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List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction

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This is a list of LGBT characters in modern written fiction. The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed greatly over time; for example the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the mid 20th century. A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the mid-19th century, and scholars have often defined the term 'sexual orientation' in divergent ways. Indeed, several studies have found that much of the research about sexual orientation has failed to define the term at all, making it difficult to reconcile the results of different studies.[1][2][3] However, most definitions include a psychological component (such as the direction of an individual's erotic desire) and/or a behavioral component (which focuses on the sex of the individual's sexual partner/s). Some prefer to simply follow an individual's self-definition or identity. See homosexuality and bisexuality for criteria that have traditionally denoted lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.

In a historical sense, literature as we understand it is a fairly new innovation, and the current concept of homosexuality is even fresher from the cultural oven. It's no great surprise, then, that gay literature — or even gay characters in literature — are so relatively new as to still be shiny. Nonetheless, there are gay characters that broke barriers and became cultural touchstones... —Kilian Meloy[4]

Items listed here must have verifiable third-party sources commenting on the sexuality of the character(s) in question, and additional explanation may be necessary. Additionally, only notable/significant characters from a given work (which may have multiple LGBT characters) need to be listed here.



Work Year Author Character name(s) Notes References
Carmilla 1872 Le Fanu, SheridanSheridan Le Fanu Carmilla Lesbian. Carmilla is considered the first lesbian vampire story. [5][6][7]
A Marriage Below Zero 1889 Dale, AlanAlan Dale Arthur Ravener
Captain Dillington
Gay. A Marriage Below Zero is considered to be the first English-language gay-themed novel. [8]
Father Goriot/Lost Illusions/A Harlot High And LowPère Goriot
Illusions perdues
Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes
Balzac, Honoré deHonoré de Balzac Jacques Collin a.k.a. Vautrin a.k.a. Trompe-la-Mort Gay. Appears in a total of five novels of Balzac's La Comédie humaine, two are cameo appearances; often considered the first openly homosexual character in French literature. [9][10][11][12]
Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray 1890 Wilde, OscarOscar Wilde Basil Hallward Gay [13][14]
Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray 1890 Wilde, OscarOscar Wilde Dorian Gray Bisexual [4]
Sins of the Cities of the Plain The Sins of the Cities of the Plain 1881 Anonymous Jack Saul Gay. Jack is a male prostitute for other men, and also crossdresses; Sins is one of the earliest pieces of English-language pornography to explicitly and near-exclusively concern homosexuality. [15]
Teleny, or The Reverse of the Medal 1893 Anonymous; attributed to Oscar Wilde René Teleny
Camille de Grieux
Gay. Teleny and de Grieux engage in a passionate sexual/romantic affair; Teleny is one of the earliest pieces of English-language pornography to explicitly and near-exclusively concern homosexuality. [16][17][18]
Bom-Crioulo 1895 Caminha, AdolfoAdolfo Caminha Amaro Gay [citation needed]


