Sunday, October 12, 2014

Reminder: Litquake in the Castro @ Sun Oct 12, 2014 1pm - 2pm (Queer Things)

Litquake in the Castro

“Litquake in the Castro” is the festival’s annual showcase of queer writers, and this year’s readings will include an author who is the first known to include PrEP (antiretroviral drugs for pre-exposure prophylaxis) in the plotline of a published novel.

Leslie L. Smith is the author of Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual: Or I Was Cursed by Polly Holliday. He was concerned about the controversy surrounding PrEP, which he sees as an additional method to fight the spread of HIV. Smith said he was troubled to hear that some, including a few prominent leaders in the AIDS movement, have stigmatized those who are using the treatment.

“First and foremost, we have to humanize and not demonize the choice of HIV protection,” Smith said. “It’s too easy to name call when we haven’t walked in another’s shoes.”

“I hope my book sparks a conversation that reduces the stigma of choosing other methods of protecting ourselves – not only in the gay community, but beyond,” he added.

Smith will read with six other gifted LGBT writers, handpicked by the festival. They are:

Carolina De Robertis, author of The Invisible Mountain
Kevin Fisher-Paulson, author of A Song for Lost Angels
Jason K. Friedman, author Fire Year
Jean Ryan, author of Lost Sister
Renate Stendhal, author of Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit
Kat Marie Yoas, contributor to Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road
Litquake is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with dozens of events scheduled from October 10th to 18th. See the full schedule online at

Sun Oct 12, 2014 1pm – 2pm Pacific Time
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