A look back... When Alex Beecroft first suggested this project, right after the Prop H8 disaster, only one state--Massachusetts--had marriage equality. Now, at the end of 2014, there are only 16 states in which it is still banned, with hope for change even in those. I had not expected to see this in my lifetime. To think that we played even a small part is high on my 'things I did right in this lifetime' list. (And the stories are still terrific!)
(marriage data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage)
I DO! An Anthology for Equality
California's "Prop Hate" - Proposition 8, the issue currently in the courts, took away the right for gay and lesbian Californians to marry their life partners. Writer Alex Beecroft, an Englishwoman and author of gay historicals, wanted to do something to help undo this injustice. She asked other m/m writers if they'd be interested in contributing to a collection of stories whose proceeds would go to Lambda Legal to help in the fight.
This is the result:
Do you support the right of all human beings to marry the person they love? The right to say 'I Do' to a life of commitment and sharing with the that one special person? Through sickness and health, for better or worse, til death do them part...
We do. We hope that marriage will soon be a dream that everyone can share. That's why more than twenty top authors of GBLT fiction have donated stories to this book.
The project was orchestrated by a slightly different editorial team– Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Lee Rowan – and edited by Kris Jacen at MLR, which has kindly agreed to publish the second anthology.
I'll quote Alex Bee here:
"Strangely enough, the heat level is way down this year, making this a volume highly suitable for buying for friends and relatives who might be supportive of civil rights without wanting to read too much erotica. But otherwise we have perhaps more of a wide spread of subjects and settings than we had last year, and a real international line-up with authors from the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia.
In no particular order, these are our stories for 2009:
Two Men: A Fugue by Sophia Deri-Bowen, The Uneven Chance by Charlie Cochrane,
Work Experience by Bruin Fisher, Elephants In Her Tea by Julia Rios, Mountain Ash by Ruth Sims, Inner Truth by Alex Beecroft, Mallory’s Gift by L-J Baker, Cakewalk by Nathan Burgoine, The Song Inside by Nexis Pas, Turnabout by Lee Rowan, Home Cooking by Brian Holliday, Morbidly Obese by Rick Reed, Ships that Pass by Jamie Freeman,
Honolulu Hula by Neil S. Plakcy, Aim Higher by JL Merrow, Hitched by Michael Gouda,
Even Guys Cry by D.C. Juris, Ganymede by Lenore Black, Under the Shadow of Your Wings by Jill Palmer, Touche by James Buchanan, Stripes by Nigel Puerasch, Mister Right by Rob Rosen....
And thanks to everyone who sent stories--we could have filled two volumes, I think!