If I’m gonna be truthful, I'd have to say that I love reading M/M romance novels. I actually seem to hoard them. And bae even sends me links to the freebies they give you on Kindle. So yeah. I have so many in my to-read list that I have started scheduling reading because otherwise I'd never read them all. And those are only the ones that I have on my iPad. I also have paperbacks because I'm old fashioned like that.
I think that reading queer romance novels is one of my favorite pastimes. I have been an avid reader of bodice rippers ever since I was in middle school. My mom used to have tons of paperbacks laying around the house and I started reading them. John Le Carre, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Stephen King. But also tons of romance novels. And I read them all. What can I say? I was a somehow geeky kid.
I think my lifelong love affair with reading started before that. You see, I have memories of my mom reading me bedtime stories. The usual stuff: The Little Mermaid, The Red Shoes, Sleeping Beauty and the such. I remember there were twelve volumes of fairy tales that I treasured (and lost in one of the many moves my mom did after I moved out of my childhood home) and I went back and read when I was older.
I think that we as gay men have very few models of how gay relationships work when we are growing up. We don't see many gay couples around us, we don't see enough gay storylines in movies and tv series. We don't see ourselves the way straight people see themselves, constantly receiving input about how relationships work from media and society at large.
That's why it's so important to support queer authors who write these novels. And the straight allies who write them, too. That's why it's so important to come out. Because being out -and proud- is not only an act of rebellion. It's also a clear message we are sending to younger generations that it is ok to be gay, or lesbian or bisexual or trans. It's an act of survival that may ensure that a younger gay person finds their way in life.
So in honor of #NationalComingOutDay I encourage you to read more queer literature, even if you're not out to everybody (you know who you are). To read more queer romance. To read more queer thrillers. To read more queer horror. To support the authors who put up that mirror for all of us to look at ourselves the same way straight people have been doing for millennia. Oh, you don't know where to start? How about Dave? Or Rick? They're just two of the many authors who are right here on Blogger.
So Happy National Coming Out Day. Now, go grab a book.
Happy #NationalComingOutDay! @Antcfitness, @JakeGraf1,@theyasminbenoit ,@kinnakasblog, @alex_goldsmith_ ,@abimci and Alex Ehmcke share their top coming out tips. 👇🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/QBMC4EmCXe— PinkNews (@PinkNews) October 11, 2019