GLBT stands for Gay, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders/Transsexuals, as you may know. I've seen some publishers use "GLBT" as a category for their works. Obviously, we have the G by the truckloads. The L, well, not as frequent as the G, but there are a few out there. The B is where we have all the MMF stories. Let's ignore the realism of the depictions of the G, L, and B in the rainbow equation. I'm curious: where is the T?
I wonder about this when I am rearranging my DVD collection in anticipation of weekend updates of my movie review section when I come across my copy of The Crying Game. Okay, the crossdresser fellow may just be a gay man with a tendency to dress in women's clothes instead of a genuine transgendered person, but I thought the movie was a far better love story than a thriller and I wonder whether I will ever see any crossdressing hero in a romance. Is that too "feminine" for romance readers to accept in a hero? I enjoy the movie Transamerica very much and that movie features a lead character who was once a man but is now just a surgery away from becoming the woman that he feels he should have been born as. I wonder whether there will be any romance stories with transgendered characters within the genre (I'm sure there are a such stories in the mainstream/gay fiction aisles).
Any epublishers who are willing to test the waters with this? Torquere Books? After all, it's not accurate to go all GLBT when the T is not represented at all.
And if you have read this far, why not leave a comment letting me know whether you think you can enjoy such romances. No, I won't judge you if you don't think you want to read such stories - I am just curious as to whether there is any market for such stories among romance readers. Me, I'm game.
In other news, nothing to do with GLBT at all, can someone please do me a favor, read this book, and let me know whether I should get it? I find the blurb most interesting, but this time around I'm hoping someone else will be the guinea pig and give this book a try. The book link is here.
Merry Rogers should have known the handsome stranger was trouble. First he accosts her in the supermarket, raving like a lunatic and calling her by the wrong name. The next thing she knows, she's duct-taped to him in a dark cabin in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly Merry's quiet, college-town existence is history and she's chasing spies with a very unlikely partner. Plus, the whole fiasco has led her to question her own identity. James Caesar is a hard-nosed, hard-assed secret agent. He's been looking for Merry but he didn't anticipate that finding her would lead them into a web of danger and dirty espionage. As they dodge bullets and decode enemy secrets, he has to convince her to put her present life in the past. And make her remember how he fits into her past.