LGBTQIAP Protagonists in Fantasy and Science Fiction

This list is a constant work in progress that is mostly composed of books I’ve personally read or books that are on my list of books to read. Therefore this list tends to reflect my personal reading preferences — more fantasy than sci-fi, more female protagonists than male.

However, if you know of any other books that are good, please mention in the comments. Also be sure to check the comments if you’d like more recs. Or if you’ve happened to come across any other articles or lists, I would be happy to add them to the resources list. If you’re looking for LGBTQ romance novels within the SFF genres, I’d suggest checking out some of the small, LGBTQ publishers, such as Less Than Three PressBlind Eye Books or Bold Strokes Books.

For the most part, the lists are sorted by gender since fantasy books in particular can be sketchy about whether the characters are gay/lesbian or bisexual (or pansexual for that matter). If a character is genderqueer and bisexual or pansexual, their book can be found under the genderqueer sublist. If a character is aro or ace spec and also lesbian, gay or bi, their book will be under both relevant sections. Same thing goes for lesbian, gay or bi trans women and trans men.

Also check the tag “LGBTQIA” for those books which I’ve reviewed.

EDIT – I’ve decided to go through and mention which books end in tragedy (i.e. death) for either the protagonist or the same gender love interest. So a couple of books will have spoilers. Note, this is only for books that I’ve read myself and reviewed.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Books with Aromantic Spectrum Protagonists

Fantasy and Science Fiction Books with Asexual Spectrum Protagonists

  • Fantasy:
    • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is a novella about a boarding school for children who’ve spent time in fantasy worlds. The protagonist actually says “I’m asexual.”
    • City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault is a second world fantasy novel with a large cast of POV characters, many of whom are asexual spectrum.
    • The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle is an original fairy tale with an aro ace protagonist.
    • Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith is an epic fantasy with an asexual heroine.
    • Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon is the first book in The Deeds of Paksenarrion, a military fantasy series with an asexual heroine at its center.
    • Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel is a historical paranormal book about a female demisexual werewolf.
    • The Last Chronomancer by Reilyn J. Hardy is a fantasy story with an aro ace hero.
  • Science Fiction: 
    • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Slyver is hopeful dystopian novel where people have superpowers. One of the protagonists is an asexual man with invisibility powers.
    • Vicious and Vengeful by V.E. Schwab are superhero novels with an asexual antihero. Note, the protagonist is confirmed as asexual in book two.
    • The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt is a space opera with a f/f romance where one of the women is demisexual.
    • The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz is a science fiction story where an asexual woman falls in love with a female AI.
    • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault is a post-apocalyptic book with an aro ace hero.
  • Young Adult Fantasy: 
    • Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a stand-alone, YA fantasy novel about a city ruled by prophecies and a group of teenagers determined to overthrow the ruling council. One of the protagonists is an asexual girl.
    • Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn is a YA second world fantasy novella with a ace heroine and a f/f romance.
    • Deadly Sweet Lies by Erica Cameron is a YA fantasy story with a male and female protagonist. The male protagonist is asexual.
  • Young Adult Science Fiction:
    • Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson is a YA science fiction story with an asexual heroine.
    • Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari is a YA science fiction set on Mars with two protagonists, one of whom is asexual and one of whom is demisexual.
    • Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie has an aro ace protagonist. Check my review for more information.
    • One of the POV characters of Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith is demisexual. It’s a YA post-apocalyptic story.
  • Resources:

Fantasy and Science Fiction Books with and Intersex Protagonists

  • An Unkindness of Ghosts is a sci-fi novel set aboard a generation ship and has an intersex woman as its protagonist.
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam is a YA fantasy with a bisexual intersex  genderqueer protagonist.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Books with Bisexual, Gay, and Pansexual Male Protagonists (MLM)

