It may have been authors like Anne Tyler and John Irving that inspired me to be a fiction writer and to love fiction, but it was Anne Rice, and ONLY Anne Rice, who first showed me that gay characters...and homoerotic scenes...could actually be incorporated into mainstream fiction. She did this when no one else was doing it. And I will never forget how I felt when I picked up Interview With the Vampire, started reading, and discovered there was something gay going on in that book. At that time, I didn't think anything like that existed. I wasn't even sure it was allowed.
With that said, Anne Rice recently said this in an interview with Daily Beast...
I was writing about vampires before the AIDS crisis. People told me Interview with the Vampire was a gay allegory, and I was very honored by that. [Rice’s son, Christopher, is openly gay.] I think I have a gay sensibility and I feel like I’m gay, because I’ve always transcended gender, and I’ve always seen love as transcending gender. In my books, I’ve always created bonds of love that have transcended gender. But I’ve never associated AIDS with vampires, myself.
I’ve always been very much a champion of gay rights, and art produced by gay people—whether it was the early Frankenstein movies that had such a gay sensibility to them, or any art created by gay people. I’m highly sensitive to it. I have a gay sensibility. I get teased a lot by my gay friends because we have a rapport on things we find exciting or interesting. It’s very hard for me to remember that I have a gender, and that they’re treating me in a negative way because of that gender.”
Here's the source. The comments from people are vicious, dumb, and cruel with this one. It's a good example of the Internet at its worst. And that's ironic because Anne Rice has spent a great deal of time fighting bullies online in the writing community. She did this when everyone else was terrified to do it, and it gave strength to those who have been bullied in writing circles. But all that aside, I only know that Anne Rice gave me...a gay kid who loved to read...something gay to read at a time when gay wasn't chic, it wasn't the most popular thing to do, and all other mainstream fiction writers ignored it...even those fiction writers who were gay. As far as I'm concerned, she's earned her right to feel as if she's gay.
More About "Dude Sex"
Here's an interview with a guy named Tony Silva who studies things like straight guys having gay sex.
Silva’s recent study, Bud-Sex: Constructing Normative Masculinity Among Rural Straight Men That Have Sex With Men, has been blowing up the Internet. In it, he spoke with 19 different men living in rural, predominately white areas who identify as straight but who hook up with other men on occasion.
“There is quite a bit of research about sexuality and masculinity in urban areas,” Silva, who identifies as queer and has both an MA and MS in sociology, explains. “Rural sexualities and masculinities are fairly understudied. For this reason I was interested in examining those areas.”
You can read the interview here. The more I read about things like this I do start to wonder. At a glance these straight guys having sex with guys sound like closet cases. However, this kind of reminds me of articles I've read about how straight cowboys in the old wild west had young male sex slaves working on ranches because there weren't any women around. You don't hear much about it because it's so taboo.
The Benham Brothers Are Worried, Again
I think these two Benham brothers come up with this nonsense to get attention. This time it's about the HB2 bill in North Carolina.
Here's the rest. All I know is that I've NEVER met a transgender person who is a sexual predator. But I've been to plenty of men's rooms in my time where the real sexual predators were straight, married, middle aged, Christian men looking for gay sex on the down low. They aren't shy about it either. In fact, they congregate in public rest rooms looking for sex with men. All of them living double lives in the closet, and then they head off to their Christian churches on Sunday mornings. Once again, something else you won't hear in the mainstream media. Good old Jake Tapper should do a CNN "Breaking News" on this topic, just once.