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Gay erotica author Elizabeth Lister raises cash for youth

When Elizabeth Lister isn't spending time raising her son, the south end mom writes erotic fiction for the gay BDSM community.

"People are always so surprised when I tell them what I do. But there are a lot of straight authors of gay male erotica," Lister points out. "When I was younger and saw two men kiss, I thought it was entirely natural," she said. "I don't know why it has such a negative connotation. It's as natural as heterosexuality."

"Gay teenagers are struggling," she said. In an effort to ease some of the struggles, Lister has set out to raise cash for a summer program for gay teens—by bowling.

"I'm on a team with five others and we're dressing up. My gay friends are going as Leatherpup Rolph, Supergirl and Batgirl," she said of the bowl-a-thon put on by the Ten Oaks Project this Saturday at McArthur Lanes. "Ten Oaks provides a summer camp for them to go and hang out with people who identify as gay or have parents who identify that way. They don't have to worry. They can be themselves."

Lister has raised a modest $200 for the cause to help meet Ten Oaks' ambitious $40,000 goal.

Lister published her first full-length novel called Beyond the Edge in September 2012 and plans to follow it up soon with a sequel. She says she got into writing gay erotica a few years ago when she realized how large the market is.

"I talk with my friends in the leather community. They're very open about their lives and tell me what I want to know," she said of her writing and research process. "It's good to be presenting gay male sex in a natural and positive way.

"I like my guys to be rough and straightforward. It's just body parts that are different. I go through my stories and make sure I haven't feminized the men. A gay man is still a man."

The Ten Oaks Project bowl-a-thon runs Saturday from 2 to 6 pm at McArthur Lanes.

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