An open letter to the author of “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter.”

Phoebe North
9 min readJan 14, 2020

Dear Isabel:

I read in the comments of your short story, “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter,” on Clarkesworld, that you plan to pull your story.

I understand your choice — I respect your choice — but I wish, for my own sake, for the sake of those like me, that you wouldn’t.

I want you to know how your story came to me: via a community of trans and non-binary writers. One had expressed concern that your story might be a troll story…

Phoebe North

storyteller. sap. strange creature. they/them pronouns.