I’m straight. And my book features gay people. As people not token minorities. That being said, it’s 2019 and everyone is offended. I don’t want Write something that alienates my readers with different sexual preferences. So I need your opinions on this certain scene.
My story takes place in a fantasy world where there are public bathhouses and stuff. And this character of mine, his name is Garret, wants to go to the men’s bathhouse for obvious reasons. He brings along his friend who is not gay and does not like being touched, period. A guy hits on him continuously, and he breaks his face. Literally smashes it into a column.
But here’s the problem. I understand that there are many people out there who respect others wishes and personal space some of which happen to be gay. But I feel like portraying a gay character as pushy or an asshole will be offensive simply because gay people have faced a lot of discrimination and some people believe they are violent or disgusting. I feel like I would be adding to this if I write a scene where a gay man is being rude and rapey. At the same time I want them to be human. And I understand that there are many people who respect others and some don’t. I want to know if a) this scene is offensive and b) how I should proceed after this because MC just smashed a guys skull into a column.
Edit: firstly, I want to apologize for my use of words. A few users have pointed this out and I now realize that it seems that the sole purpose of their trip to the bathhouse is sexual. I honestly didn’t think about that. But I’m glad it has been pointed out so I can make adequate changes. Which I guess is the purpose of this post. To learn. I assure you that there are many gay relationships that are not sexualized and I don’t mean for it to come across that way. But again, thank you for your honesty. It has helped me realize my mistakes.
Source: reddit post