok: A social media platform focused on short videos as the primary content, and/or the videos created and shared on that platform. Visit Tiktok.

Tinhat: A fandom conspiracy theorist who believing something absurd with very little supporting evidence; believing something absurd when all evidence is against it. A person who does this is a tinhatter, and the verb form is tinhatting. Especially commonly used when people who ship an RPF ship believe, despite any existing evidence to the contrary, that their ship is real. Read more about tinhatting.

TL:DR: Too Long: Didn’t Read: Originally created as an accusation, as people opted out of reading posts and said they didn’t because it was too long and they didn’t read it. Later, posters co-opted the term, and it’s now often used at the end of a long and/or complicated written piece to providing a short summary of the contents of that post. The term “teal deer” is a made-up pronunciation of TL:DR. Read more about the term TL:DR.

Tokusatsu: A genre of live-action Japanese media, usually involving superheroes, giant monsters, and/or mecha. Read more about tokusatsu.

Tone Indicator: A system by which some people mark what they write with an indicator meant to communicate the tone in which something was said. For example, if they’re being serious versus being sarcastic, if a question is genuine or trolling, etc. Tone indicators are most often written with a slash followed by an abbreviation, however the system can be confusing for people who aren’t familiar with the abbreviations, the more so because different communities will use the same abbreviations to mean different things. Read a list of common tone indicators.

Top: 1. The giver of penetration. 2. The dominant in a D/s relationship. 3. In shibari, the person doing the tying. These usages are often conflated, but they are not actually synonymous. See also: bottom.

TPB: Abbreviation for “trade paperback,” a size of book.

TPTB: Abbreviation for “the powers that be.” Usually refers to the producers/creators of a specific franchise, because they are all knowing/all powerful as relates to that franchise and can dictate what fandom can only speculate about. Read more about TPTB.

Transmigration: A genre of East Asian media wherein a character who is either in a coma or dead finds themselves awakening in a different world, often but not always a world of a book, show, or video game. See also: isekai. Read more about transmigration.

Troll: Someone who says offensive or objectionable things, or engages in a conversation in bad faith, with the intentional goal of provoking those they engage with. However, this term is sometimes used facetiously to refer to someone (including oneself) being humorously obnoxious. A fundamental rule of the internet: never engage with the troll. Read more about trolls.

Trope: Any plot device found across many stories and many genres, that can be reduced to a common descriptive phrase. Tropes can be a convenient short-hand for indicating what the content a piece of media includes. In and of themselves, tropes aren’t bad or good, but they can be used to flag the presence of objectionable material or favorite motifs. Examples: enemies to lovers; there was only one bed; coffee shop AU. Read more about tropes.

TTRPG: Abbreviation for “tabletop roleplaying game.” A roleplaying game played with pen, paper, and dice. Examples: Dungeons & Dragons; Pathfinder. See also: DM, JRPG, MMORPG. Read more about TTRPGs.

Tumblr: A blogging platform that is popular with fandom, in part due to the site’s structure, and in part because (with a handful of notable exceptions) celebrities and businesses don’t go there. Visit Tumblr.

Tumblr Porn Ban: In December of 2018, Tumblr instituted new rules against pornography and other explicit photographic content because the Tumblr app had been removed from the Apple App Store. Many accounts were instantly terminated, and automated filters and contracted moderation teams unfairly targeted queer and trans individuals as a result of this policy. The restriction of depicting “female-presenting nipples” led to especially wide-spread ridicule. Read more about the Tumblr porn ban.

TVTropes: A website that names and lists story tropes. Visit TVTropes.

TW: Abbreviation for “trigger warning.” An accessibility tool meant to help individuals with PTSD avoid triggering content. This tag must be accompanied by a descriptor to be useful; for example: “TW: Rape” or “TW: gore.” There is, unfortunately, little agreed-upon formatting for whether the TW part goes first or last, whether punctuation is used, etc., but it’s worth aiming at least for internal consistency on one’s own blog or platform so that people can block terms accordingly. See also: CW. Read more about triggers and trigger warnings.

Twincest: Incest between twins. Read more about twincest.

Twitch: A streaming platform, most often used for gaming. Visit Twitch.

Twitter: A microblogging platform now called X. Its prominence as a fandom platform has been slowly dwindling since it was purchased by Elon Musk. Visit Twitter.

Two Cakes: A fandom-standard response to when someone says, “I can’t do X, it’s not original, someone else has done it before.” It’s a reminder that while creators may feel that their work is duplicative/unoriginal, readers usually want a lot of stories and art that shares similar themes – no one who has one cake goes, “damn, no, I don’t want this second cake,” they go, “holy shit, two cakes!” Read more about the two cakes meme.

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A Pride Month Roundtable Chat

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Happy Pride Month, everyone! It’s our favorite month of the year and we decided to get personal about what Pride Month means to us and how we celebrate it. The people who joined our discussion are: YF Ollwell, Rascal Hartley, Sebastian Marie, boneturtle, Alessa Riel, Tris Lawrence, EC, Owl Outerbridge, Nina Waters, and two anonymous contributors.

