Diversity, Intersectionality, and Inclusivity: #YANeedsMore

Yesterday the hashtag #YANeedsMore started trending, and we jumped in to watch the conversation unfold.

Not surprising was the number of calls for more intersectionality and diversity; we were pleasantly surprised by the rich insight, feedback, ideas, and personal experiences from hundreds of young adult, and proper adult, tweeters.

The YA genre and particularly its older readers have been criticized for a gamut of faults and short-comings. This trending tag was a cry for a more varied genre, and hopefully writers and publishers will follow to match their readers’ experiences, cultures, stories, and relationships.

Here are some of our favorite #YANeedsMore.

More  poor families… 

More  teen girls who… 

More  queer kids being… 

More  fat kids with… 

More  neuro-atypical individuals… 

More  girls who… 

More  diversity of… 

More  friendships… 

More  complex parent-teen relationships… 

More  trans teens who… 

More  retellings of classics… 

More  ambitious teens… 

More  cats…?

Uh… I don’t necessarily disagree with this.

What do you think YA needs more of? Let us know in the comments, and add your voice to the trend!