Writing LGBTI Characters Reading List

Here is a suggested reading list for writing LGBTI characters in science fiction and fantasy, which came out of the panel at Continuum 11.

Novels & Short Stories

  • Mary Borsellino‘s work has great examples of diversity (gender, sexual and neuro) – Thrive is her latest, which we launched at Continuum.
  • Long Macchiatos and Monsters is a book about adorable trans B-movie nerds, set in Melbourne and written by a trans author from Melbourne, Alison Evans
  • The Lightspeed Queers Destroy projects: Including, Queers Destroy SF, Queers Destroy Horror and Queers Destroy Fantasy.
  • Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue so far) has an excellent queer character.
  • Am I Blue? (ed. Marion Jane Bauer)
  • Annie on My Mind – Nancy Garden
  • Golden Boy – Abigail Tartellin
  • What Are Ya? – Jenny Pausacker
  • Rubyfruit Jungle – Rita Mae Brown
  • Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  • A Boy Called Cin and Defying Convention – Cecil Wilde
  • The Courier’s New Bicycle – Kim Westwood
  • Just Girls and Being Emily by Rachel Gold

Fan Fiction

  • Narrelle Harris’s Sherlock fanfic series, Unkissed, has gained some very positive comments from people who identify as being on the asexuality spectrum, in its exploration of intimacy, both sexual and non-sexual, between grey-sexual Sherlock and John, who has a more conventional physical expression of his sexuality.
  • The Sherlock fandom has some really interesting work from great writers that explores all kinds of expressions of LGBTI interpretations of both characters.

Print Comics

  • Lumberjanes is an adorable YA comic series with girl scouts, paranormal happenings, monsters, and a bunch of queer representation


  • Girls With Slingshots Now completed and in reruns, this slice-of-life webcomic features Hespa’s favourite asexual character and a whole bunch of other good examples of diverse & well-explored representation.
  • Supernormal Step A fantasy webcomic featuring a kickass heroine who’s comfortable with being an aromantic asexual, even though her orientation doesn’t come out for a whole ten chapters – but when it does, it’s possibly the best reveal of all time.
  • Shades of A A short webcomic exploring what it’s like to an asexual, in the closet and in love with someone who isn’t, with a really diverse, well-drawn supporting cast.
  • Oglaf is an adults-only sex comedy webcomic with a high fantasy setting and tons of queers in a way that’s completely nonchalant. Also, it’s hilarious.
  • Order of the Stick, Something Positive, and Questionable Content all have queer characters (assuming you count Vaarsuvius and Inkyrius in OotS as genderqueer, which I do). QC in particular has a trans woman who’s taken more of a focal role of late.


  • GlitterShip that is queer-run and features queer stories


  • Holding the Man – Timothy Conigrave
  • Ghost Wife – Michelle Dicinoski
  • Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant To Be – Chaz Bono
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution – Shiri Eisner
  • Bi Any Other Name (ed. Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu)

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