Recently I have been thinking a lot about LGBT+ books and their visibility. Just like how I want to read as many books by women as I possibly can, just so I can put them in the spotlight, I am also doing the same with LGBT+ books.
The thing is, I sometimes wonder if I mention often enough that certain books have LGBT+ content. I feel like I mention it. I always tag my posts as LGBT+, and I regularly post for LGBT+ reading events. But I guess sometimes I don’t mention it (especially in more general posts/lists) for whatever reason. And that’s not logical. To me it matters that books have LGBT+ content, to me it is important. And I know so many people are looking for LGBT+ books and have trouble finding them, and I want my blog to be a good and safe place for anyone to find these books.
And while I know to some people it does not seem important and they will read books regardless of LGBT+ characters and content, not mentioning it just isn’t fair to these books. This actual post was triggered by a post at the Gay YA: Let’s Take LGBT+ YA Out of the Closet. And I agree with it, I notice many readers doing this especially to mainstream books with LGBT+ content – they do not mention in any way that a book has LGBT+ content. Why? Perhaps they are afraid to scare off other readers, are ashamed, or simply do not think it is important?
So here is what I’m going to do, not just with YA books but with any LGBT+ books: I vow to never, never stick a LGBT+ book back in the closet. I hope everyone else will do the same. I want visibility for these books, I want diversity in books.
Let this post be a LGBT+ Masterpost on this blog, a post I hope makes the road to discover more LGBT+ books an easier one. If you have any questions or want personal recommendations, don’t be afraid to ask/comment. Or use my contact form if you don’t want to post openly 🙂
And of course I am open to your recommendations too!
Books I Recommend
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
- Maurice by E.M. Forster
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (YA)
- Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (YA)
- Hardboiled & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto
- How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis (YA)
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (YA)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (YA)
- Stir Fry by Emma Donoghue (YA)
- Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1) by Francesca Lia Block (YA)
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (YA)
- Love in the Time of Global Warming (Love in the Time of Global Warming, #1) by Francesca Lia Block
- Huntress by Malinda Lo (YA)
- Pantomime (Micah Grey, #1) by Laura Lam (YA)
- Princess Princess by Katie O’Neill (YA, graphic novel)
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (YA)
- Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin (YA)
- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
- Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja
- We, Two Boys by Aline Sax (YA)
Science fiction & dystopia
- Adaptation by Malinda Lo (YA)
- China Mountain Zhang: A Novel by Maureen F. McHugh
- More Than This by Patrick Ness (YA)
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (YA)
- The Vintner’s Luck (Vintner’s Luck, #1) by Elizabeth Knox
- The Angel’s Cut (Vintner’s Luck, #2) by Elizabeth Knox