Politically neutral? I don’t think so.

I know prevailing wisdom is for authors to remain politically neutral. It’s one of the things the publishing guru blogs warn about if you want to attract and hold an audience.

That ain’t gonna happen here.

First of all, I’m about 99% certain the vast majority of my audience leans liberal, politically, and I happen to share those leanings, and I am happy to commune with my audience about our shared hopes and fears.

But secondly, I write for and about people and issues that have a lot at stake in our present political climate. Who are the main audiences for m/m romance? Women and LGBTQ folk. Both of which groups have a lot to lose or gain depending on which way the political winds blow.

So no. I’m not going to be neutral. Not now, not ever. It’s not going to happen. I am a woman, and I have too much to lose. And I stand united with LGBTQ folk of all stripes, fighting for their rights and well-being. I may be privileged not to have had to live their struggle, but I will fight to ease it and make sure they have equality if I can.

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2 responses to “Politically neutral? I don’t think so.

  1. Aggie

    I hear ya! And I 100% agree! I was worried tonight but it looks like Obama made it. And those idiots that made the rape comments lost. YAY!!!!!

    • Yes! And all four states with marriage equality measures on the ballot voted in favor of equality!

      The only down spot to this for me so far tonight was the discovery that our first openly lesbian senator has a trans*phobic voting history. I’m thrilled at more gay presence in politics, but I’m not willing to leave trans*folk in the cold to do it.

      ETA: Actually it turns out the Baldwin matter is a little more complicated than that. It now actually appears she’s not trans*phobic, but that a bill she sponsored got the trans* elements taken out of it even though she fought to keep them in. Whew. I feel better now.

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