I am under the belief that there is no such thing as too many queer characters in a story. My sister will often come to me, explain her characters, and ask: “Is it too gay?”
Never. We’ve existed forever. It might have been hidden or under a different name, but we’ve always been out there. That’s why I love reading historical fiction with some good LGBTQ+ representation in it.
One of my favorites has to be The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. It’s set in the 1800’s, but the main character is bisexual, and the romantic plot centers around him and another guy. It was such an amazing book, one of my overall favorites in fact. I absolutely loved the characters and since historical fiction is also great it was a win-win.
There’s no such thing as too many queer characters.
One of the things I’ve always loved about writing is that you get to decide the setting, the characters, the world, everything about your story. It’s all up to you. It’s the most creative game you’ll find.
As soon as I discovered this great thing about writing, I immediately used it to create a world in which I would feel safe, had I been in it. And if not that, characters that I felt I would trust. No matter how lost I was in real life, I could take comfort in the fact that there was a safe haven out there. And I knew that because I wrote it all down.
I could take comfort in the fact that my setting was a place where I could be myself. I could take comfort in the fact that my characters would be totally okay with who I was, and which ever character most embodied the hurt aspects of me, they would embrace.
My current novel has a mix of both a comforting setting and characters. The town in which the majority of my book takes place is literally a safe haven for those thrown out my the rest of society. The characters, despite going through a ton of shit, care for each other and for the character that represents the part of me that’s hurt the most.
That doesn’t mean I go easy on throwing in bumps in the road that upset this little town, that’s half the fun of writing, but it’s still a nice thought to have that control, and to know that there’s a place like that somewhere, with however many queer and accepting characters you want, even if it’s only on the page.