What Is Diversity?
As defined by We Need Diverse Books:
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
2016 Diversity Challenge
We challenge everyone reading this to start paying attention to the books that you're reading. How many of them can be labeled as "diverse"?
This isn't a "give up everything you're planning on reading and only read diverse books forever!!!!one!!!1!!!" thing, but more a "for every x amount of books you read, why don't you read 1 diverse book?". It'll get easier to do the more you do it.
There are 4 different groups of "others", according to WNDB, and so those are the types of books that you'll need to read to be a part of this. (Click the name of a group below to be taken to a page with some suggested books that are a part of that category.)
Something a few of us platypires do is add a "platypire diversity badge of approval" to every review we write with diversity in it. This helps us keep track of the amount of diverse books that we read each month. This isn't required for the challenge, but I included it below in case anyone is interested in using it or creating one for their blog to use.
2016 Challenge Participants
Everyone is different, we get that, so we've got graphics for all sorts of levels of diverse readers. To be included in the challenge, make sure to update the form below:
WANTED: Readers of all backgrounds who want to help authors expand their worlds and writers who want to add more flavor to their books.
I get it, writing diverse books can be hard. Especially when you're not around a lot of "other" types of people.
But that's where this group comes in. You have questions, we're here to help - without being judgemental. We all want to help you write a whole gaggle of flavors in to your book.