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A.J. Walkley
A.J. Walkley earned a B.A. in literature from Dickinson College in 2007 before heading into the U.S. Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Malawi, Africa. Upon her return to the States, she became a United Nations correspondent and freelance writer working out of New York City, before moving to the Los Angeles area. She is currently writing out of Connecticut.

Walkley has three novels to her name: CHOICE (2009, Barnes & Noble Rising Star Award), QUEER GREER (2012) and VUTO (2013); VUTO was inspired by her experience in the Peace Corps. Walkley is currently working on a novel based on the life of a Texas inmate and most recently participated in #TwitterFiction Festival 2015.

Entries by A.J. Walkley

I'm Bi, Married and Proud

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 3:19 PM

It's #BiWeek and today, September 23, is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. As a newly married person, I've never been more proud to proclaim my bisexuality as I am today -- and part of that reason is because regardless of my past and present advocacy, it is all too easy to fall...

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Justice for Leelah Alcorn: Pass Leelah's Law

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:01 PM

While stories of self-harm among the LGBTQ+ community are all too common on too frequent a basis, the news of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn's suicide on December 27, 2014, has left us reeling, especially those within and working on behalf of the transgender community.

The Ohioan teen, misgendered and misnamed...

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Planes, Cameras and Kickstarter: A Look at 'Sunday People'

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 1:28 PM

A month ago I was making my way back home to Arizona after a cross-country trip to Connecticut to attend my grandmother's funeral. It was not a happy occasion, but as I sat down in my seat on my flight from JFK to Atlanta where I would be laying over,...

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Transgender Violence Tracking Portal: One Year Later

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:07 PM

For the first time ever, there is a database where people the world over can see exactly what is happening to transgender people globally in terms of violent acts against them. The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) was launched earlier this year in the hope of accumulating as...

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OITNB: Season II Sexualities

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 9:15 AM

When Season I of the acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black (OITNB) concluded in 2013, the bisexual community sounded off on the fact that, despite there being more than one character with attractions to more than one gender on the show, the term "bisexual" was...

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2014 Transgender Violence Statistics Sobering Thus Far

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:07 PM

As the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia approaches on May 17, the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) has released its first report -- in the first four months of 2014, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been logged. Such reports are sent in...

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Bowls of Love: An Interview With Author and Health Coach Ali Rakowski

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Growing up with your friends and peers, it's never quite clear which path we all will end up taking in our lives. Oftentimes we lose track of some of these people as we get older (though Facebook makes that harder to do these days). One of my childhood friends from...

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Bisexuality: What NYT and Slate Got Wrong

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:20 PM

The bisexual community has been buzzing since The New York Times Magazine published "The Scientific Quest to Prove That Bisexuality Exists" last week. What many were hoping would be a great leap forward for our visibility ended up falling quite short. While several hardworking leaders were rightly featured...

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Why I Love Query Rejections

(11) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:39 AM

After five years of outlining, writing, editing, editing, writing and more editing, my next novel is to the point I wanted it to be before I began the hunt for an agent. I've gone the self-publishing route, and published my second and third novels with an independent publisher. I am...

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Positively Bi: Gender Differences in Stigma Against Bisexuals

(19) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 7:25 PM

In the "Positively Bi" series, bisexual activists A.J. Walkley and Patrick RichardsFink explore questions about bisexuality. This first post in the series tackles the question of whether there is more stigma against male bisexuals than against female bisexuals.

A.J.: I wanted to address this question because...

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Danny Turken of The Beautiful Game Talks Gender Violence and Soccer

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Ever since I launched my own Kickstarter for my Malawian-based novel, Vuto, which tackles women's issues that span nations, I have been contacted by fellow writers, filmmakers and other entrepreneurs who have an interest in similar issues that face women globally. Recently, my interest was piqued by a...

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Allison Woolbert on the Need for Tracking of Anti-Transgender Violence

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:03 PM

Recently my newsfeeds have been flooded with stories about attacks on trans* and non-binary individuals, from Sasha Fleischman, who was set on fire in California, to Islan Nettles, who was murdered on a New York City street, to transgender Pakistanis assaulted by police. This...

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My Bisexual Awakening

(40) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 8:14 PM

Ever since college, when I slowly came to grips with my bisexual identity, I have had a fear in the back of my mind. In every relationship, a little voice has always been there, questioning, "If you commit to one gender, won't you miss the other genders?" I have feared...

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Bi Way of the White House

(7) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 11:43 AM

On September 23, 2013, over 30 bisexual activists from all over the nation came together in Washington DC, at the White House on Bisexual Visibility Day to meet with decision makers about prominent issues affecting the bisexual community. I was so proud to be one of...

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An Interview With Queen Dad's Sean Moran

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Sean Moran is an actor, writer and producer with such titles to his name as Grease, Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing and ER, to name just a few. His newest project brings his skills to the Internet in a Web series called Queen Dad, which he is taking...

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An Open Letter to Dan Savage

(106) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Having been neck-deep in writing, editing and now promoting my new novel, I must admit I have gotten behind on my reading in the last few months. This being the case, I was quite surprised to get a Facebook message from a high school friend that read:


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Bi-erasure in Orange Is the New Black

(36) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Ever since the Netflix-original series Orange is the New Black premiered on July 11, 2013, the buzz has been increasing about the show's varied portrayals on-screen, ranging from racial and sexual diversity to trans* characters and beyond. One of the biggest issues in relation to the LGBT+ community that the...

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Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 12:06 PM

I consider myself fortunate to be able to call bisexual poet, actress and director Yazmin Monet Watkins a friend and was thrilled to find out that the Russell Simmons had included one of her spoken word poems on his YouTube channel. I sat down with Yazmin...

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Civil Unions in Tucson

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 6:23 PM

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the City Council of Tucson, Ariz., approved an ordinance allowing same-sex couples to register for civil unions in a unanimous 6-0 vote, making the city the second in the state to pass this historic decision.

After the ordinance passed, Councilwoman Karin Uhlich...

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Fighting the FDA's Antiquated Policy on Blood Donation

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:41 PM

On July 12, 2013, documentarian Ryan James Yezak championed the first National Gay Blood Drive in order to combat the outdated and antiquated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance document that has banned men who have sex with men (MSM) -- and women who have sex...

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