Work Year Author Character name(s) Notes References
Advise and Consent 1959 Drury, AllenAllen Drury Brigham Anderson Bisexual. Married US senator Anderson is blackmailed over a secret wartime homosexual affair for which he is unapologetic. [19][20]
Affinity 1999 Waters, SarahSarah Waters Margaret Prior
Selina Dawes
Lesbian [21]
Alex Delaware series 1985–2017 Kellerman, JonathanJonathan Kellerman Milo Sturgis Gay [22]
Along the Journey River 1996 LaFavor, CaroleCarole LaFavor Renee LaRoche Lesbian [23]
American Psycho 1991 Ellis, Bret EastonBret Easton Ellis Luis Carruthers Gay. In love with the male protagonist, but later marries Courtney. [24]
Annie on My Mind 1982 Garden, NancyNancy Garden Annie Kenyon
Liza Winthrop
Lesbian [25]
Arizona Kid The Arizona Kid 1988 Koertge, RonRon Koertge Wes Gay [26]
Arrow's Flight An Arrow's Flight 1998 Merlis, MarkMark Merlis Pyrrhus
Gay [27][28]
Arrows of the Queen 1987 Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey Keren Lesbian. Life bonded to Ylsa and then Sherrill. [29]
Beauty of Men The Beauty of Men 1996 Holleran, AndrewAndrew Holleran Lark
Gay [30]
Beebo Brinker Chronicles The Beebo Brinker Chronicles 1957–60 Bannon, AnnAnn Bannon Beebo Brinker
Beth Ayers/Cullison
Laura Landon
Lesbian [31]
Bell Jar The Bell Jar 1963 Plath, SylviaSylvia Plath Joan Lesbian [32]
Blood of the Fold
Temple of the Winds
Goodkind, TerryTerry Goodkind Berdine
Lesbian. The two Mord-Sith are in a relationship with each other. [33]
Blue Place The Blue Place 1998 Griffith, NicolaNicola Griffith Aud Torvingen Lesbian [34]
Boy Culture 1995 Rettenmund, MatthewMatthew Rettenmund X
Gay. X (narrator's pseudonym) has sexual and romantic relationships with Andrew, Joe and other men. [4]
Breakfast on Pluto 1998 McCabe, PatrickPatrick McCabe Patrick "Pussy" Braden Transgender. Braden is an Irish trans woman. [35][36]
Brideshead Revisited 1945 Waugh, EvelynEvelyn Waugh Anthony Blanche
Sebastian Flyte
Gay [37][38][39]
Brokeback Mountain "Brokeback Mountain" (short story) 1997 Proulx, AnnieAnnie Proulx Jack Twist
Ennis del Mar
Gay. Jack and Ennis have a long term sexual and romantic relationship despite both being married to women and fathering children. Jack also has sexual relationships with other men and a woman, while Ennis does not. Critics have described both men as gay or variably Jack as bisexual and Ennis as heterosexual. [40][41]
Captain Underpants series 1997–2015 Pilkey, DavDav Pilkey Harold Hutchins Gay [42]
CharioteerThe Charioteer 1953 Renault, MaryMary Renault Laurie Odell
Ralph Lanyon
Gay [43][44]
Chocolates for BreakfastChocolates for Breakfast 1956 Moore, PamelaPamela Moore Courtney Farrell
Barry Cabot
Bisexual. Courtney develops a crush on her female boarding school teacher, and later has a sexual relationship with Barry Cabot, her mother's bisexual friend who is in a relationship with a man. [45][46]
City and the PillarThe City and the Pillar 1946 Vidal, GoreGore Vidal Jim Willard
Ronald Shaw
Paul Sullivan
Gay [47][48]
City of GodCity of God: A Novel of the Borgias 1979 Holland, CeceliaCecelia Holland Nicholas Dawson Gay. Nicholas has "a penchant for other men", including the gruff but handsome Stefano Baglione, a heterosexual man who has sex with Nicholas for money. [49][50]
Confessions of Danny SlocumThe Confessions of Danny Slocum 1980 Whitmore, GeorgeGeorge Whitmore Danny Slocum Gay [4]
Dancer from the Dance 1978 Holleran, AndrewAndrew Holleran Anthony Malone
Andrew Sutherland
Gay [51][52]
Dave Brandstetter Mysteries 1970–91 Hansen, JosephJoseph Hansen Dave Brandstetter Gay [53]
Dune 1965 Herbert, FrankFrank Herbert Vladimir Harkonnen Gay. Harkonnen's sexual preference for men is implied in Dune and Children of Dune (1976), and presented more explicitly in the Prelude to Dune prequel trilogy (1999–2001) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. [54][55][56]