1. What does Pride Month mean to you?

Anonymous 1: Pride and pride month was first and foremost a riot, it’s transgressive and will continue to be transgressive until the need for it to not be anymore is served. It’s about protest and being comfortable as queer people in our own community and selves, and yes we need allies more than ever, but it’s not about them in this case. It’s about us and our community and history and being safe in our identities. Don’t deliberately alienate people or allies, but it’s on them to respect the context, but still making a point does not equate being obnoxious on purpose.

Sebastian Marie: It means that this is a time to go “I exist, and you can’t change that” to people who don’t care. There’s a lot of people who say things like “I’m supportive just don’t shove it down my throat” and to that I say, “deepthroat the rainbow, fuckers, this is my time”

Anonymous 2: I’ve always liked the idea of pride, but I can’t stand crowds and loud noises, and I don’t drink. It’s one of those things where I’m glad it exists but I don’t want to be there, if that makes sense? The merch tables are good, though. I love any excuse to buy colorful handmade merch.

Owl Outerbridge: [What Anonymous 2 says] is why I love my city’s small Pride during the first week of Pride month. It’s a big gay craft fair, lol.

Anonymous 2: Big gay craft fairs are awesome. Crafty set-ups encourage people to talk to each other, too. Learn new skills and get in contact with artists.

Rascal Hartley: If we’re just talking about the concept of Pride, and not the actual event Pride, then to me it means a space to be loud and be accepted, but especially the loud part. There is no normalization without being loud about it first, so the concept of Pride, to me, means being loud as a group.

Anonymous 2: Without a doubt. Being loud and proud and not going away is important, and I think it might be even more important now that people are getting tired and there’s a slow chipping away at the authenticity of activism.

boneturtle: This reminds me of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette where she talks about being a “quiet gay” Another reason I struggled to identify as gay was the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. I watched it on … my TV in my little living room in my small town. That was my first introduction to my people. The Mardi Gras… I used to watch it, going, “There they are, my people. They’re busy, aren’t they? Gosh. Don’t they love to dance and party?” I used to sit there and watch it and go, “Where… where do the quiet gays… go? Where are the quiet gays supposed to go?” I still do. I’m just like… the pressure on my people to express our identity and pride through the metaphor of party is very intense. Don’t get me wrong, I love the spectacle, I really do, but I’ve never felt compelled to get amongst it. Do you know? I’m a quiet soul. … “I need to express my identity through the metaphor of a nap. I don’t… I don’t think I’m very good at gay.”

Alessa Riel: Gosh, Nanette was so powerful. Such an eye opener. It made me laugh and cry at the same time

Tris Lawrence: I love the idea of Pride, but I have never been to a Pride event. Helping at the last A Big Gay Market was the first queer big event I’ve done. Like others have said, Pride is about being out and loud and joyful and being with other queer people. But for me, being so very invisibly queer (and straight-passing because married to a dude), I’ve always felt a little off to the side. It’s getting easier to think ‘hey I could belong,’ and I’m hoping I might get to go to my first Pride event this year. It’s complicated by other things also going on the same weekend. And crowds, and social anxiety, and the idea of going by myself.

YF Ollwell: I generally consider myself a very open person, and being queer is very important to my sense of self, but Pride Month feels like a time of the year that I can share in that openness with the community at large. It’s about coming together and being ourselves in opposition of forces that would rather see us hidden away somewhere—which is why it’s felt particularly high stakes the last couple of years, and why I’ve gotten more invested in it than I was when I was younger.

Anonymous 2: I can’t even listen to live music if there’s an amp, so in-person events are my natural enemy. Sometimes you just have to accept that something can be good and also not for you.

2. How did you first learn about about Pride?

Anonymous 1: I lived in San Francisco a hop-skip from the Castro district and had a childhood hyper-fixation with historical bisexuals (Byron, Alexander Hamilton, Georgiana of Devonshire, Krishna, Olive Custance, Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, and David Bowie), and known historical queer (cause idk what he’d ID as, it’s complicated) Oscar Wilde, I was bound to stumble on it eventually. Also just wanna add, and it took me awhile to understand this cause neurodivergent etc., but part of the queer community being a bit transgressive means not discoursing each other in a way that is inherently harmful. I for one don’t understand bi vs pan, I’m bi, just bi, and not pan at all, but Janelle Monae for example uses both words as descriptors for themselves as well “she/they” and “free-ass black person” and this extends to ace and aro people and I’m Demi/grey ace but bi and genderqueer first and foremost. It’s no one’s business questioning another persons (or canonically x ID’s characters) label, you can ask respectfully how they contextualize themselves and why but if it’s malicious, drop it and stop. Even talking to older bisexuals in the bi support group I go to once a month, even they understand their bi-ness a little differently than I do, and that’s a good thing cause human diversity and diversity in perspectives is how you get well-rounded world views and people.

