Cometpaw discusses pairings in Warriors supporting the LGBTQ+ Community.
Before I begin, I’d like to say something. I’m aware that homosexuality, bisexuality, and other queer identities are a controversial topic, especially in children’s media. With that in mind, I’d like to ask for everyone to respect opposing opinions. I myself support the LGBTQ+ community and even identify under a queer identity, but I will remain respectful of others’ opinions. Despite this, I will likely write from a supporter’s stance.
The Erins appear to be either tolerant or supporting of the LGBTQ community, based on what they’ve said in the past. Barley and Ravenpaw have been confirmed as a couple at least by Victoria Holmes, and from my understanding, Kate Cary has also said that they can be seen either way. Ravenpaw’s Farewell shyed away from straight out confirming it, but there was much evidence in favor of this pairing, and any further confirmation would have stirred up controversy anyway. Regardless of how you feel about the pairing and queer people in general, this isn’t the first male and male couple to be semi-confirmed by several authors.
The pairing of Tallstar and Jake was also semi-confirmed by Kate, and heavily hinted at by Vicky. This pairing had less evidence within the books, but I personally consider it a semi-canon couple. It was stated that Tallstar never took a mate, and Kate said that he,’Wasn’t really into she-cats anyway,’ hinting that he is homosexual.
Given these two couples, it’s possible that more semi-canon LGBTQ couples could be in the books. Interestingly, I don’t believe that a female and female pairing has ever had much evidence or confirmation by any author, but this could occur in the future.
Opinions against the LGBTQ community prevent any non-heterosexual couple from being confirmed or overtly hinted within the books, and I believe it will remain this way. However, I hope more hinted representation for the LGBTQ+ community will appear within the books and that these relationships are respected and looked upon positively, despite the controversy and despite the fact that these are fictional cats.