Ethan of Athos 1986 Bujold, Lois McMasterLois McMaster Bujold Dr. Ethan Urquhart Gay. Obstetrician Ethan is from a future society on the planet Ethos where male homosexuality is the norm and most inhabitants have never even seen a woman in person. [57][58][59]
Fairly Honourable DefeatA Fairly Honourable Defeat 1970 Murdoch, IrisIris Murdoch Simon Foster
Axel Nillson
Gay [60]
Fire from Heaven
The Persian Boy
Renault, MaryMary Renault Alexander the Great Bisexual. Alexander is involved in a romantic sexual relationship with Hephaistion, and then the Persian slave Bagoas, but is also married three times and fathers a son. [4]
Fire from Heaven
The Persian Boy
Renault, MaryMary Renault Hephaistion
Gay. Both men are involved in romantic sexual relationships with Alexander the Great. [4]
Fire's Stone The Fire's Stone 1990 Huff, TanyaTanya Huff Darvish Shayrif Hakem Bisexual [61]
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 1987 Flagg, FannieFannie Flagg Idgie Threadgoode Lesbian. Has a long-term romantic relationship with another woman, and sexual encounters with one other woman. [62]
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 1987 Flagg, FannieFannie Flagg Ruth Jamison Bisexual. Married to a man and bears his child but subsequently has long-term romantic relationship with another woman. [62]
Front RunnerThe Front Runner 1974 Warren, Patricia NellPatricia Nell Warren Harlan Brown
Billy Sive
Vince Matti
Jacques LaFont
Gay [4]
Giovanni's Room 1956 Baldwin, JamesJames Baldwin David
Gay [4]
God Against the Gods A God Against the Gods
Return to Thebes
Drury, AllenAllen Drury Akhenaten
Bisexual. Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten is married to Nefertiti, but his romance with his brother Smenkhkara contributes to his downfall. [63]
Group The Group 1954 McCarthy, MaryMary McCarthy Elinor "Lakey" Eastlake Lesbian [32]
Gut Symmetries 1997 Winterson, JeanetteJeanette Winterson Alluvia (Alice) Fairfax
Bisexual. Alice has romantic and sexual relationships with both Stella and Stella's husband Jove. [64]
Hallucinating Foucault 1996 Duncker, PatriciaPatricia Duncker Paul Michel
The Protagonist
Gay. Openly homosexual writer, said to have many male lovers, including relationship with male main character/narrator. [65][66]
Happy Endings Are All Alike 1978 Scoppettone, SandraSandra Scoppettone Jaret Tyler
Peggy Danziger
Lesbian [34]
Harry Potter series 1997–2007 Rowling, J. K.J. K. Rowling Albus Dumbledore Gay. Though not stated explicitly in the novels series, author Rowling said in interviews that the character is gay. [67][68][69][70][71]
His Dark Materials 1995–2000 Pullman, PhilipPhilip Pullman Balthamos
Gay [72][73]
Hotel New Hampshire The Hotel New Hampshire 1981 Irving, JohnJohn Irving Frank Berry Gay [74]
HoursThe Hours 1998 Cunningham, MichaelMichael Cunningham Richard Brown
Louis Waters
Gay [75]
HoursThe Hours 1998 Cunningham, MichaelMichael Cunningham Clarissa Vaughan
Lesbian [34]
Illusionist The Illusionist (Le rempart des Béguines) 1951 Mallet-Joris, Françoise Françoise Mallet-Joris Hélène Noris
Tamara Soulerr
Bisexual. Tamara has a romantic relationship with both Hélène and her father; Hélène prefers men after the fair ends. [34]
  • Invisible Life
  • Just As I Am
  • Abide With Me
  • Any Way the Wind Blows
Harris, E. LynnE. Lynn Harris Raymond Tyler, Jr.
Basil Henderson
Bisexual. Raymond is torn between his girlfriend Nicole and his married male lover; Basil leaves his fiancée Yancey at the altar and pursues a gay lifestyle. [4][76][77]
