Why write LGBTQ+ stories?

We tell stories for many different reasons: to entertain our readers; to tell them something new about themselves; to record history in an accessible way. Why should LGBTQ+ stories be different? Why do they need telling?

When we talk about LGBTQ+ stories, what do we mean? We mean stories where LGBTQ+ people, everyone under the rainbow banner, is recognised. Throughout history, LGBTQ+ people have played historic roles. Stories need to reflect that.

For a lot of people, LGBTQ+ stories are simply about romance or sex. But there is so much more to life than that! We are doctors, soldiers, spies, supermarket workers, office workers … even book editors!

Throughout history, LGBTQ+ people have played historic roles. Stories need to reflect that.

Accurate representation matters. It matters because for too long we were side-lined in books, relegated to the role of the “gay best friend”.

Stories need to reflect that diversity in the community. Growing up, under section 28, I missed out on some excellent role models. I missed out on the realisation that LGBTQ+ people are everywhere because it wasn’t spoken about and I couldn’t read about it.

That’s not to say that LGBTQ+ romance books aren’t important. But, sadly, it’s often the only experience people have of LGBTQ+ representation And that’s why LGBTQ+ stories are so important. They inspire a new generation. They help people to realise that, just because they have a feeling, it doesn’t limit them, it doesn’t stop them, it doesn’t mean that they cannot be what they want to be.

Tell stories that:

  • show LGBTQ+ people positively
  • show LGBTQ+ people are everywhere and are successful
  • show LGBTQ+ are more than their sexuality
  • show LGBTQ+ people it’s okay, it gets better and they can be proud of who they are

Books and stories can inspire and educate. Handled sensitively, a story with a diverse LGBTQ+ cast can show how the world can be.

That’s why LGBTQ+ stories are important.

To find out more about how I can support your LGBTQ+ story, click the links below.

Nick (he/him) is an editor and proofreader, specialising in LGBTQ+ writing. He is an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and a member of PEN, the Professional Editors Network.

To find out more and to work with Nick, use the buttons above.

Receive my newsletter!

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Your support helps!

Button with text: Support me on Ko-fi

Your Ko-fi donations help keep me blogging about writing and editing. They also ensure that I can create and provide free resources for editors and writers. Please consider buying me a cuppa!

Published by Nick Taylor | Editor & Proofreader

Editor and proofreader specialising in LGBTQ+ writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

One thought on “Why write LGBTQ+ stories?

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: