To understand the benefits of diversity, you need to understand what diversity really means.
The dictionary defines diversity as including individuals representing more than one national origin, colour, religion, socioeconomic, stratum, sexual orientation, etc.
This is a great definition, as often when this conversation is had we focus it down to one of these elements and it is important to remember that it is a multifaceted movement.
Diversity is becoming more and more apparent in our media, and that’s great! We now see more autistic characters, more physically disabled characters, and characters with mental health issues in our media and our stories.
We are seeing these characters in our stories as actual three-dimensional characters, with real depth, more than just a surface level disability, or race, or gender, or sexual orientation, etc. More and more these characters are portrayed as a real, complex person, not just a stereotype or a sidekick, a tool for the author to say, “look I have a diverse cast”.