Sebastian Marie: When gay marriage was legalized in the US in 2015 I remember watching the news and seeing a lot of marches to celebrate, and that was the first time I’d ever seen Pride marches before. This was before I knew I was queer, but it was one of the first times I conceptualized the idea of being queer as something that had a community behind it instead of being an isolating thing.

YF Ollwell: I grew up near San Francisco with (thankfully) very accepting parents, so I knew about Pride from a very early age; I remember being maybe seven and seeing rainbow flags and decorations being sold in a local party store. I went to SF Pride for the first time when I was sixteen with my high school girlfriend.

Nina Waters: I feel like it says a lot about my own background and age that I knew about AIDs and AIDs Walk long before I knew about Pride. I grew up in New York City, and my mother and I did AIDs Walk annually starting when I was seven years old. In retrospect, it was a lot like a Pride event, because a lot of people there were always out and proud, there were drag queens, there were performances, there was camp, so I always liked to go. I’m not actually sure when I came to understand Pride as a separate event, but I went to my first Pride after I returned to NYC after graduate school. I thought I was cishet at the time, and I just liked parades and wanted to see the drag outfits. Seeing people being so out and comfortable, wherever I was when they were like that, has always been a source of joy to me. It’s such a visceral, visible reminder of “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it, because we won’t let the world erase us.” I wanted to be there as an ally when I was young, and now I want to be there with my wife and kids to show how many flavors of Pride there are.

3. How do you plan to celebrate Pride this year? Do you have any Pride Month rituals?

EC: “Pride Month” in the US Southeast is often a little weird [because] many local Pride celebrations are held in September or October instead of June. This is ostensibly because of the weather (I mean, it’s valid. June temps are routinely in the high 80s, and 95-100+ isn’t unheard of), but also because colleges are back in session. So we get a month of unofficial Pride in June—rainbow merch in stores, events at local queer bars and other queer and queer-friendly local businesses—but parades and other “official” events happen in the fall, somewhat piecemeal.

Anonymous 1: I am still making plans, so to be decided. But as an observation—and I do this year round anyway—buying bi and queer art and jewelry from queer artists and independent artists. Definitely some events, there’s a monthly virtual bi group I go to once a month associated with the Boston bi women’s association.

Sebastian Marie: Planning to go to several Pride events with my boyfriend including a party. My rituals include painting my nails the bisexual flag colors and doing a short prayer to Nuestra Señora de Santa Muerte, a Mexican saint whose patronage includes queer people.

boneturtle: I did have a whole thing I wrote but then deleted it because I thought it might come across as too pessimistic. But then our city’s Pride parade was canceled because it rained the night before (no flooding, just… a bit of rain) and the committee wasn’t able to get approval to reschedule it, so I think that sums the situation up pretty well.

Rascal Hartley: I’m in a similar boat, I think. I’ve had to sit out this year and really think about accessibility and if I’d even be able to go to Pride and the answer is… kind of turning out to be no, in my area. There’s just too much risk and not enough benches for me.

Owl Outerbridge: I go to Pride, and this year we’re actually marching with the community college, but I feel like my activism and my statement is existing as an openly queer teacher in the classroom. It’s exhausting to know some parents don’t want me near their children and anticipating the moment it becomes an issue, so, like, it has to be enough. I’m not huge on crowds, or noise, or standing out, lol.

YF Ollwell: Even though I’m living in a big city again, I’m not planning to go out and do anything exciting! A friend of mine is living with me most of the month, so we’ve been celebrating in our own way by going out and supporting each other as fellow queer people. Beyond that, I’m hoping to go to smaller queer/trans events around my city and meet lots of new people. My brother’s birthday is at the end of the month, so I’ll wrap it all up by celebrating with him!

Nina Waters: As the owner of Duck Prints Press, I vended at our local Pride on June 1st, and it was a wonderful time! My dad even came, he’s 83 and it was his first Pride. Considering that when I first came out, he wasn’t supportive, it felt really nice to have him there and comfortable. My wife’s office also had a group marching in Albany Pride, so she and I and our kids did that and handed out candy and stuff. I like crowds and we always see people we know at events like this, so it’s a chance to catch up with friends we don’t see often. I’ve been to Pride most years since, like…2008 or 2009…and I don’t expect that to change.

4. Rec us one (1) deliciously queer book to read this month

Anonymous 1:Bi any other name by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka’ahumanu.”

Sebastian Marie: Gotta reccomend The Girl and the Goddess by Nikita Gill, which is a gorgeous semi-biographical exploration of the authors bisexuality and how it interests with her faith and culture.

Rascal Hartley: I’d love to recommend Body, Remember by Kenny Fries. It’s not very well known, but if you’re a disabled queer person, I think it’s a must-read.

