Speculative fiction has remained a fairly white, cis-gendered, & straight world for a long time. The fact that there seem to be more dragons and robots than LGBTQ+ characters in fantasy & sci-fi novels is shameful and disheartening, especially to the genres’ LGBTQ+ fans. So in celebration of LGBT Pride Month, I set out to overview the current status of LGBTQ+ representation in young adult fantasy and science fiction.
A great list of YA SF/F books with LGBTQ characters from YALSA’s The Hub!
Writing Trans Genres invites writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers.
Reposting because the deadline for submissions is coming up - March 1st!
“I felt that blush in my chest as we talked stupid talk never quite revealing our queerness to each other but somehow wordlessly generating volumes of desire like some kind of sublanguage that makes you want to splash into it even with all its tensions.”
Recently, I asked tumblarians to suggest adult LGBT books, and boy, did they! I’ve compiled all of the suggestions into one easy-to-use goodreads list. I encourage you to vote your favorites to the top (currently they’re in alphabetical order by author) and add others to the list.
Even head-to-head with our friends at Hey Queen! we had a good crowd and raised some funds for the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and your support is greatly appreciated.
The Bureau is still seeking a permanent home, and in the meantime you can visit them at their pop-up shop at the Cage to buy some books, and you can still donate online here.
…All of the writers mentioned in this paragraph, whose books occupy the very top level of prestige and repute, are straight.
Even those gay writers who are successful and able to bring LGBT characters to the shelves at bookstores and the pages of book reviews most often represent a very specific sort of experience. “A marriage plot novel about privileged white gay men is not going produce the same apprehension as a novel about the struggles of a transgender anarchist,” said Justin Torres, the openly gay author of the novella We the Animals. “I, for one, would happily curl up with either, but would both books, if equally well written, receive the same reception from mainstream publishing?”
Read more about queer lit, prestige and diversity at the link, including thoughts from Justin Torres, Tom Léger, Alexander Chee, Sarah Schulman and more.
First, a huge, huge round of applause to the Continental Lounge in Chicago for opening their doors for us at the very last minute, and all of our fantastic performers, volunteers, and attendees for taking the change in stride and helping get the word out. We couldn’t have done it without you.