List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction

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 Sheridan Le Fanu Carmilla Lesbian. Carmilla is considered the first lesbian vampire story. [5][6][7]
A Marriage Below Zero 1889 Alan Dale Arthur Ravener
Captain Dillington
Gay. A Marriage Below Zero is considered to be the first English-language gay-themed novel. [8]
Père Goriot
Illusions perdues
Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes
Honoré 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]
The Picture of Dorian Gray 1890 Oscar Wilde Basil Hallward Gay [13][14]
The Picture of Dorian Gray 1890 Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray Bisexual [4]
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 Adolfo Caminha Amaro Gay


Work Year Author Character name(s) Notes References
Advise and Consent 1959 Allen 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 Sarah Waters Margaret Prior
Selina Dawes
Lesbian [21]
Alex Delaware series 1985–2017 Jonathan Kellerman Milo Sturgis Gay [22]
Along the Journey River 1996 Carole LaFavor Renee LaRoche Lesbian [23]
American Psycho 1991 Bret Easton Ellis Luis Carruthers Gay. In love with the male protagonist, but later marries Courtney. [24]
Annie on My Mind 1982 Nancy Garden Annie Kenyon
Liza Winthrop
Lesbian [25]
The Arizona Kid 1988 Ron Koertge Wes Gay [26]
An Arrow's Flight 1998 Mark Merlis Pyrrhus
Gay [27][28]
Arrows of the Queen 1987 Mercedes Lackey Keren Lesbian. Life bonded to Ylsa and then Sherrill. [29]
The Beauty of Men 1996 Andrew Holleran Lark
Gay [30]
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles 1957–60 Ann Bannon Beebo Brinker
Beth Ayers/Cullison
Laura Landon
Lesbian [31]
The Bell Jar 1963 Sylvia Plath Joan Lesbian [32]
Blood of the Fold
Temple of the Winds
Terry Goodkind Berdine
Lesbian. The two Mord-Sith are in a relationship with each other. [33]
The Blue Place 1998 Nicola Griffith Aud Torvingen Lesbian [34]
Boy Culture 1995 Matthew Rettenmund X
Gay. X (narrator's pseudonym) has sexual and romantic relationships with Andrew, Joe and other men. [4]
Breakfast on Pluto 1998 Patrick McCabe Patrick "Pussy" Braden Transgender. Braden is an Irish trans woman. [35][36]
Brideshead Revisited 1945 Evelyn Waugh Anthony Blanche
Sebastian Flyte
Gay [37][38][39]
"Brokeback Mountain" (short story) 1997 Annie 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 Dav Pilkey Harold Hutchins Gay [42]
The Charioteer 1953 Mary Renault Laurie Odell
Ralph Lanyon
Gay [43][44]
Chocolates for Breakfast 1956 Pamela 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]
The City and the Pillar 1946 Gore Vidal Jim Willard
Ronald Shaw
Paul Sullivan
Gay [47][48]
City of God: A Novel of the Borgias 1979 Cecelia 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]
The Confessions of Danny Slocum 1980 George Whitmore Danny Slocum Gay [4]
Dancer from the Dance 1978 Andrew Holleran Anthony Malone
Andrew Sutherland
Gay [51][52]
Dave Brandstetter Mysteries 1970–91 Joseph Hansen Dave Brandstetter Gay [53]
Dune 1965 Frank 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 Lois 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]
A Fairly Honourable Defeat 1970 Iris Murdoch Simon Foster
Axel Nillson
Gay [60]
Fire from Heaven
The Persian Boy
Mary 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
Mary Renault Hephaistion
Gay. Both men are involved in romantic sexual relationships with Alexander the Great. [4]
The Fire's Stone 1990 Tanya Huff Darvish Shayrif Hakem Bisexual [61]
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 1987 Fannie 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 Fannie Flagg Ruth Jamison Bisexual. Married to a man and bears his child but subsequently has long-term romantic relationship with another woman. [62]
The Front Runner 1974 Patricia Nell Warren Harlan Brown
Billy Sive
Vince Matti
Jacques LaFont
Gay [4]
Giovanni's Room 1956 James Baldwin David
Gay [4]
A God Against the Gods
Return to Thebes
Allen Drury Akhenaten
Bisexual. Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten is married to Nefertiti, but his romance with his brother Smenkhkara contributes to his downfall. [63]
The Group 1954 Mary McCarthy Elinor "Lakey" Eastlake Lesbian [32]
Gut Symmetries 1997 Jeanette Winterson Alluvia (Alice) Fairfax
Bisexual. Alice has romantic and sexual relationships with both Stella and Stella's husband Jove. [64]
Hallucinating Foucault 1996 Patricia 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 Sandra Scoppettone Jaret Tyler
Peggy Danziger
Lesbian [34]
Harry Potter series 1997–2007 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 Philip Pullman Balthamos
Gay [72][73]
The Hotel New Hampshire 1981 John Irving Frank Berry Gay [74]
The Hours 1998 Michael Cunningham Richard Brown
Louis Waters
Gay [75]
The Hours 1998 Michael Cunningham Clarissa Vaughan
Lesbian [34]
The Illusionist (Le rempart des Béguines) 1951 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
