International Mr. Leather and Condomless Sex Ban
About 10 years ago there was a huge discussion in the gay erotic romance genre about whether or not characters should use condoms in sex scenes. It could become highly charged with emotion at times. Some believed it was fiction and escapism, so there was no need for condoms. Others believed it was important for all characters to use condoms during sex. Up until recently, I never once wrote a book or story where a character had sex without a condom. Unless they were in a monogamous relationship and it was explained in detail, my characters always used condoms.
With that said, a lot has changed in the last 10 years with the PrEP regimen. I don’t always make characters wear condoms now, especially if I mention PrEP in the book. And organizations like Intentional Mr. Leather are now re-thinking the use of condoms.
“Renslow called the widespread availability of PrEP ‘the advent of a new day for [gay] sexuality,’ adding, ‘our community has learned a lot from this [HIV/AIDS] crisis, and we’ve matured,’” Hornetwrites. “As it stands… the ban mostly ‘exists in people’s heads,’” Renslow told Hornet, adding that “IML has not turned away vendors for ‘promoting’ barebacking since .”
You can check this out, here.
Christian Mom Schools Gay Dad and Gets a Surprise
I’ve had things like this happen to me frequently on social media. Someone who is not gay will start to school me on what it’s like to be gay. It’s always interesting to see their reactions when they realize they don’t know as much as they thought they did.
In this case it’s a Christian woman who decided to ‘splain’ the Bible and homosexuality to a gay man. However, the woman wound up with a big surprise.
During the swap, Nina assumes the gays dads aren’t religious, so tries to school Jarius on what the Bible says about homosexuality and judging others.
You can read more, here. You’ll want to see how this ends.
Keith loves working at the SPCA more than life itself, and he loves the animals as much as the people in his life, but he knows his job just isn’t good enough to convince Chet to marry him. It might be time for him to join the prosperous family business, become an executive like his brother, and give up on his simple dream of re-homing and rescuing animals.
He winds up finding love and strength in some of the most unlikely places, one of which is with a shy, quirky 3-legged dog named Misty who teaches him the importance of trust and tenacity. Even though he’s surrounded by all the things he loves most, from a mischievous pet monkey to a skunk who thinks she’s a cat, Keith knows he’ll never win Chet back unless he tries working at the family business. There’s only one thing he’s overlooked, and when he finally figures this out he realizes what’s most important to him in this world.
Even though he’s great at running his family’s general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can’t seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy’s Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn’t help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.
Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He’s a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.
There’s an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there’s more to Clay’s story than he’s telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy’s Mountain you won’t want to miss.