LGBTQ+ Books


We need more diverse books. Since particularly the LGBT community tends to hit me quite personally (that's a strange way to put it..), I thought I'd make an ever-growing list of books with LGBTQ+ characters. And I guess some of these are diverse in other ways as well, but I would like it to focus around LGBTQ+ characters. Preferably main characters. Or at least characters that are fairly important to the story...

If you have any additions to this list, and I'm hoping many of you will, please please please TELL ME either through a comment on here, Twitter, Goodreads, whatever you like. This is a list that's going to be fueled mostly by your recommendations. So thank you in advance!

Also, I'd like to keep this book mainly YA, but I will add books that just interest me as a young adult, including classic and pioneering LGBTQ+ books.

Books are in order first by what topic they deal with (sexuality, gender, etc.) and then by when they were written/their publication date.

*Books I have personally read. I.e., you can ask me about them. I'll work on reading as many as possible...


Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning Characters: (I put these all in the same one because they are debatable...)
Maurice - E.M. Forster (written in 1913-1914, but published in 1971)
Olivia - Dorothy Strachey (1949)
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin (1956)
Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown (1973)
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson (1985)
Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan (2005)
The Bermudez Triangle - Maureen Johnson (2007)
Hero - Perry Moore (2007)
Between Mom and Jo - Julie Anne Peters (2007)
Absolute Brightness - James Lecesne (2008)
Ash - Melinda Lo (2009)
*Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan (2010)
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (2011)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M. Danforth (2012)
*Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)
Cursed - H. Rachelle Graham (2012)
Ask the Passengers - A.S. King (2012)
Openly Straight - Bill Konigsberg (2013)
*Proxy (Proxy #1) - Alex London (2013)
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan (2013)
*More Than This - Patrick Ness (2013)
Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew Smith (2014)
Far From You - Tess Sharpe (2014)
Moon at Nine - Deborah Ellis (2014)
Everything Leads to You - Nina LaCour (2014)
One Man Guy - Michael Barakiva (2014)
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me - Julie Anne Peters (2014)
Fan Art - Sarah Tregay (2014)
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson (2014)
Unspeakable - Abbie Rushton (2015)
Honey Girl - Lisa Freeman (2015)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli (2015)
Read Me Like A Book - Liz Kessler (2015)
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell (2015)

Transgender Characters:
Luna - Julie Anne Peters (2006)
Parrotfish - Ellen Wittlinger (2007)
Almost Perfect - Brian Katcher (2009)
I am J - Cris Beam (2011)
Being Emily - Rachel Gold (2012)
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronn-Mills (2012)
*Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall (this is about a crayon but whatever) (2015)
George - Alex Gino (2015)

Genderqueer/Non-Binary Genders:
*Every Day (and Another Day- David Levithan (also sexuality) (2012 and 2015)
What We Left Behind - Robin Talley (2015)
*Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin (gender-fluid MC) (2016)

Intersex Characters:
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
Pantomime (Micah Grey #1) - Laura Lam (2013)
Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin (2013)
None of the Above - I.W. Gregorio (2015)

More than one:
Between You and Me - Marisa Calin (I read the description for this book and now I NEED TO READ IT OH MY GOD THE SYNOPSIS IS MY LIFE) (2012)
Adam by Ariel Schrag (lesbians, and a guy pretends to be trans?) (2014)
Just Girls - Rachel Gold (transgender, bisexual, gay, too many) (2014)
*About a Girl - Sarah McCarry (lesbian romance, transgender friend, etc.) (2015)

When you've looked for hours and can't find one book with an agender character...unless you want to count Every Day by David Levithan, which I wouldn't exactly. Sad. :(

I couldn't find any asexual characters either. At least not ones that were main characters..or even confirmed exactly.


Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens - Kathy Belge, Marke Bieschke, Christian Robinson (Illustrations)
OMG Queer: Short Stories by Queer Youth - Editors: Radclyffe, Katherine E. Lynch, Stacia Seaman
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today - Kate Bornstein
This Book is Gay - James Dawson
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out - Susan Kuklin
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen - Arin Andrews, Joshua Lyon

I'm going to add some more (hopefully a lot more) nonfiction books here at some point, but for now I know of barely any... I'm working on that. Then maybe I'll organize them better.


1 comment:

  1. You may want to check out Harmony Ink Press! They publish LGBTQ fiction and have stories including everything from gay characters to asexual characters to nonbinary ones! They publish all kinds of genres from contemporary to fantasy to anthologies!

    Their website:

    I hope that you and other readers will find this helpful :)

    Wren @