Announcing Queer Girl Cafe and Call for Contributors

Hello!

So if you all followed my cryptic tweets yesterday about a “queer* girl project,” this is it!

1.) What Is Queer Girl Cafe, Anyway?

Glad you asked! So if you’ve been following me for awhile you know I have a lot of feelings about queer girls in YA, how we treat queer girls, and the values we place (or don’t place) on their stories. And it bothers me that so often, queer girl’s stories are seen as unimportant, or not marketable; that they make up a small percentage of YA stories because who wants to read about two girls in love?

I’m frustrated, as well, with the lack of queer women in the writing world, the ways gatekeeping and other factors can contribute to that. I’m frustrated with the lack of older role models for queer girls, particularly queer girl writers.

That’s where Queer Girl Cafe comes in. Queer Girl Cafe is going to be a weekly segment on the blog, a space for queer women to share their stories and experiences, whether personal or book-related, in interviews or essays or narratives. What I’m aiming for with this series is to create a space where queer girls can read and see themselves validated, a space where they can read stories from queer girls their age or older queer women who’ve been there, a place to discuss queer books or life in general.

This Sounds Amazing! When Does It Begin?

The first post goes live on February 29, and will continue every Monday after that for as long as I have contributors.

Who’s Going to Be Participating in This Thing?

Again, glad you asked! I’ve already reached out to a few fantastic women I know will be great to head this off—Camryn Garrett, Kayla Whaley, Meagan Rivera, Katherine Locke, Cam Montgomery, and Tristina Wright. They’re women I know personally who I thought would be interested in the project, and I’m super excited to have them onboard.

HOWEVER.

I am actively seeking submissions from queer women for this project. I know the scope of queer women I know is only a small representation of the population, and I want a variety of stories. I am particularly interested in and seeking stories by disabled queer women, queer WOC, trans women, and women whose identities aren’t often talked about as much (asexual, pansexual, etc.)

Hey, That’s Me! How Can I Participate?

If you are interested in participating with Girl Talk, shoot me an email at girltalkproject2016@gmail.com and we’ll work something out!

I’m Not Interested In Participating But I Still Want To Help!

Wonderful! The best thing you can do right now is spread the word about Girl Talk and talk it up! (I know that was a terrible pun I’m so sorry). If you know women you think would be interested in helping with this project, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Will There Be A Hashtag or Discussion?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: This is something I’d really like to do but haven’t quite ironed out all the details of yet, so I’ll be announcing this later.

I think that about wraps it up! I’m super incredibly excited about this project and the chance to give queer girls a space to share their stories and experiences.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at girltalkproject2016@gmail.com, or @ me on Twitter @NitaTyndall

*Please note, I use “queer” in the encompassing, umbrella-term sense, as I feel the acronym doesn’t fully encompass the range of experiences I’m hoping to show here.

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