Hello, readers! How are you doing? Well, I hope!
I come here again today to talk a little about writing.
I am a member of a writer’s group in which we mostly talk about fun stuff, but, every now and then, have a serious conversation here and there. And this is what happened not too long ago.
It all started when a writer asked how he could write a homosexual character without being offensive, since he is heterosexual.
The first answer he got was (rather aggressively worded): “Don’t. I, as a non-heterosexual person, am personally offended that you even want to represent us”.
Others, like me, didn’t feel like he didn’t have the right to represent a homosexual person on his book, because he is not homosexual. Most of us opened up to answer questions, and to tell him that he is free to write about anything as long as he does his homework and does it respectfully.
The damage had been done already, though. Before those of us who wanted to open up the dialogue got there, the guy had already gotten a major dressing down by this person, and even considered giving up on his book or ever writing non heterosexual characters again.
This is my problem with certain extreme concepts of social justice. Trust me, I would like to see us represented by LGBT+ writers. But I don’t want to discourage other people. I don’t want other people to feel like they can’t write about us at all. How else will we become visible if we are not normalized? As long as we are the other, we can’t really expected to be seen as we are – humans like everyone else, but with our personal struggles.
Well, that was it from me for now. It was mostly a vent about something that made me sad and disappointed.
Fellow writers – LGBT+ or not -, I turn the question on to you now. How do you feel about people from out of a community representing it? Any opinions are welcome!
See you on the next post!