50 years ago, books with LGBTQ+ characters weren’t commonly sold in stores. But now we are in the year 2021, where gay marriage is now legal and LGBTQ+ novels are being sold across the globe. This pride month, we are celebrating the community’s readers and writers by showing you 5 YA books with LGBTQ+ protagonists.
Carry On by Rainbow rowell
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is a young adult novel inspired by the Harry Potter series. The main protagonist—a young man named Simon Snow—prepares for his final year at an elite magical school. He later finds out that another boy named Baz, who has been his arch nemesis for years, is secretly in love with him. The novel takes us through their romantic journey as they sort out their feelings for one another.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey mcquiston,
In 2019, bisexual author Casey McQuiston published her first LGBTQ novel, Red, White and Royal Blue. The story follows a boy named Alex (the first son of the United States) who falls in love with the Prince of Wales—the guy who is supposed to be his enemy. The story takes through Alex’s romantic journey with Prince Henry, which is so sweet that you won’t be able to stop reading about it.
They Both Die at The End by Adam silvera
They Both Die At the End it is an LGBTQ story by Adam Silvera about two young men who receive the news that they are going to die later that day. All the boys want on their last day is to make a new friend, and that’s exactly what they do. The novel takes readers through their journey of falling in love on their last adventure. This read will surely make you smile and cry.
Some Girls Do by jennifer dugan
Some Girls Do, by Jennifer Dugan, is a YA contemporary novel about two teens—an openly gay track star and a closeted bisexual teen pagent queen—who fall for one another. The novel shows readers the romance between the two the girls, but we also get to learn about who they are as people. While Morgan is out and proud, Ruby is not, and as readers we get to see the struggles their relationship faces because of their differences. It’s an educational and fantastic read!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green is a novel about two teenage boys who both go by the name Will Grayson. Only one of the Will Grayson’s identifies as gay, but the other is a member of the Gay Straight Alliance club since his best friend, Tiny Cooper, is openly queer. Many LBGTQ teenagers find the gay Will Grayson incredibly relatable in the way that he is angry, depressed, and upset with the way society treats him and other members of the LBGTQ community. This book is a great one!
The Bottom Line
Reading is one of the best ways to learn, and many members of present society have a lot more to learn about the LGBTQ community. Novels with LGBTQ protagonist don’t only help those of the community find something to relate to but they also educate those outside of the community.