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Lesbian Love Stories with a Happy Ending
I love books, that much is self-evident. The written word carries magic. Memories of stories read are like bookmarks to critical events and times in my life.
In the early, tentative days of my own coming-out, LGBT literature proved to be a safe, welcoming world for me. I dove into everything I could find at the time in the local Women’s Archive and the university’s Women’s Studies section, non-fiction, psychology, feminist studies--love stories and mysteries.
All these years later, I’m still amazed to find many of the authors who have accompanied this important period in my life, on Facebook and Twitter.
When you live in a small town, chances are the library or book stores don’t have an LGBT section. That was true especially fifteen years or so ago. Discovering these stories was a revelation. At the time, high speed internet at home wasn’t a given for me, so neither was searching for books online.
I’d been writing pretty much since I knew how to, so these exciting changes in my life and reading patterns wound their way into my stories, too. While I was still pursuing a career as a psychologist, I had the chance to put my writing up to the test with an audience in online communities. I found friends, for the first time a peer group, and ultimately, my wife.
These stories that connected us were the missing link.
Writing, to me, is about definition and diversity. As much as I loved the characters in the books mentioned above, as much as they helped me find where I wanted to go, there were still blank pages left to fill. Like every writer, I want my readers to connect emotionally with my characters, to care. That happens when they find a piece of themselves reflected, and for that to happen, we need many different writers and stories. Even now that the internet makes it easier to network and find literature, there’s still more to be done for visibility.
I believe that we can make a difference, one story and hopeful outcome at a time, even when the political dispute is often frustrating and painful. We define ourselves and hopefully, entertain and inspire along the way.
Seen in Montreal: Diversity enriches.