There’s been a hullabaloo over a little piece that Publishers Weekly ran in their Genreville column. It represents a most perfect fusion between smarmy, p-publishing and old-fashioned internet outrage. The piece in question, Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA, follows the tribulations of two young adult authors trying to market a non-white, non-straight, post-apocalyptic novel to major publishers who, typically, try to nudge them towards a more mainstream audience. Agents were horrified, other YA LGBT-friendly authors rebuked their sensational story, people were tweeting up a storm (#YesGayYA), yet some authors stood aside for “fear of being blacklisted.” Wait, what?
Let’s back it up a moment.