A List of #ownvoices LGBT+ Books

You might have noticed I suck at titles. No matter! A couple weeks ago, I had a post on Twitter asking for any and all books y’all could think of that are ownvoices for the LGBT+ aspects. And WOW did y’all deliver! I had people responding, quote retweeting, and DMing me on both Twitter AND Instagram to tell me their favourite ownvoices LGBT+ books.

I was initially asking so that I could use the books for myself for reading and pictures for my own bookstagram account, but the overwhelming number of books that came at me that I had no idea existed before made me want to do more with it. I got together with a few amazing people and we decided to host an Instagram challenge.

#ownrainbows

I also decided to provide the list for y’all in a way that allows everyone to see it all put together. I’m going to list them in alphabetical order by title. I’m also going to add what the ownvoices rep within the book is in parenthesis. There are some that I’m unsure what the ownvoices rep is, so I’ll just put a ? for those.

Please let me know in the comments or shoot me a DM on Twitter or IG if you know what a book is ownvoices for. Likewise, if I’ve not included a book you know to be ownvoices for the LGBT+ aspects, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list! Also, if I’ve gotten any of these incorrect, please let me know so I can fix it.

I also want to go ahead and note that I know some of these books are problematic for other marginalizations. I am not excusing their problematic nature at all. The hurt caused by them is real and valid. DO NOT tell someone who has been hurt that their pain is not valid because the book is ownvoices, even if they are the same marginalization as the author. Marginalizations ARE NOT  a monolith. I am only listing books based on the ownvoices marginalization represented. I’ll put an asterisk (*) next to those I have heard may contain harmful content. If I missed any please let me know and I will add it.

 

A

A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White (Gay)

A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman (?)

A Little Complicated by Kade Boehme (?)

A Matter of Disagreement by EE Ottoman (?)

A Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox (?)

A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett (Trans)

Abroad by Liz Jacobs (?)

Adaptation by Malinda Lo (Bi)

Afterimage by Santino Hassell (?)

All Roads Lead To You by Harper Fox (?)

An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color by Ellyn Peña (Trans)

Another Enchanted April by Eric Arvin (?)

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (?)

Ariah by B. R. Sanders (?)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Gay)

As La Vista Turns by Kris Ripper (?)

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi (?)

Ash by Melinda Lo (Lesbian)

Azrael and the Light Bringer by Eric Arvin (?)

 

B

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake (Trans)

Bad Comes First by Kris Ripper (?)

Bait by Alex Sanchez (?)

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune (?)

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (Acespec)

Better The Devil You Know by Bey Deckard (?)

Black Iris by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder (?)

Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North (?)

Body Language by C. C. Carter (Lesbian)

Borrowing Trouble by Kade Boehme (?)

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Gay)

Boy With Thorn by Rickey Laurenriis (Gay)

Breach of Contract by JR Gray (?)

Breakaway by Avon Gale (?)

Breaking Down by Kris Ripper (?)

Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox (?)

Business Makes Strange Bedfellows by EE Ottoman (?)

 

C

Caged by Bey Deckard (?)

Cam Girl by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder (?)

Catalysts by Kris Ripper (?)

Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill (Gay)

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver (Aspec/demisexuality, Polyamory, Trans/NB)

Chance of the Heart by Kade Boehme (?)

Changeling Moon by EE Ottoman (?)

Changing Colors by Elyse Springer (?)

Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme (?)

Chulito by Charles Rice-González (Gay)

Climbing the Date Palm: A labor rights love story by Shira Glassman (?)

Close to Home by Kris Ripper (?)

Clouded Hell by JR Gray (?)

Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies by Alexis Hall (?)

Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale (?)

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (?)

Cold Fusion by Harper Fox (?)

Concourse by Santino Hassell (?)

Confessions of a Wild hear

 

D

Damages Incurred by JR Gray (?)

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (Lesbian, Acespec)

Daybreak Rising by Kiran Oliver (?)

Dear John by Kade Boehme (?)

Documenting Light by EE Ottoman (?)

Don’t Let Go by Harper Fox (?)

Don’t Trust The Cut by Kade Boehme (?)

Double Up by Vanessa North (?)

Driftwood by Harper Fox (?)

Duende by EE Ottoman (?)

