I've seen several posts recently debating female authors in m/m romance and whether women have the right to pen such a thing when they're not male and in most cases not gay. As far as I'm concerned, it's a topic you can open and close in one phrase: of course they do!
Nearly every book ever written by a female author has had a male character in it somewhere. The same holds true for female characters in books written by men. If you're only allowed to write your own gender does that also extend to your own time period? Are historical romance authors not qualified to write stories based in 1920 England because they weren't alive then?
As authors we have the chance to live through many different characters and writers with talent can create a male character that is just as true to life as a female one. In other words, you don't need a dick to write about a character who has one.
If your heart is in m/m romance then by all means, write it! You belong wherever you feel you belong. Don't let someone else's opinions and personal hang-ups hold you back.
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