Writing Gay Characters into Your Novel

It’s important to get it right, but so easy to get wrong

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Identity

This first tip is really important and seemingly not very widely known, but being gay is not the most important part of most people’s identity.

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Personality

Assuming that every gay guy is an effeminate bitch who’s obsessed with fashion is about as accurate as assuming that every straight guy is a drunk loser who loves sport.

“I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” — Liz Lemon

Your gay male character doesn’t need a side hustle as a drag queen, and your gay female character doesn’t need a construction hobby.

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Circumstance

Let’s say that you’re writing a male lawyer who’s always enjoyed the perks of being a man and being on top. But you’ve decided that this lawyer is going to transition into a woman and you want to write this journey into your novel.

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