“You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.”
― Charlotte Eriksson
Today I’m going to take you back many (way too many to count) years. You’re a kid, at home, realizing you’re gay. TV shows, news stories, and things like that treat you as a pariah, a joke, or a victim. Gay love? Nowhere on the horizon. Being gay, according to the times, was having sex in dark, grungy places. Being gay was the equivalent of being a sex offender. Being gay was… Well, being gay was bad, no matter how you looked at it.
There were no out sports stars. No out actors. No books about loving couples. If you found a book, it was going to be a sex story more than likely. Yes, according to all sources (thank you Weather Girls), being gay was pretty much a death sentence.
Now, flash forward four decades. Don’t get me wrong. Life is still far from perfect. There are still way too many who say being gay is wrong, but we have marriage equality (unless some politicians have their way), and being gay or bisexual is met with far less stigma than in the past. More kids are embracing their feelings in ways those of us from a different generation could never understand, but you know what? It’s damn good!
Now there are gay characters on TV and in movies who are the heroes! There are gay characters in comic books who are out and proud (even if Marvel is shoving Iceman back in the closet), gay athletes (most come out after they retire, but it’s still a step in the right direction). And there are LGBT characters in books, who find someone to love! That, to me, is…it’s just extraordinary.
Reading books by K.C. Wells and Mary Calmes and Amy Lane and LM Somerton, plus a whole host of others, shows that gay men can be anything. They can be sweet and loving. They can be strong and virile. They can be protectors. They can be Doms and subs. They can be willing to commit murder for a man they love. They’re human, and encompass the good, the bad, the ugly. They’re real, three dimensional people.
What I’m saying is that in my lifetime, things have changed so much. To me, it hasn’t been quickly, but it has been positive progress, and I fully expect the changes to come, even after the aberrations we’re seeing now, will continue to show improvement for those yet to come to the realization that they’re not just like everyone else.
I’m hoping that one day, it won’t be necessary to have to ‘come out’. It’ll just be a matter of saying, “I like boys” or “I like girls” or “I like both” or “I don’t like any of them”, and it’ll be treated like it’s no big deal anymore. People will have evolved to the point where they can all see what only some of us see now.
Love is love.
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When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.
He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.
Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.
He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.
Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.
Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and happily-ever-after always has a price tag.