His shoulders were hidden under the life preserver, but I could watch the musculature of his back flex as he twisted left and right with each stroke, and I wondered once again what I'd done to be so lucky to have such a beautiful man as my boyfriend. I felt lucky about everything right then--Jaume, the crystal-clear blue sky, the afternoon sun, the warm surf, the party on the beach, life in general. I forgot about my sore nipples and matched Jaume's strokes, and we just glided across the waves for a while.
Neither of us had used a kayak before, and thus when the DJ announced free kayaks as part of this year's Gay Pride Festival on the beach, Jaume and I jumped up from our beach towels and trotted over to the launch area. This was the first year that Barcelona held a Gay Pride Festival at the beach, with an afternoon full of activities like volleyball games, while speakers blared dance music.
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Later in the evening, we'd all move into the Pabellon del Mar behind us for a long night of performances by bands like Baccara and Folkloricas Arrepentidas, and drag shows by Arroba and other queens I'd never heard of. And, of course, normal club dance music in between all that.
It was expected that many men would come just for the dance. Half the money from the entrance fee would go to the fight against AIDS, so there was a serious side to the festivities as well. I wondered if it would work. The gay political groups of Barcelona were always fighting with each other, and this year they'd split off, with one group having a Gay Pride march on June 28th, commemorating the Stonewall Revolution back in the U.
The other half, including most of the owners of the gay businesses, decided to hold a more festive event on Sunday, July 4th, to try to get a better turnout. It was Independence Day in the States, they joked, and they were breaking free of the U. After all, they said, why should we celebrate an American Gay Pride holiday instead of creating one of our own? I sometimes feel guilty that I'm not more politically active, but the truth of the matter is, I'm easily bored by such things.
I know it's important to vote, and I do, but I just can't stand the endless squabbling at meetings over which subgroup feels they're not getting enough representation and so on. I mean, I'm glad there are dedicated activists out there who understand the legal jargon better than I and know how to play the system --who' ae fighting for my right to kiss my boyfriend on the beach like I did a few minutes ago.
Like many of the guys on the beach today, I'm sure, Jaume and I were just here to have fun. We went to the march on Monday to show our support and help boost the numbers--now that the groups were split up we figured it would be especially important to put in an appearance--and we also came to the fun-in-the-sun party. My mind was wandering as my body worked through the simple repetitive task of kayaking, but I was awakened from these musings by a call from a pleasure boat that had anchored in front of the beach, neither especially near to nor all that far out from the shore, as if undecided whether they wanted to simply watch the festivities or be included.
Apart from the all-male crew on the deck, it was obvious from even a cursory glance at their postures as they stood about drinking afternoon cocktails and watching the shore that they were not here by mistake but had come for the Gay Pride party. One of the men, blond and shirtless, was leaning over the side and hailing us.
I was sure it was us because when he saw us glance up he waved in our direction, but I looked over my shoulder anyway. I had that feeling like when you're in a crowded bar and a guy you think is cute smiles at you, and you can't believe he's really smiling at you, certain that one of his friends or some hot number must be standing just behind your shoulder and is in fact the intended recipient of the smile.
We were angling parallel to the beach, and if their boat had been in motion our paths would've crossed in a hundred meters or so. As we drew up to the boat, the shirtless blond moved to stand at the deck's ladder. It turns out he was dressed in a skimpy bright orange Speedo. Which, I had to admit, looked quite nice from here. Jaume and I have been together nearly two years, during which time we've tried a number of different relationship options, from complete monogamy to a period when we were hardly having sex with each other we were slutting around so much.
This led to a trial separation and eventual reunion under our current agreement: whenever we want something outside our relationship, we do it together. Which doesn't mean that we always wind up in threesomes, although that is usually the case. Sometimes we might go to a sauna together, and maybe each of us pick up someone; the cabinas aren't really big enough for all four of us to go into one and have our two separate pairings, but the one time we tried it was pretty exciting watching Jaume get fucked by someone else while he watched me fuck the trick I'd picked up.
I still felt some jealousy, but at the same time I felt Jaume was including me in his pleasure and vice versa. Most of the time, we were happiest with the more traditional threesome, and our taste was similar enough that we didn't have too many disagreements--at least among ourselves. It was not always the easiest thing convincing our prospective third, but actually many guys have a fantasy about doing threesomes.
They're not always so easy to come by in the typical bar or dance club scenario as opposed to, say, a sauna, where they're easier to arrange , so many men were willing to give it a shot when we asked them.
I always think they took one look at Jaume and decided they'd put up with sharing him for a chance at sex with him, half a cake being better than no cake. I'm just glad I'm a deciding voice in who I share him with. Since both Jaume and I have active libidos, we're usually up for anything attractive the other proposes.
So I boldly asked our blond boatman, "And what's our fee for the taxi service? Jaume, looking over his shoulder at me, glanced down into my lap and smiled, his silent agreement to what I'd proposed, then looked up at the guy on the deck as we waited for an answer. He looked down at the bulge growing in my skimpy blue swimtrunks, glanced out at the shore for a moment, then back at Jaume and me.
I, too, looked back at the shore, my mind crowding with thoughts: I wondered what people could see from the beach. I wondered if anyone would see us board the boat and especially if the kayak crew would get mad at us for abandoning ship. I wondered if our stuff, still on the beach, was safe. I wondered about the wisdom of climbing onto a boat full of strange men; what if they were the proverbial axe-murderers, who dumped the body bits overboard where the fishes ate up the evidence?
I wondered what our prospective passenger looked like without his bathing suit, and I nudged Jaume in the back with my paddle. We tied the kayak to the bottom rung of the ladder and then climbed up it, taking the paddles with us. The last thing we needed was for a wave to knock them into the water while we were up on the boat, leaving us all stranded. Besides, I figured if we had them with us, it would be more trouble for one of the guys on the boat to steal the kayak. I was still feeling a little suspicious.
But I've always been cautious: Even with tricks on land, I was wary if I brought them home, making sure there were no easily-pocketed valuables lying about and guarding my wallet someplace unexpected. I'd never had any problems, but it didn't hurt to be on the safe side, I thought, even when walking on the wild side. I followed Jaume onto the deck. We were surrounded by a group of maybe seven men--some in swimsuits, like we were, others in more ordinary summer clothes. They were all eyeing us, as if they were feeling suspicious, too.
And who could blame them? Or was there something more than curiosity in their gaze? How much of our interchange had they overheard?. And what did they think of it, those who'd heard and understood? The guy who wanted a ride stood with the rest of them, but he didn't really blend into the crowd. Maybe it was because he was the only one I recognized--he had an identity separate from that of the group because I'd first seen him alone, leaning over the side of the boat as he called out to us.
Also, he stood a step apart from them physically, as if to underscore the fact that he was leaving, and they would stay. As I took in the other men--who were as varied a lot of homosexual types as one could imagine, from an overdressed, highly coifed queen to a quiet butch number who looked like an ultra-straight soccer player--I wondered if he'd always been part of this mixed crew or if he'd swum out here. I glanced at his crotch, but his swimsuit was dry. All that meant was that he'd been onboard long enough to dry out. As I watched, I thought his basket gave a small jump, as if in anticipation of what we planned, and I smiled, as much at the thought of our imminent sex as the idea of how I imagined this was making him feel.
I glanced at the other men as I idly rubbed my crotch, but got no sexual connection from any of them. Suddenly, I wondered less why he wanted to go ashore. Our blond made no move to introduce us or himself, and I wondered if we were planning to do whatever it was we would do there in front of everyone.
It would hardly be the first time we had an audience, so it didn't really faze me, and I was sure it wouldn't be much of a problem for Jaume either. I reached over and helped him unbuckle the life jacket, letting it fall to the deck. It made a small clatter as the buckles hit the wood, and the noise seemed startling in the absence of any social chatter. Jaume hadn't moved and was still straddling the strap that had gone between his legs, which now made two separate circles connecting to the life jacket. As I looked at Jaume's muscular thighs I imagined him as the famed Colossos of Rhodes straddling the strait.
What a sight it must have been to sail between those massive thighs and gaze upwards! I reached down and fondled Jaume's cock through the fabric of his green swimsuit, staring defiantly at the men around us. Like me, Jaume was half-hard already and I could feel his dick respond to my fingers.
