People talk a lot about the changing landscapes and times etc., but I find in many ways people throughout time seem by and large the same.
You see dick picks etched into stone and written in the corners of illustrated manuscripts. You see graffiti, insults, and jokes. You see similar stories and toys and hobbies. So why does it feel so different? Is it just because we didn't live then? Certainly a lot of the details are different. Housing, technology, travel are all different in speed and scope.
These are the types of questions I think I look for answers for in Science Fiction and Fantasy where we can create whole worlds as a thought experiment.
I've been quite surprised lately to encounter as many well-written m/m romances, science fiction/fantasy, and non-traditional protagonists queer or older or just unexpected.
Some of my recent favorites are below: