How To Write An LGBT Book (AD)

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  1. I adored this! I always love championing queer books and playing recommendation games to help people find more of them (hit me up if you like LGBTQ YA fantasy for example, I got lots of those!) so getting to hear what the authors think was lovely. Thank you for putting this together ❤

  2. Literally came here from a video about how Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson are pushing for a cannon romance between Captain Marvel and Valkyrie. I feel so spoilt rn and I couldn't have asked for a more uplifting end to a somewhat awful day.

  3. I think my friends and I were going to go to Gay's the word on the day you guys were shooting this video! We were there too early before it was open and saw you guys filming. I love Gay's the word, it's one of my favourite places in London.

  4. So I only just found you via your EPIC video about Captain Marvel Gayness (TM), and now you're talking to Alice Oseman who is LITERALLY my favourite author of all time??? YOU'RE AMAZING THANK YOU FOR EXISTING 😀 😀 xxxxxx

  5. Super Interesting video, especially for me as a young queer. I really want to go London, now I have to add this bookstore to my bucket list!!!

  6. Hearing all of the thought and care they're putting into trying to reach queer british kids is making me even more angry about our current LGBT+ school """row""". So glad there are compassionate queer authors like this (and compassionate queer youtubers!) who are working to help these kids feel seen and accepted ❤

  7. I found your channel earlier today through you captain marvel video (and subscribed because of that video), and I was going through your channel looking at your videos and I saw Alice Oseman in the thumbnail of this one and clicked immediately! She's like my favorite author ever, I love her so much

  8. before i realized i was gay i used to think i was "over-representing" LGBTQ characters in my stories and thought nobody would like my stories if i had too many gay characters. now i know i'm gay and it's so nice to be able to write lesbian fiction with my own characters and create my own representation!

  9. Hey Rowan I was wondering if maybe when the IT chapter 2 trailer comes out you can speak on Reddie? That's the pairing of Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak. People actually have always A. Thought Eddie was coded as Gay in the book and Richie Bisexual. And B. That Richie and Eddie had unresolved crushes on eachother. Hope your having a wonderful day. 😄

  10. Aww Nick and Charlie kissing in the background during the second half of the video, my heaaaaart. If these topics interest you, please read Heartstopper or Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I can't wait to read Proud.

  11. 0:58 — If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel are two of my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER MADE. Love Sara Farizan! Highly recommend both books.

  12. rowan!!! i love your videos so much and was wondering if you could react to the show "andi mack" that's on disney channel? they have the first ever gay character (in the us) AND has actually said the words "im gay" on TV! also, just the show overall is amazing and also very progressive. it would be wonderful if i could get your opinion/reaction on it!

  13. My fave YouTuber AND Alice,my fave yA writer!? In the same video!? Am I blessed!?! Thank you so much for this!!! I shall now research on the other to writers and get myself a copy of PROUD 💙

  14. Sugar Rush was one of the first shows I remember watching and being like "YES GIRLS LIKING GIRLS OMG I FEEL SO SEEN" even though it had it's own issues.

  15. That’s so awesome!! I love Alice Oseman’s writing and that anthology looks amazing. There’s an Australian Queer Anthology coming out soon and I’m so very excited for it. And I’ll be able to get it a month early because the Sydney Writers Festival is coming up and I’ll be able to get it then. There was also another amazing anthology that came out recently called Unbroken: 13 stories starring disabled teens, and lots of the stories in there were queer as well. I didn’t love all of the stories but it was amazing to feel so very represented. I’m so glad I get to live in a time where I can find so many stories that are truly representative of my identity

  16. 21:31, she said 'plumbers mend toilets', so you can fix the subtitles with that instead of (mumbling). 🙂
    She meant to say like 'plumbers mend toilets, that is their job, and it's an author's job to imagine what it's like to be other types of people', so it does actually make sense, I'm not just making stuff up 🙂

  17. If y’all are looking for a real fun LGBT fantasy series look up “The Lightning Struck Heart” it’s by TJ Klune and it’s about a gay wizard’s apprentice thats biracial. The books are quite vulgar in case that’s not your thing but they’re also hilariously over the top and my favorite thing about the world the story takes place in is that the concept of homophobia just doesn’t exist. All the main characters, the crown prince, even the dragon are all LGBT characters and it’s just great I only have one book left and I’m sad to be nearly done with it.

  18. I think the problem with inclusion of queer characters in ghost/fantasy/horror stories is deciding to what degree you have room for this subplot about oppression.
    when we casually include a trans girl just because they exist in real life and that should be normal, are we then ignoring her problems?
    every developed character has struggles but a fantasy story isn't usually primarily about them. some stories have this sort of feel-good-happy vibe (which LGBTQ+ people shouldn't be denied??) but that doesn't rly allow for a realistic portrayal of oppression.
    so idk even if you do your research very thoroughly it's complicated

  19. Looking back on the story I tried to write four years ago. It was about people very different than me. Research didn't work out at all. My attempts were ridiculous, but I wouldn't know what else to do. I couldn't bring them to life. Is it even possible to research how it's like to be straight?

