Gay characters in children's books
Two Moms...or Not?
Should I have gay characters just for the sake of having them?
Okay. I am a lesbian in a committed relationship. I started writing a children's book featuring a character with adoptive lesbian parents. (My partner and I are planning to adopt some day.)
Well, as I started getting more and more into the story, it became more and more about the child's story, and less and less about her parents and their sexuality...as of course it should be! My book didn't want to be a statement; it wanted to be a story.
So here's the problem: my partner, who isn't a writer, is upset. I've changed the gay parents to heterosexual birth parents. Why? Because that's what most parents are, and those are the types of families most children are born into, and I want my book to SELL. My partner thinks I've simply sold out.
I don't know if I'm looking for answers as much as I'm looking for sympathy. Anyone?
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