I have always been fascinated by prejudice. Growing up in Northern Ireland watching Catholics and Protestants demonizing each other instead of dealing with the real problems, propelled me into writing about the ignorance that perpetuates stereotypes. My ﬁrst book, Women and Gay Men, began my exploration into the woof and warp of the LGBT experience over the past 40 years. Southern Knights deals with an unexplored piece of history that deserves to be illuminated. Hate in all its gaudy and simple forms touches every one of us every day. We see and witness and tune out and ﬁght for those among us who suffer from the injustice of prejudice because of such minor differences from what the majority deems acceptable at any given time.
Southern Knights examines the process of healing from a hate crime. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”