So I was reading The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves and I came across an essay by Bruce Coville where he says:
"I mean, seriously, you already know you don’t quite fit in. You’re just not aware, yet, how fully that is true. So, let’s get it on the table: You’re bisexual. Not straight. Not gay. Bisexual.
The essay goes on to talk about biphobia, passing as straight, the pressure to ‘pick a side’, and “when it comes to love you will never discriminate on the basis of gender!”
This is so exciting to me because I LOVED Bruce Coville books as a kid. I don’t know if anyone else in the early 90’s got My Teacher Is An Alien from the scholastic booksale at school but I probably read that book 20 times. I loved that the aliens were not really the bad guys in the end; they wanted to help humanity and save it from the real bad guys. It was a twist that as a 9 year old I didn’t see coming and I delighted reading it over and over again. He made the aliens, well, less alien and even as an adult, his books made me love middle grade novels that encourage empathy and understanding in their readers.