Writing a gay protagonist




Soapbox moment:

Fellow publrs in the editorial/agent/acquisitions area – this. This is what the gay community wants more of as representation. The ‘struggle’ of coming out isn’t always the best story a gay protag has to tell, and there are other choices outside if romance for the gay community. So please, don’t out right reject a story with an LBGTQIA+++ MC because it’s not a coming out or romance story. It very well could sell. 






Introducing Gay Representation™ now in two original flavors:
1. Dead lesbian
2. White gay boy written 100% for the female demographic

how could you forget number 3

gratuitous inaccurate lesbian sex scene made for straight men

and of course the 4th

gay character gets five seconds of screentime at the very end

This is great but it’s missing the 5th: character who is only revealed to be gay by the media’s creator outside of the canon and whose sexuality is never actually present in any capacity in the media

Thank u all for properly extending the Gay Representation Menu


You are fourth- or fifth-billed in the credits but have so far contributed almost nothing to the A- and B-storylines.

In episode 2, you had a throwaway line about a beautiful member of the opposite sex not being your “type,” a line that has now taken on a strange significance.

You are a younger brother who stands to inherit nothing.

The camera lingers on your hands for an unnecessary split-second after you help your best friend into your corset.

You are an unusually helpful lady-in-waiting.

You are an arch and careless school-chum who seems to live only for exciting late-night champagne raids and fountain-dunking.

You are being played by Rupert Graves.

You are a woman who becomes friends with Jane Eyre.

Your gaze lingers for no appreciable reason.

You’re in the first third of a miniseries about another person’s life and you’re only credited in the episodes that take place during their boarding-school years. Also, you have perfectly floppy hair. (Works for male or female.)

You applaud with the crowd, but something about your clapping seems insincere.

All the ingenues at court are simply wild about you. You could not be more indifferent. Also, your name is Hugh.

Your story takes place sometime before 1950 but was filmed any time after 1980.

100% of your scenes are shot with the least amount of light possible. Your face is never less than half in shadow.

While being playfully teased by one of the top-billed characters about your apparently non-existent love life, you say, “There is someone” while maintaining eye contact.

You’re sad all the time, for no reason (the reason is later revealed to be Secret Gayness).

You are a woman who has been described by another character as any of the following: spirited, willful, indifferent, aloof, vigorous, outdoorsy, or keen.

You mention that you have recently been to Greece.

You are wan. So very wan.

You are an unusually supportive roommate with a knack for springing surprise kisses at the worst possible moment.

You are the only kind person in a Deadly Decadent Court.

You nonchalantly but significantly decline “one last drink” or a trip to the strip club/old-timey brothel with the boys on a friendly night out, choosing instead to walk home alone in the growing darkness.

You speak slightly more kindly to someone below your station than is strictly necessary. What appears to be politeness and common decency is fueled by lust.

You are a poet, a musician, or an Italian ambassador with no reason for having as much screen time as you do; one of the main characters has at least three scenes where they compliment your work before kissing you unexpectedly in a dark hallway.

You are a respected but under-the-radar British actor who is on the verge of becoming well-known in America.

Signs You’re About To Be In A Gay Subplot In A Period Drama

My Mom Giving Me Realistic Life Goals

Mom: Why don’t you read anymore
Me: I read fanfiction
Mom: Why don’t you read REAL books
Me: Sorry for wanting stories with gay characters
Mom: Wait, is there really not that much LGBT friendly literature
Me: No
Mom: So what does that mean
Me: Uh . . . I should write some
Mom: Go write some gay fiction
Me: . . . .
Mom: Be the gay Shakespeare




what showwriters think lgbt people want: gritty shows with unhappy queer people who find their attraction a struggle and are ultimately killed off for tragedy porn

what lgbt people actually want: a sitcom about ancient lesbos where lesbos’s famous lyric poets, sappho and alcaeus, are best friends trying to get girlfriends, and sappho is way better at it than alcaeus is

alcaeus, all alone in a bar with his lyre, plucking its strings sadly: it’s just so hard sappho. there just must not be any girls here looking for anyone today.

sappho, with her arms around two girls, on her way out the bar: what was that, dear


fair point, but consider: the premise of the show is that even sappho ‘holy shit is that my crush ohhhh my gods oh shit did she look at my OHHHHH my GODS i am dying i am literally DYING’ of lesbos is better at getting a girlfriend than alcaeus is, and the show follows her trying to show him in increasingly ridiculous ways how to flirt with girls

he ends up getting a boyfriend instead



honestly one of the most evil things is when a character is popularly headcanoned as gay by fans and then creators give them a heterosexual love interest just to put a stop to it because they hate gay people so much they can’t stand to see them identify with characters they love or have any sort of happiness at all

yes this post is about luke skywalker but also ryan from high school musical 


it’s amazing how straight people think teens don’t need a movie like love, simon when the director who is married and has been out for 20+ years cried when he saw the final movie because even he needed this movie. his husband also cried, countless lgbt teens have cried. one of the main actors came out because of this movie. many of the actors have friends that came out because of this movie, nick’s little brother came out to him after he found out he was doing this movie. i do not want to hear another straight person talk about this movie because frankly y’all will never understand what coming out is. so like shut the fuck up and let us cry and laugh our hearts out with a movie that loves and supports all of us. and that knows coming out will never be easy or a once in a life experience.

I was 29 when I saw But I’m a Cheerleader. I started crying 10 minutes in and didn’t stop. To have had something like that in my teens….


I wish straight people knew how heartbreaking queerbaiting actually is for us. Like, you’re not just teasing a relationship. You’re dangling equal representation in front of our faces, being treated like human beings in front of our faces, with amazing and varied characters whose storylines are more than how straight people kill us (bullying) disease kills us (hiv scare) or we kill ourselves due to the tragedy of our story.

You dangle it and go “am I gonna? Am I gonna? ….Lol no, a show with gay lead characters?! No one would *ever* watch that!” and don’t see why it hurts us.

If your first instinct, after making Tony Stark a woman, is to hook her up with Captain America, then they were probably already pretty gay to begin with.

Montreal Comic-Con panelist Sophie Delmas on queer superheroes (09/14/2012)

Dey gay

(via icallyourbullshit)


dc recently stated that wonder woman is bi so marvel has now tried to one up by them giving their lesbian character america chavez her own comic series. please extend this 1v1 of various and incredibly large rival companies trying to out-gay each other to all other entertainment platforms. thanks