What If Gay Authors Took Over the Straight Romance Novel Market?
Today’s focus here is about realities that don’t really exist. And I wanted to mention my new short story on Amazon again that’s titled, The Straight Pride Parade. Every year I see a small group of people bring up the topic of Straight Pride, and this year they even had a Straight Pride Parade in Boston. Of course I think that’s ridiculous, so I wrote a ‘what if’ short story that’s futuristic where gay people are the privileged mainstream and straight people are the marginalized group.
One of the topics I mention in the story is ‘what if’ gay authors wrote straight romance novels and dominated the straight romance market. But I also cover a lot of ground with this story and that’s only a minor focus. I just thought it was an interesting minor focus, is all. In fact, the entire concept of giving gay people all the mainstream privilege in every aspect, and making straight people the marginalized group, was an interesting experiment for me. Another focus in the story was legalized straight marriage. Just imagine what the world would be like of straight couples had to fight to get legally married the same way gay couples had to fight.
In any event, here’s the blurb, and here’s the link to Amazon. It’s really just a simple little ‘what if’ story that will probably get buried somewhere. But I loved writing it.
In a futuristic society where gay is the mainstream and straight is the minority, Mark Alberts is uncomfortable about having dinner with a straight couple, Bert and Betty. Even though he’s open to equal rights for all straight people on his planet, and he’s always openly supported legalizing straight marriage, he still has trouble accepting the unnatural fact that men and women have sex.
In addition to all this, there’s an interesting twist coming Mark’s way that night that changes everything in his perfect, privileged gay world forever.
Frank Ocean’s 80s Club Scene Party Faces Backlash
Apparently, I’m not the only one thinking about “realities that don’t exist,” and I guess a lot of gay people do this, including Frank Ocean.
Openly gay rapper, Frank Ocean, wanted to do something a little different, but it sounds as if it backfired a little. In short, Ocean pulled together a club night called “PrEP+” with the good intention of getting people together for fun and dancing in an atmosphere that resembled 1980s club culture. But it’s a little more complicated than this and I don’t want to get anything wrong about the story.
“homage to what could have been of the 1980s NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDS for those who are not infected but are at high risk — had been invented in that era.”
You can read it all in full, here. Ocean replied the next day by saying that he’s an artist and that his job is to, “imagine realities that don’t necessarily exist.”
This is exactly what I tried to do with The Straight Pride Parade.