Since I did my taste of Thinking Straight by Robin Reardon, I’ve been thinking about posing a question about m/m authors dealing (or not) with GLBT issues in their stories.
This was again highlighted to me during the week when I reviewed the book Changing Jamie by Dakota Chase for Wave’s blog. In this, I discussed my shock and horror at finding out about ‘bug chasing’; a term referring to a very small number of gay men who are purported to actively seek to become HIV positive.
Although I never mentioned it in the review, at the time I was absolutely amazed because, in the two years I’ve been reading m/m fiction, I’d never before come across this topic. I later found out that a number of people, including some kittehs, had never heard of the practice prior to this either.
I found this both odd and fascinating.
Odd because ‘why not?’ and ‘why now in a YA?’, and fascinating because it reminded me of the question I was going to throw out there so as to get your thoughts.
So, the question …
… and I’m speaking in general terms so try and set aside such matters as expectations associated with the romance genre, relevancy to plot and characters, etc …
… do you think authors of m/m fiction have an obligation to deal with – in some way, shape or form – issues facing the GLBT communities?