Reading gives you such an amazing opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Books are therefore a great means to making the world a more open-minded, emphatic and better place.
“I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.” – Anne Tyler
That’s why diverse books are extra important, to share the experience and views from as many different aspects as possible.
It’s one of the reasons why I love to read diverse YA books, and especially books with LGBTQ representation. I also try my best to share and promote those books.
Reading books from an LGBTQ perspective gives you an understanding how hard it still is to come out, how much homophobia and discrimination there still is out there. Even though we have come a long way it’s unbelievable how much still remains to be done until everyone is guaranteed the unconditional right to love whomever their heart desires and to be true to who they are, without being afraid of retaliations.
My own books in the Angelheart Saga series also have LGBT representation, and I’m really proud of how many readers that have taken the gay characters in my books to their hearts. I’m passionate about fighting injustice, discrimination and homophobia. Gay rights are human rights! Period.
Since my books have LGBTQ representation I expect reviewers who contact me with a review request to share these fundamental values. But sadly, I have experienced reviewers who don’t. From now on, I therefore want to make it clear that I will not collaborate with or send copies of my books to anyone who has made hateful or condemning comments about LGBTQ individuals or has expressed homophobic opinions.
Please, let’s all help to make the book community on bookstagram and otherwise a kind, emphatic and loving place where we can all be who we are and share our love for books without any discrimination or negativity!
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