I'm new here so I thought I'd make my first thread about a character I'm writing and hopefully get some constructive feedback. I'm currently writing a gay black androgynist male hero. I'm gay, androgynist, and male, but I'm not black, so I want to know from black readers what tropes aimed at black people are you tired of seeing in entertainment? I want your advice on how to write this character. Let me discuss my MC, briefly. I could write him as a white character (like myself), but I've been reading so many things about how gay African Americans are underrepresented in entertainment and in the gay community, which troubles me because as traditionally marginalized communities we should have each other's backs. I want to discuss the issues that face my hero when it comes to being gay, black, and suffering from mental health issues. I know how that last part sounds and let me say that I suffer from mental illness, myself, so I want to incorporate mental health into my character. I've read that black people who suffer mental health issues are underrepresented in our society and therefore don't receive the treatment they deserve. I'd like to change that with my writing. I want to see people get better from all walks of life and be viewed without stigma. I don't want to vilify my MC for having a mental illness because I feel that would be both racist and sanist. I want him to be a complex individual with flaws but he's the hero so he rises up and fights the bad guy. I want him to be likable and the person you root for in the end. I want to write him as forthright, but not believing in himself at first, and finding out that he is stronger than he thinks. I may make a mistake here and there in writing his character, but I want to figure out those mistakes before I write him so I can avoid those mistakes and be accurate. I'm sorry for being long winded. I get passionate about diversity in entertainment because it's something I want to see more of, done right. If you want to do something right you got to do it yourself. I hope I haven't offended anyone with this thread. If I come off naive about different issues facing other groups I am naive and I'm sorry. I want to put myself in other people's shoes. Please, go easy on me in the comments. Constructive feedback would help me immensely and please don't reply with, "Why does the character have to be gay, black, and androgynist?!" I know why a lot of people say that and it's because they want to keep the status quo, which is stupid. Asking why a character has to be diverse is an irrational knee jerk reaction and I usually don't reply to irrational knee jerk reactions.