Queer Characters in YA Genre Fiction

a few months ago

Feel like your life is would be a little bit brighter if it included a lesbian werewolf and some kickboxing drag-queens? Me, too. But you may not expect to find these characters in the pages of your favorite fantasy, mystery, or historical novels. That’s because queer representation in genre fiction has consistently lagged behind contemporary.

There will always be a need for coming out stories and real-life portrayals of queer characters in YA lit. With releases like Mark Oshiro’s Anger Is A Gift, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, and Claire Kann’s If It Makes You Happy, publishing is starting to address the dearth of stories that feature the intersection of gender identity and sexual orientation with various forms of bias.

The last few years have also seen an increase in LGBTQAI representation in YA genre fiction. So, if you’re seeking books that better reflect your own experiences or that are simply more inclusive, check out the following fantastic reads:

Read more in the June 2019 issue of Curiositales. By Juliet White.

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