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Do you know of any books that have queer characters that don’t say that on the cover?
Hi friend,
I'm assuming that this is because you're in a homophobic environment and can't safely read LGBTQ+ books. As far as I know, most books with queer characters either show it on the cover or the description on the back includes this (if anyone knows of any that don't do this, please share).
However, I was able to get around this by reading books online, and that might work for you too. My school uses a service called Sora that lets us check out ebooks from the school, so I used that to check out LGBTQ+ books and read them on my laptop without my parents knowing.
There are also tons of sites online that offer access to books for free, such as Project Gutenberg.
I hope this helps, and I also hope that someday you can read what you want without fear. Keep being you.
Much love,
River
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toka-sketch · 6 months ago
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I'm being honest with you... I have a big fictional crush on Maritza... she is so gorgeous.😍😍😍
She is badass, cool, smart and I love her hair!
So after Yadriel I just had to draw her too😚😚
So have fun with her card ❤❤❤
The characters belongs to the amazing @aidenschmaiden
Tap for better quality.
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humanmessofaperson · 2 months ago
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So over the past few months I've spent hundreds of hours putting together a document of a big list of LGBTQ+ books because I got tired of people only ever recommending the same 9 books when there are so many amazing books out there!
The list has over 1000 books ranging in genre (Although fantasy, romance and sci-fi are the majority) and shows the books in a way more than "here's a book cover and title and the fact that its gay should be all the information you need to decide whether you want to read this book!" because I'm tired of that.
Anyway, here's the link to the pdf, I'm not sure how well it works so here's the link to the google doc, and here's the link to the google drive so you can download it directly from there.
Feel free to share around, this list if yours now.
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franticvampirereads · 5 months ago
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Holy crap, The Scapegracers was such a good book! I was a little unsure going into it, but it grabbed my attention almost immediately. It’s got a gritty neon hazed weirdness to it, reminiscent of teen horror movies. And weirdness is something that I absolutely love in a book.
I loved Sideways and the rest of this magical girl gang! Daisy is absolutely unhinged and I loved that about her. Yates is the sweetest person ever and she deserves all the hugs she could ever want. Jing isn’t quite what I expected. She’s a little cold, but loves her friends and would do literally anything for them. And Sideways... damn, I really loved her. She’s so freaking relatable and she’s a huge bundle of contradictions. She’s a social outcast, she doesn’t take shit from anyone and will start a fight, she’s soft and sweet, she’s anxious. And she will do anything for her new friends. I just can’t get enough of these girls and their magic!
Another thing that I loved about this book was that Sideways’ parents were actually involved in her life. Their interactions were so loving and sweet. They gave me hope for other YA books to actually have good parental figures.
If I’m being honest, I don’t think there was anything that I didn’t like about this book. It was such a fun ride all the way through. I loved the blatant lesbian rep, the sapphic rep, the queer rep, the bisexual rep, the gay rep. All of it was so nice to see explicitly stated and not have it floating in some nebulous “are they, aren’t they” space. The Scapegracers is getting a solid four and a half stars from me and I can’t wait for the next book!
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iammb · 4 months ago
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So I’m currently reading Red, White & Royal Blue, but the thing I relate too on a spiritual level is Alex when Henry is dropping hints that he is gay at the NYE party and Alex just does NOT get it
Like Henry is not subtle at all and drunk-out-of-his-mind Alex is just standing there like “huh?” until Henry goes “you are so goddamn stupid” and kisses him
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mx-mythos · 5 months ago
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Day 7
Favorite LGBTQIA+ Book
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Definitely Pet, a YA novel by Akwaeke Emezi. This book was a journey from start-to-finish, I’ll tell you that much. If you like speculative fiction or horror from an obscure angle, then take out your summer reading list, friends.
Here’s the book description in case y’all are curious:
“There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question --How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
A riveting and timely young adult debut novel that asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.”
The main protagonist, Jam, is a Black trans girl with selective mutism. While beloved and supported by those around her, the adventure she’s ensnared in becomes quite harrowing. It’s a read that weighs heavily on you, but it’s worth it nonetheless. However, I must warn you: if you are sensitive to or triggered by CSA (child s*x abuse), you may want to skip out on this one.
