On March 5th, 2013 (issue 43), Apex Magazine published Rachel Swirksy’s story “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” It was well-received by most of the genre community, winning the Nebula Award for Best Short Story and was a Hugo Award finalist.

No story works for everyone. Critical dissection and discussion go hand in hand with award lists, but Rachel’s story became a rallying cry for changing the dynamics of the Hugo Awards due to its perceived flaws. Some unsavory types became involved and here we are three years later, and Rachel is still being harassed and insulted.

Every few days, I have to moderate comments left on “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” Over the last 3 years, I’ve removed/deleted comments that are anti-semitic, queer bashing, transphobic, fatphobic, and sexist. It sickens me to think of the bullshit she probably deals with in her inbox and on social media.

In response to the harassment, Rachel is looking to turn the hate into something positive. Read about it below.

Posteriors for Posterity: An update on my fundraiser for LGBTQ health

She is donating via Patreon to the Lyon-Martin health services. Lyon-Martin is one of the only providers that focuses on caring for the Quiltbag community, especially low-income lesbian, bisexual, and trans people. They provide services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

You can support her fundraising for as little as $1. To all who donate, she will send a copy of her parody story “If You Were a Butt, My Butt,” written specifically for this campaign.

 

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