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This week Jane Cable interviews David Ledain about why he believes he can sell more self-help than fiction and why he decided to turn his own experiences into a book. Find out more about David at www.gaydad.co.uk.
I am a gay dad and to protect those I love I write using the penname – David Ledain. I live on the south coast of England and have two sons. When I was going through the process of coming out and separating from my wife, I couldn’t find anything about other gay dads like me, so I wrote a book: Gay Dad – 10 true stories of divorced gay men with kids, living in the UK today.
- I have not come across any men who married their wives for any other reason than for love. Indeed, many of the men still have deeply held feelings for their ex-wives and the couples often manage to continue close relationships.
- The term ‘homosexual’ wasn’t coined until the 1860’s by German-Hungarian, Karoly Kertbeny, and did not appear in English until 1891.
Q & A with David Ledain, author of Gay Dad
David answers: Isn’t it morally wrong to marry a woman if you suspect that you may be gay? Had you had sexual experiences with men before you got married? How did you come to write the book? What were the men you interviewed like – a mixed bag or is there a common thread? And other questions. Read the answers here.