Known for the saga of books , Rick Riordan stands out for its light writing and for giving visibility to important issues, such as the representation of the LGBT + community.
Riordan increasingly brings characters out of the heteronormative standard, delving deeper into characters in this community. This action generates diversity in their characters and the writer emphasizes that it does not matter their sexuality, their tastes, their acts or who they are attracted to. But what really matters is that everyone is a human being who deserves to be respected, and everyone has their difference and that difference completes them.
Chronology of LGBT + representation in books
Rick introduced the theme for the first time in his book with one of the most beloved characters in the saga, Nico Di Angelo, who falls in love with Apolo’s son, Will Solace.
After the end of the saga, the writer presented two more new sagas: e. Both happen at the same time and are full of LGBT + content.
Right in the first book, it is discovered that the protagonist, the god Apollo himself is admittedly bisexual.
Rick Riordan has the first children’s book that contains a Queer character. In the book trilogy, gender diversity is also present, the protagonist himself is pansexual and his romantic partner is fluid gender. In the second book, we met Alex Fierro, whose mother is Loki. God has the power to transform what he wants and change his gender. Alex came to emphasize and show that LGBT + is not a mess.
The author has also been actively including more characters that encompass diversity, such as: a dumb elf who uses sign languages, an Arab-American Valkyrie, a son of Hispanic Hephaestus and a daughter of black Pluto.