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A Grim Possibility of A Future

by dimensionaltales

“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well.”
― Cassandra Duffy

The duality of LGBTQ+ narcissism

What if the LGBTQ+ community rose against their oppressors?

During my research for my LGBTQ Crimeverse, I came to understand that the LGBTQ+ community – both out and closeted – actually outnumbers the “straight” community in various cities and towns. That bit of information was interesting to me because, not only does it make sense, I found myself thing about all potential versions of the future if others realize this. Then, the darkest outcome came to mind and that’s how An Inevitable Uprising came to be.

It was interesting because, while I was reading all the stories from the survivors of gay-bashing, I thought to myself about the possibilities of the LGBTQ+ community creating an uprising against all of their oppressors. Remembering what happened after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The thought terrified me because the likelihood of it happening was fair plausible. And since it terrified me, I figured it would be a good premise for a story. Actually, if I remember correctly, An Inevitable Uprising was the first short story idea that I had for the LGBTQ+ science fiction section of my project.

Writing for this particular story was tricky because I didn’t want to glorify any wrongdoing. I didn’t want the readers to think that it would be okay to attack, harm, or even kill their oppressor. In fact, I wanted this story to be a cautionary tale for everybody. I wanted people to understand what could happen if you continue to bully a tribe of people just because they don’t fit the norm. I cannot tell you how many times I had to stand my ground against homophobic remarks. Luckily, it had all been verbal smackdown because I truly detest violence. I mean, seriously, whenever I got into a fight, I would only do just enough to get the person’s attention.

Anyway,  I decided to write the story in the style of In medias res (in the midst of) because it made the most scene for me. I didn’t want to tell the whole story of the events leading up to the titular uprising because, though important, I wanted to show the effects of it all. Now, I did talk about it but I only keep it to the main parts i.e. the beginning of the end. I also wanted to make sure that the protagonist is clearly against what the “evolved” community stands for. It was interesting to see the duality of the aftermath unfold in the story.

My best friend gave this story a read and instantly became interested in me filling in the blanks. I couldn’t help but laugh for numerous reasons. The main reason was that I didn’t know what happened in between the parts narrated in the story as that wasn’t my focus at the time. I was more intrigued by the when, how, and the years after. But it does offer up the opportunity to fill in those gaps in other media. It couldn’t hurt, right? And, with that, I hope you enjoy the story.

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