Why Gay Characters Matter

September 22, 2014 12:37 PM

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Many of us at one time or another have belonged to a minority. Maybe you grew up a man with many sisters. Maybe you're the only one who likes a juicy hamburger in a crowd of vegans. Left-handed? Night owl? Deaf? At some point you may have looked to the left and looked to the right and wondered, "Where are others like me?"

One of my favorite books is The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler. I identified with the teenage main character, Virginia who didn't believe a boy could like her because she was overweight. Virginia's sarcasm, her defenses, and her self-destructive nature were things tha...

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