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Short Stories 365/47 | N.S. Beranek

“Thanksgiving” by Shawn Anniston from Best Gay Romance 2014 (Cleis Press).

Full disclosure: I have a story in this anthology.

Once again, here’s a story where the main character’s sexuality is taken in stride. It’s a given, a non-issue. The issue the main character has regarding his new boyfriend Matthew has nothing to do with the fact that they are both men. I love that. I also love his support group, from his gay, male friends to his considerably older, straight, female assistant and even his dog’s vet. Mostly, though, I love the interactions he has with his family, and that they are shown giving him the guidance he needs to make sense of his relationship and, by extension, his life.

For more on this story, see Short Stories 365/72. Also, Shawn reviewed my story “There’s No Question It’s Love” in Best Gay Romance 2014 (Cleis Press). You can see his post here: www.shawnanniston.wordpress.com.