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Old 03-08-2017, 01:18 PM
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When it comes to developing your characters, or even creating them- how much LGBT do you include?
I'm currently writing a police drama trilogy, where I've so far featured a lesbian police dispatcher, who is a primary character.
My plan was, in the 3rd installment to have another one of my previously established female characters question her sexuality.
I've since had a few friends read through, and shared some of these details with them. They all thought that I had written my LGBT character well, given her complex backstory, but they questioned the need to have another LGBT character.
I'm not set in developing my characters this way, but I personally feel that this is the way our world is, and that's how I should portray it as.
I also had someone point out that I'm male and have thus far only written lesbian characters; which is, I'll agree extremely one-sided.
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When it comes to developing your characters, or even creating them- how much LGBT do you include?
I'm currently writing a police drama trilogy, where I've so far featured a lesbian police dispatcher, who is a primary character.
My plan was, in the 3rd installment to have another one of my previously established female characters question her sexuality.
I've since had a few friends read through, and shared some of these details with them. They all thought that I had written my LGBT character well, given her complex backstory, but they questioned the need to have another LGBT character.
I'm not set in developing my characters this way, but I personally feel that this is the way our world is, and that's how I should portray it as.
I also had someone point out that I'm male and have thus far only written lesbian characters; which is, I'll agree extremely one-sided.
Any suggestions or ideas?

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The "previously established female character" is gonna ask the cop if she (the cop) is gay?
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:10 PM
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I never think about that. I never think: hey, I should include an LGBT character.

I am writing a short story where the MC is a gay man, but that's just because he is. It works out funnier that way in this one.
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The "previously established female character" is gonna ask the cop if she (the cop) is gay?
Doh. I should've worded that differently. I meant it like an internal struggle.
I'm just wondering if I'm crossing a line here, I'm not writing gay characters for the point of them being gay- they just happen to be characters that I've designed as gay, just sort of because I can.
Am I over-thinking this?

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Overthinking it?
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How much LGBTQEIEIO would I include? It is nothing I would portray in a positive light, so it would be a question of how depraved, silly, or silly and depraved I wanted to portray a bad guy/gal as.

A conscious effort to include LBGTQEIEIO's stems from a desire to shift the culture. That leaves it up to the Author to decide how much of a shift he/she is trying to make.
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How much LGBTQEIEIO would I include? It is nothing I would portray in a positive light, so it would be a question of how depraved, silly, or silly and depraved I wanted to portray a bad guy/gal as.

A conscious effort to include LBGTQEIEIO's stems from a desire to shift the culture. That leaves it up to the Author to decide how much of a shift he/she is trying to make.


The culture, like the world, IS shifting. Holding on to traditional values is futile and paints a person in a specific light, obvious and almost silly to the bulk of the moderate mIddle.

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I once wrote a story about with LGBT characters in it. A few of the people who read it turned gay. I even felt a little tingly in my special area. Never again!
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The culture, like the world, IS shifting. Holding on to traditional values is futile and paints a person in a specific light, obvious and almost silly to the bulk of the moderate mIddle.

I love when you have a posting spree, Mo. I never know what you're going to say next. Oh wait... yes I do.
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Hard Shell Baptists and Trad Caths are gaining ground, and finding some common cause in the battle against Moloch. The pendulum is swinging to the light
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I once wrote a story about with LGBT characters in it. A few of the people who read it turned gay. I even felt a little tingly in my special area. Never again!
It's good that you feel at least partially chastised, Meyers.
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