It seems to me that there are pros and cons to labels, whether in the LGBTQ+ community or in other areas of our lives. Labels can give a person a sense of identity and of belonging, and if you find a label that feels like a good fit for yourself, that can be helpful in understanding who you are and finding your place in the world.
But labels don’t suit everyone. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘labels are for boxes, not for people.’ Some people don’t want to be pigeonholed. Sometimes, whatever label we’ve previously adopted, we might find ourselves in a situation where that label no longer fits. Or, for some, the labels never really feel as though they’re an exact fit in the first place.
In Helping Hand, Jez identifies as bisexual—loosely, although his previous experience with boys is pretty limited. His friend and housemate, Mac, is straight... or so Jez (and Mac) have always assumed. When they start experimenting in a casual way, they’re both surprised by the feelings that develop between them. When Jez turns to Josh (another housemate and the ‘resident gay’), Josh has this advice for him.
What do you think? Are labels really only for boxes, or can they be useful for people too?
Helping Hand by Jay Northcote
Published ~ 26th June 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance
Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.
Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.
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Meet Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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