Seeing our identities and the world around us reflected in the books we read is vitally important. This Pride Month and all year long, we’re excited to spotlight some incredible LGBTQIA+ stories and creators.
Check out some YA books to dive into and #ReadwithPride!
You Should See Me in a Crown
A joyful book about a queer Black girl who runs for Prom Queen to win a college scholarship…but then finds herself falling in love with one of the other girls in the competition. Start reading here!
Here the Whole Time
A body-positive YA love story between two boys who must spend 15 days living with each other over school break. Start reading here!
Two teens. One bridge. Four ways their story could end. A powerful novel about mental health, identity, and how our choices shape the world around us. Start reading here!
The Ghosts We Keep
After their brother is killed, Liam faces the world without the person they loved the most. Their brother's best friend is the only one who knows what they're going through...for better or worse. Start reading here!
Zara Hossain is Here
Zara’s family has waited years for their visas to be finalized, but now that dream is in jeopardy. Zara seeks justice to stay with her girlfriend and in the only home she's ever known. Start reading here!
Follow Your Arrow
When bi influencer CeCe breaks up with her famous girlfriend and starts dating a boy who is very much NOT online, she'll find out what it means to speak her truth. Start reading here!
Girl from the Sea
After Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie, everything they're each trying to hide will find its way to the surface. Start reading here!
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, and coming out. Start reading here!
Where We Go From Here
A story about three boys whose lives will become intertwined in a story of HIV, friendship, love, and self-acceptance. Start reading here!
Technically, You Started It
A hilarious, snarky, and utterly addicting book that explores friendship, sexual orientation, mental health, and falling in love (even if things might be falling apart around you). Start reading here!
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
When Rukhsana’s conservative Muslim parents catch her with her girlfriend, Rukhsana’s carefully planned future begins to collapse around her. Start reading here!
I Wish You All the Best
After Ben comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’ll move in with their estranged older sister and find friendship, love, and acceptance along the way. Start reading here!
The Music of What Happens
Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk – to get the thing they want the most. Start reading here!
Openly Straight & Honestly Ben
This heartfelt series follows two boys, Ben and Rafe, who struggle to find who they really are in the midst of falling for one another. Start reading here!
Lie to Me
A pulse-pounding novel about love, betrayal, and a serial killer that features a bisexual protagonist. Start reading here!
A riveting story of ambition, music, and innocence lost - and a deep relationship between two girls who could be something more on their quest for stardom. Start reading here!
Tarnished Are the Stars
The Lunar Chronicles meets Rook in this queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel that features asexual, bisexual, and lesbian characters working together to put an end to a deadly epidemic. Start reading here!
The Witch Boy
In Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches and the girls are raised to be shapeshifters. But Aster is fascinated by witchery--can he find the courage to save his family and be truly himself? Start reading here!
King and the Dragonflies
A story about loss, grief, and finding the courage to discover one's identity. Start reading here!
I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain
A powerful novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself. Start reading here!
There is Someone. This Someone is completely, entirely, utterly enamored by a certain rumpled, food-loving bookshop owner with a sunshine smile.
This Someone is also not Anthony J. Crowley.
They begin trying to court said bookshop owner. They visit their shop often. They bring gifts. They engage him in conversation about his favorite books. This happens for weeks.
Now imagine that Anathema and Newt are visiting the shop one day, because the four of them don’t know each other that well, but they did stop an apocalypse together, so that begs further introduction, no? They should at least be passing acquaintances, right?
And Anathema and Newt, they have certain Ideas about the relationship between Crowley & Aziraphale. In fact, pretty much everyone who knows them has those ideas about them. This Someone, whoever they are, has yet to see Crowley and Aziraphale together and so they has no notion of a relationship.
At either rate, the two of them are visiting, sitting on a cozy little couch having tea and watch Aziraphale gesticulate wildly as he explains--something to the rather besotted Someone. A box of truffles sits open on the counter near them. The Someone has a book in their hands; the three spectators had watched them pick it at random when they walked in.
When the Someone takes over the conversation, Aziraphale pops a truffle into his mouth and his blissful expression is all you need to know of their quality.
“Doesn’t that bother you?” Newt asks, because despite his mother’s best efforts, he never did learn any manners.
Crowley, who has been watching Aziraphale from behind his shades with a soft, besotted smile of his own, says distractedly, “Hmm?”
“The flirting,” Anathema says, because if Newt’s going to make an ass out of himself, she’s at least a thoughtful enough girlfriend to help him along. “He wants to know if the fact that someone else is flirting with Aziraphale bothers you, considering the fact that you’re in love with him.”
Crowley actually laughs.
“Have you actually been watching?” He asks. “Take a closer look.”
He nods towards the pair, his smile only widening.
“He doesn’t even know they’re flirting,” Crowley tells them.
He says it so fondly that Anathema, who is not particularly weak to romance in general, almost sighs dreamily.
“Trust me,” Crowley says, without ever looking away from his angel. “I’ve been trying to catch his attention since Eden and I’m still not entirely sure he gets it.”
(It doesn’t much matter what anyone thinks about it, anyways. Just a moment later, Aziraphale’s whole body goes rigid and he says icily, “Buy it?”
Crowley’s smile takes on a sharper edge and he sits forward, watching as Aziraphale snatches the book out of the Someeon’s hands. He so does love to see his angel like this.
The Someone is gone within seconds, chased out by a rather incensed book lover that is somewhere between pouting fiercely and utterly outraged at the nerve.)
This is something I've been wanting to share with y'all for a LONG time!
We're doing some promotional comics for the Chronicles of Underrealm! We won't necessarily be doing comics for every Chronicle, but some of them have scenes that are just too great not to see in visual form.
