Few notes: All books redirect to goodreads page. My focus is on high/heroic/historic/mythological fantasy, any other genres are stated in the brackets.
Please, add books and notes at will but remember to include only these in where either the protagonist or an important side character belongs to LGBTQ+.
(I also have a list here, which I’m going to update every time someone adds another book to this list)
GAY/BI MALE CHARACTERS
- Rain Wild Chronicles (part of Realm of the Elderlings series), Robin Hobb
- The Books of Outremer, Chaz Brenchley
- The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
- The Tale of the Five Omnibus, Diane Duane
- The Last Herald Mage series (part of Valdemar series), Mercedes Lackey
- Nightrunner series, Lynn Flewelling
- The Steel Remains (part of A Land Fit fot Heroes series), Richard K. Morgan
- The Wode Series, J. Tullos Hennig
- Mordred, Bastard Son, Douglas Clegg
- The Knights of Camelot series, Sarah Luddington
- The Mortal Instruments, Cassie Clare
- Kirith Kirin, Jim Grimsley
- The Fire’s Stone, Tanya Huff
- Shadowdance, Robin Wayne Bailey (trigger warning for rape)
- Doctrine of Labyrinths series, Sarah Monette
- Swordspoint & The Privilege of the Sword & The Fall of the Kings (part of Riverside world), Ellen Kushner
- Iskryne World Series, Sarah Monette
- Torsere Series, Annabelle Jacobs
- Captive Prince Series, C.S. Pacat
- Micah Grey series, Laura Lam (a bisexual intersex afab male protagonist)
- Gay Knights And Horny Heroes: Tales from the Court of King Arthur, Michael Gouda (very nsfw in a very ridiculous setting. Also spoiler: everyone is gay and horny)
- [steampunk] Havemercy series, Jaida Jones, Danielle Bennett
- [steampunk] A Book of Tongues (Hexslinger series), Gemma Files
- [steampunk] The God Eaters, Jesse Hajicek
- [steampunk] Lord of the White Hell, Ginn Hale
- [urban fantasy] Rifter Series, Ginn Hale
- [urban fantasy] Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
- [urban fantasy] The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice
- [sf] Bas-Lag Trilogy, China Miéville
- [sf] Warchild series, Karin Lowachee
- [dystopian sf] Mind Fuck, Manna Francis
LESBIAN/BI FEMALE CHARACTERS
Good Lesbian Books - it’s worth checking this site; it’s a guide to lesbian books, with books neatly organized into genres and themes
- Circle of Magic, Tamora Pierce
- Huntress & Ash, Malinda Lo
- The Steel Remains, Richard K. Morgan
- Chronicles of Tornor, Elizabeth A. Lynn
- When Women Were Warriors series, Catherine M. Wilson
- The Saga of the Renunciates & Thendara House (from Darkover series), Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Lythande, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Elemental Logic series, Laurie J. Marks
- Banshee’s Honor, Shaylynn Rose
- Kushiel’s Legacy series, Jacqueline Carey
- Wolfcry (part of The Kiesha’ra series), Amelia Atwater-Rhode
- The Dark Wife, Sarah Diemer
- The Witch Sea, Sarah Diemer (for free! The link leads to the download page)
- Sappho’s Fables: Lesbian Fairy Tales series, Elora Bishop and Jennifer Diemer
- Queen’s Champion: The Legend of Lancelot Retold, Cris Newport
- Celaeno series, Jane Fletcher
- Green Universe, Jay Lake
- Sing the Four Quarters (part of Quarter series), Tanya Huff
- Fires of the Faithful (part of Eliana’s Song), Naomi Kritzer
- Dragon Age: The Masked Empire (part of Dragon Age series), Patrick Weekes
- Nantuket Trilogy, S.M. Stirling
- By the Sword, Mercedes Lackey
- Sword of the Guardian, Merry Shannon
- [urban fantasy] The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan
- [urban fantasy] Gossamer Axe, Mass Market
- [urban fantasy] The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan
- [urban fantasy] The Cirlce, Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren
- [urban fantasy] Modern Faerie Tales, Holly Black
- [sf] Ascension, Jacqueline Koyanagi
- [sf] Jacob’s Ladder series, Elizabeth Bear
- [sf] Santa Olivia series, Jacqueline Carey
- [sf] Ammonite & Slow River, Nicola Griffith
- [sf] The Telling, Ursula Le Guin
- [sf] Dreamships, Melissa Scott
- [sf] The Stone Gods, Jeanette Winterson
- [sf] Adaptation series, Malinda Lo
- [dystopian] The Holdfast Chronicles, Suzy McKee Charnas
- Vows and Honor series (part of Valdemar series), Mercedes Lackey (asexual female protagonist. Trigger warning for rape as a background story!)
