I'm writing a sci-fi novel with two separateromantic threads. So, I have two characters who are gay and questions about both. One is basically out, everyone knows he prefers men, and has gotten flack for it his whole life. He's a priest- the high priest of the realm. As the story starts, I have him noticing subtle details about men's figures, and the leader of a group of monks basically calls him out and insults him, insinuating that "his type" is dirty and disgusting(It's not a sin per se but it's looked down on among people of high station). Is this enough for the reader to get that he's homosexual? I plan on having a small exchange later between this priest and an old friend where they recall his being bullied as a teen, that will put things in the open, but that doesn't happen until past the half-way point. Second character. He's a prince, and is in love with the priest. It causes him significant emotional stress. He has a consort, whom he beds solely to put on appearances, but he's become cruel to her. I have him noticing physical characteristics about the priest when they are together. Also, there is a scene where the consort interrupts a game of chess between the two, and the prince flips out on her, saying he never wanted her in the first place. Is this proper foreshadowing of the situation? By the end of the story, they are together as a political unit and have had a romantic encounter, so it's coming up eventually anyway in a form that the reader can't miss. Anyway, I appreciate any input. I want to handle this well as it's an important story arc and I don't want it to be clunky or overdone, but I don't want it coming out of left field either.