I think what matters is creators actively putting LGBTQ characters in the stories they tell, and being careful with how they represent these characters. sexuality is a big part of identity, and a straight man will not necessarily have the same general experiences in life as a gay man. this doesn’t mean that a LGBTQ character’s story should surround their sexuality entirely, it just means that there is a difference in the way people have experienced life. it’s also so easy for characters to fall victim to tropes based on lazy or uninformed writing. I know I’ve written tropes into my writing before unintentionally, but I’ve caught as many as I could find.
I also find that a lot of LIW are irresponsible with their portrayals. they want to tell a classic story, but it’s hard to find guys interested in acting/theatre when you have a very lowkey production, so a lot of lead characters end up as lesbians because they have to be. I love that there’s representation, but I’d rather have LGBTQ characters be there just because LGBTQ people exist. and representation needs to be shown. even in the show I’m working on, we had to gender-swap a lead character after casting troubles, but before she was gender-swapped there were already six LGBTQ characters in the cast (and the character’s love interests were both bisexual before the swap). does that make sense or did I explain that horribly?