I don't think its an aouthors place to necessarily worry about it. I mean if you are inspired to do it because it fits with what you are writing and have in mind, then awesome. But I don't like the thought that its seeming to become mandatory to include gay folks in each story told. Maybe I missed the boat but for instance ( jumping a bit here), In the Game of Thrones television show Renly and Loras tyrell were suddenly gay and when I read the novels I didn't get that AT ALL. Renly if anything seemed to be a ladies man or to very much have the makings of a ladies man. As did Loras Tyrell. just because they enjoyed fine clothing and comforts didn't mean they were homosexual. And loras was a young and impressionable 16 year old that was enamored NOT with Renly per Se , but with the chivalric idea in general of serving a great Lord loyally. On the same note I don't know why gay characters should be more prevelant ( unless they further the storyline?) than any other characters?I mean there are quite a lot of minorities out there and we don't feel the need to make sure THEY have a place in fantasy? Such as the disabled ( though maimed soldiers do appear), mentally challenged?( although Hodor in GoT was cool!), and the list could go on. I mean I have no problem with it at all, except if it feels FORCED. and sometimes it does. I haven't completed the WoT yet but it sounds like Jordan DID a fine job of including homosexual people And Bi as well without making it seem out of the ordinary or seem like the primary focus , which I believe to be just another example of his superior abilities. That's just my 2 cents so you can definitely just ignore me if you disagree!