Quality TG-Fiction Web Site Launches
Own Stories, an online, literary magazine featuring short stories, poems
and essays on transsexual themes has been launched, according to Terry
M., editor-in-chief of the new e-zine.
mission," says M., "is to provide a forum for quality fiction which
celebrates the transsexual experience, to nurture beginning transgendered
writers, and to help move fiction with transgendered characters into
the mainstream of fiction."
M. notes that while many sites on the Internet publish transgendered
fiction, Our Own Stories is different in that it will be highly
of the stories featured each month.
won't be an archive site like so many TG fiction sites," explains
"It will be a magazine style site featuring only 4-5 of the best stories
each month along with a few poems and essays. We will also have a monthly
feature for writers called ‘The Writing School' since our purpose is
also to help develop writing talent as well as publish it."
M. also emphasizes one other difference in her site. "Most TG Fiction
sites are dominated by explicitly sexual stories of forced feminization
or domination and submission fantasies. Our site will feature only clean,
Is there a market for "clean, wholesome" transgendered fiction? M.
eight years ago, I published the first Emergence
web site I had been writing a series of stories with a TS character named
Cindy. Those pages turned out to be the most popular pages on the entire
But more than that I was swamped with email from readers who were effusive
in their appreciation on finding some clean, dignified, but realistic
stories with a transgendered character," M. said.
M. has a history of success combining "wholesome" living and transsexualism.
Her Emergence web site was one of the first to blend transsexualism
I tell people I'm a Christian and a Transsexual, they often do
take as though one cannot be both. But being a transsexual is not antithetical
to sound Bible doctrine. That's the message of Emergence Ministries.
Loves You! Yes, you in the green dress. He loves you," she said.
When she speaks one can hear the cadence of a Pentecostal preacher, which
is only fair since she grew up in that tradition and attends a Pentecostal
mother and grandmother on my mother's side were both Pentecostal preachers
as well as my Grandfather on my father's side of the family. I didn't
have a chance," she quips with a smile.
M. says many of her short stories deal with the struggle of
I feel like a lightning rod set in a field with thunderstorms
from the south and the north at the same time. Some church people believe
I'm a sinner because I'm transsexual and some transsexuals don't
me because I'm a Christian. Many of my stories reflect that struggle,"
Apparently, that blending of Christianity and Transsexualism has struck
a chord with many others who share M.'s religious traditions.
Website gets about 20,000 hits a month and the Emergence email discussion
list is the spiritual home for about 250 people.
many of our list members, Emergence is almost like a second
For some it's their only church family. We provide support and encouragement
and also challenge each other to be the best we can be for our
M. says that the new web site is a logical extension of the original
ministry since the purpose of true religion is to provide dignity
the individual. "And this magazine," says M., "has the
same mission to elevate transgendered fiction out of the gutter and give
our people more dignity in the literature which is uniquely ours."
is looking for transsexual writers willing to abide by the author's guidelines
found on the magazine site to submit stories for the publication. For
more information write M. at email@example.com.
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