  • Fantasy:
    • The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun is an urban fantasy novel where one of the two protagonists is a young gay man.
    • The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards is an urban fantasy series with a gay protagonist.
    • Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is the quintessential fantasy of manners – there is no magic in this book. It’s all plotting between different noble characters. Swordspoint focuses on Richard St. Vier, a master swordsman, and his partner Alec.
    • The Fall of Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman is a novel set decades after Swordspoint, focusing on Alec’s son (Theron) and his lover Basil. Ends in tragedy.
    • Tremontaine is a prequel to Swordspoint that’s available through Serial Box, which creates stories that have a format akin to television (one “episode” is released a week). Tremontaine is currently ongoing and includes gay and bisexual male characters among the main cast.
    • Ariah by B. R. Sanders is the coming of age story of an elf named Ariah, who’s bisexual. The book also includes polyamory.
    • The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (releases February 2019) is an epic fantasy novel where kingdoms are built on the power of gods. One of the protagonists is bisexual and transmasculine.
    • Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flwelling is a traditional epic fantasy sort of book that takes place in a world with openly gay and lesbian characters. There’s two main characters, both of whom are male, and they get together in a later book.
    • London Falling by Paul Cornwell is a police procedural urban fantasy with four main characters, one of whom is a gay man. I have a review of the sequel, The Severed Streets.
    • The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff is a swords and sorcery sort of quest story with two bisexual men among the leads.
    • The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre is the first book in a fantasy mystery series. As of the second book (The Timeseer’s Gambit), the protagonist is canonically bisexual.
    • Witchmark by C.L. Polk is a second-world fantasy novel about a gay man with secret magic powers.
    • Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett is a fantasy mystery with two bisexual men as protagonists, although there is no romance in this first installment of the series.
    • Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly is a dystopian book with a historical feel about a gay spy and his boyfriend.
    • The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane is a fantasy novel where everyone’s bisexual. The main character is male.
    • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson has a bisexual lead. Note, ends in tragedy.
    • Liesmith by Alis Franklin is a paranormal romance based off of Norse mythology. The protagonist is bisexual and the word is actually used.
    • Beyond the Pale by Mark Anthony has two characters from Colorado thrown into a fantasy world. It’s listed has having a male-male romance, but I couldn’t find anything in the reviews.
    • Tower of the King’s Daughter by Chaz Brenchley is an epic fantasy in a historical type setting with a gay protagonist.
    • The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan is a grimdark epic fantasy where one of the three POV characters is a gay man.
  • Science Fiction:
    • The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden is a futuristic sci-fi novel set in South Africa with one of the leads as a queer teenage boy.
    • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey is an alternate history novella where one of the protagonists is a bisexual man in a relationship with a nonbinary person.
    • Cagebird by Karin Lowachee is the third novel in a science fiction series set in space that switches narrators each book. The narrator of Cagebird is either gay or bisexual. Warning, there’s some pretty graphic content relating to rape and child abuse.
  • YA Fantasy: 
    • Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith has a gay protagonist among its five POV characters. It’s a post apocalyptic story.
    • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is a YA book about a group of characters searching for an ancient Welsh king in Virginia. It’s the second in a series, but it focuses on a gay character.
    • Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler is a start to a new fantasy series.
  • YA Science Fiction: 
    • Proxy by Alex London is a YA dystopia with two male protagonists, one of whom is gay.
    • Coda by Emma Trevayne is a YA dystopia with a music theme and a bisexual male lead.
  • Resources

Fantasy and Science Fiction Books with Bisexual, Lesbian, and Pansexual Female Protagonists (WLW)

  • Fantasy:
    • The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner is a sequel to Swordspoint, but can be read independently. The Privilege of the Sword which focuses on Elizabeth, Alec’s niece who comes to stay with him and learn swordsmanship. During the course of the story, she figures out that she’s bisexual.
    • In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard is a f/f retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” where one woman is lesbian and the other is bisexual.
    • Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks is a fantasy series set in a world with elemental powers and no sexism or homophobia. The main romance is f/f.
    • The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg is a fantastical graphic novel about a storytelling f/f couple.
    • The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang is a fantasy novella where the female protagonist is either bi or pan. Her love interest is nonbinary.
    • Tremontaine is a prequel to Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword that’s available through Serial Box, which creates stories that have a format akin to television (one “episode” is released a week). Tremontaine is currently ongoing and includes a lesbian character as one of the major POV characters.
    • An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows is a queer feminist portal fantasy novel. One of the POV cast explicitly describes herself as bisexual and has a female love interest.
    • The True Queen by Zen Cho (sequel to The Sorcerer to the Crown) is a Regency-era fantasy with a f/f romance subplot. It is released on March 12th, 2019.
    • The Steel Seraglio by Linda, Louise, and Mike Carey is a fantasy story of a runaway group of concubines who create their own community. The most prominent romance subplot is between two of the female characters.
    • The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” with a f/f romance.
    • The Thousand Names by Django Wexler is a military fantasy with two protagonists, one of whom is lesbian.
    • Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones is a f/f, regency era historical fantasy novel with no sex scenes.
    • The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone is a fantasy novel reflecting our modern world and which has two main f/f couples.
    • Resistance by B.R. Sanders is about a bisexual elf and her girlfriend overthrowing the city government.
    • Black Wolves by Kate Elliott is an epic fantasy that has a bisexual woman as one of the POV characters.
    • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova is fantasy book with a bit of a steampunk vibe and a bi heroine in a m/f romance.
    • Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff is an older fantasy novel about a bisexual bard in an open relationship with another woman.
    • Daybreak Rising by Karen Oliver is a New Adult fantasy novel with a f/f romance. I’ve heard it includes a demisexual character, although I don’t know if this is one of the protagonists.
    • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera is a Mongolian inspired epic fantasy novel with a f/f romance.
    • From Under the Mountain by C.M. Spivey is a high fantasy story with a f/f romance.
    • The Warrior’s Path by Catherine M. Wilson is a historical fantasy novel with a same sex romance.
    • The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer is a retelling of the Persephone myth where Hades is female. It’s a graphic novel.
    • Sword of the Guardian by Merry Shannon is a traditional fantasy novel that looks like it mainly centers around the same-sex romance.
    • The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan is a grimdark epic fantasy where one of the three POV characters is a lesbian.
    • Prayer of the Handmaiden by Merry Shannon is a second world fantasy with a lesbian love story.
    • The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster is a fantasy novella with pirates and magic that’s listed as GLBT > Lesbian on Goodreads.
    • Promises, Promises by L.- J. Baker is a comedic fantasy that parodies Lord of the Rings and Dungeon and Dragon, complete with many pop culture references. Three of the four quest goers are lesbians.
  • Urban Fantasy:
    • Borderline by Mishell Baker has a female protagonist who’s disabled and either bisexual or pansexual. It’s urban fantasy.
    • Snake Eyes by Hillary Monahan is about a woman who’s part snake and has a human girlfriend.
    • Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston is a story that mixes together science fiction and fantasy. One of the two POV characters is Cinnamon, a bisexual black girl in 1980’s Philadelphia.
    • The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy is about a queer punk girl in a town that summoned a demon. It’s a novella.
    • Passing Strange by Ellen Klages is a novella containing magical elements about queer women in the 1940’s.
    • The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard is a fantasy set in the magical ruins of Paris. One of the three POV characters is in a romantic relationship with another woman.
    • Rituals by Roz Kaveney is an urban fantasy where one of the two female protagonists has a girlfriend who’s also a ghost.
    • The Archer Who Shot Down Suns: Scale Bright Stories by Benjanun Sriduangkaew is a collection of short stories retelling Chinese mythology.
    • The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez is about a black lesbian vampire.
    • A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman is a contemporary fantasy story with a queer ending.
    • Maplecroft by Cherie Priest is a fantastical, historical horror novel that has a protagonist who’s in a romantic relationship with another woman. Note, ends in tragedy, at least for this installment of the series.
    • The Warrior, the Thief, and the Healer by Diana Jean is a Western historical fantasy with a f/f/f romance.
    • The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan is a fantasy horror book that’s listed as GLBT. I saw it on a list of lesbian/bi characters, but I can’t confirm. The Red Tree is another fantasy/horror by Kiernan that has reviews confirming lesbian relationships.
  • Science Fiction:
    • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear is a steampunk set in the American West with a female/female romance.
    • Murder on the Titiana and Other Steam-Powered Adventures is a collection of linked short stories with a sapphic pirate captain at their center.
    • Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells is a Western flavored science fiction novel involving labor rights and mercenary bikers. One of the female protagonists has a girlfriend in the sequel, Blood Binds the Pack.
    • Burning Bright by Melissa Scott is a cyberpunk story where everyone’s bisexual.
    • Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns is about a f/f couple who become space pirates and fight a rogue AI.
    • This Other World by A.C. Buchanan is a SF novella where the heroine is an autistic engineer with an alien wife.
    • Afterparty by Daryl Gregory is a technothriller with a lesbian protagonist.
    • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley is a space opera novel where there are only female characters. So, basically “lesbians in space.”
    • Planetfall by Emma Newman is set in a human colony on an alien planet and narrated from the perspective of a bisexual woman.
    • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee is a military science fiction novel set in a far future totalitarian government. The heroine, Cheris, doesn’t have a romance plot line (could change with future books) but her narration mentions how she’s attracted to women and talks about her ex-girlfriend.
    • Provenance by Ann Leckie has a female protagonist who has a love interest who’s either a woman or possibly gender fluid.
    • An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon is set aboard a generation ship and stars a queer identified woman with a nonbinary love interest.
    • Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby is a first contact novel about a bisexual autistic woman.
    • The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt is a space opera with a f/f romance where one of the women is demisexual.
    • False Hearts by Laura Lam has a protagonist canonically state that she’s bi. The romance subplot is with a man.
    • The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang is a sci-fi retelling of ‘The Little Mermaid.’ It’s novella length.
    • The Temple at Landfall by Jane Fletcher is a science fiction story with a fantasy feel set on an all female planet.
    • Translucid by Zen DiPietro is a science fiction novel where the protagonist is pansexual and married to another woman.
    • Ammonite by Nicola Griffith is a feminist science fiction novel that takes place on an all women planet. There’s a female/female romance.
    • Addict by Matt Doyle is a f/f techno-mystery staring a lesbian PI.
    • The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz is a science fiction story where an asexual woman falls in love with a female AI.
    • Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts is a gender-swapped, bisexual retelling of The Three Musketeers. 
    • Star Fang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng is a novella about a queer werewolf in space.
    • Hakusan Angel by Alex Powell is a sci-fi novel that’s listed as being lesbian.
    • The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancy is a science fiction novel about aliens making contact with humans that is listed as lesbian fiction.
    • Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi is a science fiction taking place on-board a starship with lesbian romance.
    • Shadows of Aggar by Chris Anne Wolfe is a science fiction novel with a fantasy feel and a lesbian romance.
  • Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian:
    • Smoketown by Tenea D. Johnson is a post-apocalyptic novel where the heroine is waiting for the woman she once loved in an imaginative future city.
    • Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey is about a Latina girl who’s got super strength and the inability to feel fear. The love interest is female.
    • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Slyver is a dystopic superhero novel. One of the protagonists is a transgender woman in a poly marriage with two other women.
    • Dissension by Stacy Berg is a dystopian novel where a female clone solider falls for a woman who leads the resistance.
    • Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge is a dystopian/cyberpunk story where the heroine has a girlfriend.
  • YA Fantasy:
    • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is a second-world fantasy novel about a girl who’s taken to be a concubine to the demon king and falls in love with one of the other concubines.
    • Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve is a YA urban fantasy/paranormal story about a lesbian werewolf and a nonbinary zombie. It is released on March 5th, 2019.
    • Huntress by Malinda Lo is a YA fantasy adventure with a lesbian romance plot. She’s also written some other series with LGBT characters at the forefront – I’ve heard a lot about Ash, which is a lesbian retelling of Cinderella. She’s also got a science fiction series that starts with Adaptation that stars a bisexual girl.
    • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire is a portal fantasy novella where one of the protagonists has a girlfriend. Note, not a happy ending.
    • Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer has a lesbian heroine who’s a music student in a fantasy world based on medieval Italy. It’s not listed as YA, but the heroine’s sixteen and it feels like an easy cross over.
    • Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn is a fantasy novella with an ace MC and a f/f romance.
    • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis is a YA fantasy with a bisexual girl as a protagonist.
    • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is about a bisexual Latina girl from a family of matriarchal witches.
    • As I Descended by Robin Talley is a YA paranormal retelling of Macbeth. Forewarning, since it’s based off of Macbeth, most people die.
    • Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron is a YA second world fantasy book where the protagonist is a bisexual or pansexual warrior woman with a male love interest. Note, the world building includes a third gender.
    • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulhurst is a YA second world fantasy f/f romance about two princesses falling in love.
    • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember is a YA fantasy containing a romance between a Viking girl and a mermaid. It is released on May 4th.
    • The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine is a YA fantasy book that’s listed as having a bisexual protagonist.
    • Deadly Sweet Lies by Erica Cameron is a YA fantasy story with a male and female protagonist. The male protagonist is asexual and the female protagonist is lesbian.
  • YA Science Fiction:
    • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee is a YA story about a bisexual Asian girl who’s the daughter of two superheroes who gets an internship in a super-villain’s lab.
    • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie is a near future science fiction novel with genetically engineered sea monsters, pirates, and two teenage girls who fall in love.
    • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow is a YA dystopian with a bisexual princess as the narrator.
    • Dreadnought by April Daniels is a superhero novel about a trans lesbian girl.
    • A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith is a time travel novel about a bisexual Japanese-American girl.
    • Ida by Alison Evans is a time travel and psychological thriller about a bisexual girl with a nonbinary partner.
    • Sound by Alexandra Duncan is a YA novel set in space with a lesbian protagonist.
    • Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block is a YA dystopia with a bisexual lead.
  • Resources

