“Just know this: we all mess up from time to time. But do not be afraid to tackle female/PoC/LGBT characters. Is there a chance you might go horribly wrong? Sure. Is there a chance that people will crucify you for it? Yes, and probably rightly so. Diversity and feminism are topics that your writing should treat with utmost care. But! This should not intimidate you to the point of not trying. Female/PoC/LGBT people are just that: people. We’re humans. Write us with the same confidence you apply to your straight, white, male cast.”
Author Marie Lu, "Writing Diverse Fiction: A Practical Guide" (Publishing Crawl)
Pause the art content for some thoughts:
I think about this a lot in my personal comics and the stuff I make at work. If I don’t focus on it, I do notice that I will draw in more white cis men than should get their fair share. Which sucks. I don’t want to read about these white men, I already see them everywhere in the media. So why do I keep drawing them? It’s important to strive as an artist/creator to be conscious of who you’re representing in your work, and who you’re leaving out. It doesn’t just apply to gender/sexuality/race, but also body type, class, disability. Looking at my stuff right now, it’s far from a shining example of diversity in these domains, but I’m working on writing and drawing a wider variety of people. It’s important and I urge all my other fellow artists to look over their own work and do the same.
Oh, and to read the link from this post.