YF Ollwell: I read Crash by J.G. Ballard for the first time earlier this year and it was a life-changing experience: fascinating, transgressive, and the exact kind of bizarre queer fiction style I hope to capture in my own writing.

Nina Waters: Hmm… almost everything I read is queer and it’s hard to pick. I think I’ll take the self-promotional way out – I’ve read all the stories in our upcoming anthology Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica and they’re so good, so maybe check out our Kickstarter, lol. (You can’t read it this month cause it’s not out yet, but SOON!)

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Fandom Lexicon: S

This one is going up a day early, because I’ll be vending all tomorrow (June 22nd 2024) at the Johnstown NY Toying Around Block Party! And here we are, with the letter S, which has the most entries of any letter in our entire lexicon.

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Lexicon Entries Beginning with S:

S[#]: Abbreviation for “season (number).”

SALS: Abbreviation for “ship and let ship.” A different way of saying “you do what makes you happy, it’s none of my business.” See also: DL;DR, YKINMKATO (pending). Read more about the term “SALS.”

Sapphic: An umbrella term for women or women-aligned people who love women, regardless of the sexuality of the women in question. See also: Achillean. Read more about sapphism.

Schmoop: Cavity-inducingly sweet or cute. Typically refers to either scenes within, or the entire setting of, a fanwork. See also: fluff. Read more about schmoop.

Schroedinger’s [Thing]: A thing that may or may not exist so long as we do not attempt to confirm. Reference to Schroedinger’s Cat.

Scrunkly: Cute, but not in a conventional way; scruffy, ill-kempt, messy. Example: Eddie Munson.

SD: Abbreviation for “super deformed.” See also: chibi.

Sealioning: A type of trolling in which the troll demands evidence to “prove” a counterargument, but no amount of evidence will actually convince them. Read more about sealioning.

Secret Masters: A term for the people who run everything; in fandom, this has often been used to reference show runners. Sometimes, it abuts with antisemitic tropes. Sometimes, it leads into illuminati and other conspiracy theories. See also: TPTB (pending).

Self-Insert: When an author writes themselves into a story as a character, typically the protagonist. Often conflated with, but not actually synonymous to, a “Mary Sue.” Not to be confused with reader insert fics. See also: Gary Stu. Read more about self-inserts.

Self-Pub: Shortened term for “self-publishing” and “self-published books.”

Selfcest: When two versions of the same character engage in sexual relations (or are simply sexually attracted to each other). For example, a character has traveled back in time and meets themselves. Tangentially related to the “would you fuck your clone?” meme, and therefore sometimes called “clonecest.” Read more about selfcest.

Seme: In Japanese mlm fandoms, the seme is the character who sexually tops. See also: uke (pending). Read more about the term “seme.”

Sex Pollen: A fic trope in which a character inhales/consumes an airborne aphrodisiac and is overcome with sexual need. Read more about the sex pollen trope.

SFF: Abbreviation for “science fiction and fantasy” as genres.

SFW: Abbreviation for “safe for work.”

Shelfie: In book-loving circles, a shelfie is a photograph of someone’s bookshelves, often showing them attractively organized.

Ship: Shortened version of the word “relationship.” Believing that two or more individuals are/should be/would be good/terrible/interesting/hilarious in a relationship with each other. Typically used for romantic/sexual pairings, but can refer to platonic ones as well. Generally, romantic/sexual ships are denoted with a slash, hence slash becoming a synonym for shipping, and platonic ships are denoted with an ampersand. The verb form refers to the act of treating two or more characters as being in a relationship with each other. Shipping is one of the cornerstones of transformative fandom. Read more about shipping.

Shitpost: 1. Something shared on the internet that is intentionally provocative in some way. 2. Something shared on the internet that minimal effort was put into and that should therefore not be taken seriously. 3. A pointless, silly post that is still relatable in some way that causes it to go viral. Read more about shitposts.

Shoto: Shortened version of “shotacon.”

Shotacon: A Japanese genre that focused on young or young-looking male characters, often sexually. See also: lolicon. Read more about shotacon.

Shou: In Chinese mlm fandoms, the shou is the character who bottoms sexually. See also: gong.

Shoujo: A Japanese genre of YA stories that usually feature groups of young women who are friends, adventure, romance (most often between teenaged characters), and are aimed primarily at teenage women. Examples: Hana Yori Dango, Fruits Basket, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura. Read more about shoujo.

Shounen: A Japanese genre of YA stories that usually feature large casts of young men who are friends with each other and often engage in match-based story lines (for example, sports events, arena fights, etc.). Aimed at teenage men. Not to be confused with shounen ai. Examples: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto. Read more about shounen.

Shounen-ai: A Japanese genre of mlm stories, usually with the relationships less explicit than in yaoi titles. Approximately a synonym of BL. Not to be confused with shounen. Read more about shounen-ai.

Slash: Gay fanworks, most often mlm. Sometimes used for wlw, or those works may be called femslash. Read more about slash.

