How We Write – Flourishing Trumpets
Our prompts: Prompt attention, Flags, I’m late
This week, we celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969. Those protests took place just two weeks after Kyros was born, so gay pride has had special meaning to him ever since he came out.
The events around Kyros getting kicked out of the military in 1989, before the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy went into effect, also shapes his view of how our country can treat gay people.
All of these experiences went into the writing of this cautionary tale in June 2016, right after the current president won his party’s nomination. Kyros knew from history and firsthand experience that discrimination is never fully eradicated. That even the smallest shift can undo years of hard-fought-for rights.
Happy Pride Week everyone!
“It’s hard to believe it’s only been eight years,” Dennis said, shaking his head. “We never believed it could happen here.”
The two men paused, staring up at the flags waving in the breeze over the central plaza.
“I know. So much has changed….”
A flourish of trumpets rang out from the loudspeakers, cutting him off. (more…)