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Cindy Zelman
Cindy Zelman is a Boston-based writer who blogs regularly for and writes her own blog, The Early Draft. In addition, she has published creative nonfiction essays in several journals, including Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Tinge Magazine: The Online Journal of Temple University, Cobalt Review, Sinister Wisdom and Feminist Studies.

Her chapbook, What's in a Butch's Purse and Other Humorous Essays was published in 2014 by Winged City Chapbook Press. It is currently available for pre-order in print and as an ebook download. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the persecuted LGBTI community of Uganda, to help them escape or to feed those left in poverty. You may order at

Zelman is a graduate of the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College where she studied Creative Nonfiction.

Entries by Cindy Zelman

A New Laptop or People's Lives: Gay Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Recently, I complained to my brother that my laptop was slow, so we ended up window shopping at a local Best Buy. It's so enticing to drive into the parking lot where the blue and yellow sign is lit up as bright as a full moon. The layout of the...

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All the Rock Stars I Love Are Over 50!

(44) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:35 AM

I recently saw the legendary Paul McCartney in concert at Fenway Park in Boston. At age 71, he managed to draw a crowd of 37,000+ fans to fill the venue to capacity. And boy, did he rock the joint! He does not appear to have lost a beat, dropped a...

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Your Weed Is My Poison

(262) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 6:57 PM

I recently attended an Eagles concert at the Comcast Center in Massachusetts, and the pot smoke was everywhere. You could not escape it. You were forced to smell it and to breathe it in. Your other option was to leave the concert. I know many out there think being able...

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'Who Would Choose Such a Difficult Life If They Were Normal?'

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 7:02 PM

My head is swirling over the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8. While the war on queer bigotry is not over, we have won some major battles. The recent news is fantastic: If you are married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, you cannot be discriminated...

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Haulin' the Fridge: This Is What Happens When You Try to Fake Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Life has been a little too serious lately, and so has my blogging. This time I lighten up by sharing a tongue-in-cheek story about one my (numerous) questionable relationships.

I'm sitting in an old truck, hauling a refrigerator -- olive-green, a throwaway from someone's basement, a 30-year-old refrigerator in...

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So What If Homosexuality Were a Choice?

(161) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 4:27 PM

This month our community hosts pride parades across the country and the world as we march to bring visibility and validation to our diverse population. Yet I dread each sign I see that says, "Homosexuality is NOT a choice!" or "We are born gay!" or some version of these statements....

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Everything Changes, Even My Shoes: Evolving Past My Own Transphobia and Internalized Homophobia

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:53 PM

When I was a younger woman, I donned leather pants, white ribbed tanks and high-heeled black boots. I'd take off most weekends to meet women at lesbian dances in Boston. I was slim and fit because I worked out. I learned how to flex my muscles without looking as though...

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin? A Very Personal Homophobia

(83) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 4:06 PM

In April I posted about the public expression of bigotry by Michelle Shocked at a concert in San Francisco where she made anti-gay statements, and about the Westboro Baptist Church, which makes no bones about its hatred of the queer community.

I also delved into a more...

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The Westboro Baptist Church and Michelle Shocked Help the LGBTQ Community

(35) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Last month singer Michelle Shocked unleashed an angry, anti-gay rant onstage in San Francisco. Reports state that Shocked told the crowd, "You can go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked said 'God hates fags.'" That's a bad thing, right? Ten years ago I would have said, "Yes, absolutely....

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