As part of this week’s Amnesty teen takeover, we’re running a daily interview between a top teen author who has written about a human rights issue in a recent novel and a finalist in Amnesty’s Young Human Rights Reporter competition.Third up in the series is James Dawson, author of Hollow Pike and Cruel Summer, who writes about gay characters in his young adult thrillers. Interview by Harriette CaseyJames Dawson’s 10 books to get you through high schoolJames Dawson: Why teens in books can’t swearWhy did you choose to write about this topic?I jumped at the opportunity to write about human rights issues concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It doesn’t really matter that I’m gay myself, everybody should stand up for equality. Any sort of unfairness has always sickened me and I genuinely can’t understand why some people, organisations and places hate LGBT people so much. No one chooses to be gay and no one chooses where they were born, and yet in over 50 countries around the world it is illegal to have same-sex sex. In some, gay people face the death penalty simply for loving someone the same gender as them. This is clearly unacceptable. I …read more

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