Recently I joined a beta group for a friend of mine whom is starting to write adult Science Fiction. Love to help them out, but finding it also helping me with my writing. After helping with some story development I decided I needed to structure my stories and characters a bit more and get the ideas out of my head and on “paper”.
Between, kids, work, and every day life I have slowly started adding character development sheets for the people of The Forgotten. Of course the main players were the easiest to start with. Most of them were already jotted down in my notebook. A few of the people that have been clamoring to get out of my head are for the future, but they seem to really want their story told. Instead of jotting down randomly in a notebook I am trying to keep everything a bit more organized with transferring to my computer . . . don’t worry everything is pass word protected!
One person in particular was born from a very special family member asking if they could be in my story. I of course said yes. I knew at once who they would become, the fit was perfect. Both love a good story, both have confidence issues, both are searching to find themselves.
This person whose personality fits the character in the story so well recently started to find themselves. They are on a road that could be littered with major hurtles and obstacles. This person whom I love as much as one of my own children is transgender. In a world where hate for being “different” is breeding faster than love, this person who is so dear to me is going to be judged for what they are instead of who they are and it breaks my heart. People fear what they do not understand and with an estimate of only .3 percent of the US population being transgender, this is a huge unknown for many.
I am now seriously considering making the character who fits this beautiful person perfectly also transgender. Not to prove a point, nor to hit a hot button for so many but to stay true to the person whom inspired them.
As my writing is geared for Teens (maybe some preteens if they are at a higher reading level and the parents are active in their lives) I personally think they can handle the knowledge of this character. Was such a shock for most of to discover Dumbledore is/was gay? Some parents may have a problem with this topic being introduced to our children. My thoughts are if a teen who is growing up in a world were this topic is often seen in media cannot handle it in a book, should we not as adults, parents, use this as a teachable moment to show compassion?
I understand for some this is a religious issue. I can understand and empathize. Will you give others the same courtesy? will you give compassion instead of anger? Will you spread love instead of hate? Will you help lower the teen bullying and suicide rate? I truly hope you will . . . would also like to see if you can figure out the character before the reveal.