E. 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]
It 1986 Stephen King
  • Adrian Mellon
  • Don Hagarty
  • Phil and Tony Tracker
  • Eddie Kaspbrak
  • Richie Tozier
Mellon and Hagarty are openly gay lovers. Mellon was the first of the 1984-85 killings that indicate the return of It. Phil and Tony Tracker are two brothers who are presumed to be gay by Eddie Kaspbrak's mother. Kasprak and Tozier are described as questioning their sexualities as children. [78]
Kay Scarpetta novels 1994–2003 Patricia Cornwell Lucy Farinelli Lesbian. Has romantic relationships and casual sexual encounters with other women. [79]
King Rat 1962 James 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. [80]
Kiss of the Fur Queen 1998 Tomson 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." [81][82]
Kiss of the Spider Woman 1976 Manuel Puig Luis Molina Gay [83][84]
The Last Herald Mage trilogy 1989–91 Mercedes Lackey Vanyel Ashkevron
Gay. In the series, Vanyel has two sexual relationships, both with male partners. [85]
Less Than Zero
Imperial Bedrooms
Bret Easton Ellis Clay Bisexual [24]
Lord John series 1998–2011 Diana 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. [86][87]
Maurice 1913–14
E. M. Forster Maurice Hall
Clive Durham
Alec Scudder
Gay [4][89][90]
The Men from the Boys
Where the Boys Are
Men Who Love Men
William J. Mann Jeff O'Brien
Lloyd Griffith
David Javitz
Henry Weiner
Luke West
Gay [4]
Mr. Benson 1983 John Preston Mr. Benson Gay [4]
Mrs Dalloway 1925 Virginia Woolf Clarissa Dalloway
Doris Kilman
Lesbian [91]
Mrs Dalloway 1925 Virginia Woolf Septimus Warren Smith Gay [91]
Myra Breckinridge 1968 Gore Vidal Myra Transgender [92][93]
Nearly Roadkill 1996 Kate Bornstein and Caitlin Sullivan Scratch, Winc Transgender [94]
The Nightrunner series 1996–2014 Lynn 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. [95]
Now and Then 1995 William 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. [96]
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 1985 Jeanette Winterson Jeanette Lesbian [97]
Other Voices, Other Rooms 1948 Truman Capote Joel Harrison Knox
Gay [98]
The Passion 1987 Jeanette Winterson Villanelle Bisexual [99][100]
Patience and Sarah 1969 Isabel Miller Patience White
Sarah Dowling
Lesbian [101]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1999 Stephen Chbosky Patrick Gay. Has a secret relationship with closeted Brad. [102]
The Price of Salt  (a.k.a. Carol) 1952 Patricia 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 Rita Mae Brown Molly Bolt Lesbian. Has numerous romantic and sexual relationships with other women. [93][103]
The Rules of Attraction 1987 Bret Easton Ellis Paul Denton Bisexual [24]
The Secret History 1992 Donna Tartt Francis Abernathy Gay
A Single Man 1964 Christopher Isherwood George Gay [104]
A Song of Ice and Fire 1991–2011 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. [105][106][107]
Stone Butch Blues 1993 Leslie Feinberg Jess Goldberg Transgender [108][109][110][111]
The Tale of the Five series 1979–1992 Diane Duane Herewiss
The Goddess
Bisexual [112][113]
Tales of the City series 1978–2014 Armistead 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 Armistead Maupin Michael "Mouse" Tolliver
Jon Fielding
Ben McKenna
Gay [93]
Tales of the City series 1978–2014 Armistead Maupin Beauchamp Day
DeDe Halcyon Day
Mona Ramsey
The Throne of Saturn 1971 Allen Drury Pete Balkis Gay. Astronaut Pete harbors unrequited romantic feelings for his commander, Conrad Trasker. [20]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 1974 John 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. [114]
Tipping the Velvet 1998 Sarah Waters Kitty Butler Bisexual. Has a sexual/romantic relationship with the main character and marries a man. [115]
Tipping the Velvet 1998 Sarah 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. [115][116]
University series 1990–98 Allen 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. [117][118]
University series 1990–98 Allen Drury René Suratt Bisexual. René is protagonist Willie Wilson's nemesis, "a bisexual seducer of students". [119]
The Vampire Chronicles 1976–2014 Anne Rice Bisexual. Lestat, Armand and most of Rice's male vampires have intense sexual and emotional attractions and relationships with both sexes. [120]
The Vampire Lestat 1985 Anne Rice Nicolas de Lenfent Gay. While human, Nicolas shares a romantic sexual relationship with Lestat de Lioncourt [120]
A Village Affair 1989 Joanna Trollope Clodagh Unwin Lesbian [34]
A Village Affair 1989 Joanna Trollope Alice Meadows Bisexual [34]
Weetzie Bat
Baby Be-Bop
Francesca Lia Block Dirk McDonald
Gay [121]
The Well of Loneliness 1928 Radclyffe Hall Stephen Gordon
Valérie Seymour
Lesbian. The book was judged obscene and banned in the UK. [122]
Written on the Body 1992 Jeanette 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. [123][124]


