(This post was actually written a long time before the USA gay marriage ruling – but I couldn’t let such a golden opportunity pass without posting something relevant!)
#WeNeedDiverseBooks has been going for a while, which is great – but here are some things I’d LOVE to see in YA fiction, because I feel like a lot of LGBT fiction is (rightly so) about coming out and identity; but being gay or bi or lesbian or transgender is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. So here goes.
I want to see:
- Sci-fi and dystopian societies where LGBT issues are included in the world-building rather than just ignored or taken for granted. Is your future-society a place in which homosexual behaviour is normalised, indeed, the norm, or is it discriminated against? Too many sci-fi/dystopian societies are too close to our own; there are so many opportunities to explore issues and ideas relating to sexual ethics, sexuality and gender identity in those genres that I feel like it’s being underused. An oppressive oligarchy does not a dystopian story make!
- A young gay (or LGBT) couple in a long(ish)-term relationship. Too many books are about falling in love: I want to read about BEING in love; the trials, tribulations and successes. I want to read about successful and failing relationships; recently-ended relationships. ANYTHING EXCEPT FALLING IN LOVE. Falling in love is the easy bit; but how do those couples deal with the pressures of being in a steady relationship? There are so many opportunities to explore this theme.
- A gay love story of Tolstoyan proportions. ADAM KARENINA? Something big and dramatic and epic that spans decades…