Releasing GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
today, after yesterday’s news about Prop 8, was totally unplanned. The theme of the book revolves around same sex marriage and the endless battle to legalize
same sex marriage. I didn’t get too political. Most of the storyline is centered on the emotional aspects same sex couples experience when they fall in love and decide to spend the rest of their lives together. I did, however, mention a few serious issues that gay couples who have been together for a long time experience.
I’ll post unpublished excerpts over the weekend. And below is a short synopsis taken from the publisher’s web site.
Although Tristan’s Uncle Eldridge always told him it was just as easy to fall in love with a wealthy man as it was to fall in love with a gay man, Tristan was always more interested in falling love with the right man than he was in finding money or prestige. While growing up and observing his uncle’s many gay friends in long-term relationships, Tristan’s main goal in life was to fall in love with the man of his dreams and get married. The fact that same-sex marriage wasn’t legally recognized between gay men didn’t bother him. He was determined to do it anyway, whether anyone liked it or not.
But when Tristan and his uncle leave New York and settle in South Beach, Tristan discovers all this isn’t as easy as he always thought it would be. While his uncle is trying to set him up with a wealthy businessman to secure his financial future, Tristan is sneaking around with the hot guy across the street, Miller Wiley, whom his uncle doesn’t like. Though Miller does, in fact, come from one of the wealthiest families in Florida, Miller isn’t openly gay, he is more interested in just fooling around than getting married, and he has an overbearing, powerful mother who expects him to marry a socially acceptable young woman instead of a poor gay guy like Tristan.
Through a series of complicated events that revolve around a brand new charitable organization called MEE (Marriage and Equality for Everyone) and a sudden, unexpected death, Tristan and Miller try hard to overcome the emotional and social forces that are so determined to keep them apart. At times, it looks as if they’ll never find happiness. And though it kills him, Tristan never backs down, insisting to Miller and everyone else he won’t settle for anything less than a real marriage built on a solid foundation of love and respect.
Will Tristan and Miller’s love rise above the social, political, and economic barriers that seem destined to keep them apart? And is it possible for a gay guy from the wrong side of the tracks to find happiness in a same-sex marriage with a carefree rich guy who doesn’t seem to know what he wants?