Closeted Writers Like "Love Simon's" Becky Albertalli Writing Gay Stories; Ryan Field Books

Closeted Writers Like “Love Simon’s” Becky Albertalli Writing Gay Stories

I recently read that the writers who wrote the movie, Brokeback Mountain, will be doing another gay movie. Those writers, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, are not gay men. Annie Proulx, a straight female author, wrote the story. This is gay content NOT written by gay writers. I’m just pointing how things go with gay content. This is nothing new. 

With that said, this next story is a little different, and I didn’t know anything about it until I read this article. Bisexual writer Gaby Dunn is now criticizing the creator of Love, Simon, Becky Albertalli, because Albertalli wrote queer stories while she was still in the closet. And I’m taking this one more step. Albertalli is actually writing stories about gay men, profiting from them, and she’s not a gay man. And let’s keep it real here. This isn’t about LGBTQ or Queer stories, Love, Simon is about a GAY story and the gay experience. 

In an essay, published on Medium in August, Albertalli – who wrote the book Simon vs the Homo Sapiens, which went on to inspire the feature film Love, Simon – opened up about her sexuality for the first time, and said she had felt forced to come out after being accused of “profiting off of communities [she] had no connection to”.

See, here’s the thing. I don’t write lesbian fiction. I write gay fiction, because I’m a gay man. I also write mainstream fiction. I had years of experience living as a mainstream straight person so I know just what that’s like. But I don’t write African American fiction, I don’t write Trans fiction, and I don’t appropriate anyone’s culture. I could do it, but just because I can do something doesn’t make it right for me to do something. 

Here’s the rest. 

This debate is going to continue, and people like Gaby Dunn are going to continue to call out all the scammers. 



“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

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