Here’s a link I’m a week late in posting about.
I, obviously, really enjoy reading books with lesbian characters, and Kristin’s response is pretty spot on to why. I’ve been reading books with straight characters my whole life. The vast majority of movies I’ve seen have all straight characters. The TV shows I watch feature almost all straight characters. We all live positively saturated in heterosexual culture. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I don’t need a lesbian character, or even a queer character, to enjoy some form of entertainment, but it’s nice to see that part of me reflected sometimes, especially when it’s something that’s can be so dangerous just to be, just to exist as. I think most people, when they first begin exploring their sexuality or gender expression, naturally look for media that will have characters that have similar struggles, to see how they deal with them. It’s really important for people to be able to see these sorts of characters to know they’re not alone. So I’m not sure we’ll ever stop needing a lesbian fiction genre (broadly defined: I mean any book with a prominent lesbian character, not just lesbian romance), at least not in the near future, because there are always new lesbians coming out, looking for characters they can relate to. Phew, that was long-winded. I’d be glad to know what you all think of it.
Do you still feel like it’s necessary to seek out lesbian characters in media? Why or why not? How did you feel about lesbian fiction when you were first coming out/when you were first coming out to yourself? Has its importance changed since then?