Dynamics by Kris Ripper (?)

 

E

Empty Net by Avon Gale (?)

Equilibrium by LC Davis (?)

Evenfall by Santino Hassell (?)

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour (Lesbian)

Exes by Kade Boehme (?)

Exposed by Bey Deckard (?)

Extremes by Kris Ripper (?)

 

F

Failure To Communicate by Misha Horne (?)

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Bi)

Fast Connection by Santino Hassell (Bi)

Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari (?)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (?)

 

G

George by Alex Gino (Trans)

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (Lesbian)

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (Lesbian)

Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe (?)

 

H

Hello World by Tiffany Rose (?)

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Gay)

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (Bi)

Huntress by Malinda Lo (Bi)

 

I

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Trans)

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (Lesbian)*

 

J

John & Jackie by TJ Klune (?)

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera (Lesbian)

 

K

Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman (?)

 

L

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (?)

Lunaside by J. L. Douglas (?)

 

M

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Gay)*

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Gay)

Mother of Souls by Heather Rose Jones (Lesbian, Acespec)

 

N

Nevada by Imogine Binnie (Trans)

Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee (Bi)

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Bi)*

 

O

Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (?)

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva (?)

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Gay)

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (?)

 

P

Peter Darling by Austin Chant (Trans)

 

Q

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (Bi)

Queer Magick by LC Davis (?)

 

R

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (?)

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (?)

 

S

Seafood and Silence by Lynn E. O’Cannacht (Acespec)

Shadows of Ourselves by Apollo Blake (?)

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery (Bi, Poly)

Storm Season by Pene Henson (?)

 

T

Tales From Outer Lands by Shira Glassman (?)

Tales from Perach by Shira Glassman (?)

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (?)

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (Lesbian)

The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis (Gay)

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (Gay)*

The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones (Lesbian, Acespec)

The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman (?)

The Paths We Choose by Maria Hollis (?)

The Rules of Ever After by Killian Brewer (Gay)

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman (?)

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie (?)

The Traitor’s Tunnel by C. M. Spivey (Trans, Acespec)

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (?)

 

U

Under The Lights by Dahlia Adler (?)

Unexpected Gifts by Kris Ripper (?)

Unteachable by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder (?)

Until You by TJ Klune (?)
 

V

Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault (?)

 

W

Warming Trend by Karin Kallmaker (Lesbian)

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (?)

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (?)

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (?)

 

X

 

Y

You Can Still See Stars in Seattle by Kade Boehme (?)

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Your Happy End by EE Ottoman (?)

 

Z

Zi Yong and the Collector of Secrets by EE Ottoman (?)

 

Thank you so much to everyone who recommended these books for the list! I really appreciate all of you! 

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17 thoughts on “A List of #ownvoices LGBT+ Books

  1. Are the represented identities in the parentheses those of the MCs or authors? I’m just curious because a lot of ownvoices is written by people in the LGBTQA+ community who may write outside their identity (a bisexual woman may write gay male characters, lesbian characters, etc). I was confused because I saw “Fast Connection” by Santino Hassell has “gay” in parentheses, but the two MCs are bisexual and the author is bisexual/queer. It might make more sense to just indicate the representation in the book with the understanding that the author is a member of the LGBTQA+ community. Just a thought.

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    1. Great question! (And thank you for letting me know about Fast Connection by Santono Hassell. I will fix that now.)

      I thought about doing it that way and simply listing what is represented while acknowledging that the author is part of the LGBT+ community, but lately I’ve noticed a lot of issues happening within the community and wanted to avoid it being an issue with regards to book recommendations. Also, there are books (specifically) that are by gay authors with gay MCs where the book contains biphobia. I decided just to be specific about it because of that.

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  2. I couldn’t DM you on Twitter, but here’s a list of LGBTQA+ authors that I’m aware of who write LGBTQAI+ books. I think this is probably 99% romance/erotica with some YA. I’ve grouped these #ownvoices by author, then listed their books.