Kay Scarpetta novels 1994–2003 Cornwell, PatriciaPatricia Cornwell Lucy Farinelli Lesbian. Has romantic relationships and casual sexual encounters with other women. [78]
King Rat 1962 Clavell, JamesJames Clavell Sgt. Sean Jennison/Betty Transgender. A British POW plays the role of a female in a play, and ultimately starts living as female full time. [79]
Kiss of the Fur Queen 1998 Highway, TomsonTomson Highway Gabriel Okimasis Gay. "As the story progresses the focus turns to Gabriel’s sexuality. As he confronts his homosexuality, in a time when this was not overly accepted, he descends into promiscuity and prostitution with constant flashbacks of the abuse he suffered at the hands of the priests. This part of the novel is so beautifully written but so hard to endure." [80][81]
Kiss of the Spider Woman 1976 Puig, ManuelManuel Puig Luis Molina Gay [82][83]
Last Herald Mage The Last Herald Mage trilogy 1989–91 Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey Vanyel Ashkevron
Gay. In the series, Vanyel has two sexual relationships, both with male partners. [84]
Less Than Zero
Imperial Bedrooms
Ellis, Bret EastonBret Easton Ellis Clay Bisexual [24]
Lord John series 1998–2011 Gabaldon, DianaDiana Gabaldon Lord John Grey Gay. Lord John has sexual and romantic relationships with various men, though he has had sex with and married women to appease societal expectations of him. [85][86]
Maurice 1913–14
Forster, E. M.E. M. Forster Maurice Hall
Clive Durham
Alec Scudder
Gay [4][88][89]
Men from the Boys The Men from the Boys
Where the Boys Are
Men Who Love Men
Mann, William J.William J. Mann Jeff O'Brien
Lloyd Griffith
David Javitz
Henry Weiner
Luke West
Gay [4]
Mr. Benson 1983 Preston, JohnJohn Preston Mr. Benson Gay [4]
Mrs Dalloway 1925 Woolf, VirginiaVirginia Woolf Clarissa Dalloway
Doris Kilman
Lesbian [90]
Mrs Dalloway 1925 Woolf, VirginiaVirginia Woolf Septimus Warren Smith Gay [90]
Myra Breckinridge 1968 Vidal, GoreGore Vidal Myra Transgender [91][92]
Nearly Roadkill 1996 Bornstein, KateKate Bornstein and Caitlin Sullivan Scratch, Winc Transgender [93]
Nightrunner The Nightrunner series 1996–2014 Flewelling, LynnLynn Flewelling Seregil i Korit
Alec i Amasa
Ilar i Sontir
Bisexual. Seregil and Alec are committed lovers but both have had experiences with women in the past; Ilar is one of Seregil's former lovers. [94]
Now and Then 1995 Corlett, WilliamWilliam Corlett Christopher Metcalfe Gay. Main character has a sexual/romantic relationship as a boy with another boy at school; later has sexual and romantic relationships with other men. [95]
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 1985 Winterson, JeanetteJeanette Winterson Jeanette Lesbian [96]
Other Voices, Other Rooms 1948 Capote, TrumanTruman Capote Joel Harrison Knox
Gay [97]
Passion The Passion 1987 Winterson, JeanetteJeanette Winterson Villanelle Bisexual [98][99]
Patience and Sarah 1969 Miller, IsabelIsabel Miller Patience White
Sarah Dowling
Lesbian [100]
Perks of Being a Wallflower The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1999 Chbosky, StephenStephen Chbosky Patrick Gay. Has a secret relationship with closeted Brad. [101]
Price of Salt The Price of Salt  (a.k.a. Carol) 1952 Highsmith, PatriciaPatricia Highsmith Carol Aird
Therese Belivet
Abby Gerhard
Lesbian. Although Carol is married, she previously had an affair with her best friend Abby Gerhard. While divorce proceedings are underway, she meets and falls in love with Therese Belivet, which results in her homosexuality being used against her and relinquishing custody of her daughter.
Lesbian. Comes out to herself after meeting Carol and having a romantic/sexual relationship with her.
Rubyfruit Jungle 1973 Brown, Rita MaeRita Mae Brown Molly Bolt Lesbian. Has numerous romantic and sexual relationships with other women. [92][102]
