Literary Hub included an excerpt from Belt's, Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left. This particular chapter explores the role gay bars play in small towns and cities throughout the Midwest.\n\n"If you find yourself in a small city with a gay bar, drop in. You’ll be welcome, whoever you are ...Tip your bartender, don’t be shy about getting extra ones to tip the queens, and ask anyone you meet about their stories. You’ll feel more worldly by the end of the night."\n\nRead the entire piece here.\nAnd, pick up a copy of the book here.