If you know much about me, you’ll know not only am I a survivor of abuse and used self-harm to cope, but I’m also a lesbian and a feminist–and proud of both. Glad to be who I am–and glad to be speaking out in a world where there can be injustice and homophobia.
Kendra, my main character in Scars, just accepts her being queer as normal–which I intentionally wrote. While I think we’ve needed coming-out books in the past, I think it’s more important now to show lesbians/gays as just part of society. Normalazied. Because we are. We’re your neighbors, your friends, your family.
I’m always happy when another YA writer writes positively about lesbian/gay issues–most especially when I already really love and respect that writer’s work! So I was delighted to read the fabulous Ellen Hopkins’ post on Why I Support “Gay”. Ellen is clearly straight, but she is very aware of issues that affect people, and she shares a bit of personal info in her post as well. Thank you, Ellen, for being one of the strong championing voices out there!