Epiphanies, those are the things you get when you're sitting around half asleep, right? Well, I was sitting around, half asleep and thinking I really should get my butt up and be productive with something writing. My besties have informed me I need to work on Squidboy because they want to read it. But I had a thought and it really made me think (because that's what thoughts generally do.)
Lately, I've been avoiding working on Out of Secrets big time. I have some beta notes from before I put writing on hold for the sake of my mental well being (how that is going is up for debate.) I know I can work on it, but I haven't wanted to. Something about it has just been bugging me and I think I finally figured it out.
Now, don't get me wrong, those stories are important for LGBT kids. Very important. But there are a lot out there and I keep seeing pleas for LGBT stories that aren't about coming out. There is a want for stories where the characters are LGBT but that's not important to the plot. It's just a part of who the character is.
I think that is one of the reason I like Snapshots so much. Cyc is bisexual, (at first thinks he's gay) but the story doesn't revolve around him coming out. In fact, he needs to hide it for his safety at one point in his life. But the people he meets that find out about his sexuality are okay with it. They accept it as part of who he is. There is a scene with Keandra where Cyc mentions Darryl and she says, "I thought you had a girlfriend." Cyc says he's bisexual. Keandra doesn't react to Cyc's sexuality. The only reason she asked was because she heard him talk about a girlfriend, but now he's mentioning someone else. Her question isn't OMGBBQ YOU'RE NOT STRAIGHT? It's to clarify. I'd say it's no different than me talking about two different x-boyfriends. If someone only heard me talk about one, then suddenly I mention another name, they'd inquire who this new name was and the relation to me.
I just feel like I don't need to add to the pile of coming out stories. I want to help build up the pile of stories that have characters of all walks of life being the main character. Coming out is important, but so is having a LGBT character whose identity is about more than being LGBT. I want to help create stories about them being people.