Pride is this weekend! Some friends and I are headed to Chicago's parade on Sunday, which should prove to be tons of fun.
And just today, a friend of mine sent me this article about the recent surge in YA fiction featuring LGBT characters. Oddly enough, I was recently thinking about this myself. Today's teens are really lucky to have authors and publishers who are putting out material featuring gay characters. Just off the top of my head I can think of at least a dozen for tweens and teens that I've read in the past two years that feature homosexual characters. From Steven Goldman's hilarious Two Parties, One Tux and a Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath to Kristin Cashore's Graceling to Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking Trilogy (the third of which is due out this fall!) to David Levithan's Love is the Higher Law, to Amy Ignatow's Popularity Papers, I'm seeing more and more LGBT characters in novels of all genres. Sometimes it's a main character, sometimes it's a secondary character - a parent, for instance - but more and more, these characters are written as three-dimensional individuals who laugh and love while also dealing with ignorance. It's so great to see.
And yet (did you sense there was going to be an "And yet?"), I find myself minorly perturbed that in all of the books that come to mind which feature LGBT characters, the characters are always male. Maybe I'm being purely anecdotal and only reflecting on my personal reading, but where are the lesbians? While it's true that Heather Has Two Mommies came first, the general sense I get is that male homosexuality is more accepted than female homosexuality. Gay males are thought of as intelligent, witty, and well-groomed. Every woman wants a "gay best friend." But lesbians? I don't even know, because I feel like they barely exist in literature. I'd love to see some coming-of-age novels with lesbian characters. Some edgy action/fantasy/science fiction with a spunky kick-butt lesbian. Where can I find that?