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Do people need protecting from art? I don't think so. Art starts a dialogue with those who come into contact with it. It doesn't attack you or force you to see things from its perspective.
No longer angst-ridden stories of encountering violent homophobia or coming out to a hateful family, plenty of young adult novels allow their queer characters to be teenagers like any other.