Some Types of gay characters I want to see (more of)
So I’ve read a LOT of gay books (a little over 250 by my count) and while there’s lots of diversity in story, theme, etc but there are few areas where I’d like to see different kinds of characters:
Predictably lots of characters are white, that’s fine, whatever. thankfully a few of the popular writers of Gay YA books (Alex Sanchez, Adam Silvera, Benjamin Alire Sáenz) are Latino so books with hispanic characters aren’t hard to find. However if you’re looking for books with black characters? oh good luck, likewise Asian characters, Indeed I’ve read more books with Native Americans (Gives Light by Rose Christo) than with Asian main characters
Oddly books with mute or deaf characters are pretty popular (Gives Light by Rose Christo, Silent by Sara Alva, A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Mayfield, Signs by Anna Martin) But I’ve literally never had a book with a blind character (the outstanding and amazing movie “The Way He Looks” is the closest thing) Physical disabilities are also super rare, to date just two (Life as a Teenage Vampire by Amanda Meuwissen, character with a missing hand, and Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker a character with a muscular disorder) No wheelchair bound characters ever. mental illnesses and disabilities are pretty well represented depression (Vivaldi in the Dark, We Are the Ants, History is All You Left Me, Suicide Watch) PTSD (366 Days, A Broken Kind of Life) even OCD (Highly Illogical Behavior) anorexia (The Art of Starving) and Autism (Carry the Ocean) have a book. But more autism would be good
there are SO many books dealing with Christianity, mostly Protestant evangelical, with a dusting of Catholics. To date I’ve read just one where Judaism played a major role (The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew) there have been a few where the main character was a secular Jew (What If It’s Us comes to mind) only one with a Muslim main character (Hidden byTomas Mournian) and one with Mormonism as a major theme (
Angels in America JK Autoboyography) so you know maybe some more in those departments?
There are books about trans boys, but in most of those they’re straight, almost in the terms that being a boy=liking girls, or the books avoid dating and romance all together. To date only one gay trans book (Peter Darling) which is good but is also a fantasy book without much real world grounding, so that needs to get fixed