My blog piece, as it is published on Blackwell’s(Liverpool) fab new Book Blog!
Words by Steve Benson
With the start of the Blackwell’s LGBT Book Group as the catalyst, I wanted to write about how reading gay male content fiction helped consolidate my self-identification as a gay man, and aided and supported me immensely, in what sometimes was a traumatic process of coming to terms with my sexual orientation. Although this occurred to me in the 1980s sadly I do not think it has changed all that much (having watched Olly Alexander’s tortured coming out process on TV recently, backed up by startlingly depressing and anger-inducing figures for youth LGBT depression, self-harm and suicide).
Whilst I am not suggesting that reading is some automatic cure-all for these systemic issues, I strongly believe that for at least some LGBT people, seeing positive images and role models of and for themselves in the media is extremely self-reinforcing and therefore crucial.
There are too many fiction…
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