Historically, queer people have had to thwart the law and conventional morality to express their identities fully. The protest catchphrase “Be Gay, Do Crimes” has resonance when considering the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the criminalization of homosexuality. In our panel, LGBTQ crime writers will discuss why they are drawn to this genre, why mysteries, detective fiction, crime procedurals, psychological suspense, legal thrillers, and more are narrative forms that allow queer people to explore homophobia, transphobia, and many other social problems in a compelling, satisfying, and even affirming way. We’ll also share practical tips with attendees who want to write in the genre. This panel, moderated by John Copenhaver, will feature Cheryl Head, Robyn Gigl, Meredith Doench, Edwin Hill, and Kelly J. Ford.