Who knows why that particular kid asked about gay representation in that book. Maybe he’s gay or questioning, maybe he knows someone who’s gay, or who knows, maybe he just cares about gay people. In any case, he deserves better than being told he’s asking for rainbow sprinkles. Queer people exist, and we’re not optional add-ons. We don’t need to justify our existence, whether in real life or on the page, and the only way we’re going to get that kind of representation is by people who keep asking the questions publishing doesn’t want to hear.
Over at Book Riot, I responded to an awful editorial with I’m a Rainbow Sprinkle (Queer People Are Not Optional).
Queer Romance Month posted, among many others, Imposter Syndrome, Bisexuality, Writing Romance, and Me by Heidi Belleau and Where Do You Want the Queer Romance Genre to Go? Responses from Readers By Tracy Timmons-Gray.
“Will Marriage ‘Cure’ the Lesbian? and other books we can’t believe actually existed” was posted at PinkNews.
Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham was reviewed at ALA’s GLBT Reviews.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein was reviewed at AfterEllen.
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall was reviewed at Lambda Literary.
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comics Anthology edited by sfé r. monster was reviewed at Okazu.
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