Fantasy and Science Fiction Books with Genderqueer, Nonbinary, and Transgender Protagonists

  • Fantasy:
    • The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang are companion novellas set in a fantasy world where children chose their gender when they reach adulthood. The protagonists are a pair of identical twins, one of whom chooses female and the other male.
    • Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone is an urban fantasy set in a Hawaii inspired setting (it’s a completely different world). The main character is a trans woman.
    • The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (releases February 2019) is an epic fantasy novel where kingdoms are built on the power of gods. The protagonist is bisexual and transmasculine.
    • Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen is a fantasy Western with a bisexual protagonist who by the second book transitions to male.
    • The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear is an epic fantasy (or swords and sorcery?) and has a trans woman as one of its leads.
    • Peter Darling by Austin Chant is a retelling of Peter Pan where Peter is trans. It has a m/m romance.
  • Science Fiction:
    • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver is a dystopian urban fantasy novel with a trans woman as a protagonist.
    • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller is a hopeful dystopian novel set on a floating city in the Arctic. One of the four POV characters is nonbinary.
    • The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden is a sci-fi story set in a futuristic South Africa where one of the leads figures out she’s trans over the course of the story.
    • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey is an alternate history novella where one of the main characters is genderqueer.
    • Bone Dance by Emma Bull is a dystopian science fiction story with an agender narrator. Forwarning that they’re not exactly a born human – see this article for more information (warning, spoilers).
  • YA Fantasy:
    • Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve is a YA urban fantasy/paranormal story about a lesbian werewolf and a nonbinary zombie. It is released on March 5th, 2019.
    • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller is a YA fantasy novel with a gender fluid assassin as the protagonist.
    • Pantomime by Laura Lam is a YA fantasy with a bisexual intersex  genderqueer protagonist.
    • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore is a YA fantasy/magical realism novel with a transgender boy as one of the leads.
    • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember is a YA fantasy novel with a genderfluid lead.
  • YA Science Fiction:
    • Dreadnought by April Daniels is a YA novel about a trans lesbian superheroine.
    • Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee is the second in a YA superhero series and stars a bisexual trans boy.
  • Resources

Other Queer SFF Stories

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley is a grimdark epic fantasy in a non-hetero-normative world. Most all the characters seem to be pansexual.
  • Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald is a science fiction novel set on a future moon where most of the characters seem to be bisexual.
  • The Devourers by Indra Das is a novel about monstrous shapeshifters that explores gender and sexuality.
  • Love Beyond Body Space and Time is a collection of queer Indigenous SFF stories.
  • The Way of Thorn and Thunder by Daniel Heath Justice is a queer Amerindian epic fantasy series that includes bisexual and transgender characters.

General Resources for LGBTQ Fantasy and Science Fiction

General Resources for Young Adult LGBTQ Fantasy and Science Fiction


55 Comments Add yours

  1. kediamond says:

    You should add The Heralds of Valdemar to your list! There’s several trilogies- The Last Herald-Mage has a gay protagonist (who’s that nation’s legendary hero) and his aunt is a kickass mage. Arrows of the Queen has strong women and a background lesbian (and hinted poly) relationship. Vows and Honor has Tarma, an asexual warrior woman, Mage Winds and Mage Storms have several gay characters and a large focus on religion. Karal is a junior priest, and An’desha is connected to other spirit beings in a shamanistic religion with a multifaceted female Goddess.

    1. Thanks! I’ve added The Heralds of Valdemar and your description.

      1. kediamond says:

        🙂 I might have been a bit unclear in that description- the gay characters are Firesong, Silverfox, and An’desha, not Karal. It’s a really good series! And there’s even music- the songs in the books are on youtube. Windrider Unchained, Kerowyn’s Ride, and Demonsbane are my favorites.