Slow Burn: A story that contains a romantic/sexual element that takes most of the work’s word count to resolve. Can be used on works of any length but is most applicable on longer ones. Read more about slow burn.

Smushname: A smushed-together ship name, as in when parts of two or more character names are combined to create a new name used to refer to that ship. For example, Spirk means “Spock/Kirk,” Bingliushen means “Luo Binghe/Liu Qingge/Shen Qingqiu,” etc. Read more about smushnames.

Smut: Works that include explicit sex scenes. Read more about smut.

Snert: A term used to refer to someone as an asshole. Originally aimed at teenagers, it supposedly stands for “Snot-Nosed, Egotistical, Rude Teenager,” though there are variations on that and there’s no agreed-upon definition.

Sockpuppet: A fake account created on a given platform to present as someone other than/in addition to oneself. Not typically done in good faith. Also is used as a verb. Sockpuppeting is the act of creating multiple fake accounts to cheerlead someone, bully someone, advertise someone, etc. Sometimes shortened to just “sock.” The most famous instance of fandom sockpuppeting is the Ms. Scribe affair. Read more about sockpuppets.

Songfic: A fanfiction story written around (and usually including some lyrics from) a specific song. Read more about songfics.

SPAG: Abbreviation for “spelling and grammar.” A term often used when discussing copyediting, as in, “I edited for SPAG.”

Spam: Rapid/repeated activity or content sharing that may be annoying to others. Typically associated with low value/low effort content/activity, but volume and speed are the more important defining traits. Also used as a verb. Read more about spam.

Spam Liking: Going through someone’s social media account and “liking” many of their posts in rapid succession. Some people love when others do this, others feel it’s rude or even creepy. These differences in opinion are often generational and/or related to the platform being used (for example, spam liking is often considered fine on Tumblr but inappropriate on Instagram.)

Spec Fic: Shortened version of “speculative fiction,” the overarching genre that includes science fiction, fantasy, modern paranormal, horror, ~punk, and related subgenres.

Speedrun: Performing a lengthy activity in a time frame often deemed implausible or impossible by conventional measures by taking advantage of media-relevant shortcuts (for example: taking advantage of glitches, skipping nonessential episodes, and reading plot summaries). Originates in video game fandoms, where people speedrun to complete a game as quickly as possible. Read more about speedrunning.

Spiders Georg: A humorous way to refer to a statistical outlier who should not be counted when compiling data. Refers to a Tumblr post about a spider who eats 10,000 spiders a day and throws off the average spiders eaten a day statistic. A thing might be called [Thing] Georg if its behavior is exceptionally outside the ordinary and the person making the reference is amused by it. Read more about Spiders Georg.

Spork: 1. Outdated: To lovingly encourage a fanfic author to please write more (of a specific thing or in general). 2. The practice of mocking bad fic. Read more about sporking. 3. Noun: a fanwork created as a parody of a specific bad fic. 4. A combination fork and spoon.

Squee: A high-pitched happy noise, typically made in relation to a character, ship, or individual, but can also be in response to good news. Read more about the term “squee.”

Squick: Content that an individual would prefer not to interact with and/or finds uncomfortable. Not to be confused with a trigger (pending). See also: YKINMKATO (pending). Read more about squicks.

SSC: Abbreviation for “safe, sane, and consensual.” A term used by the BDSM community to define a baseline of expectations for sexual activities. See also: PRICK, RACK. Read more about SSC.

Stan: An unusually obsessed fan. Coined by Eminem in 2000 in a dark song by the same name. Often said to be a portmanteau of “stalker” and “fan.” Despite its dark origins, this work is often used as a light-hearted self-descriptor. See also: tinhat (pending). Read more about stans.

Strikethrough: Refers to when, in 2007, Livejournal performed a mass deletion without warning of accounts that it found objectionable, with devastating results for fandom. Coined because deleted accounts on Livejournal are marked with a line/strikethrough over their name. Read more about Strikethrough.

Sub: 1. A submissive in a BDSM Dom/Sub relationship. 2. A topic-focused messageboard (“subreddit”) on Reddit.

Super Deformed : An art style that puts extreme emphasis on certain body parts. For example: large chests, large heads, long legs. See also: chibi.

Superhell: A reference to the Big Empty in Supernatural, where angels go when they die. It is “superhell” because it is worse than actual hell (also present in the show), and in reference to the show title. Has come to be used synonymously with “a place where gay characters go to be disappeared from canon,” as in a variation on the “bury your gays” trope. See also: eeby deeby.

Sus: Shortened version of the word “suspicious.” A term with a complex history that became extremely common after the game Among Us became popular.

SW: Abbreviation for many things, with the most common being “sex work” and “Star Wars.”

SWERF: Abbreviation for “sex-work-exclusionary radical feminism.” A form of radical feminism that is anti-sex work and anti-sex workers and explicitly excludes sex workers from their activism. Fuck SWERFs. See also: TERF (pending).

