The LGBTQ literature means a great deal to me. I think that books in this genre are very important. It allows people that identify as LGBTQ to read books that might closely reflect the trials, tribulations, joys and triumphs they’ve experienced. Although the number of them has increased there needs to be more. Many youth don’t have that one person they can relate to when they are going through issues that society doesn’t always accept. This further isolates them. Finding that one person or story in a book is quite helpful to them along their journey. Also, LGBTQ readers should be able to identify with LGBTQ characters just as much as heterosexual readers do.
Being able to identify with others is important to our personal growth. It opens our eyes to the realization that we aren’t the only person in the world experiencing any issue or situation. Identifying with characters, fictional or not, aids in self-awareness and empowerment. Love is love but when the love your reading about looks more like yours, it becomes easier to understand.
When I was growing up there weren’t many LGBTQ books available. I’m glad that’s changed. One comment I’ve received consistently from people that have read my book, BrookLyn’s Journey, is that the story is universal. Exactly. That’s because love is universal. We all travel on the road to self-discovery. Being LGBTQ just adds a little twist.
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