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dear YA authors
to those who already write queer characters:
to those who don’t:
listen, if i have to sit through one more poorly written
poorly edited because teenagers would’t know good writing
if it bit them on the nose love story
i. want. lesbians.
i want bisexual werewolves making out with prom kings
and the smartest girl in the class.
i want time travelling lesbians who don’t exist
simply for the straight boy fantasy.
i want femme trans* boys and punk butch trans* girls
and non-binary kids dong their math homework
on board galaxy-class starships.
i want non-traditional narratives
and queer people of colour.
i want books about queer kids who like queer kids
that aren’t just about that.
i am tired of your heteronormalitive bullshit.
do you know what a book can mean in my hands?
queer representation means
i am not alone.
i am not a monster.
i am not unwanted.
i am not worthless.
i am no one’s dirty little secret.
do you know how many queer and transgender kids
commit suicide each year?
to the ya authors who already write queer characters:
to those who don’t -