Aimee asked Rick Riordan:

What made you want to add a gay character into the Percy Jackson series? What inspired you to write the series?

Rick Riordan Well, same reason I have tall characters, short characters, blond characters, LD characters and POC characters. There are all kinds of kids in life, and they deserve to see themselves represented in stories! For a longer answer, check my website here:
Rick Riordan

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