I've been Boing Boinged, and Tweeted, and received a great many wonderful, supportive messages. Thank you, and please forgive me if I'm a little slow to respond to messages over the next few days. I have been deluged.

More importantly, people are speaking out about their experiences and feelings. Please don't let this be a one-time moment of passion, but follow up with substantive action.

I personally commit to making a special point of buying, reading, and reviewing YA sff with protagonists who are LGBTQ and/or people of color and/or disabled, over the next year and into the years to come. (An annotated list of YA sf/fantasy with main or major LGBTQ characters is available here, with links to Amazon. An annotated list of YA sf/fantasy with protagonists of color is available here, with links to Amazon. Part I: Author surnames from A – L. An annotated list of YA sf/fantasy with protagonists of color is available here, with links to Amazon. Part II: Author surnames from M – Z.)

What do you plan to do?

ETA: I really like this agent's non-discrimination statement, from Eddie Schneider on the Jabberwocky Literary Agency website:

"Special note:

Since it still needs (and may always need) to be spelled out, please note I will happily consider queries by persons, or featuring protagonists, of any race, color, creed, religion, national citizenship/origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability, age, or physical appearance. Further, I will not attempt to editorially limit the presence of characters in any of the above in order to sell a project, and will support any client who feels discriminated against by a publisher or editor because of such status, in the hopefully unlikely event that this might occur."
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From: [personal profile] rydra_wong


and/or disabled

Has anyone compiled a book list for that yet?

(Note: this is not me volunteering, especially since YA can have such a special brand of disablity!fail. Just hoping that someone else will.)
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From: [personal profile] owlectomy


[personal profile] trouble asked for one crowdsourced in comments a while back. (Probably ~2 years ago?) It might be a starting point -- I'll try to dig it up when I get home.
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From: [personal profile] owlectomy


That was for YA books in general, though, not SF/F. I can't think of any disabled characters in YA SF/F except for Fire's foster father in Kristen Cashore's Fire who used a wheelchair. And he was quite a minor character.
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From: [personal profile] staranise


especially since YA can have such a special brand of disablity!fail

As I said aloud, "HOOKS FOR HANDS!"

From: [identity profile] dawnybee.livejournal.com


I knew this sounded familiar. Great work in getting this out there and hopefully it will put pressure on publishing houses to change their practices.

http://www.afterelton.com/print/2011/09/are-young-adult-novels-being-degayed

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


Oh, I missed that link! Thanks. It's very interesting and thoughtful.

From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


It seems to have gone well so far. There are a few of the usual sorts of tiresome comments in the Genreville thread, but they appear to be far outnumbered by good ones. (Of course I have no idea how many comments Rose has had to block, and I'm not sure I want to know.)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox


19 trashed out of 213 comments so far, plus a bunch of spam trackbacks. Not bad, really.
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From: [personal profile] rosefox


Yes. Click the timestamp for a permalink.

Actually, would you be able to compile a bit of a "greatest hits" post linking to the best of the comments and organizing them by comments from authors, editors, agents, etc.? I would do it but I have my hands full with comment moderation and other work stuff.
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From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


Thanks! There's a couple I want to pull out for more visibility at some point.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


Hmm. It's a good idea, but I am a bit busy too. Let me see if I can crowdsource it. I'll put up a post asking for help with that tomorrow.

From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com


You guys have had an awesome response. I'm really proud of you. :)

Will join you in the LGBTQ pledge, and work harder to finish the novels with the lesbian protagonists (currently have two in progress--just happened that way) and get them out and about.

The more of us do this, the more walls will fall.

From: [identity profile] green-knight.livejournal.com


We seem to be developing a culture where People Speak Up and are no longer afraid of being blacklisted by gatekeepers - I've seen a pushback on Twitter from an agent (Jennifer Laughran/@literaticat saying 'I don't know ANY agents/editors who don't want gay stories' which... no. Given how many people have spoken up in comment trails and posts saying they'd been asked to make changes (or the editor had made changes or someone didn't buy a story for that explicit reason) I would say that any well-connected agent WILL know such people, just as all of us know people with sexist or racist views - if you think you don't, you haven't listened enough.

(Two of the main characters in my WIP are gay. That, too, happened. And a lot of the time it seems to happen if you look at people closely and consider it as an option.)


From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


You are about to get a letter which will explain some of what's been going on behind the scenes. ;)

Thank you for all your support, of Sherwood and me - and, more importantly, of LGBTQ YA.
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I've been Boing Boinged, and Tweeted, and received a great many wonderful, supportive messages.

You've also made the Guardian!

I'm very impressed; usually their books section has nothing whatsoever to do with my friendlist, but first Orson Scott Card and now you and [livejournal.com profile] sartorias.
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