Slate has a column titled, "How to do it," that's for sex advice. On Thursdays they respond to bonus questions in chat form. So we should be looking at this from a sex POV.
I am wanting to know if it is “socially” OK to have casual sex with your straight friends wondering if you would have to consider yourself gay if you did.
Here's a link to more. Things like this always remind me of those times when straight people get together and think they know what it's like to be gay. But it's not totally bad and there are parts where they redeem themselves. And overall, it's an interesting read about sex and sexuality.
Coronavirus Reading: "Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Instead of hocking my own books, for a change I thought I'd mention an LGBTQ classic. This one is titled, Rubyfruit Jungle, it was written by Rita Mae Brown, and published in 1973. It's probably one of my all time favorite LGBTQ classics. I've read it more than once. It's just an amazing book. You have to trust me on this. And Rita Mae Brown is an amazing author.
A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country’s most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goes—and she refuses to apologize for loving them back. This literary milestone continues to resonate with its message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after.
Here's the link to Amazon. Read the sample, especially the first chapter.
"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."
What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."
While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.