Growing up queer isn't the easiest experience. Unless you are lucky enough to grow up in a super queer environment, there aren't necessarily people you can relate to, nor role models you can turn to for advice. Some younger people might feel incredibly isolated. An excellent way to process confused feelings is to escape into a book. Luckily, more and more books aimed at young adults that represent the lives of LGBTQIA+ people are being published every year. And, y'all, there is a lot of British LGBTQIA+ YA fiction, so these stories are a bit closer to home.
Any queer person will tell you that stumbling upon a YA book that features a queer character — AKA the Holy Grail — can set off all kinds of emotions. The raw and intense excitement of "OMG they are just like me!" is unparalleled. Well, I guess until you make your first LGBTQIA+ friend and get that sense of belonging that you've been waiting for all this time. But, before that happens, LGBTQIA+ YA fiction is the perfect companion. Perhaps that is why so many LGBTQIA+ authors grow up thinking, "I want to provide the kind of solace queer literature did for me for others," and why we're a very supportive bunch in general. Ugh, swoon, our community is amazing.