While the three novels show the upward progression of LGBTQ rights in the United States, because each gay character in the three novels, Davy, Tully, and Carlos, are each allowed to show a little more of their sexuality and are each a littler more accepted at time wears on, I found there are still areas that need to be improved on. The first I found was while more and more book publishers are publishing books with these kinds of characters, there are some publishers that are not. Reading this article may surprise you in that two authors were told to "straighten" a gay character that was in their novel before it could be published. Another area that LGBTQ literature needs to improve on is including more than just white, male, gay characters. Most of the literature in this area focuses on these kinds of individuals, and this area of literature needs to include more female and diverse LGBTQ characters in its midst. This has gotten better over the years, but is still something that could be improved on. I think, as LGBTQ individuals continue to gain more rights in the United States, this trend in literature will follow.
Well, I could probably go on and on about this topic (since I did write a 12 page paper about it), but I should probably stop there. I've got other books to read! I'm currently reading two books (I know, breaking my own rule. But I'm borrowing a book from someone, so I think that makes it okay) Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, and Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. So until next time, happy reading! :)