Queer. I don't hear the word much anymore. It's usually gay or straight, transgendered etc. Is it even politically correct anymore to say it about a person?
In one of my stories, generation 2 of "Lane Changes", a secondary character is gay. I didn't set out for him to be that way but after I began creating his character and college persona, he became gay. And I love him. He is one of my most favorite characters in the whole series. I don't know very many gay people, I know many straight and have come across all the other "abbreviations" but I don't have much experience in writing a gay male character.
What is interesting is I had a love interest in mind for him and when I began writing about him, I realized he isn't gay. He is straight and there isn't any other way for him to be.
It's amazing how our characters take a life of their own or smack you in the face and say, "Nope, I am not that kind of character, I am _____."
Have you ever had a character planned out in your head only to have him or her go another way once you began writing about them?