Raythe Reign gleefully publishes dramatic escapist fantasy. Because of this, what we do may not seem all that significant.It’s genre fiction — or in the words of so many snobs, “that trash.”
We don’t talk about real-world serious business. For example, none of our characters will ever contemplate suicide for being gay, or get HIV, or get gay-bashed for coming out.
Instead, we have dragon shapeshifters, vampires, sorcerers, demons, space soldiers, and weapon-wielding badasses.
All of our main characters are impossibly beautiful and awesome. And unapologetic about who they desire and love. Raythe Reign heroes don’t hate themselves for wanting their own gender. (For being the Devil incarnate, on the other hand…)
We publish what we want to read.
Our stories are meant to be a refuge far from everyday cares and worries. We want to give readers a place to go where everything is going to work out in the end, no matter how bad things look.
But as we learn more about why we do this, we realize there’s far more to in than providing mental escapes. As those who would ban books know, ideas in fiction can persuade far better than all the anti-hate material in the world. This is because fiction creates empathy, and empathy is the natural enemy of bigotry.
“Your heroes just happen to be gay…”
A number of readers have told us how refreshing it is to have male adventure heroes who just happen to desire other men. By creating stories where being gay simply isn’t a problem, even though we didn’t set out to be activists, we may be a small part of the solution. Or so our readers tell us.
At the end of the day, we put out what entertains us, but what we like is everyday acceptance of the whole spectrum of sexual orientation. To us, it’s simply part of a character. The same way they happen to be a werewolf.