How To Start Writing LGBT Characters

1. Write characters first and add LGBT later

"She's the hero who will save the world...and he's her gay best friend."

Starting to write can be difficult for those who want to put the stories that run through their heads on paper. Some people are born with it, while others require coaching. In this, you will learn from several writers how to delve into each narrative genre and begin writing the story you've always wanted to write.

This will allow you to fulfill the following point:

2. Write characters that go! They are LGBT

"I have not included gays because it is not relevant to the story."

I've heard that excuse countless times for why your 400k-word manuscript lacks a single non-heterosexuals gender, probably a white character. Unless it's a story about "a couple's fight for..." or "a young man's discovery that..." sexuality is irrelevant.

But if it doesn't matter, why should I care if LGBT people are included in the plot?

Because there are interesting people who do essential things in real life who are also LGBT, Josephine Baker was an exotic dancer and spy for the Allies during WWII who happened to be bisexual. Chelsea Manning, a transgender military woman, leaked classified documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Wikileaks and was convicted despite being regarded as a heroine by some.

If you can't depict an LGBT character's sexuality because "the story isn't about that" or whatever cliché you're using to justify yourself, remove any mention of attraction to other people/former partners/romantic relationships you've inserted so far. Yes, the term "representing sexuality" refers to this.

3. Do not fall into tokenism

“My story is very inclusive. One of the protagonist's classmates is gay."

I assume you're attempting to write LGBT characters correctly if you're reading this. However, if you want to make sure your story is cool, I'm afraid you should reconsider a few things.

Tokenism uses a minority character in a story to justify your anti-whatever stance. Do not attempt it. That character is more than just a political tool; they deserve your attention. Create it. Make it one-of-a-kind. Make sure they are not the only one.

4. Write imperfect LGBT characters… but don't go overboard either

“In this life, you cannot be politically incorrect. If you put a gay in, it has to be a great person!”

Do you want me to snore? Create a one-dimensional, Manichean LGBT character. May they be so good that they always consider others' feelings, give alms to the poor, and sing like angels. Or write it so it crushes kittens, murders older women in doorways, and trolls on Tumblr.

If you haven't already guessed, this post is about how the proper way to write LGBT characters is to write them as normal people. Normal people have lights and shadows, which are both incorrect and correct. Make a decision. And, don't worry, nothing bad happens if your villain is gay.

5. Write intersectional characters

“Yes, man! On top of being gay, he is in a wheelchair and is black. And what else?"

Characters, like real people, have multiple dimensions. I don't mean that they're more or less deep (as the plot implies), but they don't just move on a social plane. The character will have advantages and disadvantages depending on their physical and socioeconomic characteristics and the environment in which they find themselves.

I'm not referring to their stereotype or role in the story when I say LGBT characters don't exist in a vacuum where they're just LGBT. There are lesbian, transgender women, gay men who are blind, black bisexuals, Muslim transsexual men, Latino asexuals, and so on. The possibilities are endless, and they are all real.

Jeri Hogarth, from the television version of Jessica Jones, is an example of a well-written LGBT character in a story that does not focus on sexual orientation. She is a ruthless defense lawyer who uses Jessica in some cases. However, she acts coldly and calculatingly because she believes that the end justifies the means. And, as far as we know, she is a lesbian.

Jeri's subplot is important, despite being a lesbian, instead of throwing the data in our faces and running terrified. She has an affair with her secretary... and she is married to a woman, forcing her to undergo an ugly divorce process that causes many problems.

Would it make a difference if he was a straight man? No. There is nothing. Is his sexuality significant? What matters is that he is having an affair, and she is married. These people's genders are unimportant because they play neither for nor against the situation. They are.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

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