Controversial Song of the Day: “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
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So one day, Quita and I went to the movies (which could be ANY day because, well, we love movies). I was waiting for Quita to get some popcorn when in walked this lovely lesbian couple. They came in, holding hands and clearly in love (you could tell by the way they kept smiling at each other). After one of the employees took their tickets, he then proceeded to laugh loudly and call his co-workers. All of them laughed and pointed at the ladies, and then had the nerve to look at Quita and me to see if we, too, would join in with the taunting.
We never took another step in that theater.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning) issues in YA have always been important to me. In fact, I wrote guest posts about this topic in detail on both YA Highway and Elizabeth Scott’s blog. The manuscript that landed me Sarah LaPolla as an agent was all about girls who find out their respective boyfriends are in love with each other. The contemporary YA I just finished revising is all about my male narrator developing feelings for his school’s most vocal lesbian. Quita even makes sure to include LGBTQ characters in her stories, as well.
Why do we do this? The same reason we write about black characters, and white characters, and biracial characters, and overweight characters, and characters with illnesses and disabilities.
Because they’re real.
We like to write about real people. So we’ll keep plotting “coming out” stories (which, I’m sorry, there’s NEVER enough of), or tales where we just happen to have a bisexual character because we’re being authentic. And here are a few novels that feature LGBTQ characters:
Do you all include LGBTQ characters in your own writing? What are some of your favorite novels that feature LGBTQ characters?