  2. kediamond says:

    Another thing: The Temple at Landfall (and the rest of the series) are set in an all-female, all-lesbian world! I’m reading the first one now.

    1. That one’s actually already on the list. 🙂

      1. kediamond says:

        Oh yeah, I saw that, was just saying that it was all-female (you hadn’t noted that)

      2. I have a separate list for female protagonists, so I’ll add it to that too then.

  3. Rose Fox says:

    Tanya Huff’s SING THE FOUR QUARTERS is a fantasy novel for adults with a polyamorous, bisexual protagonist.

    1. I’ve actually got The Fire Stone by her sitting in my TBR pile right now.

  4. ajpeters100 says:

    Hi Sarah!

    I found your blog as I was doing some research of my own on LGBTs in fantasy/sci fi. Thanks so much for compiling this information!

    I think two books: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon by Andrew J. Peters (myself) fit well into your Fantasy/Sci Fi with Gay/Bisexual Male Characters list. It’s a two part series about the last days of Atlantis from the perspective of a gay male teen.

    1. Thanks, I’ll add them on!

    2. Would you classify them as YA? Just asking because of how I organize the list.

  5. ajpeters100 says:

    Yes, they’re both YA. Thanks!!

  6. You might also check out the kushiel’s legacy series by jacqueline carey it’s an excellently written fantasy adventure narrative with lavish scenery and settings and very elegant language and the main female protagonist is bisexual and always finding herself in interesting sexual escapades.

    1. I’ve added it as a reader suggestion. 🙂

  7. Mike says:

    The elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer has a gay protagonists in one of the books. Its an amazing young adult series about a group of brothers with elemental powers.

  8. egrac3l says:

    This is a great list. I will surely be consulting it quite a lot.

  9. bryek says:

    The Steel Remains has only one gay male lead. The other is a female lesbian. The third protagonist is a male heterosexual

  10. Kara Jorgensen says:

    This may be forward, but in my historical-fantasy series, The Ingenious Mechanical Devices, there are the following LGBT characters:
    The Earl of Brass features lesbian side characters who play a role in the middle section of the book and sexuality/being free to love is a major theme in the novel.
    The Winter Garden has two gay men (one is a main character and one is a side character)
    The Earl and the Artificer has an asexual man in a relationship with a heterosexual woman (his discovering and coming to terms with his asexuality is a major plot point in the book)
    Dead Magic (forthcoming this November) has the gay couple from The Winter Garden along with a lesbian-bisexual couple who play a key role in the story.
    All four books have happy endings for the characters mentioned.

  11. I’ve recently written a fantasy novel with two lesbian female characters. I’m trying to get it published, so I’m spreading the word to get more votes on the site Inkitt. It would mean so much if people from the community took a peek as well.

    It is called Aemilia Winterguard: The Creatures That Were Unheard Of

    You can download a free copy here:

    You need to have an inkitt, facebook, or twitter account, though.

    It’s the first of a trilogy, might I add. But the only finished book, so far.

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  13. Wendy says:

    Hi there

    I am unsure if this is the right place to send this. I would just like to bring an amazing South African LGBTI author and activist to your attention. Perhaps you could contact her for an article or for more information.

    Are you LGBT? Do you love to read, but can’t find any decent fiction that doesn’t cast LGBT people as negative stereotypes? Are you tired of reading fiction aimed only at straight folks? Are you irritated by having only a limited choice between sleazy gay soft-porn xxx smut – and books that present LGBT people in a derogatory light? Are you looking for stories about inspiring LGBT heroes and heroines, role models, and ass-kicking entertainment?

    Then this is for you!

    Christina Engela is an amazing author in South Africa who writes all walks of LGBTI into her books, she herself is a transgender woman.

  14. Megan says:

    Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is a YA fantasy novel about a magic school that’s kinda like Harry Potter. It’s got a big m/m romance between two of the protagonists, one who’s explicitly gay and one that doesn’t have a label but has dated a girl in the past and had genuine feelings for her (a lot of fans say bisexual but it’s never actually confirmed). It’s a great book and I really recommend it!

  15. Kay says:

    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and then the sequel, Crooked Kingdom feature two gay characters!! Their romance is sort of subtle which makes it amazing to read. Plus the books are amazing overall.

    1. Thalia says:

      Which two characters? Wylan and Kuwei? Jesper is bi, he said so himself. So is Nina, (The entire fandom thinks so) Wylan said: “Just girls?” And Jesper responded with: “No, not just girls,”
      Which really makes you wonder if Jesper is gay or bi.

