So if you haven’t heard, New York passed a same sex marriage law on Friday, which will allow all my gay and lesbian friends and relatives the legal right to get married and live happily ever after here in New York. Well, get married anyhow. Whatever.
On someone’s blog (or twitter feed or something) that I read this weekend, they asked if anyone could think of novels with long term gay couples in them that weren’t specifically “gay” books (i.e. written specifically with a GLBT audience in mind). The first book that came to mind for me is the Brunonia Barry book that I just read last week, The Map of True Places. And then Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe (Fanny Flagg). And then I couldn’t think of any. So I Googled a little and Left Hand of Darkness (LeGuin) and Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein) came up. And then some books that I’d never heard of and then a lot of specifically GLBT stuff. And then I remembered that I had included a lesbian couple in my first manuscript (still unpublished). So, writers, agents, editors, can you get on that, please? Statistics say that anywhere between 2 and 10% of the human population is homosexual. It just would make more sense if there were more gay characters.
I’m delighted to be a New Yorker right now. I hope there are lots and lots and lots of gay weddings here soon! And I’m proud to report that the first wedding to which my children were invited had two gorgeous brides under the wedding canopy (Hey girls! Thanks for reading!).
So what books have you read that include a gay couple?