I’ve just finished rereading Unseen Academicals, in it there is genderqueer polyamorous couple. The characters have depth, warmth, and at no point did they feel tokenistic, they felt like real people. The book was published when Pratchett was 61, 2 years after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
This empathy, the depth he displayed in characters so beyond his own experience, is why I love his books, why I’m glad his writing was such a strong presence during my formative years. Treating others experiences generously and understanding the variety in human experiences is such a beautiful thing, and it’s part of what I aspire to do as a writer. Anyway, just thought this might brighten up other peoples days too <3