I’ve thought about that…a lot.
Ironically I opened a New Yorker from a couple of months ago and Alison Bechdel (graphic novelists/lesbian) had done a story with some physically intimate scenes between she and an old girlfriend. It was a good tale about a former romance and she was ruminating on why it didn’t work.
Who can’t relate to a former romance gone wrong? Even if I couldn’t it wouldn’t matter if the story is good.
In my book it’s more about Lucy the main character becoming the person she was meant to be, with action, romance, bikers, royal weddings and former Playboy bunnies! The story is fun…and I believe when people read a good tale the sex is only one element of the deal.
In my life I have found when you make something a big issue…it becomes…a BIG issue. In writing for the general population, I focus on good story and having a good yarn to spin. Unless someone is vehemently against gay folks, Lucy and Amanda’s relationship in Permanent October is just part of the story.
Maybe I am mistaken…but I don’t think so. Most people I know have lived and experienced a lot of life. They come in contact daily with many different types of people. People who read also tend to be a little more versed in life beyond their own personal experiences. Just because I read Stephen King doesn’t mean I have intimate experience with the supernatural.
In a generation where we are seeing media doing a hard push to polarize people…I see real folks everyday searching to become part of something more. We have become so overworked and busy that Facebook has helped us connect when we cannot be there for one another in person. When I see folks obsessively texting and talking on their cells, I translate that into a need to NOT be alone. I believe human connection is starving for intimacy. I also believe that it’s time to laugh again and have some fun! I watch TV shows and read books that harken back to a time when people came together in all shapes and forms to share and be a part of…that’s the TV shows and books I read from The World According to Garp to Hill Street Blues and Modern Family…
Let’s give American’s credit for being the incredibly inclusive folks they are instead of focusing on the haters. I think our country is predominantly straight but NOT narrow.