The role of LGBT fiction in the identity-formation of a gay man

My blog piece, as it is published on Blackwell’s(Liverpool) fab new Book Blog!

Blackwell's Liverpool 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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