Viking Penguin signs the unchanged version of novel with a gay protagonist after a literary agent advised authors to 'straightwash' him.

This article titled “Stranger, young adult novel with gay hero, acquired by publisher” was written by Alison Flood, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 20th September 2012 14.10 UTC

Yuki, the gay protagonist of a young adult novel whose authors were told to make him straight if they wished to find a publisher, has found a happy ending after Viking Penguin acquired the book he stars in – and allowed him to remain gay.

Last year the American novelists Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown unleashed a wave of support after they revealed that a major literary agent had agreed to take on their post-apocalyptic young adult novel Stranger – provided they make Yuki, a gay teen with a boyfriend, straight. “When you refuse to allow major characters in YA novels to be gay, you are telling gay teenagers that they are so utterly horrible that people like them can't even be allowed to exist in fiction,” they said at the time.

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER CONTENT
PSFK provides access to this article and every report, case-study, interview, and analysis that we publish for our members. PSFK Professional Membership also unlocks accessto unlimited customized research assistance and our database of over 100,000 insights on innovation trendspanning across eight industry sectors—from culture and brand to retail and customer experience.
Already a members? Log in