Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA

Authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith were offered representation on their jointly written YA novel IF:

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to his sexual orientation.

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA « Genreville.


  1. Thanks for the link. It reminds me of a line from the introduction from the “Am I Blue” anthology: “I have never met a bigot who was a reader as a child”

    On a related note, did anyone ever give you any guff over Rick in Wildside?

    • I got guff from misguided individuals in the gay community about the attempted rape in JUMPER. I do not equate rape with sexuality but some saw it as gay bashing.

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