Content Corner: LGBTQ+ Pride Month Special!

We're waving the rainbow flag this month at Jericho Writers. So this forum is your space to chat about LGBTQ+ representation in literature, your favourite characters and opportunities that are open for LGBTQ+ writers this summer. 

Please note: this is a safe space and unwelcoming posts will not be tolerated. 

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  • It's not an aspect that I much follow - but the post is quite timely in that I have just finished watching the excellent (and old) ITV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (the one with Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews). For its time the story (and the TV adaptation) was pretty cutting edge - and as for my favourite character - well, it just has to be Anthony Blanche.

    • I hope this really is a safe space. I got shamed the other day because I posted in a Facebook group catering to the M/M genre that I wonder whether gays are the better M/M writers. It was an honest question. Just like are short-sighted people the better writers of stories focusing on shortsightedness. I got some really hateful comments how men aren't better writers than women. Totally off topic. Anyway, I think anyone can write any book in any genre they want, IF they do a good research. But it also makes sense to me, that those personally concerned have a better grasp of the topic. Lots of sprinkles and rainbows for everyone. Love ya.

      • All of Sarah Waters' books are utter gems in my opinion, ditto 'Oranges are not the only Fruit' by Jeanette Winterson. It took me a while to bring these to mind though because their characters are just like any other to me in the sense that they're individuals with their own quirks just like any other protag in a novel, it's not their sexuality that defines them.

        Also, a little off piste, but I'm enjoying Gentleman Jack too - great story, amazing script, wonderfully acted (I haven't read any of the books which it's based on though).

        I agree with Yvonne - I'd be extremely careful when writing an LGBTQ+ into my stories, but then I'd also be careful if I was writing from the POV of a man too or an Asian woman, or a child, for example. Some of the lines and boundaries are very thin and we take a risk when we open our writing up to anyone.

        • A couple of years ago a lesbian friend asked me to create a children's LGBT friendly picture book. After publication I was surprised at the negative reaction I received from parents who prefer to ignore the fact that humans are diverse. The books called Emily's First Pet

          I then added a gay character to the SCi-Fi series I was writing at the time.

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