The book that many of us have dreamed of is about to be published and I am over the moon to say that one of my stories is included in it. Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From The Gay Bars is a collection of stories and poems from the lesbian and gay bars that have played such an important role in many of our lives.
My story is set in Liverpool and takes place in a club that everyone who was on “the scene” back then knew, The Masquerade. It was a place where we gathered to be with our own kind. A place where we could be ourselves for a few precious hours. We cruised, we danced, we fought, we found love, we found heartache. I still have my membership card and every now and then I come across it hidden in the bottom of a draw, usually when I’m looking for something else, and smile at the memories. The original club is long gone, but there is still a club bearing that name in the city, a testament to the fondness that the “Mazzy” inspired in us.
I am really looking forward to reading this collection, and I am truly honoured to be in the company of writers such as Lee Lynch and Joan Nestle. Amazing.
The profits from the book will go to two non-profit LGBTQI organisations. Attic Youth Centre, Philadelphia, PA and the Ali Forney Centre in New York City. Lee Lynch and S Renee Bess are the collectors of the stories. The publication date is the 1st November, so make a note for your Holiday shopping! It will be available as an e-book and in paperback and you can get it from Bella Books, Amazon, Kobo and Nook.