10 Gay Male Character Archetypes

Andres Fragoso Jr By Andres Fragoso Jr, 24th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1mzc4v6p/
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Writing gay characters is a very difficult task. The challenge is in creating a memorable character that is not a stereotype or derogatory. The intent on writing a good gay character is knowing how to distinguish them in your writing without offending the character or the LGBT community.

Gay Characters

Writing gay characters is a very difficult task. The challenge is in creating a memorable character that is not a stereotype or derogatory. The intent on writing a good gay character is knowing how to distinguish them in your writing without offending the character or the LGBT community. Your reader is used to seeing a gay character to be very effeminate, throwing their hands around, talking with a lisp, and dramatizing everything they do. In reality, this can be farther than the truth. Yes, there are many Drama Queens out there and that's whom the reader identifies as all gay man. Your goal as a writer of gay characters is to show the diversity of all gay men. "Not all men are created equal; they all have different female mannerisms."
There is a great difference in writing male and female gay characters. The reason for that is they are not straight forward (pardon the pun), or cut and dry. Traditional male and female characters are mostly referred by as "Straight," and are written as male and female with the assumption that they behave accordingly with their own idiosyncrasies. With gay men, they are many variables in each character. The male characters take female qualities in various degrees, such as the "broken hand" and "gay accent" to the extent of surgical sex exchange.

Here are the Top 10 Gay Male Character Archetypes (T10GMCA)
#1 Straight Acting or Butch
#2 Effeminate
#3 Queens
#4 Drama Queen
#5 Flaming Queen
#6 Drag Queen
#7 Twink
#8 Bear
#9 Trannies
#10 Boy Toy

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Character, Gay, Male, Writing

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author avatar Andres Fragoso Jr
Andres is an avid reader and writer. As a gay man he works hard when writing to promote non-stereotypical gay personification.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
25th Jun 2013 (#)

I know normal people who behave gay due to structural defect. I mean these are guys made gay by society and can give names too....

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author avatar Jerome Jim
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

I've been wrestling with the very thing in my own writing and wondering "are there any healthy gay Archetypes?" When you present a gay person without quickly identifiable archetypal patters, people think the gay person is in the closet or trying to hide who they really are. I think it's time for the whole gay psyche to evolve and realize you can be a human first and then being gay can be the last thing on your list of who you are.

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author avatar Ricko Sharp Shark
15th Oct 2015 (#)

I have to confess I am bisexual, but I think that thinking many gay or bisexuals are girly, that is not true. I like both male and female, but I have testosterone problems. No, it is not a lack of them, I have two times the normal level of an average straight man. I am aggressive, active, like to fight and my heart beats faster than the average. It is big, though, but my effeminate traits are none.

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