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Queer is a huge spectrum and the umbrella gets larger as we humans find language for various aspects of gender identity, orientation, and ways of existing outside of the heteronormative majority. According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 1 million folks in Canada who identify as LGBTQ+. That’s a lot of people who are looking to read about people like them. But reaching this audience isn’t the only reason to consider adding queer characters to your writing.
Your audience is ready to explore the stories of people outside of their own lived experiences. Your readers may have friends and family who are queer, or they may just be excited to read a diverse array of characters. We live in a world full of different people and if you want your writing to be authentic, you probably want to consider writing some LGBTQ+ people into your work.
Once you’ve decided you want to write some LGBTQ+ characters and you’re clear on the reasons why you want to write them, the only thing left is to write them with authenticity and sensitivity.
How do you do that?
It can be a daunting task to start writing outside of your comfort zone. Writers are often told to only write what we know. But if we did that, we’d have a lot of one-dimensional stories. You can do this.
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