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Constellations # 6 Bennett & Paige Go Slow

Constellations # 6 Bennett & Paige Go Slow


This is the final installment of the erotica series Constellations, about finding and keeping kink connections and navigating polyamorous love. 
Content notes: polyamory processing, make-up sex, manual sex

Bennett put their head down on the table, cradling it in their arms. Their temples pounded. Their mouth was dry and their stomach ached. Their dinner sat on the table, half-eaten: a plate full of chicken and green beans and Bennett’s famous smashed cheesy potatoes. Paige had eaten hers. The candle in the small glass votive had burned itself out and was only a small ring of wax around a nub of a wick.
“I just want to know I’m special,” Paige said in a small voice. She was past the yelling, past the accusations of Bennett keeping things from her, past the insecurities and fear, though maybe not yet past the jealousy. The jealousy surprised her. She was just starting to soften to what was underneath.
That made Bennett’s head spin. Special? Of course she was special. She was thei…

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Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queer women” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Sinclair identifies as a white non-binary butch dominant, a survivor and an introvert. Follow their writings at Sugarbutch Chronicles.

Sinclair has written 42 articles for us.

Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughan are engaged!

Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughan are engaged!

Congratulations are in order for celebrity LGBTQ+ couple Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughan. Bennett, who’s most famous for his jock role as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls (2004), was proposed to by his boyfriend, Jaymes Vaughan, the host of Celebrity Page on Reelz, during the Thanksgiving weekend.

“He wrote me a song!” Bennett told People.com. “I was told we were going to be taking family Christmas card photos […] but then no one would look me in the eye and I was like what is going on? I later found it out it was because they didn’t want to spoil what was about to happen.”

The actor who currently stars in the groundbreaking Hallmark movie The Christmas House (the network’s first film with an LGBTQ+ lead couple) continued, “My sister shouted for me to come outside ‘real quick’ and my FOMO kicked in so I ran outside. Then I looked over and saw Jaymes holding a sign that said, ‘we never did find our song, so I wrote it for you,’ and that’s when I knew was getting proposed to.”

Vaughan worked with Kay Jewelers for the creation of the rings, saying, “I told [Kay Jewelers] I had an idea to create something not only for our special moment, but something other LGBTQ+ couples might be inspired by for their rings too. The idea of the ring in general is really special because at its core it’s symbolic. It’s symbolic of the union between two people and its symbolic of what the relationship is to those two people.”

One edge of the rings are surrounded with diamonds. The two grooms-to-be plan on having the diamonds facing out throughout their engagement and then once they’re married, they’ll “flip the rings so the diamonds face us.”

“My reasoning for that is like I told Jonathan: ‘The diamonds face us then because my world is exponentially more beautiful now that you are in it forever,’” Vaughan told people.

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Featured photo by Andrew Herner

A First Date Picnic With Bennett & Ella

A First Date Picnic With Bennett & Ella


This is the fifth installment of the erotica series Constellations, about finding and keeping kink connections and navigating polyamorous love. 
Content notes: sub/dom dynamics, daddy/girl dynamics, polyamory negotiation

An hour into their picnic date with Ella, the anxiety Bennett had felt leading up to it was starting to wane. First dates were never easy, but Ella was laughing and curious with her shining eyes, and asking so many questions. The fluttering in Bennett’s chest was starting to feel more like excitement and hope, that they might actually be compatible, that they might want the same things, rather than fear they would discover they were wrong for each other.
Ella had urged Bennett onto their back, pulling their arm once gently, and Bennett felt the electric connection of just that brief touch. But now, Ella’s hand was not touching Bennett’s, in a way that was very deliberately not touching, but almost touching, and Bennet was very aware of the centimeters between th…

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Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queer women” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Sinclair identifies as a white non-binary butch dominant, a survivor and an introvert. Follow their writings at Sugarbutch Chronicles.

Sinclair has written 41 articles for us.