Mark Roeder is quickly establishing himself as the writer for gay and questioning teens. In Do You Know That I Love You, Ralph, a young gay teen living on a farm in Indiana, has an aching crush on a rock star and wants nothing more than to see his idol in concert. Meanwhile, Jordan, the rock star, is lonely and sometimes confused with his success, because all he wants is someone to love him and feels he will never find the love he craves. In a series of scenes that bring the two boys together, accidentally, Roeder keeps you on the edge of your seat. Will Ralph ever see Jordan, again? Or was this just a one-time meeting that will never be repeated? Roeder writes convincingly and makes the impossible seem plausible. Definitely for the romantic gay teen. This is perhaps Roeder's best book.
- Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Common Sons
Did N*Sync Read Do You Know That I Love You?
an interview with the National Post, members of the boy band 'N Sync
tackled the question of whether an out gay person could be a member
of a popular boy band. To a man, they said yes. Justin Timberlake
says it’s possible “as long as you’re true to yourself,” though he
claims not to have really “thought about it, actually.” Joey Fatone
adds, “I think in this day and age it really wouldn’t matter.” He
goes on to elaborate that “there’s honestly nothing wrong with being
gay. I have friends that are gay.” Chris Kirkpatrick and J.C. Chasez
take the continental approach, with Chasez acknowledging that he’s
“been exposed to Europe and things like that” and noting, “Everybody
loved Boy George when he came out, and he was blatantly out there.”
Of course since the article was written group member Lance Bass did come out.