todoloquetecaemal  asked:

what advice do you have in writing people of different cultures, mental state, sexuality and gender (principally aroace and trans/nb?


1. Research a variety of aspects using a variety of sources

2. Ask people who are a different religion, race, etc than you questions

3. Ask if someone can be your sensitivity reader

4. Look for betas of that culture, gender, etc.

5. Stay updated on current events that relate to the topic

6. Be very conscious of the controversial

@writingwithcolor is a good resource for writing different races and cultures

@scriptlgbt could help with writing different sexualties and genders

@scriptshrink is a good resource for writing characters with mental ilnesses

If any of my followers know blogs like the above or other resources for diversity, please mention them in the comments!

Also, if you are aro/ace and/or trans/nb and are open to questions, drop a comment :)

Last year I launched The #DiverseBook2k16 Project and as part of it I explored three different area’s of LGBTQ+ representation in YA lit.

And what better time to throwback than Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Check out the 3 links below to see all the LGBTQ+ discussions and book recommendations!

LGB (#DiverseBooks2k16LGB) - Looking at Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual representation.

QA+ (#DiverseBooks2k16QA) - Exploring Queer/Questioning, Asexuality and any other sexuality that isn’t Lesbian, Gay or Bi.

Gender (#DiverseBooks2k16Gender) - Focusing on gender diversity.


Ummmm why hasn’t tumblr been talking about this Crazy Rich Asians movie?? An american movie with an ALL ASIAN CAST?? WITH AN ASIAN DIRECTOR??? STARRING CONSTANCE WU??? PLUS MICHELLE YEOH?! Ya’ll sleeping.

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. 

Directed by John M. Chu

  • Constance Wu as Rachel Chu
  • Henry Golding as Nick Young
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee
  • Awkwafina as Peik Lin
  • Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young
  • Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong
  • Chris Pang as TBA
  • Jing Lusi as TBA
  • Ronny Chieng as TBA
  • Tan Kheng Hua as TBA
  • Pierre Png as TBA
  • Fiona Xie as TBA

A cashier tried to convince this little girl to get a white doll. She said no.

  • As a prize for a month of successful potty-training, two-year-old Sophia Benner picked out a doll she loved at a local Target — but when she and her mother got to the checkout, a cashier tried to talk her out of her purchase because Sophia is white, and the doll she picked out was black. Sophia’s mother, Brandi Benner, described the incident in an Instagram post on Saturday.
  • Benner wrote that she was about to respond to the cashier when her daughter jumped in with a succinct, and perfect, explanation. “I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, ‘Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?” Read more. (4/4/2017 1:15 PM)


I’m sick of hearing the same sad excuse for the lack of diversity in gaming

  • Video game developers have a serious diversity problem — and the excuses aren’t going to cut it anymore.
  • A 2016 survey from the International Game Developers Association found that approximately 72% of people working in the game industry are men, and 75% are white.
  • As we’ve written previously, developers can begin tackling this problem by publishing diversity reports that show the demographic breakdown at each level of the company through hard data.
  • But because these reports don’t actually cause change in and of themselves, they’re just a first step.
  • The next step is the hard part: hiring more underrepresented groups — women, people of color, LGBTQ folks — and trying to make sure employees reflect the demographics of the world at large.
  • Convincing industry leaders to pursue that goal can be even more of a challenge. Over and over again, the refrain is the same: Diversity is at odds with quality. But it’s 2017, and that excuse doesn’t hold water. Read more (5/3/17)
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You have no idea what it means to see beautiful black people decked out in all regalia in a full on costume piece, where they’re not slaves, but are kings, princes, princesses and people of the court. I don’t care if it’s not a critically acclaimed series. If white people can have trashy dramas that go on for 15 seasons, then let POC, let black people have theirs.

As soon as I sat down to watch and saw Lucien Laviscount as Romeo make his way across the screen, a beautiful black prince in his gorgeous “fourteeth” or “fifteenth century” (because this show is all over the place with their costumes) attire, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella looking like a QUEEN or Lashana Lynch and Ebonée Noel as Rosaline and Livia looking divine at the ball, I got a little misty eyed. I felt like a little girl when I watched Brandy’s Cinderella for the first time. Please, don’t take this away from me.

  • Rick Riordan, writing PJO: OK, no gay. Just a little diversity.
  • Rick Riordan, writing KC: Diversity!
  • Rick Riordan, writing HOO: Little bit of gay. Hella diverse.
  • Rick Riordan, writing TOA: Bisexual protagonist! Gay main couple!
  • Rick Riordan, writing MCGA: Pansexual Protagonist! Transgender main character! Muslim main character!