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16 September 2011 @ 08:23 am
SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA (Young Adult Fiction)  
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.

 
 
 
Phatchick: jawdropladybrigid on September 16th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Geez, do they think straight kids can't handle reading about gays or gay kids can't read about straights? Idiots.
Tapatitapati on September 17th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
We're contagious!
Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on October 14th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Thank you for your support!

To continue to support YA fiction with LGBTQ characters and non-white 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.
Rachel M Brown: Book Fixrachelmanija on September 18th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I thought you would be interested to hear that we sold Stranger (aka "the Yes Gay YA novel") to Viking. Click on this link for a post with more details. Thank you so much for your support!