Rules of Attraction The Rules of Attraction 1987 Ellis, Bret EastonBret Easton Ellis Paul Denton Bisexual [24]
The Secret History The Secret History 1992 Tartt, DonnaDonna Tartt Francis Abernathy Gay [citation needed]
Single Man A Single Man 1964 Isherwood, ChristopherChristopher Isherwood George Gay [103]
Song of Ice and FireA Song of Ice and Fire 1991–2011 Martin, George R. R.George R. R. Martin Renly Baratheon
Loras Tyrell
Gay. Never explicitly stated in the novels, but Renly's sexual/romantic relationship with Loras is hinted, and was later confirmed by author Martin; TV adaptation makes it clear that they are lovers. [104][105][106]
Stone Butch Blues 1993 Feinberg, LeslieLeslie Feinberg Jess Goldberg Transgender [107][108][109][110]
Tale of the Five The Tale of the Five series 1979–1992 Duane, DianeDiane Duane Herewiss
The Goddess
Bisexual [111][112]
Tales of the City series 1978–2014 Maupin, ArmisteadArmistead Maupin Anna Madrigal
Jake Greenleaf
Transgender. Original character Anna is a transgender woman, and Jake (introduced in 2007's Michael Tolliver Lives is a trans man.
Tales of the City series 1978–2014 Maupin, ArmisteadArmistead Maupin Michael "Mouse" Tolliver
Jon Fielding
Ben McKenna
Gay [92]
Tales of the City series 1978–2014 Maupin, ArmisteadArmistead Maupin Beauchamp Day
DeDe Halcyon Day
Mona Ramsey
Throne of Saturn The Throne of Saturn 1971 Drury, AllenAllen Drury Pete Balkis Gay. Astronaut Pete harbors unrequited romantic feelings for his commander, Conrad Trasker. [20]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 1974 Le Carre, JohnJohn Le Carre Bill Haydon Bisexual. Has a girlfriend, a male lover, and also seduces Ann, the wife of George Smiley. Rumoured to be the lover of Jim Prideaux. [113]
Tipping the Velvet 1998 Waters, SarahSarah Waters Kitty Butler Bisexual. Has a sexual/romantic relationship with the main character and marries a man. [114]
Tipping the Velvet 1998 Waters, SarahSarah Waters Nancy "Nan" Astley
Florence Banner
Diana Leathaby
Lesbian. Nan has sexual/romantic relationships with Florence and Diana; all three have also been with other women. [114][115]
University Series University series 1990–98 Drury, AllenAllen Drury North McAllister
Amos Wilson and Joel
Gay. North is a "tormented homosexual trying to keep his secret, but recklessly in love"; Amos is protagonist Willie Wilson's gay son, and Joel is Amos' lover. [116][117]
University Series University series 1990–98 Drury, AllenAllen Drury René Suratt Bisexual. René is protagonist Willie Wilson's nemesis, "a bisexual seducer of students". [118]
Vampire Chronicles The Vampire Chronicles 1976–2014 Rice, AnneAnne Rice Bisexual. Lestat, Armand and most of Rice's male vampires have intense sexual and emotional attractions and relationships with both sexes. [119]
Vampire Lestat The Vampire Lestat 1985 Rice, AnneAnne Rice Nicolas de Lenfent Gay. While human, Nicolas shares a romantic sexual relationship with Lestat de Lioncourt [119]
Village Affair A Village Affair 1989 Trollope, JoannaJoanna Trollope Clodagh Unwin Lesbian [34]
Village Affair A Village Affair 1989 Trollope, JoannaJoanna Trollope Alice Meadows Bisexual [34]
Weetzie Bat
Baby Be-Bop
Block, Francesca LiaFrancesca Lia Block Dirk McDonald
Gay [120]
Well of Loneliness The Well of Loneliness 1928 Hall, RadclyffeRadclyffe Hall Stephen Gordon
Valérie Seymour
Lesbian. The book was judged obscene and banned in the UK. [121]
Written on the Body 1992 Winterson, JeanetteJeanette Winterson The Narrator Bisexual. Narrator of unspecified gender who has sexual/romantic relationships with men and women. Some reviewers describe the narrator as a lesbian. [122][123]


