I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain why diversity is important, but here we are. People are still making disgusting videos and posts fighting against diversity and representation. It almost makes my brain short circuit, I simply do not understand the want to read the same characters over and over in the same stories. I can’t understand not want to represent everyone. This world is a quilt of cultures and colors and beliefs, how can we NOT look for that in our books and media? There are untold multitudes of Diversity, I would love to see more if it reflected in literature – YA, Adult, SFF, etc. I struggle myself finding my own sexuality represented, to me that’s a small part of me – but the fact that people out there can’t find their race or their culture, that’s the heart breaking part. I’m not going to link to anything that doesn’t support Diversity in this post, especially not the highly offensive video that triggered the DiverseAThon’s creation (check out the announcement video from Joce with links to all creators). Just take my word, it’s out there. You can find plenty of transcripts of the video (I wouldn’t recommend watching it to give it the supporting views) or posts with summaries of things said.
This post is to celebrate Diversity – I want to see more of it, and I’m purposely seeking it out this week (have been and will continue to do so) for the #DiverseAThon. Some amazing Booktubers created this readathon in response to the above mentioned video. I’ve been cooking up a TBR for it and as this is the first day I thought it’d be appropriate to share that as well as some recommendations. In fact, I’m going to skim through everything in my house/on my Kindle and just list anything and everything I can find with diversity in it.
I’m looking a Diversity in a very wide lens. I’m looking for Persons of Color, Gender Diversity, Cultural Diversity, Mental Health/Physical Diversity, Learning Diversity, Religious Diversity, etc. I’m also looking at author and/or story for sources of these. I
have an especially keen interest in anything that might possibly have individuals of the Asexual Spectrum (#pride), and anything with learning disorders. I unfortunately only have one read on this list that hits the Ace Spectrum (that I know of) but if anyone has more please send them my way. That’s where I sit (as a Demi/Gray leaning into full Ace) and I would LOVE to see more of that. I also only have one book representing my own personal learning disorder (Dyscalculia) – I may have representation of others. Again, please bring on the recommendations.