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Literature with LGBTQA+ Representation

A Few Books That Give Accurate, Thoughtful Characterization to Some Beautiful Queer Characters

By Blake DylanPublished 6 years ago 3 min read

23. 'This Is Where it Ends' by Marieke Nijkamp

A coming-of-age novel following four teenagers in 54 minutes of a school shooting terror.

Queer Rep: Two lesbians, one of which is related to the shooter.

22. 'Far From You' by Tess Sharpe

A lesbian murder mystery novel with countless twists, turns, and secrets, complete with a shocking ending.

Queer Rep: Two lesbians, one of which is the narrator and the other is the murder victim.

21. 'Gone' (series) by Michael Grant

An action-packed sci-fi series featuring teens with superpowers fighting otherworldly evil forces.

Queer Rep: A lesbian that can cancel gravity and a gay boy with super strength.

20. 'Monster' by Michael Grant

The first book of a series following the aftermath of Gone, it follows some young characters determined to defy their fates in the post-FAYZ world.

Queer Rep: The same lesbian as in Gone, a bisexual girl, and a transgender girl.

19. 'The 100' by Kass Morgan

100 teenagers are sent to Earth and must survive against all odds in a post-apocalyptic world.

Queer Rep: Two gay guards, and two lesbians, one of which is a prisoner and the other a grounder.

18. 'Heroes of Olympus' (series) by Rick Riordan

The series expanding upon the Percy Jackson universe, following Roman demigods and The Seven in their journey to save the world.

Queer Rep: Two gay demigods, a lesbian Hunter, and a bisexual girl.

17. 'Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard' (series) by Rick Riordan

Another expansion to Percy Jackson, this time following a Norse demigod in his trials to prevent Ragnarok.

Queer Rep: A pansexual boy, two gay men, and a gender fluid character.

16. 'Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller

A very gay take on the legends of Achilles.

Queer Rep: Two gay main characters.

15. 'Ash' by Malinda Lo

The lesbian version of Cinderella.

Queer Rep: Many, many lesbians.

14. 'Huntress' by Malinda Lo

Two lesbian hunters pretend not to be attracted to each other while they save the kingdom.

Queer Rep: Two lesbians, a handful of bisexuals, and one gay prince.

13. 'Carry On' by Rainbow Rowell

Basically a Drarry vampire fan fiction masked as a fantasy novel about two boys who hate each other at a magical school (but nontheless wonderfully written)

Queer Rep: Two gay boys.

12. 'Brooklyn, Burning' by Steve Brezenoff

A thoughtful novel about growing up queer in the shady part of town.

Queer Rep: A few gay men, a bisexual boy, a non binary narrator, and a lesbian.

11. 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' by Benjamin Alire Saenz

An insight into what it's like to grow up gay and anxious in the Southwest United States.

Queer Rep: Two gay boys.

10. 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' by Emily Danforth

A heartbreaking novel about a girl sent to conversion camp by the love of her life.

Queer Rep: LOL (lots of lesbians).

9. 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' by John Green and David Levithan

A young adult novel about becoming yourself, even in high school.

Queer Rep: The main character's best friend is super gay.

8. 'Hold Me Closer' by David Levithan

A fantastic novel written in the form of a play following the life of the wonderful gay best friend in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Queer Rep: Quite a few gay boys, and even some bisexual people.

7. 'Everything All At Once' by Katrina Leno

A marvelous novel about losing someone you love, and learning to cope with anxiety and take a chance on life.

Queer Rep: The main character's best friend is an adorable lesbian, and she also has a girlfriend who is involved in the plot.

6. 'The Rest Of Us Just Live Here' by Patrick Ness

A boy with OCD living in a fantasy world, but he's only a background character in the Indie Kid's fight to save humanity.

Queer Rep: His best friend is a gay god of cats.

5. 'The Upside of Unrequited' by Becky Albertalli

Falling in love is no fun, especially when it's only ever one sided.

Queer Rep: The twin sister of the narrator is a lesbian with an amazing girlfriend.

4. 'Love, Simon' by Becky Albertalli

The gay love story of our time which we all know and love, featuring the ever awkward and adorable Simon.

Queer Rep: Three gay boys.

3. 'Leah on the Offbeat' by Becky Albertalli

The sequel to Love, Simon, following his best friend Leah, and her struggles as a high school closet case.

Queer Rep: Two gay boys and two bisexual girls.

2. 'Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls' by Lynn Weingarten

The most brilliant murder mystery book of our time, following a best friend determined to prove that it wasn't a suicide.

Queer Rep: Two lesbians who are slightly crazy but super lovable.

1. 'Kaleidoscope Song' by Fox Benwell

An incredible must-red about life, love, queerness, and music in South Africa.

Queer Rep: Two lesbians, two gay boys, and a deaf trans man.


About the Creator

Blake Dylan

Just a dude looking for my voice to be heard.

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