Young Adult books are home to some of the most complex and fascinating characters ranging from super heroes to protagonists with everyday problems. However there seems to still be one area that is taboo to many: LGBTA protagonists. Many have battled this by claiming, “I wouldn’t know how to write such a character” while releasing their newest book about a world full of vampires and werewolves or have begun casting a lgbta sidekick as merely a prop used for nothing more than their sexuality. There is a world out there for you to explore and make. I would love to read a book about a boy that falls in love with another boy on board the Titanic or above the stars. A boy who is happy and healthy. His sexuality not being the main plot line but not pushed to the side as irrelevant. How many more Hollywood love triangles do we need? That age-old ‘Romeo and Juliet” love that seems to litter the majority of Young Adult pages? Representation is a must for a growing society, as media plays such a large part in our everyday lives; we have to be able to see more than stereotypes. We need to make sure young lgbta people can read about a badass hero just like them who’s sexuality is not the most interesting thing about them. This can be tackled by writing and publishing more books with lgbta protagonists in all genres but also by supporting the ones already published. So if you are curious about some books centred around lgbta people in the young adult genre, this is a good list to look at – https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/ya-lgbt I hope one day the shelfs in Waterstones will be lined with all different types of young protagonists.