    Vanessa North: Double Up (Lake Lovelace #1); Rough Road (Lake Lovelace #2); Roller Girl (Lake Lovelace #3); Blueberry Boys; Summer Stock

    Kade Boehme: Slade (Slade & Shane #1); Shane (Slade & Shane #2); Ferry-Tale; Want; Simple Things; Borrowing Trouble; Confessions of a Wild Heart; Chasing the Rainbow; Chance of the Heart; We Found Love; Teaching Professor Grayson; Keep Swimming (Keep Swimming #1); Going Under (Keep Swimming #2); Where the World Ends; Trouble & the Wallflower; Gangster Country; Dear John; A Little Complicated; Don’t Trust the Cut; Wide Awake (Wide Awake #1); You Can Still See the Stars in Seattle (Wide Awake #2); On the Dock; Wages of Sin; Exes

    Nathan Burgoine: Triad Blood; Triad Soul

    LC Davis: Queer Magick; Fan Mail; Pendulum (Kingdom of Night #1); Liminality (Kingdom of Night #2); Equilibrium (Kingdom of Night #3); Priest (Kingdom of Night #4); His Unclaimed Omega (Mountain Shifters #1); His Reluctant Omega (Mountain Shifters #2); His Unexpected Omega (Mountain Shifters #3); His Runaway Omega (Mountain Shifters #4); His Second Chance Omega (Mountain Shifters #5); Their Omega (Mountain Shifters #6); His Reformed Omega (Mountain Shifters #7); His Verum Omega (Mountain Shifters #8)

    Bey Deckard: Exposed; Max; Kestrel’s Talon (The Stonewatchers #1); Better the Devil You Know; The Complications of T (The Actor’s Circle #1); The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel (The Actor’s Circle #2); Sarge (F.I.S.T.S. #1); Murphy (F.I.S.T.S. #2); Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Baal’s Heart #1); Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires (Baal’s Heart #2); Fated: Blood and Redemption (Baal’s Heart #3)

    Alexis Hall: How to Bang a Billionaire (Arden St. Ives #1); Glitterland; For Real; Waiting for the Flood; Pansies; Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator #1); Shadows & Dreams (Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator #2); Looking for Group; Prosperity (Prosperity #1); Shackles (Prosperity #2); Squamous with a Chance of Rain (Prosperity #3); Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies (Prosperity #4); There Will Be Phlogiston (Prosperity #5); Liberty (Prosperity #6); Sand and Ruin and Gold

    Avon Gale: Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1); Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2); Power Play (Scoring Chances #3); Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4); Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5); Let the Wrong Light In; Whiskey Business; Conversation Hearts; The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates #1); The Ballad of Whiskey Jax (Tour Dates #2)

    JR Gray: Clouded Hell; Legally Bound (Bound #1); Breach of Contract (Bound #2); Illicit Activity (Bound #3); Damages Incurred (Bound #4); Say Yes

    Santino Hassell: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1); Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2); First and First (Five Boroughs #3); Interborough (Five Boroughs #4); Concourse (Five Boroughs #5); Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1 w/ Megan Erickson); Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2 w/ Megan Erickson); Hard Wired (Cyberlove #3 w/ Megan Erickson); Mature Content (Cyberlove #4 w/ Megan Erickson); Insight (The Community #1); Oversight (The Community #2); Illegal Contact (The Barons #1); Evenfall (In the Company of Shadows #1); Afterimage (In The Company of Shadows #2); The Interludes (In the Company of Shadows #3); Fade (In The Company of Shadows #4)

    TJ Klune: Wolfsong (Wolfsong, #1); Bear, Otter, and the Kid (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #1); Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #2); The Art of Breathing (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #3); Tell Me It’s Real (At First Sight #1); The Queen & the Homo Jock King (At First Sight, #2); Until You (At First Sight, #3); Into This River I Drown; The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania #1); John & Jackie; How To Be A Normal Person; Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year #1); Crisped + Sere (Immemorial Year #2); Murmuration; Olive Juice

    Joseph Lance Tonlet: Grif’s Toy (Tease and Denial #1); Wes’ Denial (Tease and Denial #2)

