Rethinking prejudice and sexuality
I am currently working on my next novel ‘Honey I’m Gay’ (working title) which explores one aspect of the human condition relating to sexuality and prejudice towards anyone different from the mainstream. This story follows the journey of two people confronted by the collapse of their marriage and their journey in coming to terms with the emotions of betrayal, worthlessness, anger and fear, and the hard realities of creating a new, optimistic future.
This novel is based around two main characters; Indy and Hugh, a husband and wife with one young child. Hugh understands that his marriage is a sham, but finds himself forced to decide whether to follow his heart and join the person he truly loves or maintain appearances by continuing the lie.
Hugh has to deal with many raw emotions; failure, fear of rejection from family, friends and society, but most importantly the loss of his relationship with his only child, perhaps even being forbidden from seeing him at all. Hugh discovers that coming out has removed the burden of secrecy, but presents him with a whole new set of issues to manage in navigating between the two worlds in which he lives.
But Hugh is not alone in having to confront the truth about himself; Indy has her own deep seated issues to examine. Coming to terms with the break-up of her marriage and the fear that she was never an adequate wife sees Indy take a vengeful and destructive path before she finds the courage to face her bigotry and prejudice; a necessary step in releasing the past and making room for her own healing to begin.
How do people work through issues such as these?
During my research, I have spoken with a number of gay and lesbian people some of whom feel ashamed of their sexuality, some of whom rejoice in having found their true self, and some who are hurt and angry because they have been disowned by family members.
Love should not have discriminatory labels.
If you wish to share your experiences, please write to me.