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Why Write Gay Romance?

Romance is arguably one of the most popular genres in literature. So, why would an author limit themselves to only writing gay romance? The obvious answer is the fact that I happen to be a genderqueer author. However, the reason why I write gay romance goes deeper than that.

Representation

First of all, I feel that there needs to be more representation of LGBTQ+ characters across all genres of literature. True representation, not just the fantasies of straight, cisgendered female authors. I have nothing against straight, cisgender women writing gay romances, as long as they do their research, and don’t just write what titillates them. I also will not accuse anyone of fetishizing. There is a fine line between an appreciation and a fetish. Only the person writing truly knows their motivation behind what they write.

I’ve read of estimates of up to 70% of gay romance stories are written by women, many who are straight and cisgender. As a genderqueer person, one who strongly leans towards male identification and is only attracted to men, I hope I can bring a different perspective to the stories I write.

That being said, I have no current plans to include transgender characters. Yet. I am still on my own personal journey in that regard and I need to see it to completion before I will feel comfortable representing that community.

Grayson Bell has been writing gay erotic romance stories since 2015. He identifies as a transgender man and is very invested in incorporating LGBTQ+ characters into his writing, and he loves exploring the love, romance, and intimacy that can occur between two men.

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