Ok, I imagine this might come as a shock, but I have to tell you something…
LGBT people fall in love. Now, don’t pass out, but apparently they like romance too. (Gasp!)
So, it might surprise you to discover that there is a growing movement of romance writers, in the universe, ACTUALLY writing romance novels that include (brace yourselves) LGBT couples.
Try not to hyperventilate from the shock of common sense hitting your nervous system.
That was sarcasm.
Sarcasm because my favorite Webtoon Miss Abbott and the Doctor was blasted over the last week because of an episode that included a character discussing her past dating experience with other women. The main character, Cati, was only momentarily taken aback, but was perfectly fine with her friend being gay.
Sadly, this was not the case with some of the series readers. The comments and behavior was, for me, extremely annoying.
Why? Because I don’t find anything wrong with being LGBT, I may be straight myself, but it doesn’t take but a moment to accept that others aren’t the same as me. In fact, I don’t think it’s something that needs to be defended. It is something that has always existed, but hasn’t been allowed to just be what it is.
I have mentioned, many times, that I was raised without stereotypes. For me, people just are. I don’t notice color, sexual orientation or religious differences. People are just people.
That’s why I get annoyed with people. Being gay isn’t meant to be someone’s cause, it’s not meant to be something people are for or against. Something they draw swords over and try to draw blood. It shouldn’t be an ISSUE at all!
The truth is, in an equal world, it wouldn’t be anything more or less than just another fact about a person. Like hair color and eye color, it should simply be part of someone’s unique characteristics. Love is not something a person should have to fight for. It’s a right.
You may not like the truth, but the truth exists whether you close your eyes or not. A truck speeding towards you doesn’t cease to exist just because you close your eyes as it approaches.
The world has tried to ignore that LGBT people exist, doesn’t mean they haven’t always existed, it just means they are tired of letting you ignore them.
Some of the most amazing changes have been happening and people aren’t sure how to adjust. Some are taken aback by the sudden inclusion of romance stories that include LGBT couples. They make quips about how “everyone is writing a lesbian romance into their books these days”.
Personally, I think the books should have existed all along. After all, do you have ANY idea how many romance novels about straight couples there exists in this world? It is a topic without end. Why shouldn’t there be just as many books devoted to other types of love? I mean, you don’t see Harlequin Romance novels suddenly going out of business because romance is the “same-old-thing”.
Romance never gets old. Everyone loves to read about falling in love. Believing love conquers all is part of being a loving person. Who said that this could only ever be experienced or written about by straight people?
Some of my absolute favorite love stories involve LGBT couples. Falling in love is natural. Sharing that journey should also be natural.
Long live romance!
Bring on the love stories. I have warm covers, a romantic heart, and plenty of hot cocoa to spare.