James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is an LGBTQ columnist, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Queer Nation and Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist. He lives in rural Michigan with a small cat who rules the household. Read more LGBTQ+ content written by James at

Open Letter to Robert Gruss, Anti-Gay Catholic Bishop and My Neighbor

This story is a response to the Prism & Pen writing prompt, Let’s Write Very Queer Letters to Politicians and Community Leaders!Dear Robert,I hope you don’t mind me calling you by your first name even though we don’t know one [...]

Why Do All My GOP State Reps Support the Trans/Gay Panic Defense?

Before I write about the trans/gay panic defense and how U.S. states are gradually passing laws against its use in court, and before I write about how Republicans in my home state of Michigan just voted unanimously to keep the practice legal, I have [...]