Most LGBTQI screen content centres around the problems of being queer, focusing on a person’s struggle with their sexual identity or the dilemma of coming out. Whilst there is a need to share these stories, reducing the representation of queer life to primarily these struggles is problematic.
For people outside the LGBTQI community, focusing on coming out stories perpetuates the myth that the experiences of queer people are fundamentally different and cannot be related to. […]
By telling stories that focus on the shared human experience, we open the door for everyone to empathise. It only takes the opportunity to relate to one facet of a person’s life to encourage compassion for all their struggles.
Rosie Lourde on universality.
This, incidentally, is why I’ve always been very insistent that the Wyrd series is urban fantasy and not paranormal romance.