One of the most common misconceptions about LGBT representation in literature is that including a gay, bi, or trans character in a book automatically means that the story has to involve sex. Nope! That’s a myth borne out of the false hyper-sexualization of the LGBT community. Just because a character is gay doesn’t automatically mean that they’re going to have gay sex somewhere in their story, just like the inclusion of a heterosexual character doesn’t automatically mean that their story will involve straight sex. There’s so much more to a person’s identity than their sexuality, so even if a novel or short story involves a gay character, that doesn’t mean that the author is going to choose to focus in on their sexuality as the focal point of the plot.
In fact, the inclusion of gay characters in literature can be quite humanizing. Many straight, cisgender people don’t consciously think very much about the nuances and humanity of the LGBT community. They might hold some well-meant, but ultimately untrue misconceptions about what it means to be gay, a lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. They might even assume that being gay automatically equates to being more promiscuous than being straight. Reading books, watching TV shows, and seeing movies with LGBT characters can be a really eye-opening experience for them, and help them realize that gay people are defined by more than their sexuality—their personalities, thoughts, and actions are really what matters most.