The men said nothing--content, it seemed, to be voyeurs and nothing more. Even the blond in the orange bathing suit was silent, although he watched my hand as it moved, looking up every now and then to meet my stare and then letting his gaze drop once more. Finally, he moved closer to us and dropped to his knees before Jaume.
By the s, blatant homophobia was no longer considered acceptable to most readers. Ethan Urquhart, whose dangerous adventure alongside the first woman he has ever met presents both a future society where homosexuality is the norm and the lingering sexism and homophobia of our own world. The book covers science fiction literature published before 2nd edition, , providing a short review and commentary on each piece.
As speculative fiction gives authors and readers the freedom to imagine societies that are different from real-life cultures, this freedom makes speculative fiction a useful means of examining sexual bias by forcing the reader to reconsider his or her heteronormative cultural assumptions. It has also been claimed that LGBT readers identify strongly with the mutants , aliens and other outsider characters found in speculative fiction. James Jenkins of Valancourt Books notes that the connection between gay fiction and horror goes back to the Gothic novels of the s and early s.
James R. Keller writes that in particular,"Gay and lesbian readers have been quick to identify with the representation of the vampire, suggesting its experiences parallel those of the sexual outsider. LGBT themes in comics is a relatively new concept, as lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender LGBT themes and characters were historically omitted intentionally from the content of comic books and their comic strip predecessors, due to either censorship or the perception that comics were for children.
Independently published one-off comic books and series, often produced by gay creators and featuring autobiographical storylines, tackled political issues of interest to LGBT readers. Comic strips have also dealt in subtext and innuendo, their wide distribution in newspapers limiting their inclusion of controversial material. The first openly gay characters appeared in prominent strips in the late s; representation of LGBT issues in these titles causes vociferous reaction, both praise and condemnation, to the present day. Comic strips aimed at LGBT audiences are also syndicated in gay- and lesbian-targeted magazines and comics have been created to educate people about LGBT-related issues and to influence real-world politics, with their format and distribution allowing them to transmit messages more subtle, complex, and positive than typical education material.
Since the s LGBT themes have become more common in mainstream US comics, including in a number of titles in which a gay character is the star. European comics have been more inclusive from an earlier date. The lack of censorship, and greater acceptance of comics as a medium of adult entertainment led to less controversy about the representation of LGBT characters. The popular Japanese manga tradition has included genres of girls' comics that feature homosexual relationships since the s, in the form of yaoi and yuri.
These works are often extremely romantic and include archetypal characters that often are not identified as gay. Since the Japanese "gay boom" of the s, a body of manga aimed at LGBT customers has been produced, which have more realistic and autobiographical themes. Pornographic manga also often includes sexualised depictions of lesbians and intersex people. Queer theorists [ who? Compared to gay and lesbian teen fiction , sales of gay-themed books for younger children, and availability of these books in public and school libraries remain "very dicey and very different.
Controversy and politicization followed its publication. Both books discussed same-sex parenting and attracted criticism and controversy. The American Library Association ranked Heather Has Two Mommies as the third and second most frequently challenged book in the United States in and , respectively. The book is about a prince uninterested in princesses, who eventually falls in love with another prince. In , parents sued a Massachusetts school district after a teacher read the book to their son's second grade class. While it has been banned  and debated  many times, it has been awarded and noted by the American Library Association on their Rainbow Book List.
A more extensive list of gay children's literature includes: . In July , Singapore's National Library Board NLB , a state-funded network of 26 public libraries, confirmed it would destroy three children's books with pro-LGBT families themes for being "against its 'pro-family' stance[,] following complaints by a parent and its own internal review.
Two weeks after a gay rights rally, these books "sparked a fierce debate" between the religious conservatives, who opposed the rally, and Singapore's growing gay-rights lobby. To date, there have been no explicitly bisexual characters—either children or adults—in children's books. According to a NPR story, hundreds of books featuring transgender characters have been published since Although a vast majority of them tend to be targeted to a teenage audience, these self-publications also consist of picture books for younger children.
Transgender teenage girl Jazz Jennings co-authored a children's book called I Am Jazz about her experience discovering her identity. In the past few years, transgender women have been finding publishers for their own picture books written for transgender kids. Some of these books include:.
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