  20. This is such an amazing interview and fuck homophobic parents and im soft and tender and hurt and happy about the world

  21. on the subject of gay penguins I think the penguin on the British gas ad might be trans as I hear the name Wilma or Wilbur

  22. Any writing which is meant to represent some group is trash. Literature should aim to be universal, not segregated.

  23. I would like to recommend a great series of LGBT children's books. the Promised Land books form New Zealand. Promised Land is a fairy tale romance between two young men. Maiden Voyage is a seafaring adventure romance between two young women. The third book is soon to be released and is called Raven Wild. I haven't read it yet but my understanding is it is about a transgender character.

  24. I really want to write about a trans person in my fantasy storys but I don't want to have that there only feature any tips?

  25. This is lovely to see on your channel, Rowan. To see authors speak about their experiences, media representation, and to see an anthology out like this makes my heart warm up. Imagine all the teens growing up now who may read it and feel less alone. Media still has a long way to go, but to see authors doing this kind of good gives me hope.

  26. I'm sorry to kind of plug, but something else not really well known that you might be interested in it's Bible Belt Queers, it's essays, artwork, stories, etc from 70 LGBTQ+ persons. You can check them out on GoFundMe and they have rewards for $30 donations

  27. Omg this is so great, it's just like putting my queer icons all together in a video(i mean not all of them but 3 is enough)

  28. I think books like this should have more discreet covers instead of rainbows all over it, so closeted teens can still get a chance to read it without outing themselves if they are seen reading it in public.

  29. Petition for 'Proud 2: Revenge of the Pride' to be a thing
    In all seriousness, I'm so glad something like this could come together and I'm definitely gonna check it out!

  30. Thank you so much for this video. I'm a young, bisexual, cis, aspiring writer, and I've tried to find time in my busy schedule to watch this video, particularly with my very religious family present (they're not anti-LGBT+ or anything, they know about and accept me, they're just really interrogative about LGBT+ stuff). This is exactly what I need, simply to write about LGBT+ experiences in my works, particularly LGT+ (outside B), so I thank you, and all those writers for this. God bless you all.

  31. So after watching the second season of the chilling adventures of Sabrina I've come to the conclusion that roberto is dealing with internalized homophobia. Like the show is overwhelming heterosexual. But we can't have one same sex relationship. What are your thoughts on the show

  32. I'm writing a book with a gay romance… Ad my main series has a Ace lead. I am trying to make well developed stories with us

  33. I just bought this book today!
    From a lovely independent bookshop that sold plenty of feminist and LGBTQ+ works!
    Thank you for making me aware of it!

  34. love how in the background of the interview with Juno theres just a giant poster of nick and charlie kissing and another print of alice's comics :DD
    ah love these people
    lovely video rowan, thank you
    and i really am glad simon brought up the point o f more discreet lgbt books because i am in hte closet and dont feel comfortable being able to even check out obviously lgbt books because im too afraid my librarian (even though shes lovely) might think something, not to mention then hiding it from friends and family
    and so it was lovely recently checking out radio silence (by alice oseman) and getting to read about lgbt+ people without drawing attention to it (also its so nice to be able to read a regular story about lgbt+ people, like oh yes they're queer but they're still just people with other things going on)

  35. In high school I wrote an essay on “boy meets boy” which made up the whole grade for one of my subjects. I compared it to “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, and talked about the portrayal of the LGBT community that was possible at their respective times. Writing that essay (and especially reading that book) was quite a big part of my personal coming out story. These days I have “This Book is Gay” proudly displayed in my bookcase and very much look forward to reading “Proud” and works of the authors mentioned in this. Rowan, thank you so much for this video 🙂

  36. Harman is a gay man, an elementary school teacher and someone who is completely competent in who he is

  37. Oh!! Is that the same Alice Oseman that made heartstopper? I got a copy and leant it to my sister and never saw it again because she has read it far too many times

  38. Hey this video got me thinking, could you recommend some lgbtq novels, particularly ones with wlw characters?

  39. I'm pretty sure captain Jack Harkness was the first bi/pan character I came across. He's still the best one.

  40. I still don't have any books about trans people because I'm scared of what my mum will think of me. I'm out to her but she thinks it's weird and is trying to ignore it.

    I don't know why I even try to hide it any more. I'm so sick of this.

  41. on the "whole anthology" comment, I wanted to say that when I taught critical theory and for one week we did Queer Theory a student actually said THERE ARE SO FEW GAYS WHY DO THEY GET A WHOLE THEORY?

  42. i saw alice in the thumbnail and viciously clicked. literally my favourite author and artist to ever exist. top notch person.

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