Work Year Author Character name(s) Notes References
1Q84 2009–10 Murakami, HarukiHaruki Murakami Tamaru Gay [124]
Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy 2012 Bergman, S. BearS. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik David/Daniela Transgender [125][126]
Almost Perfect 2009 Katcher, BrianBrian Katcher Sage Hendrix Transgender [127][128]
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 2012 Sáenz, Benjamin AlireBenjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle Mendoza
Dante Quintana
Gay. Early in the novel Dante reveals he's attracted to boys and as the novel progresses, falls in love with his best friend Aristotle. At the end, Aristotle accepts his own love for Dante and they begin a relationship. [citation needed]
Art of Being Normal The Art of Being Normal 2015 Williamson, LisaLisa Williamson David/Kate, Leo Transgender [129]
Ash 2009 Lo, MalindaMalinda Lo Ash
Lesbian [130]
At the Edge of the Universe


Simon Pulse Tommy



Gay. Ozzie had a long term relationship with Tommy before he vanished. Calvin is gay.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children 2012 Cronn-Mills, KirstinKirstin Cronn-Mills Gabe (Elizabeth) Transgender [131]
Being Emily 2012 Gold, RachelRachel Gold Emily Transgender [132]
Black MagicianThe Black Magician trilogy 2001–03 Canavan, TrudiTrudi Canavan Ambassador Dannyl
Tayend of Tremmelin
Gay. Dannyl has relationship with his assistant, Tayend of Tremmelin, who is referred to in the novel as a "lad" [133]
Boy Meets Boy 2003 Levithan, DavidDavid Levithan Paul, Noah, Tony
"Infinite Darlene"/Daryl Heisenberg
Gay. Paul and Noah are in love with each other and Tony is also gay; Paul's ex, Kyle, is bisexual and Daryl/Darlene is a cross-dresser. [4][134][135][136]
Butterfly and the Flame, The The Butterfly and the Flame 2005 De Young, DanaDana De Young Emily Transgender [137]
Carnival 2006 Bear, ElizabethElizabeth Bear Vincent Katherinessen and Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones; Claude Singapore and Maiju Montevideo Vincent and Michelangelo are gay men; Claude, Maiju and most of the women of New Amazonia are lesbians [138][139]
Carry On 2015 Rowell, RainbowRainbow Rowell Basilton Grimm-Pitch
Simon Snow
[citation needed]
Clariel 2014 Nix, GarthGarth Nix Clariel Asexual [140]
Collection The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (anthology) 2012 Léger, TomTom Léger and Riley MacLeod (editors) Various Transgender [127][141]
Corrections The Corrections 2001 Franzen, JonathanJonathan Franzen Denise Lambert Lesbian [142]
Darkest Part of the Forest The Darkest Part of the Forest 2015 Black, HollyHolly Black Ben Gay [143]
Every Heart a Doorway 2016 McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire Nancy Asexual [144]
Every Heart a Doorway 2016 McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire Kade Transgender [144]
Fever Crumb Series 2009–11 Reeve, PhilipPhilip Reeve Fever Crumb Bisexual. Fever first falls in love with the male Arlo Thursday, and later with the female Cluny Morvish.
Fingersmith 2002 Waters, SarahSarah Waters Sue Trinder
Maud Lilly
Lesbian. Sue and Maud have a sexual/romantic relationship with each other. [145]
Fledgling 2005 Butler, OctaviaOctavia Butler Shori Bisexual [146]
Freakboy 2013 Clark, Kristin ElizabethKristin Elizabeth Clark Brandon
Transgender [147]
Gay Pride and Prejudice 2012 Christie, KateKate Christie Elizabeth Bennett Lesbian. Romantic relationships with Charlotte Lucas and Caroline Bingly. [148]
Gemma Doyle Trilogy 2003–07 Bray, LibbaLibba Bray Felicity Worthington Lesbian
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue


Katherine Tegen Books Henry "Monty" Montague

Felicity Montague


Henry Montague is bisexual and has romantic feelings towards Percy. His sister Felicity is asexual.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit


Jayde Robin Brown Joanna Gordon

Mary Carlson

Geography Club 2003 Hartinger, BrentBrent Hartinger Russel Middlebrook Gay [34]
Geography Club 2003 Hartinger, BrentBrent Hartinger Min Wei Bisexual [34]
George 2015 Gino, AlexAlex Gino Melissa Transgender. Melissa is a transgender girl whom the world sees as a boy named George. [149]
Gossip Girl 2002–2011 Ziegesar, Cecily vonCecily von Ziegesar Chuck Bass Bisexual [150]
House of Hades The House of Hades
(The Heroes of Olympus series)
2013–14 Riordan, RickRick Riordan Nico di Angelo, Will Solace Gay. [151][152]
Holding Still For As Long As Possible 2009 Whittall, ZoeZoe Whittall Josh Transgender. Josh is a trans man. [153]
I Am J 2011 Beam, CrisCris Beam J Transgender. [154]
I Am Princess X 2015 Cherie Priest Jackdaw Gay.
Just Girls 2014 Gold, RachelRachel Gold Ella Transgender [155]
Kafka on the Shore 2002 Murakami, HarukiHaruki Murakami Oshima Transgender/Gay [156]
Keeping You a Secret 2003 Peters, Julie AnneJulie Anne Peters Holland Jeager Lesbian. Coming out novel. [157]
Kushiel's Legacy series 2001–11 Carey, JacquelineJacqueline Carey Phèdre nó Delaunay
Bisexual [119]
Life Mask 2004 Donoghue, EmmaEmma Donoghue Anne Damer Lesbian [158]
Line of BeautyThe Line of Beauty 2004 Hollinghurst, AlanAlan Hollinghurst Nick Guest
Wani Ouradi
Leo Charles
Gay [159]
Little Life A Little Life 2015 Yanagihara, HanyaHanya Yanagihara Jude
Brother Luke
Dr. Traylor
Gay, Bisexual. JB, and Caleb are gay. Brother Luke and Dr. Traylor are involved in sexually abusing Jude. Willem is bisexual and has had relationships with women prior to his relationship with Jude. Jude is implicitly stated to be asexual, given that he does not enjoy engaging in sexual activities and does not understand the appeal of sex, even when he is in a healthy relationship with Willem. [160]
The Love Interest


