We are old, well educated, female, homosexual and feeling out of the mainstream of North American Society, even though we’ve lived here all our lives, gone to school, worked, played and retired. There must be thousands of us, but all we hear about are the young and beautiful, those under fifty years of age and still working in their homophobic work places.
Many people, some of them gay, say that things have improved a lot since we were young and I agree with them, but how can we have fun, play and enjoy our “golden years”? We are buoyed up by famous people like Ellen Degeneres, but without the money and notoriety we can’t really live the way she does. She’s a great influence, but it doesn’t help the ordinary lesbians very much, especially the old.
In a few places there are enough of us to form a loose society of our own, but what to read? Where are the movies for us? Where can we go dancing? Just because we are over sixty doesn’t mean that we are too old for activities. Most of us cycle, kayak, golf and walk with age peers who are straight. For these kinds of activities is doesn’t matter what gender or orientation you are, but for dancing, holding hands, talking of intimate matters and reading good literature for gays and lesbians, especially old ones, it matters.
Once in a while there is a character in a book over sixty, but it’s never the lover or the protagonist. It’s most often the support character for the young, slim and charismatic. That’s my rant for today.
Living in Ontario is pretty good as most people are accepting of our life style and there are enough of us to have some social activities of our own, but most towns and cities are a wasteland especially for something good to read. My partner and I are big readers, but there are very few novels about lesbians which deal with the issues of old age and retirement. Maybe that’s true of old straight people as well, but I think not to this extent.
I read lesbian romance and mysteries along with many straight mystery novels and other genres. I’m always looking for a character or two whom I can really relate with. I read what’s available anyway, because I’m old not dead and a good love scene still appeals to me, but as I get older is gets harder and harder to relate with the main characters. Most of them are in their thirties or forties.
This started out as a query letter. It really isn’t one, but I would love to write a novel for the thousands of us old women, who would like to really relate with the main characters in a book. I believe there is a market for this which is not tapped at all. There must be many good old love stories out there. Let me know what you think.