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Same-sex love is an intimate joy our fiction still neglects | Julie Cohen

Romantic novels have long ignored LGBT writers and readers, but theses are stories that need to be told
‘It’s important that novels reinforce the message that everyone is deserving of love.’ Photograph: frankiefotografie/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Romantic novels are one of the bestselling genres of fiction worldwide; one gets purchased every two seconds in the UK, and for good reason – love is probably the most profound emotion any of us will ever experience. Yet the cliche of a romantic novel is “boy meets girl”. What about “boy meets boy” or “girl meets girl” – or simply “person meets person”? Those storylines are few and far between. That’s why I’ve founded a, to nurture LGBT romantic authors and their novels.

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