Hello there lovely readers! As it’s Pride month, I wanted to put together a list of books that have great LGBT+ representation in them. I’ve teamed up with fellow blogger Molly to bring you an extensive list of different titles. We’ll be splitting the list up across our blogs to share as many titles as possible! We’ve each read a fair amount of these books, but please comment should you want more information on a particular title and we can chat to you more!
Without further ado, here is part two of our LGBT+ Masterlist!
Rage by Julie Ann Peters; portrays an abusive, high school lesbian relationship.
Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn; Starla returns to live in the now ghost town she grew up in when a mysterious force begins to follow her. A queer paranormal thriller.
The Terra Cotta Bride by Zen Cho; An all female love triangle set in the Chinese version of hell.
Bait by Alex Sanchez; Told from the perspective of a 16 year old bully coming to terms with his abusive past after being arrested for assaulting a gay teen.
A Proper Young Lady by Lianne Simon; An adult romance book featuring a love triangle with an intersex woman at the centre.
When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai; Part folklore, part fairytale, part historical fiction & part contemporary urban story told through three alternating view points.
Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark; A novel in verse about a genderqueer teen, Brendan.
Finlater by Shawn Stewart Ruff; Follows a young African American teen & his Jewish boyfriend in 1969. Also tackles bigotry & bullying.
M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang; Follows a 20 year relationship between a French diplomat & his lover, a Japanese opera singer who, unbeknownst to him, is actually a man….and a spy.
In Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand; Two Caribbean women find brief refuge in eachother on an island in the midst of political uprising. F/F romance.
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa; Based around 3 teens as they deal with relationships, mental illness & the foster care system.
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson; About a teen boy discovering that his mother is in a relationship with a woman.
Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin; Set in the 1920’s, follows 16 year old Garnet who after taking a job in a hat shop, gets caught up in a secret relationship with a beautiful flapper. F/F relationship.
Who is Vera Kelly? By Rosalie Knecht; Set in 1962 New York, this is the lesbian spy novel of your dreams.
Jaya & Rasa, a Love Story by Sonia Patel; YA that features trans, bisexual, gay and gender fluid characters
Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn; Fairytale retelling with a black trans MC.
The House You Pass On The Way by Jacqueline Woodson; Follows a 13 year old, biracial girl trying to find her place in an all black town. A summer visit from her cousin sparks her to imagine what a queer future could look like.
The Second Mango (Mangoverse #1) by Shira Glassman; F/F fantasy, set in a Jewish fantasy world, demi-romantic character as well as loads more diverse characters!
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate; A bisexual Asian-American girl goes undercover to infiltrate an all male acapella group.
Pantomime by Laura Lam; The first book in a Victorian fantasy series featuring protagonist Micah Grey, who identifies as genderqueer, intersex & bisexual.
The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry;Follows 3 girls who accidentally meet at a convention & become friends. Has characters that are non binary, pansexual & gay.
When The Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie Mclemore; A gorgeous magical realism novel with a trans MC & lesbian & trans side characters.
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett; A collection of short stories focusing on trans women characters.
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, Joy San & Cardinal Rae; A graphic novel of a same-sex romance that spans over 60 years. A chance meeting at church bingo in 1963 brings Hazel and Mari together. Through their formative years, these two women develop feelings for each other and finally profess their love for one another.
The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp; A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930s
Corona by Bushra Rehman; The MC is a Pakistani woman who grew up in a tight Muslim community & comes to terms with her sexuality.
Power & Magic- The Queer Witch Comic Anthology by Joamette Gil; A comics anthology about queer witches of colour for teens and adults containing 15 original stories blending fantasy, drama, humour, and romance.
Looking For Group by Rory Harrison; Looking for group for the quest of a lifetime. It features trans & gay rep as well as other representation.
Sub Rosa by Amber Dawn; Sub Rosa is a magical realist novel about a secret community of sex workers that use their mystical gifts to help keep each other safe and heal from past wounds. This book is a unique exploration of queer sexuality and trauma that defies the stigma and stereotyping of sex work.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt; In this striking debut, unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them. With gay characters & discussion of AIDS.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell; A fantasy novel loosely based on Harry Potter. Simon Snow is about to face off with the biggest magical enemy, but he’s more concerned with where on earth vampire roommate Baz has got to. Includes bisexual MC and gay MC.
Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli; Sweet YA romance, Simon is starting to fall in love with mysterious boy Blue over emails. He’s out to Blue but nobody else, but when a classmate blackmails him with these emails, life for Simon gets complicated. Adorable M/M love story.
Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green; Absolutely hilarious debut YA, dealing with confusion over sexuality and understanding yourself. Noah is pretty confident that he’s straight; he really, REALLY likes Sophie. But when best friend Harry kisses him at a party, Noah starts feeling confused about himself.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman; Contemporary YA focusing on listening to yourself and doing what you feel is right in your life. Study obsessive Frances doesn’t allow herself to be herself, but meeting neighbour Aled changes that. Fantastic bisexual and asexual representation.
The Gender Games by Juno Dawson; Non-fiction book about the view of gender in society, as well as Juno’s own personal story about gender, and what it means to her. Includes insights from well-known gender, trans and feminist activists.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson; Contemporary YA about two characters at different stages in their transition. David knows in his heart that he is a girl, but doesn’t know how to start understanding this, while Leo just wants to attend his new school to remain invisible. A fab story with MTF and FTM trans characters.
Fence by C.S. Pacat, Johanna The Mad and Joana Lafuente; Graphic novel series about fencing and fierce competition. Nicholas is determined to prove himself amongst the fencing elite, and especially against mysterious Seiji Katayama. Features gay characters.
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera; Heartbreaking YA contemporary from Adam Silvera. Set in a world where you are notified of your death happening within the next 24 hours, the book brings together Rufus and Mateo, both determined to live their final day to the fullest. Bisexual MCs.
Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology (various authors); A collaboration piece to raise money for the victims of the Orlando Pulse club shooting. It honours the LGBT+ community and shows through many different artistic styles that the most important message is love is love.
Out Of The Blue by Sophie Cameron; A powerful fantasy/contemporary YA debut. Jaya is grieving after her mothers death, and is full of conflicting feelings including self-hatred and worry for the disappearance of her girlfriend. A book full of hope with an F/F romance.
Don’t forget to check out Molly’s blog post for the rest of the list! It’s been really good fun creating this list together, and I hope you managed to find some good books to add to your ever growing TBR…