Writing for Overland

The personal is political 

Image: still from (the fantastic) Janelle Monae’s ‘Make Me Feel

I recently wrote quite a personal piece. It is one of my strongest pieces of non-fiction writing yet, and I am happy that I wrote it. It was published in one of Australia’s leading journals, Overland, and shared on the 23rd of September. This day is Bi Visibility Day.

Writing this article was emotionally challenging at first. I value privacy, and am only really comfortable with disclosure of deeply personal information if I feel I have a say in the narrative, and in what is being said about me.

Of course, one typically cannot control how information spreads.

Nevertheless, I felt compelled to write this article. I wrote it for myself; I wrote it to help educate where possible; and I wrote it perhaps most of all in the hope that it might help others like me, who see their own experiences reflected in mine. Writing has immense power to make others feel less alone, and if I can channel that power, even in a small way, I think it worth doing so.

If you would like to read the article, you can find it here. Hopefully we are all big enough people to approach all others, always, with an open heart. Have a beautiful day.