The importance of LGBT fiction

This blog post has since been published on I’m With Geek.
TWO BOYS KISSING

Two Boys Kissing is one of very few pieces of young adult fiction to have  LGBT characters at its helm.

A quick Google search reveals you can almost count the number of similar books on two hands. Compared to the amount of books that have ever been published in modern times (of which there are thousands, if not millions), the fraction of which feature a gay character is almost laughable. But it does seem to be a list that is growing quite rapidly and becoming much more mainstream. So are we finally in a place where it’s okay to reflect the reality of sexuality in books without criticism?

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Are the days of Saturday morning kid’s TV over?

The presenters of new Saturday morning show Scrambled. Photo: ITV

The presenters of new Saturday morning show Scrambled. Photo: ITV

ITV launched a brand new Saturday morning kid’s show yesterday.

Scrambled is set to mimic the style of nineties/naughties classics like SMTV Live and sees a group of young presenters playing host. But being well over ten years since Ant, Dec and Cat Deeley stopped gracing our tellies with their weekend morning presence, is this kind of show really needed any more? And can it work?

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