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Writing Gay Characters In Young Adult Fiction

Recently, bloggers in the young adult fiction and sci-fi/fantasy writing communities have been spreading the word about the lack of gay characters in young adult fiction–which appears to be deliberate, based on the actions of many agents and publishers in the field. Two published and respected authors, Rachel Manija Brown and Josepha Sherman, were asked by an agent to make a gay character straight, or else remove all references to his sexuality. Brown and Sherman refused, pointing out:

We wrote this novel so that the teenagers we know—some of whom are gay, and many of whom are not white—would be able, for once, to read a fun post-apocalyptic adventure in which they are the heroes. And we were told that such a thing could not be allowed. Other authors have pointed out the problems of writing worlds in which only straight, often white folks get the spotlight. Continue Reading →