Actually, it's a hashtag, so I really should say #OutWriters.
What are OutWriters? They're peeps like me. Thanks for asking. And who am I? I'm a queer writer, writing about queer things... like a young woman whose turnstile-hopping incurs the wrath of the subway system (what?) or a guy who comes out live on national TV (yup) or... and this is the best one, by far... a girl whose only friend is an evil doll that starts setting fires when she falls for a blonde in a blue bikini.
The point of the OutWriters twitter hashtag is to tell the world why we do what we do. Why write LGBTQ characters?
I place queer characters front and centre in my YA fiction because I always hoped to find books about people like me in my school library, growing up. And I never, never did. That's why, when my novel Tiffany and Tiger's Eye came out in February, the first thing I did was start writing to library systems across the world and asking them to please buy my book. I'm a pretty shy person and not at all a cold-calling self-promotion type writer, but I steeled my... oh, there's a word for this... girded my loins? I don't remember it right now... I steeled SOMETHING and just did it.
(On a side note, if you want to ensure your library carries quality fiction featuring queer characters, I've posted instructions here: http://foxglovelee.blogspot.ca/2014/04/ask-your-doctor-i-mean-librarian-ask.html Please have a look!)
You can see what other OutWriters are saying by searching the hashtag on Twitter. Here's a taste:
Why LGBT YA? When you're a kid, you're looking for examples of kids like you. Not every princess is blonde. Or white. Or a girl.
We can be the heroes of stories. We can have happy ever afters. Books matter.
Not only do I write what I know, I write what I would want to read.
We All Belong.
#OutWriters Offering strength/comfort/humor from all P.O.V.'s. Because too many good people have been lost from the lack.