Work Year Author Character name(s) Notes References
1Q84 2009–10 Haruki Murakami Tamaru Gay [125]
The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy 2012 S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik David/Daniela Transgender [126][127]
Almost Perfect 2009 Brian Katcher Sage Hendrix Transgender [128][129]
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 2012 Benjamin 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.
The Art of Being Normal 2015 Lisa Williamson David/Kate, Leo Transgender [130]
Ash 2009 Malinda Lo Ash
Lesbian [131]
At the Edge of the Universe


Shaun David Hutchinson Tommy



Gay. Ozzie had a long term relationship with Tommy before he vanished. Calvin is gay.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children 2012 Kirstin Cronn-Mills Gabe (Elizabeth) Transgender [132]
Being Emily 2012 Rachel Gold Emily Transgender [133]
The Black Magician trilogy 2001–03 Trudi 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" [134]
Boy Meets Boy 2003 David 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][135][136][137]
The Butterfly and the Flame 2005 Dana De Young Emily Transgender [138]
Carnival 2006 Elizabeth Bear
  • Vincent Katherinessen
  • Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones
  • Claude Singapore
  • Maiju Montevideo
Vincent and Michelangelo are gay men; Claude, Maiju and most of the women of New Amazonia are lesbians [139][140]
Carry On 2015 Rainbow Rowell Basilton Grimm-Pitch
Simon Snow
Clariel 2014 Garth Nix Clariel Asexual [141]
The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (anthology) 2012 Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod (editors) Various Transgender [128][142]
The Corrections 2001 Jonathan Franzen Denise Lambert Lesbian [143]
The Darkest Part of the Forest 2015 Holly Black Ben Gay [144]
Every Heart a Doorway 2016 Seanan McGuire Nancy Asexual [145]
Every Heart a Doorway 2016 Seanan McGuire Kade Transgender [145]
Fever Crumb Series 2009–11 Philip Reeve Fever Crumb Bisexual. Fever first falls in love with the male Arlo Thursday, and later with the female Cluny Morvish.
Fingersmith 2002 Sarah Waters Sue Trinder
Maud Lilly
Lesbian. Sue and Maud have a sexual/romantic relationship with each other. [146]
Fledgling 2005 Octavia Butler Shori Bisexual [147]
Freakboy 2013 Kristin Elizabeth Clark Brandon
Transgender [148]
Gay Pride and Prejudice 2012 Kate Christie Elizabeth Bennett Lesbian. Romantic relationships with Charlotte Lucas and Caroline Bingly. [149]
Gemma Doyle Trilogy 2003–07 Libba Bray Felicity Worthington Lesbian
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue


Mackenzi Lee 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 Brent Hartinger Russel Middlebrook Gay [34]
Geography Club 2003 Brent Hartinger Min Wei Bisexual [34]
George 2015 Alex Gino Melissa Transgender. Melissa is a transgender girl whom the world sees as a boy named George. [150]
Gossip Girl 2002–2011 Cecily von Ziegesar Chuck Bass Bisexual [151]
The House of Hades
(The Heroes of Olympus series)
2013–14 Rick Riordan Nico di Angelo, Will Solace Gay. [152][153]
(The Nevernight Chronicle series)
2017 Jay Kristoff Mia Corvere, Ashlinn Järnheim Bisexual and Lesbian
Holding Still For As Long As Possible 2009 Zoe Whittall Josh Transgender. Josh is a trans man. [154]
I Am J 2011 Cris Beam J Transgender. [155]
I Am Princess X 2015 Cherie Priest Jackdaw Gay.
Just Girls 2014 Rachel Gold Ella Transgender [156]
Kafka on the Shore 2002 Haruki Murakami Oshima Transgender/Gay [157]
Keeping You a Secret 2003 Julie Anne Peters Holland Jeager Lesbian. Coming out novel. [158]
Kushiel's Legacy series 2001–11 Jacqueline Carey Phèdre nó Delaunay
Bisexual [120]
Life Mask 2004 Emma Donoghue Anne Damer Lesbian [159]
The Line of Beauty 2004 Alan Hollinghurst Nick Guest
Wani Ouradi
Leo Charles
Gay [160]
A Little Life 2015 Hanya 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. [161]
The Love Interest


