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09:35pm 09/10/2011
Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

feeling: annoyedannoyed
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09:56am 10/10/2011 (UTC)
I'd probably be less inclined to consider it a publicity stunt and more likely to consider it a writer preferring not to edit work. However, having just participated in a panel on YA queer fiction (or more specifically the lack of it), I would greatly prefer promoting the inclusion of queer characters and specifically queer main characters in fiction across the board, and definitely in YA fiction. This post already states that it is not directed at any particular agent, which I took as important. It does certainly appear to have been miscommunication between agents and authors, but I still think it's a point worth raising.

However, I would tend to agree that five viewpoint characters are too much, and I do tend to dislike 'viewpoint' characters to begin with as it typically means first person writing, but that's me being picky. Rewrites are important--I wish they weren't, but they are.

I don't know where I'm going with this, but thanks for the link. There's a lot out there I may have to bookmark for later :)
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10:28am 10/10/2011 (UTC)
I'd also suggest looking at this one: http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/993710.html#cutid1
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07:23pm 12/10/2011 (UTC)
Rachel M Brown
Thank you for your support!

To continue to support YA fiction with LGBTQ characters, I have proposed creating Permanent Floating YA Diversity Book Clubs. If you wish to participate, the link will explain how to begin one, join one, or simply pass on the word.
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