Once Again Non-Gay Male Author Bethan Roberts' Novel Is Now a Film Because There are No Books By Gay Authors Out There

Once Again Non-Gay Male Author Bethan Roberts’ Novel Is Now a Film Because There are No Books by Gay Authors Out There

I’m going to start this post by asking you to imagine a white author coming from a place of white privilege writing a novel about black people, the black experience, and black relationships. Just think about that and think about how it would be received. Now think about a white author coming from a place of privilege writing about Asian people and writing an Asian story. I’m sure there are authors out there who could do this well, but that’s not the point. 

Just because you can do something well doesn’t mean you should be doing it. It’s called cultural appropriation with everything else, except with gay men. We are still being hijacked in the mainstream by straight authors, actors, and stories. Non-gay men are still writing our gay male stories. Even though I know hundreds of gay authors, it’s as though we don’t even exist. 

And they continue to do it. It’s been happening all my life, from Brokeback Mountain to Call Me by Your Name. In the meantime, millions of openly gay actors and authors are getting rejections for their mainstream projects…and the mainstream sees nothing wrong with that. 

Clearly, the author of this article sees nothing wrong with it. It’s a shame, too, because the content makes a few excellent points, but that entire piece is canceled out just by the fact that this is about a story about gay relationships…and they are calling it “gay-themed”… written by a woman and not a gay man. It’s time THAT changed. And someone should tell them.  

The adaptation of Bethan Roberts’ novel covers a period in recent English history – stretching from the 1950s to the 90s – when attitudes to homosexuality underwent significant change. What was once illegal, and supposedly scorned by right-thinking members of society, became accepted to the extent that, in 2014, same-sex marriage was recognised in law.

Here’s more about it. I won’t be watching this one. I think what bothers me most is that it continues to happen. More than 20 years later and we’re still getting recycled versions of Brokeback Mountain

 The Wizard of Pride

The Straight Pride Parade
The Straight Pride Parade

 Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf


Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”


“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

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