It has been a common issue in the entire world for God knows how long and I'll probably receive tons of backlash for talking about it here on a writing guide of all things. Yep, it's homosexuality, arguably one the more controversial topics nowadays with the exception of abortion (a topic I know I will NEVER get into).
Now before any of you thinks I'm switching gears here, allow me to clarify that this is ALL related to literature (especially fanfiction, knowing its reputation). This isn't a debate over whether being gay is or isn't alright, it is a full analysis on the topic in stories. Please do NOT try and insert your views on the subject; I'll refrain from doing so myself.
Let's start off with the portrayal in fanfiction. I'm sure you all are aware that in fanfiction many authors call this type of romance "Yaoi" and "Yuri". I'd like to reiterate that there is nothing wrong with either, whether you're writing or fantasizing about it. However, there is a fine line between liking it and disregarding canon events.
Here we have an author who love a fanon shipping. They adore the Character A and Character B together, but the creator of the series they're from has them with two other lovers. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the basis of a shipping war in and of itself, but I highly doubt that's relevant to this. The point is that the author is completely disregarding the canon shipping which may cause traditionalists to cry foul. Obviously this can happen with straight couples as well, but in this case, majority rules.
If the two love each other in the actual series (or at the very least, there's evidence that the two can be together), then there normally isn't an issue with this. The only problems here are people who simply don't approve of homosexual relationships.
In original fiction, this is the same exact issue: people may insensitive about the relationship due to their own opinions. If you are one of these people who will throw a book into a bonfire just because something or someone is gay, then I'd kindly like to tell you to grow up.
"But Cam! I have my own opinions! Why won't the author take my opinions into consideration? Why are you being so rude to me?"
If you had this question going through your head, then I have a one word answer for you: Maturity. I'm not calling anyone who doesn't like gay couples immature, no, I'm calling the people who can't accept that this exists immature. It's perfectly acceptable if you don't like this type of relationship (I wouldn't share it with the entire world, but it's still your own opinion), just keep open-minded when around issues like this. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, this is a VERY controversial issue, so you may want to watch what you say if you talk about it; let alone include it in literature.
Authors, you are always welcome to make gay relationships in your books, whether it is original or fanfiction. Just remember a few things if you are going to include them:
1. Gay couples are no different than straight couples. Treat them like you would a straight couple (Unless they are an intentional stereotype).
2. Keep your mind-open when someone might disagree with a certain shipping. You won't be able to tell if they hate the idea or just the shipping if automatically assume that they hate gays for their complaint.
3. Some couples don't work, and it's a fact you just have to live with. If there's a possibility that it could work, then give it a shot. You'll never know until you try.
I'm not writing any stories with homosexuality in it anytime soon, but that's because romance is a difficult genre for me. There are plenty of romance authors out there that know what they're doing and have made the impossible possible. Judge correctly, and treat these relationships as you would a straight relationship in literature. Your views in real life may reflect how you feel in your writing, so be careful.
Controversial topic aside, Merry Christmas to all my fellow Christians out there! (I hope Hanukkah went awesome for those you celebrated it).
Have a happy new year!