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Writing #GLBTQ Literature

Welcome to the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the graphic to link to the rest of the participants. Lots of fabulous prizes – leave a comment to enter, for ours as well as all the grand prizes. We’re offering one free download, reader’s choice, from our published books.

What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to us? We’re a married couple writing erotic romance together under our pen name, Adriana Kraft. We’re also proud parents of a gay son, members of our local PFLAG chapter, and social activists who’ve supported causes we believe in across more decades than we necessarily want to count.

Nearly three and a half years ago, we stood with other supporters on the steps of our local county Courthouse on an April afternoon awaiting word on the Iowa Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. We were prepared to stand for our values whichever way the decision went – and we were thrilled with the outcome (and blogged about it, HERE). I don’t think we can say it better than one of us told a reporter that afternoon: “Love is love, and every couple deserves a happy ending.”

So that’s one major reason we write what we write: to celebrate love wherever it can be found, and to share with the world our belief that all persons, whatever their sexual orientation, deserve equality under the law when they form a love relationship.

There’s more of course – we do write erotic romance, after all, and our tag line is Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. There are so many varieties and combinations under the rainbow banner. We’re especially partial to scenes and stories that feature two women together, whether lesbian or bisexual. Our short stories and novels explore what’s possible for women (well, and the occasional man) who can’t fit themselves neatly into the box labeled “straight.” Sometimes their foray into same sex relationships turns out to be a small part of coming into their own sexually, as in Mistress of Purgatory Point. More often, same sex erotic encounters become more central for them, and they find a range of solutions for ongoing expression of their entire spectrum of sexuality. We write a world where three- and even four-way committed relationships are not only possible but welcomed.

We hope you’ll leave us a comment on why GLBTQ literature matters to you, and what your favorite pairings are. We’ll pull a winner by random number Monday morning, August 27. Good luck!

 

We’ll be there to greet the bus

We’re under attack in Iowa. For a year and a half Iowa has enjoyed marriage equality, based on the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling of April 4, 2009. Now failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is organizing an attempt to unseat the three Iowa Supreme Court judges who are up for retention in this year’s election. The lies and hatred in his campaign are frightening – as is the depth of his financial support from several national ultra conservative groups. Gay news blogger Andy Towle provides an analysis of these sources in his October 22 blog.

Beginning today, for the next four days, a bus tour featuring Rick Santorum, Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins, and Iowa Representative Steve King will make stops in twenty Iowa cities and pass through 45 Iowa counties to promote NO votes on the three judges.

I’m frightened by the money, the lies, and most of all the hatred. But I am not alone. A bipartisan committee calling itself Fair Courts for Us has organized Homegrown Justice events to greet the bus at each stop. If you’re an Iowan, or if you know an Iowan who would support this cause, please click on this link to the Homegrown Justice event schedule and share it.

Both halves of Adriana will be there to meet the bus when it stops in our town.

 
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