Can I get an Amen? ~ Chris Cox: Outside the Margins

Join us as Chris Cox goes Outside the Margins.

Chris-Cox-OtMCan I get an Amen?

So I have this friend who came of age in the 1980s.  He dated a woman and tried to like it.  Finally, after a major failed attempt to be straight, which may or may not include a child, he admitted to them both that he was unchangeably gay.  Out of anger, out of fear for her own safety, the woman and her possible pregnancy moved with no forwarding address.

He says he understands. If anyone knew she had been dating a gay man, she might have been harmed.  It was the eighties where AIDS was an excuse for violence.

Even after all these years, Matthew Shepherd is never far from my friend’s mind.  He worries that he gives himself away in his gestures, in his stance and in his speech patterns.  (He doesn’t.)  He and his roommate (that’s what they call each other), who he has lived with and loved with for over 30 years, don’t  go out to restaurants together, certain that they will be outed and—what?  Beaten?  Yes.  That’s his fear.  Who said fear has to be rational?

Besides, how many of you just nodded your heads and said ‘it happens.’

His heart still skips beats when our mutual twenty-something writer friends, let’s call them Ernie and Bert because they’ll think that’s funny!—, proudly introduce each other as husbands.  He wishes they wouldn’t do that.  He wishes they would be discreet.  They might get hurt.  Others around them might get hurt, too.

Pickup trucks and baseball bats and dark country roads come to mind all to readily.

You think we’re beyond that?  I was with a church group last night that fell into a discussion about gays versus them.  Hearing these good church people talk–Yeah, it could still happen.

So my friend’s world is scary, hopefully more so in his own head than on the streets of our small Louisiana town. But he remembers when shadows on dark campuses might mean death.  He hasn’t forgotten that, once upon a time, people who didn’t even know him wanted him to not exist.

Ernie and Bert don’t live this.  They don’t live the fear that walks the edge of irrational. They don’t feel the wall of hate against them just because they are gay.  They even hold hands with the occasional kiss on the cheek in public.  Progress.

But if you live where I live, if you live where my friends live, you know that each small open gesture of affection still carries that little wince of fear.   So we still have a way to go.

Can I get an Amen?


BayouBoys_WhenSeanLovesRusty400X600 Title: When Sean Loves Rusty
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: M/M Romance, New Adult

When Sean Loves Rusty
An anthology of the trials and triumphs of true love

Rusty Duchene and Sean Delahunt have been best friends since grade school, first loves since highs school and a solid couple during the college years. But with college behind them, now their love must grow to another level.
It’s been a rough year, starting off with Sean’s graduation, with lots of ups and downs, and they will have huge decisions to make, individually and together, to become the men they strive to be for themselves and for each other.

Meant To Be
Sean Delahunt fell in love with Rusty Duchene before either of them even knew what love meant.
Not only has their love survived their emotionally rough high school years and financially draining college years but the hardships have drawn them closer together. Now, with Sean graduating college, they are ready to enjoy all the good life their beloved city, New Orleans, has to offer. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
After a tough job search, Sean is offered his dream job—in Boston. But for Rusty, moving to Boston means leaving the career and the family he loves.
Stay or go? Either way, someone loses. Will their love survive the sacrifice?

Moving On
Two months apart while Sean trains for his dream job has stirred insecurities in Rusty. When they finally reunite, Sean seems—different. Or is it Rusty who has changed? When life experiences challenge their love and commitment, Sean and Rusty must decide.
Will they move on together or apart?

Tricked Up for Treats
Rusty signs up his fiancé, Sean for an amateur drag competition. The prizes are awesome but the real prize, the one Rusty is hoping they will win is the prize of letting Sean be himself for a night.
But the head game he’s playing with Sean comes with the high risk that Sean will fracture instead of become whole.
Will Rusty be strong enough to hold their relationship together?

Jingle My Bells
Sean hasn’t had many happy holidays. Going home to New Orleans isn’t going to make this one any different. But for Rusty, he’s going to fake it and be happy because Rusty loves holidays, especially Christmas with his family. And Sean loves Rusty.
Rusty is determined to make this Christmas different for Sean. Will this be the year Rusty jingles Sean’s bell?

For Better Or Worse
Sean and Rusty’s wedding plans are in full force. Life it settling down just the way the guys have always wanted.
Then Sean’s job is threatened and the home they’ve built in Boston is threatened as well.
Sean’s lack of faith in himself threatens their matrimonial bonds. Is Rusty’s faith in Sean enough to keep them together? Or will this marriage be over before the ‘I do’s’ are said?

Barnes & Noble

~ Chris Cox

About Chris Cox

Chris Cox’s Bayou Boys series is about deep relationships, about finding yourself as well as your soul mate, and about learning to feel right in your own skin.

Sexy and complex, Chris’ writing delivers the stories that touch readers’ hearts. Born and raised in Louisiana, Chris worked as an electrical engineer before climbing off the corporate ladder and becoming a full-time writer.  Chris resides in Louisiana, where the gumbo is hot…but the men are hotter. You can check out more about Chris Cox by visiting, on Facebook at www.facebook/ and on Twitter: @ChrisCoxWrites.

Farewell Giveaway
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3 thoughts on “Can I get an Amen? ~ Chris Cox: Outside the Margins

  1. Wow. I really don’t know what else to say except that this hit me in the feels. A lot. Things can’t change fast enough.

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