Hiya! I had a question about tagging and making sure my story is LBGT friendly? My story is a not so serious mob romance between a man and a woman (Lancet/Rose), but there are secondary characters - two male family members that are bi and another male character that’s gay?
Ok, I decided I’m going to put spoilers because it’s hard to explain without them. Spoilers onward!
So the two bi-characters are actually the two deceased mob bosses of rival families. The two MCs (Rose and Lancet) that inherit the families are unaware of what caused their two families to be at odds in the first place. Later on in the big reveal, Rose finally discovered what caused a 22 year beef between the families. Turns out when the mob bosses before them were alive and younger, they were lovers. However, Rose’s father was concerned about having a “legitimate” heir, in part because he was not doing a great job keeping his family financially stable and also others were trying to “take the throne” from him. So he married Rose’s mother, and had Rose instead of staying with his male lover (Gervassio). The boss to the other family, Gervassio, continued to help support the other family in spite of being betrayed and their “friendship” strained.
The last straw is when Rose’s mother becomes ill and her father has sunk them so far into the financial hole, that he tries to ask Gervassio for money AGAIN for surgery. Gervassio finally decides enough is enough, and cuts ties. Rose’s mother passes away a few weeks later, and never gets the surgery as a result. The two families had beef ever since.
The gay character, Cross, his sexuality isn’t focused on. In fact, you don’t even know what his orientation is until several chapters deep, they have “escorts” keeping them company, and his is male. Rose just passes through the lobby and sees Cross with said company.
I am a straight, Hispanic woman and while I’ve known people from the LGBT community, I also want to make sure I don’t accidentally offend in some way? Aside from the big reveal about the two deceased mob bosses, the story doesn’t focus or I guess “show off” everyone’s sexual orientations? It’s more like, I tried to make it such a natural part of the story, that it’s not something people should be like GASP!
I had a mentor and co-worker at a job I was working at for 4 years, and when he mentioned having a partner, and I knew he was gay - it had no effect on my perspective of him. To me, he was still my mentor, I still respected him, and his preferences didn’t change anything. I feel like that’s how it should be in general? Like it should be a normal thing for people to say they have a family of two wives/two husband/whatever the case? Just like people don’t make a big deal when a man/woman are dating, holding hands, married etc. it should be the same for all? (Also if you feel differently and want to get into politics, don’t do that here. I’m not here for a debate. My mama always said if you don’t have nothing nice to say, you know the rest. )
Anyway, if that’s an ignorant way of thinking, let me know? I’d like to add the LGBT tag to my story on WattPad, but I want to make sure it’s appropriate. Thanks in advance to anyone who shares their thoughts.