Here are some moments that are still resonating for me:
"Write something that forces people to imagine something radically different." -Justin Torres
"I was a trans kid in an Amish town. Rebellion has been my means of survival." -Our Lady J
"Reporting is a verb... part of my job is to be a witness." -Melissa Chadburn
"As an artist, the first thing you need to believe is that you deserve a place at the table." -Michael Nava
Not assimilating into whiteness but dissolving it into a community where everyone can see each other -Ryka Aoki
"If you're queer and you're writing, eventually you're going to run into the person who tells you your book saved their life." -Ryka Aoki
"Most of us didn't wake up on Nov 9 realizing we are under attack because we've been under attack" -Claudia Rodriguez
"America loves the heroic individual but change doesn't happen that way. Things only change by coalition." -Sarah Schulman
"We need to start talking about art as a regular practice in everyone's life." -D'lo
"Being a human requires looking out for other humans -Zackary Drucker
"Don't let them colonize your imagination. And write!" -Lucy Jane Bledsoe
"Our job right now is to be as queer as possible, so they know we're not going anywhere!" -Alec Mapa
"This is the moment to be alive and do the work." -Luis Alfaro
And maybe most of all, being in community with over 300 other writers who are also creating Queer-themed work!
It was truly an honor to be part of the Lambda Lit Fest Los Angeles Steering Committee, and I'm grateful to all who participated.