Sometimes, I think it is absolutely necessary to stand up and speak your mind. It is important to have a voice and I’m lucky enough to have been born and live in a place where freedom of speech is legal. If some of you didn’t know, then I’m from England, or perhaps more often known in some parts of the world as the UK. I’m going to start off this piece by sharing a tweet from a writer friend of mine. You can visit Jack Croxall’s website here.
It was from this tweet that I suddenly came up with the idea to write this post. As a writer/author/blogger, I forget sometimes that I can actually have an influence on the people that visit my website as well as read my books. And it is because of this influence that also compelled me to write this post.
Many countries are currently going through Same-Sex marriage debates, namely America, Australia and the UK. The other day, it officially became legal in the UK for same-sex couples to marry. Now this has caused some disgraceful and distasteful arguments in magazines, blog posts and during television interviews. I have to say that I find this sort of vocal exercise just awful.
Why shouldn’t same-sex couples be allowed to sanctify and add meaning to their relationship by marrying? I’m a very liberal person and I’m all for equality, whether than means sexuality, race, religious involvement etc, as long as it doesn’t harm anybody else. In today’s world, we are just so mean to other people, and can we honestly stand in front of the mirror and admit that we are perfect ourselves? Who are we to stand in the way of two people loving each other and expressing that love with the oldest of traditions?
Now, of course you are going to get people who disagree with me. And you know what, that is their entitlement. But please don’t hurt others with your views. If you are against same-sex marriages, I would really like it if you could watch this video. I was shown this by another writer friend of mine Holly Martin. As Holly pointed out, this short video from the Australian parliament sums up the whole debate in my eyes.
As a writer, I also feel like it is my responsibility to show both sides of the argument, or at least give a vivid picture of what could happen if people disagree. In my adult novel The Caseworker’s Memoirs, there is a story inside of where the seemingly perfect man, ends up by the end of the story being the baddie. Homophobia is sometimes ingrained within people, often through their upbringing, and I use this as a base for Chapter 9: Mark’s Last Christmas. Now I know this sounds like a rather cheeky plug for one of my books, but if this is a subject that interests you, then please check out my book. This particular chapter shows the extreme consequences of a person who isn’t open to the idea of same-sex relationships. Mark isn’t the person everyone believes him to be and I had to dig deep to get into the mindset of Mark and show why he reacts and does what he does.
All I ask, is that you go away and ask yourself why you feel so uncomfortable about this rather raw subject? That’s if you do. If you are all for same-sex marriages, then I give you permission to give yourself a congratulatory slap on the back. Only through teaching our children about acceptance and equality can the next generation lose the hate. #SameSexmarriage There is no ‘Gay Marriage’ just ‘Marriage’.
Last year, after I had already written The Caseworker’s Memoirs, I thought to myself: ‘Have I actually read a book where the main character is gay?’ And I had to admit to myself that I hadn’t. Now, this wasn’t through choice, just that the market is incredibly limited. There is quite a lot of erotica out there, but that’s not my thing. Not because it is same-sex erotica, I just don’t normally read erotica as a genre itself.
I think it takes a brave author to be different and write a novel that fits in with this line of thinking. And recently, in my opinion, one such brave author is Zachary Bonelli. I read and reviewed his debut Voyage: Embarkation last year and Kal, his protagonist, is in fact homosexual. It’s a young adult novel with tons of science fiction as well as elements of fantasy and it is incredibly successful.
Voyage Embarkation is the first novel I’ve read that features it central character being gay. It isn’t something you pick up on at first, but the little clues dotted among the pages do make you think. I do think this is a great part to the story, and why shouldn’t great book have gay protagonists? Zachary Bonelli writes with such conviction and confidence in kal, that only adds to his endearment.
Have you read any books lately with gay protagonists? If not, ask yourself why not? Go on, be different – make it your challenge to read one book this year and pass it on to other readers.
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