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Say the Harry Potter story is loved by people and the author decides to throw in a gay couple. On its own thats not an issue, however, you have to be aware that a non-zero part of your readers are kids and others might be highly uncomfortable reading that (beside that its even outright illegal in other countries, which is its entire own issue).
So you have to question WHY that topic is introduced at all. Its not necessary to a story, then you have made the choice to "force" the topic into your narrative and it will guaranteed produce negative feedback ; and the author choose to go that way, they are blatantly ignorant if they are surprised of the negative feedback.
That said, if you can avoid obvious cultural controversial topics, and you can easily do so, then AVOID IT. Ignorant this will fuel hate and negative consequences, and you simply have to be aware of it.
That doesnt mean you have to avoid the topics everywhere and they are "banned" topics. You can discuss them in an adult way, on its own product, or in more scientific literature ; thats the place to do the discussion in a healthy way, as the setting itself threads itself with the level of competence it requires.
So, please correct me if I'm wrong, but you're saying that there shouldn't be a gay couple in a story unless it has an explicit effect on the story? So the only place it can be introduced into mainstream society is in scientific literature, or 'gay' literature?
Yeah I also take umbrage with this post, like how are gay couples any more inappropriate for kids than straight couples? Some number of kids consuming the media are going to grow up to be gay, and the rest are going to live in a world where gay people exist so I really don't see the problem with normalizing it.