Category Archives: Queer Stuff

Hannibal Leaves Us Starving: Queerbaiting in Modern TV

hannibal-will-hannigram-241x300 Hannibal Leaves Us Starving: Queerbaiting in Modern TVSo AJ and I started watching Hannibal recently. We literally devoured S1 and S2, but halfway through S3, it started to jump the shark. The reasons we said that were various, and included the mashed up timeline and the whole mess that was the European jaunt, but what most got our goat was the queerbaiting surrounding the relationship between Hannibal and Will. At the time (three days ago) fans of the show told us it wasn’t queerbaiting and to wait until we’d finished it completely to form a conclusion. Yesterday, we finished it. This is our conclusion.

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The GOP Wants Us Dead


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The Supreme Court of the United States

No, I’m not being dramatic. The Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in June 2015, but as early as April 2015, assuming that result, over 100 different pieces of anti-LGBT legislation had been introduced in 29 state legislatures [x]. Since SSM became law, that slew of bills became a flood, and many of them are being passed into law. Continue reading →

Sexing Queer Bodies

256px-Gay_Couple_togetherness_in_bed_01 Sexing Queer BodiesI write gay romance. By which I mean, I write love stories. Boy meets boy (or occasionally, boys), there’s lots of angsty goodness, then they all live happily ever after. Sometimes there’s sex, but sometimes there’s not. Yet I am classified as an erotica writer with alarming regularity.

When AJ and I were trying to find a home for my numerous DVDs the other day, I introduced her to my rather anal system of organising them by rating and genre. Some of them, she noticed, had double ratings (12/15, or 15/18). That, I explained, was because Ireland has its own classification system and usually doles out higher ratings for LGBT-themed films. These weren’t explicit movies, you understand, but because they mentioned queerness they were deemed Not For Children. Continue reading →

Dear Haters

Yesterday was a bad day for you, wasn’t it? Heh.

I spoke to many people yesterday, more than one dismayed at the Supreme Court ruling. And I did what I always do when confronted with people like you, I tried to engage in a calm debate, and dispelled some of the more outlandish myths you’ve been sold. No, you’re not going to lose your house in a lawsuit if you play piano in church ever again. No, your priest won’t have to resign. No, a thunderbolt from heaven is not going to wipe out the United States.

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And every time I end those conversations, here on my blog, on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else, generally I’m thanked for remaining reasonable, for respecting your religion or opinion, and for allowing you to say to my face that you think I’m a lesser human being than you are.

And every time, I feel a little bit dirtier. A little bit more disgusted with myself for indulging you.

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In the Closet, Redux

A year ago, I wrote a post about being closeted. Specifically, straight people being “closeted” about reading or writing LGBT fiction. I talked about the importance of being open about that one small thing, not hiding your ally status from the world like it’s something shameful, because we need all the allies we can get.

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Today, I want to go further. You see, this language of being “in the closet” gets bandied around about all sorts of things, and is used frequently when allies and aficionados of LGBT fiction (romance, particularly) discuss how they represent themselves in their everyday lives. I can understand the appeal of using that vocabulary. It seems fitting, given the context. But here’s the thing: every time someone talks about “coming out of the closet” by telling a friend of relative they like LGBT fiction, they’re likening that experience to what a fifteen year old goes through telling his fundamentalist Christian parents he’s gay. One of those things is not like the other. I would go as far as to say it devalues and demeans our experiences of coming out as LGBT by comparison.

For those of us who are LGBT, the closet is not a safe space where we can hide from the jocular ribbing of friends and relatives. It’s a claustrophobic, stifling corner in which we hide the truest part of ourselves for fear of what would happen if we were ever found out. Some of us — too many of us — lose our friends and families, our homes and livelihoods, and sometimes even our lives, when we finally come out. Yet we come out, and we keep coming out, every day, to all sorts of people, because not to do so feels oppressive. It feels like living a lie.

Moreover, when our allies talk about being “closeted” about something as simple as reading/writing LGBT fiction, it reinforces the impression that anything LGBT-related is inherently shameful. That our allies are ashamed to be reading about queer lives. And how do you think that feels to those of us who are living queer lives?

Why does the word “gay” stick in your throat when you tell a friend or parent or sibling or spouse what kind of romance you read?

I’m not saying go into work and announce to your conservative boss that he should rethink his political position because two men getting it on is hot, but why can’t we use LGBT fiction to start a debate about LGBT equality? Perhaps if we heard the word “gay” a little more often, it wouldn’t stick in so many throats. It wouldn’t be synonymous with shame and guilt. If more people spoke up, perhaps the voices that sounded loudest wouldn’t be right-wing zealots spewing hate and lies.

Perhaps, if more people spoke up, we wouldn’t need closets at all.

Roundup: LGBT #PushBack Fundraiser

So, it’s over. 224 authors, bloggers, and publishers of LGBT fiction clubbed together to reward anyone who could give a little bit of time or money to charity over the past two weeks. 161 people took us up on those offers and we conservatively estimate we raised over $1000 for various LGBT charities all over the world.

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All the donors have now been contacted, and should be getting in touch with their winner(s) this week. Everybody who participated won at least one book/gift card (some lucky people won two, so don’t panic if a second author contacts you!). If you entered the Rafflecopter and haven’t heard anything within a week, please contact me (author at kateaaron dot com), AJ Rose (ajrosefiction at gmail dot com), or Meredith King (diversereader at yahoo dot com) and we’ll chase up your donor to make sure there isn’t a problem. (Equally, if you’re a donating author/blogger/publisher and you haven’t heard from us, please send an email!)

Don’t forget to check your junk/spam folder!

To everyone who took part, everyone who shared the links and read the post and gave their time, money, and books to give something back, thank you. The money we’ve earned over the last few weeks will make a huge difference to so many lives, providing food, shelter, and support to people in desperate need, and that’s something we can all be proud of 😀

200 Authors. 2 Weeks. 1 Massive #Fundraiser

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From today until 1st May, a collective of 224 authors, bloggers, and publishers of LGBT fiction are giving back to anyone prepared to give a little to charity. Rather than spending $5 on a book in the next two weeks, please consider donating that $5 to an LGBT charity of your choice, tell us about it, and go into our massive draw to receive a book in return. It’s our little way of saying thank you to everyone who supports our community.

Hop on over to DiverseReader to take part!

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Last Chance Saloon

rainbowpizza2-300x217 Last Chance SaloonDue to the absolutely overwhelming response we’ve received to our call for authors of LGBT fiction to donate books for a charity giveaway scheduled for 18th April, we’ve reached capacity and are closing the RSVP date for donors at the end of today (09 April).

Authors, if you want to make a donation, this is your last chance. Please contact me (author [at] kateaaron [dot] com), AJ Rose (ajrosefiction [at] gmail [dot] com), or Meredith King (diversereader [at] yahoo [dot] com) by the end of the day to get involved.

Readers: get excited! We’ve got hundreds of authors, review blogs, and publishing houses all offering rewards to anyone prepared to donate a little bit of time or money to charity, so be sure to keep an eye on DiverseReader on the 18th April for your chance to take part.