There’s been a whole lot of discussion lately about non-gay writers writing LGBTQ fiction, and about whether it’s good or bad for our communities—writing and personal. There’s much discussion about it because, like anything else, it’s not a black or white issue. There’s gray area. And at time, it has been quite divisive. For all that gray area, some people have definitive feelings about it.

The discussion has spilled out into the larger publishing world and Publishers Weekly is doing a webcast about LGBTQ romance. The people on this panel are: Rose Fox, PW senior reviews editor, Candysse Miller, publisher of Interlude Press, and Ruth Sternglantz, editorial and marketing consultant for Bold Strokes Books.

While this is not the first such discussion in a straight publishing forum (in fact, I believe that PW does one annually), it’s sure to become a bigger and bigger subject. If you want to listen in on the webcast, you can register HERE. It takes place on Monday, September 21, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. See what’s happening, what’s on the horizon, and what you should be looking out for. I hope it enlightens/encourages/calms/inspires you.





  1. Any idea if it will be available online afterward? It is in the middle of a work day.

    My two cents: I don’t have a problem with straight people writing gay or lesbian material. I would never constrain a writer. But I won’t be lulled into thinking it represents me. It’s what the LGBT world looks like to a straight person. That’s a perfectly legitimate point of reference.

    I’ve written a trans character. I’d never say that she represents any trans woman anywhere. She’s what a trans woman “looks” like to me–a middle-class, middle-aged white lesbian. (By looks, I don’t mean only physical, but also emotional.)

    I think there’s a huge benefit in exploring ideas/people/things other than ourselves. That’s why I write. But don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Don’t pretend you have an expertise you don’t.

    Write to explore, not to deceive.


  2. It also requires an “Organization” affiliation. Not sure what I could put. Seems geared toward professionals. Not sure us riffraff can participate. I suppose I could put Bedazzled Ink!


  3. I don’t mean to imply that they will be talking specifically about non-gay writers writing LGBT fiction, but just that fact that PW is doing these webcasts is a statement that LGBT fiction has made its way, to some degree, into the wider marketplace. As a result, we will be seeing more and more straight people writing LGBT fiction. And maybe we’ll get some insight from the webcast.


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