If you’re gay (and you absolutely don’t have to be to be reading this blog)… but, if you are… have you ever been in the situation of feeling that you are the ‘token gay’?
An interesting story – about the Serbian prime minister, no less – has come our way. She is a (very open) lesbian called Ana Brnabic (don’t ask me how to say that!). She’s just been prominent in the Pride celebrations in Belgrade, an event which ‘traditionally’ in Serbia has been met with significant protests. The Balkans generally have not been exactly ‘gay tolerant’ in these modern times.
There is a suggestion going around that Ana was ‘put in place’ (as a rather inexperienced politician) by the President as a ‘sop’ to the EU, as part of his drive to get his country accepted as suitable for joining the Community. Yes, even as our home country struggles to throw off the yoke of the EU (Brexit), some still want to join – especially those with Federalist ideals and little money, who will become so-called ‘net recipients’ of funding from the richer countries, which Britain is trying to get out of. Actually, I’ll shut up about Brexit because whatever I say will alienate approximately half of my British readers – the country was strongly divided in their referendum!
There is a new word going around to describe the phenomenon of putting token LGTBQ+ (ugh – hate that description too!) people in positions of power… following on from the more familiar ‘whitewashing’, where you minimise the effect of something and hope that no-one will dig too deeply into it, this ‘token gayness’ is becoming called PINKWASHING. I think that’s rather a good word.
Well, there’s more than a token of gayness in my first three books:
…while the forthcoming one, ‘Let The Future Find Me’, offers a leading character who is gay but hates himself for it – although he ends up on a quest to find his true love. That one isn’t out yet (that’s ‘out’ as in ‘published’, not ‘out’ as in ‘gay’… oh, never mind!) but can be pre-ordered:
Let The Future Find Me: ISBN 978-1-784653-23-1 (in press: no link yet).
OK, back to business – pinkwashing and brainwashing over for the time being. Let’s enjoy some guys (of any or no sexual preference!) enjoying time together.
A REALLY large group enjoying themselves to finish with:
OK, there are some girls as well!