Best Gay Fiction

This is a list for gay fiction. Please do not rate or add memoirs, biographies, etc.
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3.94 avg rating — 28,990 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 917,321 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 53,151 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 22,912 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 36,031 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 7,933 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 123,316 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 15,035 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 7,606 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 17,524 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 571,892 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 261,984 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 4,414 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 21,703 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 322,272 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 180,414 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 4,650 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 8,823 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 56,294 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 18,173 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 17,150 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 8,226 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 496,894 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 7,022 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 54,578 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 63,479 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 4,163 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 74,450 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 6,945 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 259,792 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 5,166 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 5,731 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 14,602 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 19,637 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 17,805 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 183,092 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 7,258 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 14,427 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 20,381 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 113,105 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 8,386 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 31,336 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 53,462 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 11,897 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 23,787 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 4,326 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 10,946 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 9,414 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 1,521 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 6,468 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 13,161 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 8,809 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 5,071 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 23,588 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 3,681 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 39,644 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 6,180 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 19,287 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 12,196 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 12,605 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 1,547 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 42,674 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 2,010 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 5,083 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 2,916 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 1,756 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 6,310 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 1,862 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 5,107 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 2,438 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 185,903 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 9,951 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 12,108 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 5,007 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 2,403 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 3,377 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 6,198 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 113,925 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 4,181 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 2,167 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 1,868 ratings
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4.53 avg rating — 1,723 ratings
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3.58 avg rating — 9,281 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 4,898 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 6,670 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 50,035 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 37,899 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 50,437 ratings
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1,852 books · 2,758 voters · list created July 29th, 2008 by Charlie (votes) .
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Charlie 414 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Aimée & Jaguar is a great book, but it's actually a memoir, not fiction ...


message 2: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is a memoir too.


message 3: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl As is Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette.


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Aug 25, 2010 01:06AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) And so are "Running With Scissors" and "Dry!"


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I removed all five.


message 6: by Brad (new)

Brad Some of the Mishima novels here have no gay content whatsoever (Spring Snow, Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Is this "gay novels" or "novels written by potentially gay men/women"?


message 7: by Dasha (last edited Sep 20, 2012 08:26PM) (new)

Dasha Drie Christ... If Brokeback Mountain is the ONE AND ONLY gay-themed book you know it doesn't mean that it's the best one and you should vote for it. This list is ridiculous because you can see only the books that influenced Hollywood film directors. But it' s supposed to be about BOOKS, not movies, folks. And judging by some of these allegedly gay books most of the voters have no idea what the term "gay fiction" means (The Picture of Dorian Gray is gay fiction? Really?). The only outstanding example of gay literature in the upper part of this list is Maurice, so I vote for it.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Deleted Tennessee Williams's Memoirs. Undoubtedly a great book, but not fiction.


message 9: by Mark (new)

Mark Yes Brad. I was puzzled by the non-gay Yukio Mishima novels too. Mishima was probably gay but that doesn't mean everything he wrote was gay fiction. Even his books like "Forbidden Colours" or "Confessions of a Mask" that have gay characters I didn't vote for even though I thought they were very good. They don't fit my idea of gay fiction.

I don't mind Brokeback mountain being close to the top. Although one case where the movie is better than the book I think. Not hard since the story is only 30-40 pages but what a beautiful movie.


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Who was gay in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series?


message 11: by Charlie (new)

Charlie Lisbeth is bisexual.


message 12: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Charlie wrote: "Lisbeth is bisexual."

Oh...that escaped my notice. :)


message 13: by Hania (new)

Hania Sagan I'm so disappointed at the absence of "With or Without You by Brian Farrey. It's a great read.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Hania wrote: "I'm so disappointed at the absence of "With or Without You by Brian Farrey. It's a great read."

Everybody can add books to listopia lists, Hania -- there's a tab up top next to "all votes".


message 15: by David (new)

David Edmund White's "The Farewell Symphony"


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) David wrote: "Edmund White's "The Farewell Symphony""

Everybody can add books to this list, David -- there's a tab up top next to "all votes."


message 17: by Alex (new)

Alex Hamilton Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain is a great new novel about a young American man who moves to Prague in the early 1990s. See my review here: http://myshelfspace.wordpress.com/201....


message 18: by A (last edited Feb 15, 2014 07:15AM) (new)

A Whole My favourite is The Road to London. I read it a month ago and I'm still thinking about it. It changed me. I read rumours it's going for the Booker Prize and it does not surprise me. It's so new, so dense....

But I've voted for about 10 books because there are many good ones on this list!


message 19: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Bruso "Comfort & Joy" by Jim Grimsley is a must-read. A tragic yet beautiful story.


message 20: by J.L. (new)

J.L. Aarne "1984" by George Orwell and "Cell" by Stephen King are not gay fiction.


message 21: by Evanille (new)

Evanille Dorian gray is here xD


message 22: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 10, 2015 09:12AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Must have missed something all those years ago when I read Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (currently #330). Either that or I have just forgotten... But then there are a few others that make me wonder as well, so maybe it is just me. Maybe it's just that I don't consider it important when it is not (related to) the main theme of the novel, like it is in Jongens van glas / Crystal Boys, which, by the way, is an excellent novel...


message 23: by Greg (new)

Greg Anna wrote: "Who was gay in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series?"
Anna, reminds me of an interview someone did with Johnny Depp. He was asked which of all the movie characters he had played were gay. His answer? "All of them."


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message 25: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed several memoirs, biographies, and other non-fiction.


message 26: by Leon (new)

Leon Just added The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. Surprised that it wasn't on the list yet: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 27: by Greg (new)

Greg Leon wrote: "Just added The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. Surprised that it wasn't on the list yet: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1..."

Leon, I recently revisited "Front Runner" as I was getting ready to read the next in the series. I was surprised how well it has held up, it's really good. But my #1 choice has got to be "The God In Flight." That said, I just noticed "As Meat Loves Salt" on the "Notable Books" section at the library, the cover facing outward. Never heard of it till now and it's really good so far!


message 28: by Erin (new)

Erin While The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (currently #49 on this list) is a great book and explores ideas of identity and gender, I don’t think it can be considered gay fiction. It is no spoiler to know that the inhabitants of this world are non-gendered most of the time and then take on opposite genders when that time comes around.


message 29: by Erin (new)

Erin Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon (currently #249) should definitely not be on this list. I don’t believe that it deals with any gay characters or themes and all the main characters are heterosexual so I’m baffled as to why it is on this list.

I haven’t read Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (currently #290) but my understanding was that it was homophobic.


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