Last but not least, some honorable mentions:
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Small Update: I added Claudine. I can’t believe I forgot this manga! This manga in particular chronicles the life and times of a transgender man in early 20th century France; the art and storytelling are beautiful. Full of melodrama and sorrow, this is a stand-alone piece by the same mangaka behind The Rose of Versailles!
(CW: misgendering, suicide. In addition to that, some of the content in it is…dated to say the least but nonetheless, it’s a lovely manga)
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the---hermit · 5 months ago
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Life Isn't Binary : On Being Both, Beyond And In-Between by A. Iantaffi and M.J. Braker
Currently reading and annotating it like there is no tomorrow.
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winterhoneybears · 4 months ago
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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Synopsis: “Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways”
Rating: (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) 5/5
Review: This was my second read from Taylor Jenkins Reid and I absolutely loved it. Reid has a great skill for writing historically and bringing in both truth and fiction of the era. I loved Daisy Jones & The Six and LOVED The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The way that sexuality and individuality is spoken about is wonderful and so very enjoyable to read. Highly recommend! 
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Banning LGBTQ+ books from schools is a real problem because, for many kids, reading those books is the one of the only ways to understand themselves and others.
I grew up in a very, very homophobic + transphobic household, but having access to books with queer characters helped me to begin to understand my feelings and accept that this was normal.
Additionally, I have non-LGBTQ+ friends who grew up in intolerant households who became allies because of these books.
Books are powerful because they can help people to see other perspectives and learn about things they wouldn't otherwise know. Having books with queer characters will help queer kids to accept themselves, and it will reduce bullying and hatred because it will teach others that being LGBTQ+ is okay (and that bigotry is not).
Having LGBTQ+ books in schools and public libraries isn't going to hurt kids. Banning them will.
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dkafterdark · 3 months ago
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"I, uh, remember the one Solstice years ago when High Prince Celadon gifted my mother a deck of cards with bizarre animals on the front. He told her they were enchanted, and that all she had to do was throw them while shouting their names and the creature she wished to summon would come to her aid. She spent an entire week trying to summon something called ‘Pikachu’ before someone kindly explained to her what Pokémon cards were, and that they weren’t magic. I’m pretty sure the High Prince has cemented his place on the top of her death list for that, but all the High King did was ground him."
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
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lesbianzukki · 3 months ago
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nothing makes me sadder than the realization that there’s no beartown fanart
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franticvampirereads · 5 months ago
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My heart has melted into a little puddle of goo. This was such a cute graphic novel. And if I’m remembering correctly, this is about where I jumped in on the online version. I seriously love everything that’s happening in this. The conversations about mental health and eating disorders is something that I haven’t really come across in many books let alone graphic novels.
Nick and Charlie are just so stinking cute together. I love that they were working on getting to know each other better in this and that Nick felt comfortable coming out to all their friends as bisexual. I just...I really loved that their friends were so supportive and amazing about Nick and Charlie coming out as a couple. It was so lovely. And this volume is getting a solid five stars.
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the---hermit · 6 months ago
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In Italia Sono Tutti Maschi by De Santid and Colaone
I have read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. It was incredible, the illustrations, the story, the topics.
It's an historical graphic novel, inspired by the real life of a homosexual man who lived during the period of the fascits dictatorship in Italy. Although many European countries at the time had specific laws agains homosexuality, Italy never created one becase "in Italy there's only males" as Mussolini said. Meaning that creating such a law would have been admitting that in Italy there were in fact queer people, which would have been a problem for fascist ideals. Of couse this doesn't mean that you could be out and free, homosexuals were usually sent to the "confino". This mean being litteraly exialiated to either a small isolated village or an island, tecnically as "political enemies". What I particularly liked is that they integrated a part of the story set when this man accepts to be on an interview. Both the imporance of testimonies like this, and the hurt of having to re-live bad experiences of the past are perfectly portrayed. The illustrations were incredible, they used only black,white and yellow and it worked amazingly.
I reccomend it a hundred percent it was one of the easiest five stars I have given this year.
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