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Enlightenment

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This is absolutely true, and furthermore, I am NOT the only one who discovered the existence of homosexuality in such a manner.

I actually can't say it was a bad thing--certainly it led to a lifelong tolerance on my part. At the time, however, it was one of those "Whoa. What? That happens? Dude!" It wasn't that I was against it in any fashion, it was that it had never even occurred to me. For some reason, I had gotten most of the way to being a preteen in complete ignorance of such things. Sheltered life, I guess. I actually flipped pages checking repeatedly to see if there had been a series of typos before it finally clicked and I had the brief sense of the universe realigning itself around my skull.

The only possible conclusion one can draw from this is-- Parents, you may wish to explain this to your kids BEFORE the telepathic white horses do. (Or not. Like I said, it turned out okay for me.)

Prints are available for anyone who had a similiar moment of enlightenment. $10 and $20 for small and jumbo, plus shipping--send a note or visit [link]


(By the way, in case anybody's getting ready to get bent out of shape, "That's an option?" is in no way indicating that I believe being gay is a choice, etc, etc. I'm sorry I have to even say such things, but we all know there are those who luuuuv to get offended out there....)
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LizAdenijiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh. I was just telling my husband yesterday that my first clear understanding of polyamory came from Mercedes Lackey books. First real understanding of homosexuality came from Anne McCaffery.
victoreia's avatar
[insert obligatory "Me, too!" comment] grin wink

Books teaching tolerance. One character at a time.
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Ayumi-FallassionStudent Artisan Crafter
Actually, for me, I think it was Anne McCaffery. (God rest her Awesome Soul) But this would very much be the truth for my little sister. I gotta show her this. ^__^
babbayanna's avatar
This is beautiful.
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T-WeaverHobbyist Digital Artist
hahah.
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StephaniePrideProfessional Artisan Crafter
I just showed this deviation to my (younger) sister, expecting to get a giggle. She looked at it and said 'Yeah, me too!'
Given that I introduced her to Mercedes Lackey when she was a mid-to-late teen (and also given that one of my dads cousins is gay and has been in a long term relationship for as long as I can remember) you could say I was somewhat surprised....

For myself, I can't remember ever not knowing :shrug:

But like you said, if you're going to learn about it from a book, Lackey books are a good choice!
sallyfourth's avatar
Not... exactly the way it happened for me. But I love it.
eyemclay's avatar
yourevery welcome my daughter, I love you....
eyemclay's avatar
to my daughter youre welcome, yes there all types of options...... I also think weare who we are...
Theres also a collection by Flewelling.....
Somercy's avatar
Not the only one, aye! My father was very intentional in reading the Vanyel books with me when I was young.
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"(By the way, in case anybody's getting ready to get bent out of shape, "That's an option?" is in no way indicating that I believe being gay is a choice, etc, etc. I'm sorry I have to even say such things, but we all know there are those who luuuuv to get offended out there....)"

For some of us, the opposite sex is the option. Just sayin'.
BlueWingedCoyote's avatar
Oh man, this made me laugh out loud, so funny ad so true. I managed to slip Valley of the Horses home in a pile of books in my 'horsey phase'...
wicca2star11's avatar
oh my god, I love Mercedes Lackey! You just made my day <3
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Neshira-nameaHobbyist Digital Artist
I still love Mercedes Lackey novels to this day. Sure they're a bit simpler now that I'm no longer 10 and reading them but they will forever remind me of how I became a fan of the fantasy genre in the first place. <3
rueyeet's avatar
Could have been worse (or better?) ... could have been the Darkover series.

At least Vanyel didn't go in for foursomes.
tyshalae's avatar
...its so true o.O
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Why is eeryone bashing her later books? I have to admit, Aerie was slightly lacking but on the whole, I enjoyed the Joust series. Nyeh.

The Magic trilogy was the first book of her's that I ever read...yes, it came as a set, just one gigantic blue book. I loved it to death. :D My ex-best friend borrowed it shortly after I finished it, and ended up destroying the bindings. I could take pictures, and you would cry over it's pathetic corpse.
marora's avatar
Though decent when I was thirteen, as I got older I found he books to be didactic and rather over moralizing. The main character was always right, and anyone who was important to the story always agreed with said main character and backed them up. Tamora Pierce is occasionally like that too.
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realityhelixHobbyist Traditional Artist
That was one I already knew by the time I started reading her books (we had interesting friends growing up)Which just made the books that much easier to read.
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hawthorne-catProfessional General Artist
Im about 20 year older than the generation you speak of... by the time I read Lackey's novels they it were just a good fluff bus ride reads... but I did giggle like an idiot coming upon those parts...

hummmmmmmmmm... I dont *think* I discovered homosexuality from a book... tho at that tender age Robert A Heinlien's books firmly assured me that how I felt was 'good'
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Ladyknight17Professional Traditional Artist
I laughed so hard when I saw this!! This is so true for me! It's brilliant!
Jatopian's avatar
I would totally buy a print of this if it weren't gender-specific.
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Naitachal666Student General Artist
Lol, I was in elementry school and reading 'hardcore' novels of both the gay and straight assortment. You see,I had free access to all of my mother's bookshelves. All of them.
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its the same for me. wishing i could find this to read on the computer. i don't have the books anymore (stupid dad) and i really want to read them again.
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