For the first time ever, I have embarked on something that is near and dear to me. I started writing an LGBTQ-themed story.
Allow me to provide a bit of background about the story I have begun writing. The story focuses on two girls—one girl being a 22-year-old university student and the other being a 17-year-old waitress at a restaurant near the university. The 22-year-old has come to terms with her bisexuality, while the 17-year-old is a bit confused at first as the older girl is the first to make her question her attractions. The story follows the girls as they become fast friends and start hanging out. The friendship quickly turns to developed feelings, and a kiss one-night changes everything. There are a few twists and turns, but a relationship finally blossoms for the couple—but of course, a relationship cannot exist without some drama from members of the surrounding community.
I incorporated elements of religion in the story as well. I have noticed that the main arguments against the LGBTQ community always tend to involve religion. There is always this stigma; anti-LGBTQ individuals always paint the argument of being part of such community is “sinful.” The constant rhetoric indicates that members of the LGBTQ community will “go to Hell,” or that God does not love the members. There have been times that LGBTQ individuals have been called perverted as well. I wanted to add some focus onto religion and the LGBTQ community as I feel like it is often looked over; nobody ever really discusses how judgmental those so-called religious individuals can be towards LGBTQ individuals. For example, the 17-year-old is a very religious individual, but she does come from a very religious family who are not fans of the LGBTQ community. This can be seen as the story goes on and her parents begin having an idea of who the 22-year-old really is.
I also wanted to show how the LGBTQ community can be threatened by anti-LGBTQ individuals. Threats can include harassment in any forms, or hate crimes such as an assault which can have dire consequences. This is touched on towards the end of this story, and goes into more detail in the next story in what is going to be a series of three stories over all.
This is my first time writing a lengthy story regarding such, and I felt that it was important to do so. Maybe certain stories have simply been out of my radar, but I have not seen many stories that give focus onto the LGBTQ community and religious aspects, which was my main purpose of writing the story. As the story has gone on, I loved writing about the characters and writing in the manner that shows how the main characters discover themselves and begin to grow together. I chose a rather interesting title: "Loving in Sin." The title highlights the overall societal idea that there is such great "sin" in being in love with a person of the same sex yet the characters are loving each other throughout, despite what the societal idea may be. The title may change, but that is the final title—for now.
Though there is a lot of editing that is going into this story (because I am the type of person that finds something wrong with everything I write), I am excited that I have actually finished writing it. I look forward to finishing the editing process and sharing the final product with everyone, which I will do on my Wattpad account and possibly on here as well.
I have no idea what the future will hold for the story, but I can only hope that it becomes a popular book among individuals that may be struggling as well.