      Sorry if this comes off rude, but Jesper is kind of confirmed to be bi.

  16. Susinok says:

    Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series had two books with lesbian couples, and other gay and bi characters appeared throughout the series. It’s considered science fiction.

  17. Stacey D says:

    Black Hole Heartbeat by Andrew Henley features a lesbian couple (Elizabeth & Anastasia), with Elizabeth also in a relationship with a male alien at one point, making her bi/pan, although in a reality with gendered aliens maybe we’d have a different label altogether

  18. Thank you so much for putting this list together! As a librarian, this is super helpful! Can I add some books that I’ve read and loved?

    The Rifter trilogy by Ginn Hale (The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, His Sacred Bones) features a gay couple, but the world building and the plot takes center stage over the romance. Ginn Hale knows how to world build!!!

    Wraeththu by Storm Constantine is an odd one with a new human race taking over that are intersex, I guess is the best way to describe them, though they don’t use that term. It’s futuristic, but more fantasy than sci-fi.

  19. Liam Almborg says:

    Carry On – Rainbow Rowell! I think you should add this book to the list, under “Gay/Bi male” YA. It’s a fantasy book where the two of the main characters are gay, and one of the main characters might be aroace (tho this isn’t something that’s talked about in the book)

  20. sinistmer says:

    I have an ace sci-fi recommendation: Dust by Elizabeth Bear has an asexual character.

  21. Ali says:

    Anna Butler’s wonderful Taking Shield sci-fi series features two bisexual men as main characters, one of whom is grey ace. The first book is Gyrfalcon.Thanks for making this list! 🙂

  22. My upcoming fantasy novel Heart of Time has a bisexual protagonist with a lesbian love interest 🙂

  23. Rous Rose says:

    What a fantastic list! Will probably come back to find new reading material many a time in the future.

  24. Lyra says:

    Hi there! Fantastic list! Although it’s not finished, I would like to humbly add my own work-in-progress to be considered on this list:
    The Abadon Relic – Science fiction, far future, “space opera” with some horror elements: the protagonist is a lesbian whose present love interest is pansexual and transgender. TW’s for graphic content including mentions of sexual violence.

  25. Thornfruit by Felicia Davin has two bisexual protagonists! It’s science fiction/fantasy (somewhere in the middle of the two) and has an ace side character as well.

  26. Good Evening, those lists are amazing. I might read it soon. I’m currently interested in finding a story about transwoman.

    But the character who happens to be a transwoman is not like any other transwomen. instead the transwoman still view herself as a man.

    If a transwoman view herself as a man would it be a bad-written?
    There will be a reason why the protagonist become a transwoman. For example gone through incomplete sex-change surgery due to dreadful accident.

    1. I would say that your protagonist isn’t a trans woman and that the concept does sound badly written. “Trans” says nothing about a protagonist’s gentiles or whether or not they’ve had sex reassignment surgery. I really think you need to learn more about trans issues before contemplating something like this, and even then, this may not be your story to tell.

      1. Omnomza says:

        I see, if a character is a man in woman’s body is not a transwoman. Since transwoman is definitely a woman. I think I should research more.
        That means I shouldn’t describe her as a transwoman if she view herself.
        Then how can I tell if a man in woman’s body?

        Anyway I’m glad I asked you.

  27. Tiak Del'Internet says:

    Sufficiently Advanced Magic is a (very good) YA Fantasy novel with an asexual (possibly homoromantic or biromantic) protagonist.

  28. Another consideration is Angels in the Mist, an urban fantasy novel with a bisexual female protagonist. Disclaimer: I’m the author. =]

  29. Jason Smith says:

    Steel Remains is told from the POV of Gil and he is gay. There are 2 more books in the series about different characters, but Gil is the lead of the main character of the Steel remains.

  30. Jason Smith says:

    Kushiel’s Dart. Kushiel’s Chosen, and Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey is a fantasy series with a bisexual female lead. It also has BDSM.
    Jacqueline Carey’s newest book Starless is a fantasy book with a non-binary lead.

  31. Sam says:

    Benjamin Appleby-Dean’s The Stickman’s Legacy is a YA fantasy novel with a bisexual female lead and a low-key FF romance.

  32. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson is science fiction with a female, non-white protagonist in a culture where bisexuality appears to be the norm.

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