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Pride Story Bundles to Benefit Charity

A banner with a faded-out background of rainbow pride-flag-esque stripes. Text reads, "Read Queer Stories, Support Queer Causes with Duck Prints Press." It includes the Duck Prints Press logo, with the name of the business, rainbow duck prints on the left and bottom sides, and a white duck standing beside the name, looking at the viewer. Beneath that is the Press slogan, "we print diversity."

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYONE! We are thrilled to announce our second-annual Pride Bundles for Charity with two all-new short story bundles – 30 stories total! – that we are selling at a discount to raise money for our chosen queer charity!

Last year, our debut Pride bundles raised almost $350 for queer charities. This year, we’re back with a new General Imprint Bundle and a new Explicit Imprint Bundle, each discounted 20% from their list prices (and each including multiple stories that aren’t for sale and are usually only available to our backers on Patreon) and with 20% of the net profit going to Rainbow Railroad.

How This Works

  • you buy one or both bundles between now and July 8th, 2024.
  • we tally up all the proceeds earned and do some math-e-magic to figure out how much we’re donating!
  • before the end of July, we donate the raised money to Rainbow Railroad, we post the proof we’ve done so.
  • you get fantastic stories!
  • we all get that happy, glowy feeling of knowing that money has been well-spent on fantastic causes!

About the Press

Duck Prints Press is a queer-owned indie press, founded to publish original works by fancreators. We’ve been in operation for over 3 years, and in that time we’ve worked with well over 150 creators to publish six anthologies and almost 100 other stories, from shorts to novels, and we’ve got more on the works (our next anthology, our first erotica collection, will be crowdfunding within the next month!). The vast majority of our creators and their creations are queer/LGTBQIA+ (maybe even all, but we don’t out anyone and we don’t ask demography because, frankly, it’s none of our business).

25 of our authors have chosen to include their short stories in one or both of these short story bundles, and all our short story authors nominated potential charities and voted to select Rainbow Railroad as the beneficiary for our 2024 Pride Bundles.

About Rainbow Railroad

In countries around the world, LGBTQI+ people face violence and oppression simply because of who they love or who they are. Rainbow Railroad helps them get to safety! Rainbow Railroad is a global not-for-profit organization that helps at-risk LGBTQI+ people get to safety worldwide. Based in the United States and Canada, they’re an organization that helps LGBTQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever, LGBTQI+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia. These factors either displace them in their own country or prevent them from escaping harm. 

Note: This charity isnot affiliated with the Press, do not know we’re doing this fundraiser, have not endorsed this in anyway and are, as such, utterly uninvolved in this beyond being the beneficiaries of our efforts! Text is from the Rainbow Railroad website.

About the Bundles

We are offering two bundles, one with 18 short stories published under our General Imprint, the other containing 12 stories published under our Explicit Imprint. The shop listings include details about and excerpts from all the stories. Here’s the gist…

A graphic with a semi-opaque background of vertical rainbow stripes. Text on the graphic reads "Buy 18 General Imprint Stories, Support Rainbow Railroad! with Duck Prints Press." Beside the Press name are duck prints each a different rainbow color (on the left and bottom) and on the right is a white duck with orange beak and feet. This is the Duck Prints Press logo, and beneath it is the slogan "We Print Diversity."

Titles in the General Imprint Charity Bundle:

18 stories. 254 pages. 82,462 words of fiction!

Price: $22.50

Approximately 20% of the list price of this bundle will go to Rainbow Railroad.


Titles in the Explicit Imprint Charity Bundle:

12 stories. 198 pages. 69,550 words.

Price: $21.50

Approximately 20% of the list price of this bundle will go to Rainbow Railroad.

A graphic with a semi-opaque background of vertical rainbow stripes. Text on the graphic reads "Buy 12 Explicit Imprint Stories, Support Rainbow Railroad! with Duck Prints Press." Beside the Press name are duck prints each a different rainbow color (on the left and bottom) and on the right is a white duck with orange beak and feet. This is the Duck Prints Press logo, and beneath it is the slogan "We Print Diversity."

Come get some great stories, support a queer-owned business this Pride, and benefit two fantastic causes. Win-win-win situations don’t get much better than this!

These bundles will only be available for one month, so don’t miss out. Visit our webstore between now and July 8th and get yours!

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with 22 Great Queer Reads!

Graphic 1/2. A graphic showing book covers over a paled-out rainbow-striped background. This graphic is entitled "Our Favorite Queer AAPI Books" and includes 10 book covers. The books are: Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee; The Mermaid the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall; Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee; Babel by R. F. Kuang; She Wears the Midnight Crown; The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez; The Water Outlaws by S. L. Huang; Black Water Sister by Zen Cho; If You'll Have Me by Eunnie; Roadqueen: and Eternal Roadtrip to Love by Mina Ong Chua.
Graphic 2/2. A graphic showing book covers over a paled-out rainbow-striped background. The 12 book covers are: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei; The Prince and the Dressmkaer by Jen Wong; Away with the Fairies by Annabeth Lynch; Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho; Firebird by Sunmi; After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang; Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao; The Problem with Wishes by Annabeth Lynch; Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki; Hold Me by Courney Milan; Sea Change by Gina Chung, and A Clash of Steel by C. B. Lee.