Here's the first comic, drawn from a conversation in the very first Chronicle, Tavern Crossings.
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We hope you enjoy this very special comic. There’s more on the way!
Book: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex
I received an arc of this from Edelweiss .
For starters, just knowing that this book exists means so much to me. I’m ace myself, and these past couple years, I’ve been looking for more books and media with ace rep, but sometimes it’s so hard trying to find decent rep when there’s truly not many compared to most other rep. I don’t normally care for nonfiction, but when I saw this, I knew it was something that would help me greatly.
And it did help me very much. It helped me feel a little more comfortable in my identity, and it and makes it so much easier to give sources and information to people when I’m at a loss on how to describe who I am and what it is. I am struggling to write even a half decent review because I just want to yell “YES” and just that “it’s absolutely epic and awesome!” I am so in awe and so happy with this book’s existence and the way it was written that I can’t get much further than that.
What I will say though is that Ace covers so many important topics: sex, sexuality, romance, societal norms and views for all of that and so much. This should be a widely read book, but it should especially be picked up for anyone wanting to further understand asexuality or learning more about themselves and how they experience asexuality, this is the book.
It also challenges the way society views sex and the “innateness” of it as well as other things society tells us is innate. It challenges the culture surrounding sex and marriage and much more. The author doesn’t hold back, which is something I vastly appreciate. I also love how personal and so informative this book is. It is definitely something I needed, personally and for others. I definitely appreciate how Chen didn’t only focus on the aspec part of identities either. She also included ethnicity, religion, gender, even geography (she even gave a disclaimer that her focus would be narrowed!), etc etc.
This is really something that more people need to read, whether you’re ace, aro, allo, or anything at all.
hello! 2021 just began and i know some people really struggle with finding books with aromantic and asexual representation, so here is a list of 2021 releases i know of that have a character that’s on either spectrum (or on both!). i've decided to include both main/pov characters and some love interests since those also tend to be more major characters. all of these are of course 2021 releases that we don’t know that much about yet, but i’ve taken all of this info from statements by the authors.
WHAT WE DEVOUR by Linsey Miller (ace mc)
A BEAUTIFUL DOOM by Laura Pohl (aroace mc, demi mc)
THIS GOLDEN FLAME by Emily Victoria (aroace mc)
THE MARVELOUS by Claire Kann (not yet specified)
WHEN THE NIGHT COMES by Marieke Nijkamp (ace mc)
THE RECKLESS KIND by Carly Heath (ace mc)
THE LITTLE THIEVES by Margaret Owen (demi mc)
THE SECOND REBEL by Linden A. Lewis (sequel to The First Sister; ace mc)
RAVAGE THE DARK by Tara Sim (sequel to Scavenge the Stars; demi mc)
Hey, so I was rereading The Stepford Wives (1972) a few months ago, and…
[For screenreaders: Sylvia called to apologize – she had been passed up for a promotion she damn well knew she deserved-and Charmaine called to say they'd had a great time and to postpone a tentative Tuesday tennis date. "Ed's got a bee in his bonnet," she said. "He's taking a few days off, we're putting Merrill with the DaCostas-you don't know them, lucky you-and he and I are going to 'rediscover each other.' That means he chases me around the bed. And my period's not till next week, God damn it."
"Why not let him catch you?" Joanna said.
"Oh God," Charmaine said. "Look, I just don't enjoy having a big cock shoved into me, that's all. Never have and never will. And I'm not a lez either, because I tried it and that's no big deal. I'm just not interested in sex. I don't think any woman is, really, not even Pisces women. Are you?"
"Well I'm not a nympho," Joanna said, "but I'm interested in it, sure I am."]
[For screenreaders: 'Really, or do you just feel you're supposed to be?"
"Well, to each his own," Charmaine said.
"Let's make it Thursday, all right? He's got a conference he can't get out of, thank God."
"Okay, Thursday, unless something comes up."
"Don't let anything."
"It's getting cold."
"We'll wear sweaters."]
That's… that's a canonically asexual character.
A pretty accurate one as well— if you hang out in the ace community today, you'll find loads of stories from people who spent time assuming that they must be gay ("because if I'm not attracted to the opposite gender, then what else is there?"), or coming to the conclusion that nobody really feels sexual attraction and everybody's just pretending to do so to fit in.
And it's clearly intentional representation, since the author goes to the trouble of clarifying in the text that this isn't just gay coding, or an example of the 'women just don't enjoy sex' stereotype.
It's canon ace rep. In 1972. In the form of a female character who is confident, social, sexually experienced and basically the opposite of all aphobic stereotypes you'll find.
i think it is just so important to have aspec representation, especially in children's media. like to just reassure children that it is okay to not like romance. remind teenagers that sex isn't the only important thing in life. i mean we need lgbtqia+ rep for children, but especially aspec rep.
i can't imagine what it would have been like to have someone who said "i don't like romance" in a ya book. or what it would have been like to read about someone who just doesn't experience attraction. even just seeing the words asexual and aromantic in my books. like that would have completely changed how i figured out my identity. it would have changed my life. i'm not even kidding.
like just aspec rep in media. all aspec rep. we need it. please!!!
[ID: The Owl House snowball meme. A boy, labelled “Freud”, holds a snowball, labelled “"everyone experiences sexual attraction"”, and looks at it inquisitively. Over the course of three panels, a girl, labelled “aces”, smacks the snowball out of his hand. End ID]
Summary: Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.
Rose Nylund from Golden Girls is asexual. And there’s not shit else there is to say about it.
She said that before she was married she never really thought about sex. And when she lost her virginity, she didn’t really understand sexual desire. And she calls Blanche a “hypersexual bitch,” which i cannot wait to fucking call people whenever I’m upset too. 😂