S11E4 Extended – LGBT+: Further Discussion of Quality Representation of the LGBTQ+ Community in Writing

Pride Month is the perfect time to address one of the most complicated and oft avoided topics in writing. Many new authors who aren’t part of the LGBTQ+ community find themselves avoiding those characters for fear of misrepresenting the community. That leads to a lack of diversity among the characters. No author, however, should shy away from striving for good representation. It simply means research. This episode addresses many concerns authors may have about having an LGBTQ+ character and how to make sure the representation is accurate and realistic.

The topic of representation is difficult to cover in a single session, especially one that only lasts about ten minutes. We spent a lot more time discussing how to correctly include LGBTQ+ characters, and knew this would need an extended version. This episode does cover some of the same issues as released in the episode released earlier this week, but also goes deeper into the conversation.

First aired June 13, 2020.

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