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The life erotic: for editor Sacchi Green, titillating tales have broadened our rainbow spectrum.

I meet Sacchi Green, two-time Lambda Award winner and editor of Me and My Boi: Queer Erotic Stories, at my local queer cafe. Our town's go-to laptop land for the pierced, tattooed, and gender-variant--the location of too many Tinder dates and just enough queer crafting circles--is busy as usual when I spot Green ordering an iced tea at the register.

She's easy to pick out from this cafe's particular crowd--not just because I did my due diligence and studied her book-jacket headshot--but because she doesn't look like what many people might think the author of queer, lesbian, bisexual, and otherwise-non-hetero erotica would look like.

She laughs easily at this cognitive dissonance as we dive right into our first topic, pronouns and the gender spectrum. "There's no standard yet for pronouns. There is no longer a binary system," Green states matter-of-factly. "There are infinite points on the spectrum now. Which can be hard. The best thing to do is to ask someone what they want to be called. But it might not stay the same, and it might not be the same thing they wanted to be called."

She sips her iced tea like a true editor, adding a real-life semicolon to her sentence. "I can't pass for anything besides a grandmother, at this point. Which I am. So, It's complicated," she laughs. "But you know, every generation thinks they've invented sex. Have they not heard of the '60s?"

Her latest collection of erotic shorts, Me and My Boi, includes stories by of-the-identity-spectrum writers and queer culture-makers such as Sinclair Sexsmith, Tamsin Flowers, and Sommer Marsden, whose sensual stories all aim to "celebrate masculine-of-center women in all their glorious variety," says Green.

Of her editing process, Green says, "My Call for Submissions always includes a description of what I'm looking for, but I get a special charge from stories that surprise me with something I didn't even know I wanted. Just like the best sex.

"For Me and My Boi, I stated a clear vision: Tell me stories about more-or-less female-identified, screw-the-binary free spirits of all flavors. Cool bois, hot bois, swaggering bois, shy bois, geek boys, drag kings, leather bois, flannel bois. Young is fine, but so are butch daddies, mentors, and role models."

As requested, all the between-the-sheets stories contained between Me and My Boi's covers do just this. From bossy blowjobs to tender lovemaking, in old-school lesbian bars, Parisian drawing rooms, and hipster Brooklyn bike shops, queer sex reigns supreme.

But in the age of high-tech sex toys, why read erotica? Lesbians and queers "don't want to be pigeonholed that way--in the way that has told us that everything queer must be inherently sexual," says Green. "People often avoid erotica because they've read so much bad erotica. I don't know how many reviews I've read of my work by writers who say, 'I don't read erotica but this one is good!' "

So what makes Green's erotica collections good, and, more importantly, good for us as LGBTQ folks? "Erotic interchanges deal with heightened emotions and sometimes, especially with queer people, heavily-weighted baggage from past experiences. With same-sex characters, the complex nature of life for the whole LGBTO spectrum adds an edge of potential risk, whether overt or unspoken. This can create powerful elements for storytelling.

Beyond all that, those complexities and risks in our LGBTO lives make reading erotica especially important for us. The reflection of our own desires, fantasies, and identities becomes validation and celebration, even more essential than the physical and emotional charge it offers." (sacchi-green.blogspot.com)

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