Cale Dietrich Caden


Caden is gay. Dylan is either gay or bisexual.
Luna 2004 Peters, Julie AnneJulie Anne Peters Luna (Liam) O'Neill Transgender. Luna is a young transgender female character. [161][162][163][164]
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor 2016 Rick Riordan Alex Fierro Gender fluid. Alex is Magnus Chase's love interest who identifies herself as a 'she' most of the time until and unless she tells otherwise. [citation needed]
Maxine Wore Black 2014 Olsen, NoraNora Olsen Maxine Transgender [165]
Millennium series 2005–07 Larsson, StiegStieg Larsson Lisbeth Salander Bisexual [166]
Modern Faerie Tales trilogy (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside) 2002–2007 Black, HollyHolly Black Corny Stone
Corny is gay and Ruth is a lesbian. Luis enters in a relationship with Corny. [167][citation needed][168]
Mordred, Bastard Son 2006 Clegg, DouglasDouglas Clegg Mordred
Sympathetic Mordred and an exiled Lancelot fall into a romance. [169]
Parrotfish 2011 Wittlinger, EllenEllen Wittlinger Grady (Angela) Katz-McNair Transgender [170]
Rainbow Boys 2001 Sánchez, AlexAlex Sánchez Jason Carrillo
Kyle Meeks
Nelson Glassman
Gay [171]
Raven Cycle The Raven Cycle 2012–16 Stiefvater, MaggieMaggie Stiefvater Ronan Lynch Gay. [172]
Raven Cycle The Raven Cycle 2012–16 Stiefvater, MaggieMaggie Stiefvater Adam Parrish Bisexual. Adam shows a romantic interest in the female protagonist during the first two books, but then develops a relationship with Ronan Lynch. [172]
Roving Pack 2012 Lowrey, SassafrassSassafrass Lowrey Click Transgender [173]
Run, Clarissa, Run 2012 Eliason, RachelRachel Eliason Clarissa Transgender [174]
Safe Girl to Love, A A Safe Girl to Love 2014 Plett, CaseyCasey Plett Various Transgender [175]
Shadowhunter Chronicles The Shadowhunter Chronicles 2007–present Clare, CassandraCassandra Clare Alec Lightwood
Magnus Bane
Helen Blackthorn
Mark Blackthorn
Michael Wayland
Aline Penhallow
Diana Wrayburn
Alec is gay and Aline is a lesbian, and are among some of the first openly homosexual Shadowhunters. Magnus is openly bisexual, having several relationships with both men and women, his most notable partners being his current boyfriend Alec Lightwood and his ex-girlfriend Camille Belcourt. Helen, her younger brother Mark, and Mark's ex-boyfriend Kieran are all bisexual and of faerie lineage; author Cassandra Clare has described faeries as "being, in general, bisexual". Michael is revealed to be a closeted bisexual who develops feelings for his parabatai Robert Lightwood, but later marries Eliza Rosewain. Diana Wrayburn is the first transgender character to appear in the series. [176][177]
The Sidekicks 2016–2017 Kostakis, WillWill Kostakis Ryan Thomson Gay
Six of Crows duology 2015–2016 Bardugo, LeighLeigh Bardugo Jesper Fahey
Wylan Van Eck
Nina Zenik
[citation needed]
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


Becky Albertalli Simon Spier Gay. Simon is in love with his male pen pal Blue.
Slap The Slap 2008 Tsiolkas, ChristosChristos Tsiolkas Richie Gay. Male main character who has a sexual attraction to Hector. [178]
The Song of Achilles


Madeline Miller Patroclus


Patroclus is gay, only showing affection towards Achilles. Achilles is bisexual.
2015–2017 Wendig, ChuckChuck Wendig Sinjir Rath Velus Gay. [179][180]
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series 2006–08 Traviss, KarenKaren Traviss Goran Beviin and Medrit Vasur Gay. Married couple from Star Wars Legends continuity. [181]
Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 2015 Kemp, Paul S.Paul S. Kemp Moff Delian Mors Lesbian. First LGBT character in the Star Wars canon. [182][183][184]
Symptoms of Being Human 2016 Garvin, JeffJeff Garvin Riley Cavanaugh Genderfluid [185]
Trials of ApolloThe Trials of Apollo 2016 Riordan, RickRick Riordan Apollo/Lester Papadopoulos, Will Solace, Nico di Angelo Bisexual. Apollo in both, his human and god forms, shows attraction towards males and females. Will Solace, Apollo's son, is the boyfriend of Nico di Angelo, an important character in the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles. [citation needed]
Ukiah Oregon series 2001–04 Spencer, WenWen Spencer Mom Jo & Mom Lara Lesbian. Jo and Lara are in a committed relationship. [186]
Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked


S.J. Goslee Mike Tate Gay
Where the Boys Are 2003 Mann, William J.William J. Mann Jeff O'Brien
Lloyd Griffith
Gay [4]
Will Grayson, Will Grayson 2010 Green, JohnJohn Green
David Levithan
Will Grayson[a]
Tiny Cooper
Gay [187]
Will of the Empress The Will of the Empress 2005 Pierce, TamoraTamora Pierce Daja Kisubo
Lesbian. Daja is the main character who begins a relationship with a woman; Lark is in a long-term lesbian relationship. [188]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The novel features two protagonists named Will Grayson, one written by Green and one by Levithan; it is Levithan's Will Grayson who is referred to here.


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