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It’s a story that was first reported by UK tabloid the Daily Star — one of the members of The Household Cavalry on duty during the Royal Wedding was Dan Broughton.

On the day of the wedding, The Household Cavalry provided the escort for the carriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they toured Windsor following the ceremony.

Dan Broughton won Mr Gay UK in 2007, and went on to appear in gay porn productions with a number of studios.

What’s interesting about this story is that it wasn’t a story. Even the Daily Star couldn’t find much to get outraged about — a gay guy did his job, and that gay guy has done some porn which everyone already knows about. Of the two billion people who watched the event, it’s hard to find anyone that cares that Dan Broughton was there, doing his job as a member of The Household Cavalry.

Porn director Michael Lucas describes phenomenon as ‘the pornalisation of society’ — porn is now such a commonplace part of our everyday lives that it doesn’t shock us or embarrass us. In a world where everyone is sending each other naked selfies and filming themselves having sex, we’re all porn stars to some degree.

Dan Broughton looks great in his uniform, and he looks great out of his uniform. He’s setting a great example of how to live honestly and authentically in a world where you always need to bring your A-game.

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I caught up with author Samer Bo to talk about writing erotic gay fiction in Egypt.

What led you to start writing erotic gay fiction?

I was forgetting what was happening. I noticed that when someone asked me about what happened to me the previous week, I couldn’t remember the details.

I think forgetting was my defence-mechanism for all the pain and trouble.

So, I started by writing my diaries, which ended to be quite erotic sometimes. Then that moved to erotic fiction.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your stories?

Inspiration comes from my personal experiences and sometimes my friends’ experiences. Other times, I just meet a guy or watch a movie, and it inspires me to write a story.

Who are your target audience?

I write for myself before anyone else. I’d love all gay men to read and get aroused by my stories.

But I guess I do write for minorities — people who don’t usually get represented in media, porn, or erotic stories. I want people to see themselves represented in my novels.

What sort of feedback do you get from your readers?

I get a lot of positive feedback from people in the Middle East who finally find a voice speaking to them. Some see me as a role model — a type of Egyptian guy that they never see in the media.

Do your friends and family know that you write erotic gay fiction?

Only some close friends know. I’m not in touch with my family anyway. Samer is my real name, but I changed my last name to Bo.

Have you had any negative reactions to the gay erotic fiction that you write?

I only tell people about my writing if I know that they’re either gay or gay friendly. So I haven’t had negative reactions in that respect.

However, I have had multiple incidents of homophobia. I was arrested once.

Son of the President isn’t an erotic story, how did that story come to you?

That story is based on the real-life story of an older friend that I met a few years ago. I told him about my erotic stories, and he asked me to write an erotic story inspired by his experiences.

However, I felt that if I wrote it as erotica, it would take away from the essence of the story. So I left it as non-erotic story.

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What do you hope that people feel when reading your stories?

First of all, aroused from my erotic stories. Plus, I want people to feel represented.

Gay Arabs are not represented in any kind of media. We’re being suppressed and discriminated against. A lot of gay men in the Middle East feel that being gay is wrong, and that homosexuality is a sin.

This is my small way to help those men feel better about themselves.

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the remainder of 2018?

More stories, maybe some non-erotic ones. I’m also helping a friend of mine to change his non-erotic short story into a play.

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