May is wrapping up, and with the end of May comes the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. There are so so so many great books coming out by AAPI authors starring AAPI characters, and so – here’s a list of some of our favorites! All of these are either BY AAPI authors, have AAPI main characters, or – in most cases – both! The contributors to this list are: Shadaras, Tris Lawrence, Nina Waters, D.V. Morse, Terra P. Waters, theirprofoundbond, Annabeth Lynch and an anonymous contributor.

See a book you can’t live without? You can buy it through our Bookshop.org affiliate shop!

You can view this list, and all our other lists, as shelves on Goodreads.

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Fandom Lexicon: M and N

Apologies that I missed last week’s Lexicon post, I was dealing with an unexpected family thing. On the plus side, as a result of my lack of screen time last Saturday, this Saturday you get a two-for-one, M and N! This post is extra long as a result, but there’s a lot of good stuff in these letters, including a few of my personal favorite abbreviations.

View the entire Lexicon posted to date!

Spot something wrong? Want to suggest a term we haven’t included? Drop us a comment or put an ask in our Tumblr inbox!

Lexicon Entries Starting with M:

Malewife: A man who takes on a traditionally female/domestic role in a relationship. Often used in tandem with girlboss. Read more about the malewife meme.

Manga: Comics from Japan. Read more about manga.

Manhua: Comics from China. Read more about manhua.

Manip: A shortened term referring to a photo manipulation – a fancreation in which a photograph, screen capture, or other image from the source material is used as the base for a transformative work. Basically a synonym for a photoshopped image. Read more about manips.

Manwha: Comics from Korea. Read more about manhwa.

MAP: Abbreviation for “minor-attracted person.” A pedophilic dogwhistle. People who use this acronym are trying to equate pedophilia with kink or sexuality. Don’t be fooled: MAPs are pedophiles.

Mary Sue: An ideal woman/girl as perceived by the creator and/or consumer of a media. Pretty, talented, and intelligent, their flaws serve to highlight their perfection rather than as actual flaws. Mary Sues have the extraordinary ability to either kick ass or become the perfect damsel in distress as suits the narrative need. If a female character is considered “too perfect” by the audience, she may be considered a self-insert Mary Sue by critical viewers/readers/fans/etc. See also: Gary Stu. Read more about Mary Sues.

MC: Abbreviation for “main character.” In East Asian fandoms, an abbreviation that refers to the main or point-of-view character of a story. They are usually in a CP (couple) with the ML (main love interest).

MCD: Abbreviation for “major character death.” An abbreviation indicating that a main or major character dies in the media being referred to, though what counts as “main” or “major” can be open to interpretation. Also an archive warning on AO3.

MDNI: Abbreviation for “minors do not interact.” A specific type of DNI statement.

Mecha: Typically used to refer to large battle robots/war machines that human beings control. A popular genre in East Asian media that has also grown increasingly common in the rest of the world. Can refer to the robots themselves or to the genre of works that include mecha. Read more about mecha.

Meta: Overarching analysis of a piece of media including information external to the plot. For TV shows that might include discussing why specific props were chosen, or what an actor said about their performance in a scene; for books, it may mean discussing why the author chose to make the curtains blue. Read more about meta.

MFL: Abbreviation for “marked for late.” Users of Archive of Our Own can hit the “Marked for Later” button to place fics they want to read on list to browse later.

Microfic: A very short fic, usually not more than a sentence or two long. See also: drabble, ficlet, flash fiction.

Miette: A cat referenced in a tweet that went viral, now used as a common meme imitating the phrasing of the original tweet. Or: a cat who sent her mother to jail for one thousand years. Refers to a Twitter post by Patricia Lockwood. Read more about the Miette meme.

Mini-Bang: A collaborative creation fandom event in which authors write fanfictions  to fit a specified theme, typically no more than 10,000 words in length; artists then choose the work they want to collaborate on through an anonymized claiming process, and produce at least one art piece for. The fic and art are then published and shared out by the event runners on a pre-scheduled day. See also: big bang, creation challenge. Read more about mini-bangs.

Minotaur’s Sex Tips for Slash Writers: The title of a famous webpage by user Minotaur, a gay man, who offered tips from his point of view for people who weren’t gay men and/or didn’t have sex experience on how they could write m/m sex scenes more realistically. Read more about this famous (now deleted) post.

ML: Abbreviation for “main love interest.” In East Asian fandoms, an abbreviation that refers to the love interest in a story, as opposed to the main/point-of-view character, who is the MC. The MC and ML together are the CP, or couple, in a work.

