“Jace,” Alec said into the silence, a tinge of panic creeping into his voice. “Haven’t you
wondered where I’ve been all day?”
“That’s a new coat you’re wearing,” Jace said, without looking at his friend. “I ɹgure you
went shopping. Though why you’re so eager to bother me about it, I have no idea.”
“I didn’t go shopping,” Alec said furiously. “I went—”
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 6: Bad Blood
Hey LGBTQ+ book stans, I have shown you over and over again how you should not in any way be lauding Cassandra Clare for her diversity. This? Is another example in a long list of examples of her treating her Queer characters like shit. This is a joke about how it’s so typical that Alec (the gay man) went shopping? Because every gay man is effeminate and loves to go shopping. It’s an old tired stereotype and yet you have your straight character try to shove Alec in this stereotype. Again, this is not something the LGBTQ community should not be landing.
This is Clare not even trying at all.
So no, I will never give Cassandra Clare a lick of credit for daring to right Queer characters. She wrote Queer characters for brownie points to come off as edgy. It was never about that she actually gave a shit about oppressed minorities, not even her own.