All this talk about writers leaving,

because some unthinking fool has given them grief has made me very angry! I've spent years here at Top Shelf and, while not every writer is one I read, their work is nontheless important to them and their fans. Writing is a way to deal with the anxiety and even pain that comes with being Transgender and being able to get those anxieties out in writing helps each and every writer to deal with those pains and anxieties.

It also provides entertainment for those who either can't write, or think they can't. Do any of you suppose that Erin has virtually ruined her financial life by keeping this site open and going strong for a lark? If you do, then you are more of a fool than you know. Erin and her friends, co-workers and volunteers have done what they've done for the love of what they do for others and to provide a VITAL service for those of us too timid or unable to "come out!"

Some of the ones who read and write here can only express themselves here at Top Shelf. For them it's the only way they can acknowlege who they really feel themselves to be, and some malcontents choose to deny the others of that respite from what might very well be a grim, half existance, relieved only by writing, reading, or blogging here? For some, who have had the courage to write and publish, the small amount of income might be the difference between them eating and paying the bills, or starving and being homeless and some of you would deny them this?

How much better would this world be if everyone just followed the Golden Rule? No, I don't mean the one about who has the gold, makes the rules. No, I mean the one that says: 'TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD BE TREATED. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY, SAY NOTHING! I'm gonna ignore that rule this one time!

This is a PRIVATELY OWNED SITE, AND ERIN IS THE OWNER. If you don't like how she does things, then maybe YOU should leave instead of driving others away with unkind comments and insults. It's NOT a public forum for you to spew hate and say whatever you like! Erin allows a great deal of latitude here, but when it gets too bad, she HAS to step in and remove hateful or harmful comments and stories. That's her RIGHT as the OWNER of the site!

So to everyone who thinks they can do anything they want or say whatever they want, regardless of who it might hurt, I'll say this.

HOW DARE YOU TRY TO RUIN THIS VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR THE REST OF US? If you don't like it here, then maybe YOU should leave instead of driving others away with your ill thought out comments that harm others!

I've been a member here for over 12 years and I'll be DAMNED if I'll see this shit happening without me speaking out against it! SO this is me speaking out! IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT HERE, IF YOU DON'T LIKE A STORY OR AN AUTHOR, DON'T FRIGGING READ IT!!! But don't spoil a good thing for the rest of us!

Now I've had my say and I'm sure that I'm gonna get flamed by the rabble rousers who feel THEY have the right to spew their hatred on others. Well, go ahead. I've remained silent on this whole thing for far too long. Well, I'm a big girl and I can handle any of the crap you wanna try to pile on me. Hell, even Erin might delete this comment, but I had to get this out of me before I lose it completely and REALLY cut loose! If you gotta, Erin... then delete it. You won't hurt my feelings.

A pissed off Catherine Linda Michel said all of that!

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