My First PRIDE Parade
(This piece is for the unofficial challenge in Queer Vocal Voices. The prompt is "What Does Pride Mean To You".) I didn’t know what to expect at the first PRIDE parade I went to. The gay community where I live is…challenging for a lack of a better term. (I will save that story for another time.) Being just out of the closet, I had no idea what the point of the parade was. Until I did some research into why we have pride parades. That is when I learned of the Stonewall riots, and the first parade the year following the riots.
Two Bus Tickets
Jeremy sat on a bench outside the bus station while the snow fell softly. Holding two tickets to the city in his hand, his heart was pounding. He used his savings to buy the tickets, and they would live off the rest. He looked at his watch, wondering where Colt was. They were supposed to meet at the bus stop fifteen minutes ago, and Colt wasn’t there yet.
- Top Story - February 2024
- Top Story - February 2024
Introducing Queer Vocal VoicesTop Story - February 2024
Facebook groups truly have become part of the Vocal experience. The groups are a place for sharing your work, reading others' work, and providing general support and encouragement. Each group has a different flavor or specialty, and many of them have features specific to their group. In discussions with two queer friends and creators on Vocal, we noticed that there needs to be a way for queer voices to be heard. Not just heard, magnified. Not just in the PRIDE community, though we encourage every queer creator to publish in PRIDE. But any piece in any community written by any queer creator. Queer, in this case, is an umbrella for all in the LGBTQIA+ community.
My Past Year on Vocal and a New Plan
From the end of 2022 through 2023, I didn't write much. I lost my mom in February of 2023 after a battle with brain cancer. From September 2022 until she passed, my sister and I were her caregivers. That didn't leave much time for writing, though I did write a couple of pieces for my mother. After her death, I struggled with not having a purpose, as I no longer had anyone to care for. I fell into a deep, long-lasting depression. My auntie, who was a rock in our family, passed in December, a few days before Christmas. Grief has no specific time or place and pops up now and then, but going into this year, I am choosing not to sit in my sadness from now on. I believe while our emotions can't be chosen, how much room we give our emotions is what we can control. So, while last year was a bust, I intend to make up for it this year. This challenge piece is the road map for my next year on Vocal.
Battle of the Bulge
I am a big guy. I have been a husky guy since high school. A comfortable weight for me is in the two-twenty range. I am five feet eleven inches tall and currently weigh three hundred and ten pounds. I have gained eighty-plus pounds over the last three years.
- Top Story - August 2023
The Facebook Group Vocal + AssistTop Story - August 2023
Many of us creators on Vocal Media belong to many Facebook groups for Vocal Media. While it is important to remember that Vocal does not run any of these groups, they play a crucial role in building community, sharing our work, and acquiring some reads. While there are several groups out there, I would like to highlight the group Vocal + Assist for this article.
Partners In Writing
I first learned about Vocal Media two years ago, when one of my friends sent me a post on Facebook about a writing contest. I joined, submitted an entry, and was hooked from the start. It wasn’t long before I found a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to Vocal Media creators.