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Instead of looking at this as an arbitrary hoop to jump through, consider the reasons behind it. Publishers are looking for books with LBGTQ+ characters because book buyers are seeking those out. Why? Either because they are LBGTQ+ themselves and would like to see their own experience reflected, or because they want fictional worlds that better reflect the ...


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As far as I know, there is no legal requirement to include LGBT characters in YA novels in the USA. And in a few countries there might be official censorship decreeing that no LGBT characters appear in YA novels. Anyway, stories vary greatly in how many characters they have and how much information about various characters is given. A story could involve a ...


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So far, no LGBT character has 'organically' come up in the story. Speaking as someone who is Bi and in a homosexual relationship, The above quote from you is all I care about. If, in the creative process, you come up with a cool character who fits your story and is fun to read... and happens to be gay... then by all means write about the character. If you'...


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