so, this is a bit of a sensitive topic, but i feel like it’s important for myself and other authors to understand the pov of different minorities when writing minority characters. i myself am lgbt, nonbinary, female at birth, poor, and physically/mentally disabled, so i understand a lot of struggles and can accurately write characters with those similarities. however, i don’t understand them all. basically, in this thread, i want to better understand what’s offensive, what people want to see more of, and how i can accurately represent other minorities whose cultures i don’t understand as much, etc. this is also a space where people can ask their own questions and seek understanding about how to better incorporate minorities into their stories without being offensive or going off of stereotypes.
for example, as a nonbinary person (agender, to be exact), i would love to see more characters like me who don’t have short, brightly colored hair, who don’t dress androgynous and aren’t what people see when they think of nonbinary people. some nonbinary people only like one gender, some nonbinary people are more feminine or more masculine, some nonbinary people don’t actually have a pronoun preference. all nonbinary people are different and it’s a spectrum, and even though i’m happy to take whatever rep i can get, i want to see a nonbinary character who isn’t someone you’d immediately think of as nonbinary.