Happy June, y’all!
For some of us (myself included), this is Pride Month and whether you are LGBTQ+ or an ally, I wish you a super happy Pride Month! Celebrate yourselves. Who you are, what you do and who you love, it’s all worth enjoying all year round, but especially this month.
The LGBTQ+ book genre is really taking off and I’ve had the pleasure of reading some awesome LGBTQ+/magic realism hybrid books. The best one so far is Drawing Dead by S.M. Reine – the main character, Dana McIntyre, is openly gay and married to a sweet Orc called Penny. She fights vampires for a living!
On the TV front, the new Charmed has a lot of LGBTQ+ inclusions but honestly, I watched ten minutes of it and wanted to launch myself out the window. If you’re gonna remake Charmed you’ve gotta do it better than that!
Here’s the other reason Pride Month is so important. The LBGTQ+ genre of books is still under fire from people who “don’t agree” with the “lifestyle” of those who identify as LGBTQ+. It’s not as important as addressing homophobic violence for sure, but it’s still something we need to look at.
LGBTQ+ books should be allowed to exist without getting slated because they have two men or two women are having an adventure with each other, romantic or otherwise. As a community, we can rise up and give honest reviews for books in the genre. Yeah, I’m not going to ask anyone to give a book a five star review just because it’s under attack from prejudice. If it’s bad, it’s bad, and if you want to review it that way, that’s your prerogative.
But if you’re enjoying a LGBTQ+ series please go out of your way to review it, because the chances of someone giving it a 1 star review without even reading it shoot up. That’s my Pride Month resolution: review all the LGBTQ+ books I read, even the ones I didn’t like so much.
Let’s be proud and let’s outweigh the bias by being completely and utterly UN-biased. How else will we reach true equality?
Happy Pride Month, y’all. Enjoy. X