Hello, everyone! I'm fairly new here and this is the first time I'm writing on this forum. I decided to go out of the lurking mode in search of your advice. I will appreciate any input. I'm writing a graphic novel which I eventually intend to draw myself. It features a cast from all over the world. I need to state that I'm Russian and lived my whole life in Russia but I visited 10 other countries and have a few friends from overseas. The graphic novel will be in English and it's not intended for Russian audience. It's young adult / new adult in nature. I'm a female but my main character is a white European male. His love interest is a white girl and this is essential to the story that they come from the same town in a small fictional country inspired by Lichtenstein. But apart from them the pretty important characters are a gypsy man, an Asian girl, a Yoruba man, an Egyptian young woman, an Indian family, a Spaniard family, Jewish, Indian and Latin kids. I don't focus too much on their respective cultures because all of them travel the world as one close group and they share the same occupation. I try to stay away from stereotypes but maybe I fall right into them living in a country where almost everyone is white. Do I need to research the cultures more? Some of these characters are not that important while others are very. My character eventually ends up working for the gypsy man and the Yoruba man. They happen to become his bosses in this story. The Yoruba man happens to be a big and strong black guy. But he's very down-to-Earth, warm-hearted and knows up to 10 languages so it helps him communicate with different people pretty easily. I hope this is not too much of a stereotype and I don't want to offend anyone. As for sexual orientation the Asian girl happens to be pan and a Egyptian girl is a lesbian, they have a small side storyline. But it doesn't get as much attention as my two cishet leads. I worry if in today's society it may generate hate from some readers. I write this queer relationship more like heterosexual ones I've experienced in my life. Am I wrong to assume queer people feel similar things like butterflies in the stomach, jealousy, unrequited love, deep respect, sudden realization of one's feelings? Also I'm afraid the Egyptian girl comes more of a POC strong woman stereotype. She's skeptical, she's fierce and she's really confident in herself (though in the story her confidence would be tested and she will realize she's not always right). I'm a white Russian married woman and I have visited some countries but not the whole world and I'm really afraid I'll fail at representing all these people from different backgrounds. I mainly try to write them as humans and research stereotypes but maybe I've overlooked something. I'll appreciate any advice on writing characters that are different from the author.