MLM: Abbreviation for “men loving men.” 1. A term for romantic/sexual attraction between men. 2. Much less commonly in fandom spaces, it can mean “multilevel marketing.” Yet another example of the importance of context for understanding and interpreting abbreviations!

MMORPG: Abbreviation for “Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game.” Sometimes shortened to MMO. Refers to games like World of Warcraft and Everquest where players create characters and play through the game on servers that can host thousands of players at once. See also: MOO, MUCK, MUD, MUSH. Read more about MMORPGs.

Moe: A term used in Japanese fandoms that refers to having a crush, and/or to cute characters, in anime, manga, and other media. Read more about the term moe.

Monoshipper: Someone who has only one ship in a fandom. Not actually the opposite of polyshipping. A monoshipper usually has an OTP for a fandom, and will ship nothing else within that fandom, but may have different OTPs for each fandom they participate in.

MOO: Abbreviation for “MUD, object-oriented.” An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MUCK, MUD, MUSH.  Read more about MOOs.

MST: Abbreviation for “Mystery Science Theater.” Inspired by the show MST3K – “Mystery Science Theater 3000” – wherein a man and two robots trapped on a space station watched bad movies and mocked them, “to MST” became a verb for the practice of getting together in a group to roast a piece of bad media. Read more about MSTing.

MTF: Abbreviation for “male to female.” A way of referring to a transgender woman. Some people find this term offensive; others do not.

MUCK: Abbreviation for “Multi-User (C) Kingdom.” C variously can stand for: Chat, Created, Computer, Character, Carnal; CK can stand for “Construction Kit” instead – they’re all the same thing, it wasn’t originally an acronym so all the possibilities are retrofit onto the original term. An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUD, MUSH. Read more about MUCKs.

MUD: Abbreviation for “Multi-User Dungeon.” An old style of text-based online game, predecessor of MMORPGs. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUCK, MUSH.  Read more about MUDs.

Multishipper: Someone who enjoys shipping a character with multiple different partners rather than sticking to just one pairing. Multishippers usually have multiple ships within the same fandom, as opposed to a monoshipper, who usually only has one OTP per fandom. Read more about multishipping.

MUSH: Abbreviation for “Multi-User Shared Hack.” An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUCK, MUD. Read more about MUSHs.

Lexicon Entries Starting with N:

NaNo: Shortened version of NaNoWriMo, which stands for “National Novel Writing Month.”

NaNoWriMo: Abbreviation for “National Novel Writing Month.” This is both a time frame (November) and a hosted event in which writers are challenged to write at least 50,000 words on a single story concept in the month of November. The NaNoWriMo website has forums, tracking systems, and other resources for writers. Visit NaNoWriMo.

NB: Abbreviation for “non-binary,” sometimes written as enby. Someone whose gender identity does not fit within the socially constructed gender binary. Read more about non-binary gender identities.

NC-17: A US film rating indicating that no one under 18 will be admitted to a viewing. Although the rating was not originally intended for pornography, in fandom it is sometimes used to indicate that a fanwork contains explicit sexual content.

ND: Abbreviation for “neurodivergent.” A term used to describe someone whose mental or neurological function differs from normative standards. Read more about neurodiversity.

Net: Short for “network,” as in the word internet. In fandom, this is often used for fandom networks, as in “[nameoffandom]net.”

Nipplegate: A term jokingly used to refer to the Tumblr pornography ban of December, 2017, because of the mention of banning “female-presenting nipples” in the Terms of Service update. Has been used for other incidents in the past, such as a breastfeeding argument on Livejournal. Read more about Nipplegate.

No Beta, We Die Like [Character Name]: A common AO3 tag originally based on the bumper sticker “no air bag, we die like men.” It’s a joking way of indicating that the author didn’t use a beta, and usually integrates a character who died in canon.

No U: A cutesy way of turning a compliment back on the person who said it; may be used in other contexts too. (As in, “you’re awesome,” response: “no u”)

Non-con: Shortened term for “non-consensual.” As a general term, usually refers to non-consensual sex in all of its forms, but can be used to refer to other non-consensual acts as well, such as non-con body modification. Read more about the term non-con.

Nonnie: See Anon.

NoRomos: The opposite of a shipper. Originally coined in the X-Files fandom as a term for people who did not see Mulder and Scully as being in a relationship. Read more about the term “NoRomo.”

NoTP: Abbreviation for “no true pairing.” A ship that a person dislikes, or two people that the person believes should never, ever be together. A riff on the term OTP. See also: BroTP. Read more about NoTPs.

NSFT: Abbreviation for “not safe for Tumblr.” The tag Tumblr users created for explicit/adult content to circumvent the blocks on searching for explicit content instituted after December 2018. Unlike NSFW, the term NSFT isn’t necessarily blacklisted, so posts that use it may still show up in Tumblr tag searches.

NSFW: Abbreviation for “not safe for work.”

NTA: Abbreviation for “not the asshole.” See AITA.