Thursday, April 1, 2010
I'm Coming Out...as Straight
Why? Why would you do that? You wonder. Well, I'll tell you why. One, because as a gay man I could write gay books and everyone knows that books with gay protagonists, no matter what the genre, are hot sellers, the darling of the NY publishing scene, and adored by top shelf critics like those at the New York Times Review of Books. By pretending to be gay, I could become the rich and famous author I'd always dreamed of.
Second, I pretended to be gay because it got me sympathy, not only with the ladies (who thought they could trust me--which had its benefits if you know what I'm sayin'...okay?), but with the general public. All the cool people, the smart people, the people who know what's what, were pulling for me to be able to get married, to serve in the military, to have all this equality...and...and shit. It's kind of fun being the underdog, the cause celebre, if you will. Damn, I'll miss that.
And last, I hid my heterosexuality because I'm just a malicious bastard who gets a kick out of pulling the wool over your eyes.
Happy April Fool's Day.
Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction. He is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Entertainment Weekly has described his work as “heartrending and sensitive.” Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” Find him at www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA, with his husband, Bruce, and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix, Kodi.