Can I just say that I am so tired of seeing the following situation play out the way it does:
- Someone expresses irritation or annoyance about when writers say that one of their characters is gay in interview or on Twitter but it is never actually made canon in the source material
- and then someone else inevitably goes “well it wasn’t relevant to the story! the story isn’t about sex so sexual preference doesn’t matter!”.
Like. congrats on your mediocre and boring opinion. There are so many little details in stories that aren’t ~relevant to the plot~. Little throw away details about characters’ lives is what makes those characters and the story seem so real! Can you imagine how boring Harry Potter would be if the only details given were those that had specific relevance to the main plot?
And I can tell you right now that being gay has had a huge impact on who I am as a person. A story doesn’t have to be explicitly sexual for a person’s sexuality to be a relevant detail that provides insight into that character’s personality and motivations.
I don’t really have anything else concrete to say or a way to wrap this up nicely, but my point is stop giving writers credit for things they aren’t actually doing (LGBT representation). Stop letting them off the hook so easily.