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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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Pride Story Bundles to Benefit Charity

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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…

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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.

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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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Become an Advance Reader for Duck Prints Press!

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Reviews are essential for showing prospective readers that we’re publishing awesome books that they want to buy and read. We’re looking to recruit an active group of people who post reviews of our work, and to do that we need your help! For the first time, we’re offering Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of one of our projects: Aether Beyond the Binary, our most recent anthology, featuring 17 stories of characters outside the gender binary exploring modern-esque aetherpunk worlds.

How it works: You see this post. You think, oh, I love reading! I love leaving reviews! I want to join the Duck Prints Press Reviewer Program! Then, you go and read the rules for our Reviewer Program. And, if everything there sounds like something you can do, you fill out the form, and – we’ll be in touch! Even better: this program isn’t only for Aether Beyond the Binary, and isn’t only for “advance” titles. Our reviewers are encouraged to claim titles that are currently released, too, to help build up a robust collection of reviews of Duck Prints Press titles!

Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must be prepared to post reviews on Goodreads and/or Storygraph.
  • You must also post the review on the appropriate listing on the Duck Prints Press webstore (for advance titles, you’ll have to wait ’til we list them there).
  • Upon acceptance to the program, you must join the Duck Prints Press Book Lover’s Server.
  • Reviews must be at least 100 words long must and engage with the actual content of the work being reviewed.
  • Reviews must be left within 6 months of claiming a title, or you will be removed from the program.

What isn’t Required:

  • That the reviews be positive. Reviews are for readers. We require that reviews be honest to your own experience of the work, not that they be glowing.
  • That you post the reviews to social media. Doing so is definitely a bonus, but you don’t have to.
  • That you associate yourself publicly with the review-leaving (beyond using a valid Goodreads and/or Storygraph account). As in, you don’t have to say, “I, (your name here), reviewed this book” or link your book website accounts with your existing social media presence or anything like that, nor do we request any demographic information beyond confirmation of your age.
  • That you purchase anything. Absolutely no purchase necessary!

What You Get:

  • A e-book copy (ePub and/or PDF) of the work you’re reviewing. We do not provide physical ARCs.
  • After you post your first review, you’ll get a coupon for 10% off a purchase from the Duck Prints Press webstore!
  • For every ten reviews you post, you can claim a freebie sticker from among our sticker offerings, if you want. (You’ll have to provide a snail mail address to get this, of course.)
  • A community of fun book-lovers to hang out with! (You can get that even without joining the ARC program, though – our Book Lover’s Discord is open to everyone.)

We’re accepting applicants for claiming Aether Beyond the Binary ARCs through April 10th, 2024. On the 11th, we’ll randomly select 25 of applicants to receive ARC copies of Aether Beyond the Binary. Everyone else will still be entirely welcome in the program and invited to start with a different, back-catalog book or story to review. We’ll make another pool of Aether Beyond the Binary ARCs available in May.

So… those are the basics. Interested? Go read the full rules, then apply to be a Duck Prints Press ARC reader TODAY!

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Meet Some of Duck Prints Press’s Transgender Authors!

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Today, March 31st 2024, is Transgender Day of Visibility! We’re celebrating by shining the spotlight on 11 trans authors who’ve published with us, and three more who are contributing to projects that are in the pipeline. Duck Prints Press works with many trans creators, but we never disclose such information without explicit permission – there are way more than 11 trans folks working with us, but the people highlighted in this post all opted in to be included: they’re here, they’re trans, and they’re happy for y’all to know that about them!

Most of these authors have published more than one work with Duck Prints Press; we’re mostly highlighting one story each for this post, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to read!

Aether Beyond the Binary is our most recent anthology (Kickstarted in January, expected to go up for sale in late spring or early summer). About half the contributors are transgender or genderqueer, including four who volunteered to be included in this post!

  • S. J. Ralston, who contributed the story Razzmatazz, about a dystopian Hollywood where robots of long-dead stars are forced to make movies, and about the non-binary mechanic who services them.
  • Kelas Lloyd, who contributed the story True, about a non-binary teen going to a remedial camp to help them learn to channel aether.
  • Catherine E. Green, who contributed the story To Hold the World Close, about an established non-binary couple working together to try to take down a corporation that’s trying to control access to the world-wide aether network.
  • Zel Howland, who contributed the story Flower and Rot, about a world where channeling aether causes human bodies to sprout plants, and about the people who sprout fungi instead.
  • Meet the other contributors, too!

All of our anthologies have had trans contributors; highlighted here also is And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” contributed to by Adrian Harley (a character study of modern-day Benedick’s coming out as a trans man) and Nickel J. Keep (a wlw historical story about the characters returning home after serving in World War 2).

You can read about all the contributors to Aether Beyond the Binary here.

And other works by our trans authors…

And we’ve got upcoming projects featuring even more trans authors!