    Kris Ripper: Catalysts (The Scientific Method #1); Unexpected Gifts (The Scientific Method #2); Take Three Breaths (The Scientific Method #3); Breaking Down (The Scientific Method #4); Roller Coasters (The Scientific Method #5); The Boyfriends Tie the Knot (The Scientific Method #6); The Honeymoon (The Scientific Method #7); The New Born Year (The Scientific Method Universe); Extremes (The Scientific Method #8); Surrender the Past (The Scientific Method Universe); Threshold of the Year (The Scientific Method Universe); Ring in the True (The Scientific Method Universe); Practice Makes Perfect (The Scientific Method Universe); Going Home (Home #1); Home Free (Home #2); Close to Home (Home #3); Home for the Holidays (Home #4); Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista #1); The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2); The Queer and the Restless (Queers of La Vista #3); One Life to Lose (Queers of La Vista #4); Dynamics (Queers of La Vista #4.5); As La Vista Turns (Queers of La Vista #5); Fairy Tales (New Halliday #1); The Real Life Build (New Halliday #2); Take the Leap (New Halliday #3); Kith and Kin; Bad Comes First (Little Red & Big Bad #1); Red Comes Second (Little Red & Big Bad #2)

    Roan Parrish: In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhere #1); Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere #2); Where We Left Off (Middle of Somewhere #3); Small Change

    Eric Arvin: Woke Up in a Strange Place; Simple Men; Galley Proof; Another Enchanted April; Azrael and the Light Bringer (The River Dwellers #1); The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men (The River Dwellers #2); The Rascal; The Rest Is Illusion; Wave Goodbye to Charlie

    Elyse Springer: Whiteout (Seasons of Love #1); Thaw (Seasons of Love #2); Changing Colors (Seasons of Love #3); Heat Wave (Seasons of Love #4); Heels over Head

    Liz Jacobs: Abroad (Abroad #1)

    EE Ottoman: A Matter of Disagreement (Mechanical Universe #1); Duende (Mechanical Universe #2); Winter’s Bees (Mechanical Universe #3); Documenting Light; Like Fire Through Bone; Heart of Water and Stone; The Kraken Lord and the Eater of the Sun (The Bestiary); Song of the Spring Moon Waning; Selume Proferre; Business Makes Strange Bedfellows; The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis; The Memory of Blood and Lotuses (Proud to be a Vampire); Your Happy End; Changeling Moon; Zi Yong and the Collector of Secrets (Kiss Me at Midnight)

    Elliot Wake: Unteachable; Black Iris; Cam Girl; Bad Boy

    Harper Fox: Once Upon A Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #1); Tinsel Fish (Tyack & Frayne #2); Don’t Let Go (Tyack & Frayne, #3); Kitto (Tyack & Frayne #4); Third Solstice (Tyack & Frayne #6); Guardians Of The Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #5); Third Solstice (Tyack & Frayne #6); Preacher, Prophet, Beast (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #7); Cold Fusion; Priddy’s Tale; Seven Summer Nights; When Christmas Lights Are Blue; Life After Joe; Driftwood; A Midwinter Prince (Midwinter Prince #2); The Lost Prince (Midwinter Prince #2); Nine Lights Over Edinburgh; The Salisbury Key; Last Line (Last Line #1); ing Around the Sun (Last Line #2); Winter Knights; Scrap Metal; All Roads Lead to You; In Search of Saints; Half Moon Chambers; Kestrel’s Chance; Brothers of the Wild North Sea; Wolf Hall; Out; Marty and the Pilot

    Ana Mardoll: Poison Kiss (Earthside #1); Survival Rout (Earthside #2); Pulchritude; Standing with Wendy

    Julio Genao: When You Were Pixels (Syntax 0.1)

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    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for putting this all together!! I’ll add them tomorrow when I’m able to use my computer to do it. I mean wow… I’m completely blown away. 💖💖

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  3. Great list! As far as I know, Abroad is about a gay jewish boy and it’s only ownvoices for jewish rep. The Dark Wife and Everything Leads to You are ownvoices for lesbian. I’ve seen Malinda Lo mentioned as ownvoices for bi (for Huntress and Adaptation). Shira Glassman is ownvoices for jewish and wlw (not sure how she identifies). Girl Mans Up and Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit are both ownvoices for lesbian.
    He isn’t on this list, but I think several of Patrick Ness’s books are ownvoices for gay rep. More Than This is one of them.

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    1. Awesome! Thank you!! I do have some of Patrick Ness’s books to add still. I’m slowly working on getting everything on the list updated but life has been throwing curveballs and I’m doing this from my phone. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it all fixed up soon! 🙂 Thank you!!

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