Labels and More ~ Brandon Witt: Outside the Margins

Prism would like to thank guest blogger Brandon Witt for sharing his thoughts and his talents with us. He will join us on the first of each month. We will also have a couple of other monthly guest bloggers, so watch for their debuts this month!

Brandon Witt Outside the Margins There have been a lot of labels that I’ve fallen under during my thirty-six years. The boring ones—Son, Brother, Student. The cliché ones—Christian, Faggot, Teacher. Despite writing for the past twenty years (wow, twenty years), it’s only been recently that I’ve allowed myself the label of Author. There have been many things I dreamed would come along with that label. Some have happened, some haven’t happened yet (ie, quit my day job—quit all three of my day jobs). There was one thing that came along with my label of Author that I’d never considered. Didn’t even know it was out there. I became a part of the m/m writing/reading/blogging universe.

The past twenty years (there’s that astounding number again) have been a very lonely process in terms of gaining that Author label. Honestly, I was okay with that. It’s what I expected. Writing is pretty solitary. After all the uber-wonderful (hello, sarcasm) group dynamics of being a part of the far-right Church world, all the politics involved of being a teacher, and even some of the more alienating aspects of the gay life, solitude sounded pretty great.

It was with some trepidation that I entered into the m/m world, especially considering (feel free to judge away) my discovery that the majority of the group was straight women. I was in a genre that was specifically about me (gay, gay, gay) and there were a bunch of moms and stuff. They were gonna hate me. The few gay authors that were there were gonna be competing and not want me to be one of the players. There was gonna be backstabbing, drama, and fights (just like the behind the scenes of churches, school board meetings, and gay clicks).

Warning: Sappiness Forthcoming—

What I found was this wonderful little family that I never knew I was missing! People just like me (by either being gay or writing about being gay), and, to top off, understood my compulsion to be an author! Just like the first gay friend I made, Trevor, when I was twenty-two and realized I wasn’t alone in this world, I’d never really spoken to other authors before, not like this. I wasn’t alone in the world in this sense either! I wasn’t outgoing as far as connecting to other author/bloggers/readers. They reached out to me! That has never happened in a group I’d ever been a part of before. While I know I still have on rose colored glasses, and every barrel of mermaids has an Ursula in there somewhere, the people I’ve ‘met’ since entering this world have been the most welcoming, genuine, caring, supportive people of any group I’ve been a part of. They have this attitude of “Lets all help each other get to the top!” I never really thought that you could love someone who you’ve only spoken to online. I was so wrong. There so many of you that I genuinely love and count as friends. People, women and men, who I respect as authors and individuals. I’m wanting to list you all by name, but I know I’d leave someone off and then feel horrible.

For my first blog on Prism, I just wanted to say this:

I am so very honored to be labeled under the mantel of the m/m community (including authors/bloggers/readers/artists) with all of you. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family, for being so supportive, welcoming, and brilliant. You all are the most incredible, loving, and genuine people I’ve had the honor to know. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

About Brandon Witt:

Brandon Witt resides in Denver, Colorado. When not snuggled on the couch with his two Corgis, Dunkyn and Dolan, he can be found tucked away in his favorite coffee shop, nose inches away from the computer screen, fingers pounding the keys. When he manages to tear himself away from the coffee shop addiction, he passionately takes on the role as a special education teacher during the daylight hours.

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8 thoughts on “Labels and More ~ Brandon Witt: Outside the Margins

  1. Brandon, I agree that this community is the most supportive, loving, and giving I have ever encountered. I, too, have shed some skin and left it behind as I have ventured into the realm of reading and reviewing m/m books and, as a result, met new friends online who are like-minded and accepting. You and I share similar labels (either past or present), and I have sought solitude from them, as well. How beautiful it has been to shut the door on that noise, turn, and accept the friendly, warm embraces of the people with whom I now spend the majority of my online time: this community. It is a journey, certainly, and I am happy to know there are those who would hold my hand as I need it along the way. Thank you for this lovely post, Brandon, and for affirming that we don’t all have to know each other face to face in order to love one another.

  2. This is so exciting! I love Prism Book Alliance and Brandon Witt. What could be better than putting them together? It’s like peanut butter and chocolate! Social media has been an incredible way to get to “meet” the authors that I love so much. Most of them have been very receptive to fangirls like me. I’m really looking forward to reading these blog posts! Thank you Brandilyn and Brandon! 🙂

  3. This is so cool an idea. 🙂
    Thank you, Brandon, for sharing this with all of us! I had the same feeling when I stumbled across this community… my peeps! lol 😀

  4. I’m so very glad you made the decision to enter the world of m/m. I’m one of those moms and stuff you mention in your blog post…and I love your stories! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. I can’t think of a better writer and post to be the first for this new column.

  5. I love the idea of these guests posts and this is certainly a wonderful one to start with. I’ve been astounded by the generosity and welcoming attitude of the M/M community. I’m a relative newcomer to the genre and yet feel completely at home. The wider world could take an example here.

    I’m very much looking forward to future posts.

  6. Aww, I just saw this post. What lovely sentiments, Brandon. As someone who only knows the author you, can I just say how much I’m glad that label has stuck and that it has brought you so many good things. I look forward to reading what you share around here.

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