- The Fire’s Stone, Tanya Huff (one of protagonists is an asexual mage princess)
- Banner of the Damned, Sherwood Smith (asexual female protagonist)
- The Deed of Paksenarrion (part of Paksenarrion series), Elizabeth Moon (protagonist may be read as asexual, she certainly isn’t interested in anyone)
- [sf] Jacob’s Ladder series, Elizabeth Bear (asexual lesbian protagonist)
- [sf] short stories: A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (in A Fisherman of the Inland Sea) , Mountain Ways, Unchosen Love (both from The Birthday of the World and Other Stories) , Ursula Le Guin (polyamorous marriages - between two men and two women)
GENDER NON-BINARY & TRANSGENDER CHARACTERS
- Farseer Trilogy & Tawny Man Trilogy & Fitz and The Fool Trilogy (part of Realm of the Elderlings series), Robin Hobb (gender non-binary major character)
- Eon series, Alison Goodman (one of side characters is trans woman)
- Bloodhound (part of YA series Beka Cooper), Tamora Pierce (features a trans woman)
- The Bone Palace (part of The Necromancer Chronicles), Amanda Downum (major trans female character)
- A Story of the First History series, Mary Gentle (gender non-binary protagonsit)
- Children of the Triad series, Laurie J. Marks (one of the species, Aeyrie, is genderless, referred to with gender-neutral pronouns Id, Ids and Idre)
- Micah Grey series, Laura Lam (a bisexual intersex afab male protagonist)
- Tamír Triad, Lynn Flewelling (Princess Tamir is born female, but to protect them they are magically transformed into male and raised as a boy. Later in the books they are transformed into female again)
- [urban fantasy] The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (main character is in a relationship with her transgender girlfriend)
- [dystopia] The Butterfly and the Flame, Dana De Young (trans female protagonist)
- [dystopia] Bone Dance, Emma Bull (agender protagonist)
- [sf] The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (an anthology of transgender narratives)
- [sf] Vorkosigan Saga, Lois McMaster Bujold (major intersex character, trigger warning? for referring to them with “it” pronouns)
- [sf] The Left Hand of Darkness (part of Hainish Cycle), Ursula Le Guin (intersex society)
- [sf] 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (very broad range of gender and sexual identity)
- [sf] Imajica, Clive Barker (one of characters is an interdimensional traveler whose body can shift between sexes)
- [post-apocalyptic] Wraeththu series, Storm Constantine (intersex society)
Torajiro the cat & his friend Kikuchiyo the Shiba inuTorajiro is in elementary school and Chiyo is a junior high school student - April 2014
Source : shibakikuchiyo.blog32.fc2.com
this is the most important scene in cinematic history
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS CAT BEFORE
HER NAME IS TAMA
AND SHE’S THE STATIONMASTER AT A TRAIN STATION IN JAPAN
SHE GREETS ALL THE PASSENGERS
AND SHE HAS HER OWN OFFICE
AND SHE’S PAID IN CAT FOOD
AND SHE IS A FUCKING EXECUTIVE OF A FUCKING RAILROAD STATION
AND LOOK AT HER
the trains are decorated with cartoon versions of her since she’s their mascot as well
MAN YOU GOTTA TALK ABOUT THE TRAIN MORE TOO THOUGH!!
FOR ONE THERES A LITTLE LIBRARY INSIDE WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS!!
AND TAMA THEMED COUCHES AND BACKBOARDS!!!
AND THE FRONT HAS WHISKERS!!!
I MEAN CHECK THIS OUT!!
A TAMA CAFE!! AN ENTIRE TAMA GIFTSHOP!! TAMA NOTEBOOKS TAMA BAGS TAMA EARRINGS MORE TAMA STUFF I NEVER GOT PICTURES OF!! THERE IS SO MUCH TAMA !! THIS GODDAMN CAT!!
im sure ive reblogged this before but this cat makes me so happy
Tama is now the Operating Officer of the entire railway, given how important she has become to both her hometown, and the entire rail system in that prefecture. She has an assistant stationmaster - “Chibi” - and while her mother (Miiko) was still alive, Miiko was another assistant.
Now, Nitama (“Second Tama”) is Tama’s apprentice.
I MUST GO THERE.
You would be spot on with that assertion. Not only does ATLA master Bechdel bending it’s has fantastic female role models of all persuasions.
Top 10 feminist moments in ATLA!
#10. Ladies Showing Off Their Skills
If there is one thing ATLA is overflowing with, it’s ladies absolutely walloping the shit out of everyone. Nothing says gender equality like breaking people’s bones. And while there were many exceptional fights involving ladies, Suki channeling her inner spider-man is a definite highlight. Plus she made Sokka really hot while doing it.
#9. Ladies Performing The Ultimate Sacrifice
Yue’s sacrifice in the season 1 finale is one of the most outstanding moments of the entire series. Excellently foreshadowed, emotionally poignant and above all heroic. Up until that point her narrative arc had been rather traditional and romance focused, but in her final moments it completely transcends that as she makes the noble decision to give her life back. It’s heartbreaking and she’s rightly remembered throughout the series for the choice she makes.
