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Clare Gay Rights

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In recent years, there has been a surge of queer representation in popular media. Whether or not this representation accurate and positive is another question, but the fact that queer visibility has increased is inarguable. According to this Salon article, “supporting gay rights is good for business” (Kelley). In the article, Kelley discusses the move by companies to publicly show their support for LGBT rights, and how this motion is not “brave,” as much as it is financially beneficial. As we progress further along in the movement for queer rights, more and more companies hop on the bandwagon, because being progressive is profitable. For many of these companies, to say anything unsupportive about the LGBT community will cause an outcry from…show more content…
Many LGBT fans of the series have spoken out against the biphobia in the books, as well as Clare essentially reducing the pair to gay eye candy. Fans were also wary of her approach to the idea of a character “coming out” as bisexual when they deemed it unsafe in the climate the story was taking place. One went as far to say this was just “more proof that Cassandra Clare either doesn’t get or doesn’t want to get what’s problematic with her book” (Terresdebrume). Obviously Clare is out of touch with her LGBT fans who want better representation and to be treated like people rather than token examples of how great and inclusive she…show more content…
Should straight authors stop writing queer characters and relationships for fear of misrepresenting them? While that may be effective in stopping the misrepresentation, that line of thinking will not solve the problem. Queer authors will still lack a voice in the writing community, and the issue will be taken back to square one. One solution would be to further educate straight writers on how to write queer characters, and the dangers of mishandling them. Most non-queer authors have wonderful intentions of being inclusive, but their works fall short because of the unfamiliarity with the subject matter. A better solution would be to provide an efficient platform for queer voices to write about their own experiences and communities. Queer authors should be promoted better so their work is seen rather than cast off to the side for what straight audiences find appealing in terms of seeing onscreen gay characters. And this includes queer women and trans people who are so often overlooked, even within the queer literature community. Gay male characters have a grip on the queer scene, largely influenced by straight female audiences who have no idea of the harm they cause to actual gay
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