LGBTQ books are still pretty much hidden away in local libraries. Out of this stack, only two are available. Considering how quickly newly published books make it into the library system, it seems almost deliberate that these books aren’t selected.
It’s not that they’re completely excluded but the push to get them into the hands of readers is weak. The chances of a book involving LGBTQ characters hitting the library shelves higher is if they’re not mentioned in the synopses. This catches librarians unaware. That is one of the reasons I’m glad for the online bookish communities: they raise awareness about underrepresented groups.
It’s through blogging that I’ve come to discover a greater diversity of voices. Before, I used to browse the books available on the library shelves, assuming that the selection was very extensive. Save for YA books involving LGBTQ, it is. However, considering the lacklustre inclusion together with greater censorship towards LGBTG themes, there’s still a long way to go.