Is M/M Slash Like Pseudo-Lesbian Porn Produced for Straight Men?|
Seconding what fajrdrako said--there are a lot of people in fandom who are *some* kind of queer and/or genderqueer. Personally, I take the most interest in characters who I can believe are gay or bisexual (which is not to say that TPTB feel that way about them!)
One thing that I haven't seen written about the current race imbroglio is that there are a lot of different ways to react to difference. Sometimes people say "I really don't know anything about Group X, I'm going to read that fic/that novel and find something out!" or "I think Group X is way cool" or even "Man, I sure wish I belonged to Group X instead of the group I belong to".
Unfortunately, all too often the response is "We'll send missionaries to make Group X just like us because we rawk!" or "I don't know anything about Group X, which proves there's nothing worth knowing" or "Let's exterminate Group X."