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message 1: by Miss Mara (new)

Miss Mara | 156 comments I'm looking for books that have prominent LGBTQIA+ characters but the story doesn't revolve around them being LGBT. I would prefer action-y sci-fi/fantasy books, but realistic fiction is fine as long as it's not revolved around the character's "LGBT-ness".

E.g: a story about fighting monsters where the protagonist is gay, but the plot doesn't revolve around his gayness - it's about the monsters.


message 2: by Tytti (last edited May 29, 2017 12:08PM) (new)

Tytti | 190 comments Troll: A Love Story might be the type you are asking, though it's a slightly weird story, about a troll.

Cara's Craftsations | 1706 comments Good thread. So many books these days just focus on a gay character being gay, when there is so more to the character.

See if these books match your criteria.

Carry On Simon and Baz
The House of Hades Nico
City of Bones Alec and Magnus

Here are some Listopias




message 4: by Shanna_redwind (last edited May 29, 2017 12:05PM) (new)

Shanna_redwind | 858 comments Dead Sea
Magic's Pawn
Radio Silence

Chaos Station I'm not sure if this one is what you're looking for. There is quite a focus on the relationship through the series, but no more so than non LGBTQ+ science fiction romance that I've read.

message 5: by Miss Mara (new)

Miss Mara | 156 comments Cara, I read Fangirl, but had no idea Carry On was turned into a book!!

Cara's Craftsations | 1706 comments Rebecca wrote: "Cara, I read Fangirl, but had no idea Carry On was turned into a book!!"

I know! I was pleasantly surprised. When I read Fangirl I really like Cath's Simon Snow fan fic and thought that it would make a good book.

message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 22 comments Lynn Flewelling Writes excellent fantasy with LGBTQ+ characters. The focus is on magic and the problems it causes, and should be right up your alley. The books are possibly a little TOO gay, but I think they're awesome.

I recommend Robin Hobb to eveyone, but here it think she's definitely one to check out - in the Realm of the Elderlings books the Fool is gender fluid and Sedric is gay, but that isn't the focus at all. Loads of action.

message 8: by Summer (new)

Summer | 245 comments Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall (urban fantasy lesbians)

The Raven And The Reindeer by T Kingfisher (fantasy lesbians)

Wake of Vultures (Western fantasy nonbinary protag)

Still Waters by Alex Gabriel (urban fantasy gay guys)

Trace by Sam Starbuck (urban fantasy bisexual guys)

Deep Magic by Gillian St Kevern (urban fantasy gay guys)

Love For The Cold-Blooded by Alex Gabriel (gay superheroes)

message 9: by Gina (new)

Gina (gg70) | 25 comments Rita Mae Brown's mystery series involving pets(2 cats and a dog, mostly) who are smarter than their people lol.

message 10: by Rosa (new)

Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 5113 comments The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life
Rock 'N' Roll Babes From Outer Space, although I think all of the lesbian characters are unlikeable in different ways.

message 12: by b. t. (new)

b. t. (bt24688863211) | 6 comments here are a few:

Every Heart a Doorway - YA fantasy novella
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - sci-fi, has been compared to "firefly"
Six of Crows - YA fantasy, heist story

message 13: by Ceilidh (new)

Ceilidh (suitcasedragon) | 61 comments Don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but the Hammer of Thor features a gender fluid character.

message 14: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenlb23) | 67 comments The Gemma Doyle trilogy.
A Great and Terrible Beauty is the first book followed by The Sweet Far Thing and Rebel Angels

message 16: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (havan) | 128 comments The Student Prince kinda fits the bill. Yes, it's a romance that updates the Merlin & Arthur Story. It's part Harry Potter, part M/M Romance and part The Prince & Me. It started as fanfiction but it's actually very well written and there's even an audio version voiced by the author.

message 17: by Christine (new)

Christine | 141 comments Tanya Huff writes/wrote a fantasy series featuring LGBTQ and gender diverse characters, as well as straight characters. "The Enchantment Emporium" is the first book in 'The Gale Women' series. I've read the first and second books; they were enjoyable.

message 18: by Christine (new)

Christine | 141 comments I'm glad that you started this thread, also! I'll be looking here for recommendations for my son: he's asking for exactly what you are! : )

message 19: by Keith (new)

Keith | 220 comments There's quite a lot of science fiction set in future societies where same-sex relationships, gender fluidity etc. are not considered especially unusual and are therefore present in the background but not the subject of the plot, e.g.:

-Many of Iain Banks' Culture books touch on this as a feature of the titular utopian society; e.g. the protagonist of The Player of Games is told by a friend that he's "strange" because he's never had sex with a man or changed physical gender, and at the end of the book he initiates a relationship with someone who's effectively intersex (being in the process of shifting from male to female).
-In Peter F. Hamilton's Pandora's Star and its sequels, at least two main characters are bisexual, a third has a brother in a long-term relationship with a man, a prominent political aide is publically in a relationship with another woman and no-one cares, there's a reference to a planet where all the inhabitants are women, etc.
-In Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth, the main protagonist is bisexual. Similarly, in The Songs Of Distant Earth, bisexuality is considered unremarkable (the male protagonist experiences some degree of attraction to another man, and there's a comedic allusion to another male character engaging in a steamy interlude with "a group of hairy hunks" to "check his calibration"). In 2061: Odyssey Three, two of the protagonist's male friends are a married couple (this was published in 1987, so it actually must have been considered pretty radical).

message 20: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (hydrolagus) | 94 comments Maggie Stiefvater's series that starts with The Raven Boys. The point of view moves between characters, some of whom are straight and some of whom are not. There is romance in both cases. There's also platonic love, which is a cool and rare thing. The plot revolves around magic and solving ancient mysteries. Some of the synopses make it sound like a soppy YA paranormal romance, but that's not where it goes.

message 21: by Valerie (last edited Jul 26, 2017 05:01PM) (new)

Valerie (valeriekemp) | 273 comments Half Bad there is a gay character and a bisexual character although I'm not sure if that starts in the first or second book.


Witch Eyes

The Culling


message 22: by stormhawk (new)

stormhawk | 184 comments the Rowan Gant mysteries by MJ Sellers might be enjoyable for you. They are mysteries in which the Main character is a witch and there are characters who happen to be gay, buts it's not a defining characteristic for them. I can't add links from the phone app, but hopefully one of the moderators can help out. the first book is called Harm None.

message 23: by Shanna_redwind (new)

Shanna_redwind | 858 comments Ethan of Athos is a great science fiction. I enjoyed the book a great deal and recommend it.

Though is says it's book 3 in a series, the book is a complete stand-alone.

message 24: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (hydrolagus) | 94 comments The main character of Full Fathom Five is trans, but that book too is the third in the series and doesn't work all that well as a stand-alone. She might re-emerge in a later book.
Being trans is something that has affected her character and life choices, but those are part of her, not the focus of the story.

message 25: by Christine (new)

Christine | 141 comments Patricia Briggs' "Mercy Thompson" series is urban fantasy. One set of secondary characters is a gay male couple (one human and one werewolf). Their relationship is not central to the plot, and Mercy is the main character.

Pokątnik Złowieszczek | 4 comments Not fantasy but crime/mystery/thriller, but this series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/1485...

message 27: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38242 comments Mod
Trespass. Gay and lesbian characters feature, but the plot is about other things including a murder.

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message 29: by Sophie (last edited Feb 18, 2018 03:05AM) (new)

Sophie | 5 comments Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green includes a main gay character. The plot does mention his situation and feelings on being gay (quite) a bit, but the main focus is on building friendships,adventures...maybe you'll like it anyway :)

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