Thursday, October 11, 2012

National Coming Out Day

Three of the most life-impacting (and life-affirming) words you can say in our society are these:

I am gay.

At time, sadly, they may seem very isolating. LGBTQ in books in literature are one step in breaking that isolation, in realizing that we are merely one variable in the myriad variety that makes up being human. 

Here is a list of a few novels which include LGBTQ characters and themes and for National Coming Out Day they are 50% off at Smashwords.

Although not taking part in a promotion, another author whose work you might want to visit is Josh Lanyon.

My fantasy novel Blood Duty has two secondary characters who are gay.

Another good novel with a main character who is gay and female is C. R. Daem's The Kazak Guardians

Coming out does not make us less part of the human community, just allows us to take part in it honestly.

1 comment:

J.A. Beard said...

I was repeatedly advised by certain people to turn a gay secondary character in my fantasy book straight, lest I "offend readers."

I'm a straight male, but I've had numerous gays and lesbian friends. I served with them in the military when DADT was still in play.

The insertion of the "controversial" character in my manuscript was originally a nod to the gays and lesbians I served with, some of which ended up being booted from the military despite wanting to serve their country and being good at their jobs.

I'm certainly not going to contribute to the marginalization of people by sexual orientation just because some people are intolerant.