For those of us who grew up in Calgary… you know all those times your dorky friends in junior high school, trying to be so cool, would say, “The Calgary Stampede is so gay,” and you’d die inside just a little?
Well. Turns out they were right.
As we countdown to the launch of the fourth YYC Queer Writers anthology, you get to meet our fab contributors, and listen to some fab music.
Today’s featured author is LOTIS CLEMENTE CERVANTES.
LOTIS CLEMENTE CERVANTES lives in Calgary with her wife. She is a yoga enthusiast (?) and a creator of LGBT-themed stories written in Taglish (Tagalog/English) that veer toward sadness/drama… which she claims is not intentional. She’s the author of the novellas Encore and Begin Again (in English), and Sequel Hearts: A Filipino LGBTQ Novel (in Tagalog), available at all the usual places books are sold. You can also find her stories at Wattpad.com/lccervantes.
This is how her story, “FIRST RODEO,” starts:
When I think of Stampede, I think of Chloe.
You see, I like Chloe but I’m what you can call in Filipino a torpe—a person who likes someone but couldn’t make a move.
She was the first person I encountered when I was a temporary foreign worker at Tim Horton’s.
Nobody writes lesbian love stories and fiction that reads like truth like Lotis Cervantes.
This is the song you should listen to as you’re reading it:
Want all of A QUEER SUMMER NIGHT IN COWTOWN? Pre-Orders now available at:
- AMAZON (live)
- KOBO (coming soon)
- CHAPTERS (coming soon)
And, if you’re in Calgary, our launch party closes Calgary Stampede week:
All profits from the anthology’s sales go to benefit Alberta’s Camp Fyrefly.
Camp fYrefly is a summer camp and leadership retreat designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, and questioning youth, (LGBTQ2S+) and planned in part by a committee of the same youth it seeks to serve. Camp fYrefly is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. In a word, it helps keep queer kids alive.
WARNING: Although we are fundraising for a youth program, the content of our anthology contains mature themes, frequently of a sexual nature, and is intended for an adult audience.
But, the launch party is all ages. Bring your kids; dress accordingly.
Drop-ins welcome. but if we know you’re coming, we can make sure we don’t run out of books for you.