#8. Ladies Outsmart Everyone
Politics is more often that not dominated by men, but that doesn’t mean they are better at it. It’s a fabulous moment in the series where two villains face off, and there was only ever going to be one winner. Azula absolutely wiped the floor with Long Feng with her superior cunning, wit and ruthlessness. In return she gets control of an army of well dressed men. Oh and it should be mentioned that it took men 100 years to try and defeat Ba Sing Se, Azula does it in less than a week. You go, gurl.
#7. Ladies Choosing Their Romantic Destiny
This may seem an odd choice for one of the most feminist moments, but I actually think it’s crucial. So many people completely misinterpret this scene and write if off as ‘The Hero Getting The Girl!’ It implies that Katara is a prize and has no agency in this decision. Utterly and completely missing the point. Katara makes a big statement in 3x17 about how she and Aang are not ready for a relationship with a war going on and that he should back off. Aang respects this decision and promptly gets lost (literally, actually). When the war is done Katara turns up on that balcony and makes the clear decision that she wants him. She initiates the kiss. They make a massive point of this on the DVD commentary about how it’s Katara that properly starts their relationship. It sends a great signal that ladies should operate on their own romantic schedules and that if the dudes worth it, he’ll still be there.
#6. Ladies Beating Up Fully Grown Men
What is more feminist than a 12 year blind old girl emasculating and then promptly beating the shit out of a fully grown man. Nothing I tell you. Nothing.
#5. Ladies Defying Gender Norms And Expectations
There’s a whole lot of this in ATLA of course, but one of my favourite moments is Kyoshi’s whole philosophical attitude. It’s really unconventional for a hardline consequentialist philosophy to come from a woman. Avatar Kyoshi is just a brilliantly fascinating character that show upmost conviction in her beliefs and fulfills them with great assurance. Her speech about killing Chin the Conqueror and what that meant to her is a lesson in great character writing. Plus she’s the oldest ever Avatar, ladies represent.
#4. Ladies Having Excellent Friendships
So many outstanding female friendships in this show, all with different dynamics and nuances. And while the relationship between the Azula/Ty Lee/Mai is fascinating, I think the interaction between Toph and Katara is in the end obviously more satisfying. They represent polar opposites in terms of gender norms. Katara with her traditional girly tendencies, while Toph with her far more masculine rough approach. They clash over their perceived differences but in the end they find common ground over mutual admiration for each other’s strengths.
#3. Ladies Being Both Girls And Warriors
If there was a tagline for ATLA’s feminism, this would be it. It’s a complete inversion of the pervasive line of thinking that warriors have to be masculine. ATLA was fantastic at showing that being a girl and being a warrior are not mutually exclusive.
#2. Ladies Being Dangerous
The Dangerous Ladies are everything that I could have wanted and more. An elite hit squad filled with intricate and well written ladies that have hugely satisfying individual and cumulative plot lines. Not only do they beat virtually everyone they come up against, they always to do it with such style and great punch lines. “Don’t you know fans just makes flames stronger?” or of course Mai’s eternal classic, “Oh well, victory is boring.” The Dangerous Ladies might not have won in the end, but they certainly made a fantastic team.
#1. Ladies Fighting Patriarchy
A defining moment in Katara’s character arc and the series as a whole. The whole of season one had built up to Aang and Katara finding a powerful Waterbending Master, only to realize they were trapped in a society that had institutional sexism. Despite her male peers telling her to find another solution, Katara takes matters into her own hands. What follows is nothing less than a sensational battle where Katara proves definitively that actions speak louder than words. It’s a groundbreaking moment in the series, both highlighting that the “good” guys are not always that good and equally that change can come despite the odds.
Nestlé backed up that statement with this ruthless move at the World Water Forum.
Across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources.
Nestlé’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”
Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. It’s time we took a stand for public water sources.
Tell Nestlé that we have a right to water. Stop locking up our resources!
At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. For us, it means paying up to 2,000 percent more for drinking water because it comes from a plastic bottle.
Now, in countries around the world, Nestlé is promoting bottled water as a status symbol. As it pumps out fresh water at high volume, water tables lower and local wells become degraded. Safe water becomes a privilege only affordable for the wealthy.
In our story, clean water is a resource that should be available to all. It should be something we look after for the public good, to keep safe for generations, not something we pump out by billions of gallons to fuel short-term private profits. Nestlé thinks our opinion is “extreme”, but we have to make a stand for public resources. Please join us today in telling Nestlé that it’s not “extreme” to treat water like a public right.
Tell Nestlé to start treating water like a public right, not a source for private profits!
Sources and further reading:
Nestlé: The Global Search for Liquid Gold, Urban Times, June 11th, 2013
Bottled Water Costs 2000 Times As Much As Tap Water, Business Insider, July 12th, 2013
Peter Brabeck discussion his philosophy about water rights
this is a huge deal in latin america especially and i need some more people to be aware of this and care
happy 34th birthday to harry james potter! (and jk rowling)
Magnetic putty engulfs piece of metal.
This is what a writer looks like when we’re engulfing our readers’ souls.