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Post by Anacoana » 02 Nov 2014, 19:53

Finding books with main characters who aren't straight can be tough, so I thought it'd be a great idea to create a topic where we can all share what we've read!

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger has a female to male transgender protagonist, it's an excellent read, and my ftm boyfriend and ftm friend both say it's accurate.

Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole features a lesbian Cuban protagonist, and though I don't remember much of it I do remember it's very good.

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King also has a lesbian protagonist, and it's a sweet story that I like a lot.

Those are the only three I've had the ability to read, which is a huge pity. It's always wonderful to be able to identify with characters, and I'd love for more people to be able to identify with characters as I could in Ask The Passengers and Down To The Bone. So what books have you guys read that don't have straight protagonists?

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Post by Gravy » 05 Nov 2014, 03:51

There are a few great short stories that I read.


In the anthology Clockwork Fairy Tales

The story Fair Vasyl by Stephen Harper

I love this story.


In the anthology Defy The Dark

The story This Was Ophelia by Tessa Gratton

I also love this story.


These aren't laid out as "dealing with the issues of LGBT" stories.
However they do. In inventive and fun ways.
Particularly This Was Ophelia. It shows some of the problems with trying to be something you're not.

I highly recommend them.
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Post by Carlton Carr » 05 Nov 2014, 04:26

There are so many excellent books with LGBT protagonists that I have narrowed my suggestions down to a handful that I consider to be classics:

The Swimming Pool Library by Allan Hollinghurst
Tales of the City (Series) by Armistead Maupin
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Maurice by E M Forster
The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren

Thank you for an excellent thread, I'm sure I'll be returning to it to update this list as more LGBT themed books occur to me.
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Post by Anacoana » 05 Nov 2014, 14:08

Cool, thank you both a lot! I'll definitely be checking those out and adding to my reading list. Good thing Christmas is getting closer, right?

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Post by Carlton Carr » 06 Nov 2014, 18:51

Anacoana wrote:Cool, thank you both a lot! I'll definitely be checking those out and adding to my reading list. Good thing Christmas is getting closer, right?
Hope Santa brings you some delightful and enlightening reading this Christmas!

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BTW, if you are interested in LGBT history try Out Of Τђє Past by Neil Miller, it's easy, entertaining and informatve reading.
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Post by moderntimes » 06 Nov 2014, 21:32

My principal characters are hetero because most people are, and so identify with them better. However, I'm writing modern American detective thrillers, and they are meant to be accurate and realistic, so I have gay and transgendered characters in my book and I also try to not make them stereotypes.

For example, my private detective has a side business he's formed that does computer consulting (my PI is very computer literate) and his partner is a flamboyant gay man. My detective also is friends with several gay women and gay men, and they populate the stories as they populate our modern society today.

In my 4th novel now just starting, a critical plot issue is a priest who's being blackmailed (he's of course in the closet) and my PI is asked to stop the blackmailer but not let the news get out.

So in my own fictional "universe" of mystery thrillers, I have "non-straight" characters of all sorts, although not as lead principal characters.

I'm also a longtime science fiction fan and from "Left Hand of Darkness" and other great SF books, I've read and enjoyed stories that feature bisexual, homosexual, and androgynous characters of all sorts.
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Post by tamara_mc41 » 17 Nov 2014, 18:53

its not the main character but he's a supporting character
"dangerous angel , the Weetzie bat series"
is LBGT supportive and such a fun YA book !
its my favorite book on my book shelf

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Post by ALynnPowers » 18 Nov 2014, 05:03

Anacoana wrote:Finding books with main characters who aren't straight can be tough, so I thought it'd be a great idea to create a topic where we can all share what we've read!

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger has a female to male transgender protagonist, it's an excellent read, and my ftm boyfriend and ftm friend both say it's accurate.

Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole features a lesbian Cuban protagonist, and though I don't remember much of it I do remember it's very good.

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King also has a lesbian protagonist, and it's a sweet story that I like a lot.

Those are the only three I've had the ability to read, which is a huge pity. It's always wonderful to be able to identify with characters, and I'd love for more people to be able to identify with characters as I could in Ask The Passengers and Down To The Bone. So what books have you guys read that don't have straight protagonists?
I am super interested in reading books with transgender characters in them now! I have definitely never seen any.
I don't know anyone else, so I wouldn't know how to write about them, but I have often felt like minorities have been under-appreciated in my own written works. I am so sorry everyone!
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Post by GirlOnFire » 18 Nov 2014, 09:41

Keeping you a Secret and
Annie on my Mind are two really good ones

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Post by ladykait116 » 19 Nov 2014, 12:07

Catch My Breathe by M.J. O'Shea is the best! I've read it about 4 times. It's the only LGBT+ book I've read, but I plan on checking out more books like this

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Post by ALynnPowers » 23 Nov 2014, 04:42

Another member here reminded me of an author I had read a long time ago! I did some searching (Thank you Amazon!) and finally found the book that I remember reading.

Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories by Francesca Lia Block

I heard that this author has a lot of LGBT themed books, and she's quite well-known, I think.
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Post by Ryan » 23 Nov 2014, 04:58

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx. Pretty well known because of its film adaptation. Well worth a read.
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Post by ALynnPowers » 23 Nov 2014, 05:26

ryanj1 wrote:Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx. Pretty well known because of its film adaptation. Well worth a read.
I had no idea that was a book!
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Post by Gravy » 23 Nov 2014, 20:50

I read an urban fantasy/paranormal romance series about three sisters.
The story evolves in threes and revolves around each sister every three books.
One of the sisters is bi.
It's not all about her being bi...it's just treated as an aspect of who she is.
I always loved that...
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Post by happyhealthycitizen » 23 Nov 2014, 22:23

This thread is fantastic. I'm working with some people to curate a "Rainbow" bookshelf in the local library currently and would love some suggestions.

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