“Everybody’s got something” is a mantra of journalist, Robin Roberts as well as the title of her 2014 book. But as a Black woman who is an out and proud lesbian, her story and books, like so many other women, are under growing attack and being banned in schools and libraries.
This Women’s History Month we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate and amplify women writers and their voices by fighting back against the rightwing censorship seeking to silence them. Their experiences, insights, intellect, and tenacious strength pour forth on the page in many forms of literature to enlighten, entertain, and/or inspire. The attempt to shut women writers away from any reader’s open and curious mind is repugnant and wreaks of totalitarianism.
In revolt against those actions theOUTfront is proud to highlight and lift up the words of women writers this month with another in our twitter series “In their own words” @TheOUTFront.
On this first day of Women’s History Month, we’d like to celebrate the contributions of just a few of the many incredible writers from our own Community. Click on their names for a complete biography.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)
Author and Poet
“Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing. ”
Carson McCullers (1917–1967)
“Southern Gothic” author and playwright
“The Heart is a lonely hunter with only one desire! To find some lasting comfort in the arms of another’s fire…driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, the heart is a lonely hunter when there’s no sign of love in sight!”
Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
Black-Lesbian Feminist Mother Lover Poet
“I write because I am a warrior and my poetry is my primary weapon.”
Wanda Sykes (1964 -)
Comedian, Writer, Activist
“It’s easier to rip somebody to shreds while you’re making them laugh.”
Alison Bechdel (1960 – )
Cartoonist and graphic novelist
“Then there were those famous wings. Was Daedalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea? Or just disappointed by the design failure?” — Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic