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Queering Up Genre Fiction

To check it off the list, I’m going to go ahead and explain my stance on writing stories that are rife with LGBT characters without being LGBT fiction. There’s a tendency still to assume, in genre fiction, that everyone is straight by default. Because obviously only straight people have fantasy adventures or become spies. If your main characters aren’t straight, you’re often destined for the LGBT section.

Here’s the thing: life is not defined by who you prefer to sleep with. It’s ridiculous to put a fantasy novel wherein the love story happens to be between two men or two women next to a novel about self-discovery. That makes about as much sense as putting a sci-fi series next to a romance novel.

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