So come check out Duck Prints Press, an indie press that works with fancreators to publish their original works, and support some awesome trans creators this Transgender Day of Visibility!

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Duck Prints Press Summer 2023 Con Wrap!

We’ve now vended at our first two cons, and we wanted to take a few minutes to blog about it!

I (press owner Claire Houck/unforth) attended Fandom Fest in Schenectady, NY, and Albacon in Clifton Park, NY, and vended on behalf of the Press. Authors Nova Mason, Shea Sullivan, Catherine E. Green, and Tris Lawrence helped me out with manning the booth, handling transactions, participating in our first DPP panel, and more, so huge THANKS to them. (Also to Prof. Robert Heverly from Albany Law School, for contributing his expertise on copyright law to our Fandom Fest panel). I wrote about our Fandom Fest panel here, and about our events at Albacon here and here.

To be honest, we really had no idea how things would go, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that we far exceeded our expectations. Going into this, I’ll own I was very afraid – would people be interested in our Press? Would we make money? Or would we be that sad, lonely table that everyone walks quickly by? But things couldn’t have gone better – they went so well we’re already looking at more events to attend in the future.

From a fiscal standpoint, we made almost double what I anticipated and completely made up the expense of buying the supplies and equipment necessary for us to vend at these events and going forward. From a panel perspective, our events were nicely attended. From a “growing the business” standpoint, we added many names to our mailing lists and gained social media platforms. And, from a networking standpoint, we had a fantastic time and met a lot of awesome people – and that’s primarily what this post is about!

You already know about us; we’re here to shout-out some other folks we’re now very happy to know!

The amazing Syrren and I bonded instantly over our shared love of the men of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu books and Stardew Valley romance options. I miiiight have ended up with some merch (though the Genshin Impact ones are gifts for a friend).

According to the Fandom Fest organizers, it was 100% a coincidence that we ended up next to Duck and Cover, but we couldn’t have had a cooler or more appropriate neighbor. A con attendee felt it was so on-brand for Duck Prints Press that they actually bought us this one-of-a-kind hand-painted James Bond duckie! We also talked with Duck and Cover about maybe offering some of their custom ducks as campaign add-ons in the future, so be on the lookout…

The owner of The Cogitation Zone, Lisa, is a long-time friend of Tris Lawrence, who commissioned us this custom Duck Prints Press business card holder that’ll be accompanying us to all our future cons! Lisa also had made a large number of adorable creatures, and I miiiight have traded a copy of one of our anthologies for an axolotl. Because. Axolotl.

The Consol Collection, sadly, has no website that I can find, but they had a lot of things such as this adorable Totoro sticker I got for my kids. And when the owner of Eclectic Arts approached me in an absolutely fabulous Hawaiian shirt featuring Pride-flag-colored twenty-sided dice, I instantly agreed to a sticker trade. On the right, jiadoesart had many lovely things, and I picked out some stickers for my Ghibli-loving kids.

Some Other Neat Folks We Met:

Pastel Prince Shop: lots of gorgeous queer art and merch; I’m hoping to get one of their asexual pride bracelets in the future (it got sold before I could grab it, sadly).

Bear and Bird Boutique: a local business that was vending at Fandom Fest, too, they have a lot of amazing bits and baubles, both fandom-related and original. We’ve bought everything from the Hilda graphic novel to a dragon puzzle at their store.

Picnocline: the only reason I didn’t buy things from Picnocline’s shop is that there were so many cute things that I literally couldn’t pick.

It’s Getting Dicey: dice, one of my true weaknesses! They have metal pride-flag dice sets, and lots of queer dice trays. I wish I could get them all…

Two-Penny Nerdlesque: a local burlesque troupe; they were very enthusiastic about And Seek (Not) to Alter Me and our queerifying of Much Ado About Nothing, and delighted told me about their own very queer versions of Shakespeare and other plays – I’m definitely going to have to check them out in the future.

(There are others too, but I didn’t grab everyone’s information, and I think this is plenty for one post. 😀 )

If any of you all are seeing this post, it was an absolute delight to meet you, and please don’t be a stranger!

Going forward, we’re looking forward to participating in more events and making more connections with other creators, especially other queer creators! Just today, we’ve applied to vend at A Big Gay Market, taking place in Washington Park in Albany on October 29th, 2023. We’ve also got a tentative schedule for 2024, and we’ll post more about where you’ll be able to find us as the dates grow closer and we find out if the juried shows have accepted our applications. We’re going to do our best to continue the success we’ve enjoyed at our first two conventions by pursuing vending as a way to meet potential readers and customers, grow relationships with other queer creators, and get the Duck Prints Press names out there for the benefit of all the authors, artists, and others we work with!

Got a con in New York State or Massachusetts that you love and think we should try to attend in 2024? Let us know in the comments or by dropping us an e-mail at info@duckprintspress.com!