Cale Dietrich Caden


Caden is gay. Dylan is either gay or bisexual.
Luna 2004 Julie Anne Peters Luna (Liam) O'Neill Transgender. Luna is a young transgender female character. [162][163][164][165]
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.
Maxine Wore Black 2014 Nora Olsen Maxine Transgender [166]
Millennium series 2005–07 Stieg Larsson Lisbeth Salander Bisexual [167]
Modern Faerie Tales trilogy (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside) 2002–2007 Holly Black Corny Stone
Corny is gay and Ruth is a lesbian. Luis enters in a relationship with Corny. [168][169]
Mordred, Bastard Son 2006 Douglas Clegg Mordred
Sympathetic Mordred and an exiled Lancelot fall into a romance. [170]
Parrotfish 2011 Ellen Wittlinger Grady (Angela) Katz-McNair Transgender [171]
Rainbow Boys 2001 Alex Sánchez Jason Carrillo
Kyle Meeks
Nelson Glassman
Gay [172]
The Raven Cycle 2012–16 Maggie Stiefvater Ronan Lynch Gay. [173]
The Raven Cycle 2012–16 Maggie 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. [173]
Roving Pack 2012 Sassafrass Lowrey Click Transgender [174]
Run, Clarissa, Run 2012 Rachel Eliason Clarissa Transgender [175]
A Safe Girl to Love 2014 Casey Plett Various Transgender [176]
Shades of Magic trilogy 2015–17 V.E. Schwab Rhy Maresh
Alucard Emery
Rhy is bisexual while Alucard is gay. They had a fling three years prior the events of the books. Victoria Schwab actually stated multiple times that in her eyes none of the characters are straight, but that's not mentioned in the series.
The Shadowhunter Chronicles 2007–present Cassandra 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. [177][178]
The Sidekicks 2016–2017 Will Kostakis Ryan Thomson Gay
Six of Crows duology 2015–2016 Leigh Bardugo Jesper Fahey
Wylan Van Eck
Nina Zenik
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


Becky Albertalli
  • Simon Spier
  • Bram Greenfeld
  • Cal Price
  • Peter
  • Carter Addison
  • Leah Burke
  • Abby Suso
Simon is a closeted gay teenager who is in love with his pen pal 'Blue', who is also a closeted gay teenage boy. Simon later discovers that 'Blue' is his classmate Bram Greenfeld and they begin dating. Cal is Simon's bisexual classmate who shows a romantic interest in Simon and, in the sequel novel, begins dating Simon's younger sister Nora. Peter is a guy who flirts with Simon at a gay bar and Carter is the gay older brother of Simon's classmate Martin Addison. Leah and Abby are two of Simon's closest friends who come out as bisexual and begin dating each other in the sequel novel Leah On the Offbeat.
The Slap 2008 Christos Tsiolkas Richie Gay. Male main character who has a sexual attraction to Hector. [179]
The Song of Achilles


Madeline Miller Patroclus


Achilles is gay, showing no interest in girls. Patroclus is bisexual, saying he would fall in love with Briseis if not for Achilles.
2015–2017 Chuck Wendig Sinjir Rath Velus Gay. [180][181]
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series 2006–08 Karen Traviss Goran Beviin and Medrit Vasur Gay. Married couple from Star Wars Legends continuity. [182]
Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 2015 Paul S. Kemp Moff Delian Mors Lesbian. First LGBT character in the Star Wars canon. [183][184][185]
Symptoms of Being Human 2016 Jeff Garvin Riley Cavanaugh Genderfluid [186]
The Trials of Apollo 2016 Rick 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.
Ukiah Oregon series 2001–04 Wen Spencer Mom Jo & Mom Lara Lesbian. Jo and Lara are in a committed relationship. [187]
Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked


S.J. Goslee Mike Tate Gay
Where the Boys Are 2003 William J. Mann Jeff O'Brien
Lloyd Griffith
Gay [4]
Will Grayson, Will Grayson 2010 John Green
David Levithan
Will Grayson[lower-alpha 1]
Tiny Cooper
Gay [188]
The Will of the Empress 2005 Tamora Pierce Daja Kisubo
Lesbian. Daja is the main character who begins a relationship with a woman; Lark is in a long-term lesbian relationship. [189]

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