rachababie said: Hi. First of all, you guys are so helpful! I have a quick question. I'm trying to figure out how much diversity I have in my books. I've written out the names, genders, orientations, and race of the leads in my books. Then I made ratios for amount of male to female, straight to lqbtq+, and white to all other races I have represented. Are there any other factors I should consider?
Thank you, although “you guys” is an overstatement - it’s just me, all alone!
The thing about diversity is that it’s difficult to quantify because there are so many different types of people from so many different types of groups. I think it’s rather impossible to represent every type of person in one story. But if you’re looking for suggestions of other factors to consider, a marginalized group you didn’t mention are mentally disordered or physically disabled people. And there are many factors to LGBT+; I don’t know which ones you’re looking to consider, but often most letters besides L and G are ignored - don’t forget bisexual, transgender (and everything along that spectrum), intersex, asexual/aromantic, and other types of identities that fall under the big umbrella of queer identities. Besides race there is also ethnicity and nationality to consider - after all, two characters might both be Asian, but a Chinese person will have different experiences than a Vietnamese person. There’s also body type.
But like I said, don’t feel pressured to represent every single kind of person within just one story, because there’s too many different identities for that. But definitely diversify your writing where possible, because it’s something we need to see more of!