Straight Man Gay
I live 40 minutes outside San Francisco in what is appropriately termed Silicon Valley.
When I'm out and about, I see the logos for Apple, Google, and Ebay; although my
8 to 5 job is not with one of the famous technology-
I have only recently begun calling myself a writer. The "bug" didn't hit me until
2009 at the age of 46, but it hit in a VERY big way and the result was a 144,000-
I write for the joy of telling a story I think is humorous, positive and believable, and that I hope others will enjoy, too.
The Castro -
You will see that I promote the gay community as much as I can. It’s because my story is about gay men and over the last few years I have grown to enjoy the diversity, kindness, and acceptance of the entire LGBT community.
Created by Gilbert Baker in June of 1978, the original Rainbow Flag had eight stripes-
AIDS Memorial Grove -
IT FINALLY HAPPENED!
Congratulations to everyone who is a member of the LGBT community, everyone who is
an ally of the LGBT community, and all the proponents of equal rights! On June 26,
2013, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and issued a separate ruling on Prop 8 that
The above image of San Francisco City Hall, decorated appropriately for San Francisco Pride, was taken by Aaron Baldwin. It’s beautiful and I hope he doesn’t mind that I posted it here.
Patrick McAtee 1-
My first book is dedicated to this lovely man. My second book is dedicated to his memory.
I first met Patrick at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center in mid 2010. He not only volunteered in the BDF Lending Library, the Center wouldn’t even have had a lending library if it wasn’t for his stubbornness in insisting they keep the vast array of LGBT books when others wanted to throw them out.
I saw him once a week (at first) as I popped into the Center after work to return and check out more gay romance novels. This wasn’t research on my part; my manuscript was finished. I was just comparing my work to what was already out there, and I was pleased to find I was offering a love story written in a new voice.
Patrick and I became fast, inseparable friends, spending many long dinners discussing world issues and silly nonsense. He took me to a wonderful play, On The Waterfront, and he convinced me to hold a book launch for SMG at Billy DeFrank, although he didn’t live long enough to attend it. He was the first to read the SMG manuscript. Had he not died unexpectedly, he would have been the first to read SMG2.
I wish all of you could have met Patrick. He had the biggest heart and the gentlest demeanor. He championed offering those alone and in need a warm, festive free meal surrounded by others at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He supported BDF, not just at its present location, but at both of its previous locations, too. He tirelessly fought for LGBT rights. He desperately wanted to see DOMA and Prop. 8 struck down. He enjoyed Gay Bingo. He loved books on all subjects (especially cooking and religion) and at the time of his death, owned thousands of them. It was an honor to take ownership of his most cherished book, The Little Prince, when he died, and it felt good to donate bags and bags of his books to the BDF Lending Library in his memory.
I wish I had had more time with him. I wish I would have memorialized his struggles
as a young gay man growing up in the South. I listened to all of his stories with
rapt attention. I just never thought about jotting anything down-
I will never forget him and I will always miss him.