LGBTQIA+ characters (Lesbian Book Bingo #12)

While Lesbian Book Bingo is named after the category that booksellers like Amazon sort most of the women-loving-women books into, it’s really a reading challenge for and about all women who are attracted to women.

Since June is pride month, I want this month’s focus to be on the often neglected, ignored, or erased sexual orientations and identities within the LGBTQIA+ community.

So for this square, please read a book with at least one female main character who is bisexual, pansexual, asexual, aromantic, trans, intersex, queer, or identifies in some other way that is not straight or lesbian and cis.

If you’re not sure what some of these terms mean, this might be a great time to read up on it. Queer Pack offers an explanation of queer terms here, but there are many other sources of information out there too.

15 GREAT BOOKS WITH LGBTQIA+ main characters

I’ve put together a list of 15 books with LGBTQIA+ main characters that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Out on Good Behavior_Dahlia Adler

Out on Good Behavior (Radleigh University, book 3) by Dahlia Adler

Pansexual main character

Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, though Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor, just might be pushing it. But when it turns out her attraction is reciprocated, they’ll both need to lay down some ground rules to protect their hearts.

Available at:
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Outcaste_Fletcher DeLancey

Outcaste by Fletcher DeLancey

Asexual character

Rahel Sayana is desperate to escape the life her parents have planned for her. She runs away to the dangerous port city of Whitesun and becomes an outcaste: a person of no caste and few rights. A planetary threat pulls her into the biggest battle in Alsean history, then into a treacherous game of power. The loss of both her honor and caste sends her reeling, but Rahel has always made her own fate. She gambles everything on one final chance. Will giving up her hopes lead to the highest honor of all?

Available at:
Heartsome Publishing
Amazon

Cricket_Barbara Dennis

Cricket by Barbara Dennis

Intersex character

After the death of her partner, Cricket tries to find the will to go on. With the love of old friends and the excitement of new adventures, she finds new meaning and quite possibly new love. 

Available at:
Amazon

Reintegration_Eden S. French

Reintegration by Eden S. French

Bisexual and trans characters

Streetwise cyborg Lexi Vale brokers deals for gang lords in the anarchic city of Foundation. Her mind-reading implant gives her a crucial edge—but it also makes her brain a hot commodity.
When she’s targeted by an augmented hunter, Lexi joins a group of rebels: a murderous vigilante, a daredevil smuggler, a drug-addled surgeon, and a revolutionary whose shared past with Lexi endangers them all.

Available at:
Ylva Publishing
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Print

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Bisexual main character

Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations—if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork.

Available at:
Amazon

Being Emily_Rachel Gold

Being Emily by Rachel Gold

Trans main character

They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.

Available at:
Bella Books
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Perfect Rhythm_Jae

Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Homoromantic asexual main character, aromantic supporting character

Pop star Leontyne Blake is over love and women falling for her image. When she heads home to be near her sick father, she meets small-town nurse Holly, an asexual woman who has no interest in dating, sex, or Leo’s fame. Can their tentative friendship develop into something more despite their diverse expectations?

Available at:
Ylva Publishing
Amazon
Apple iBooks
Audible (audiobook)

Vow of Celibacy_Erin Judge

Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge

Bisexual main character

Natalie has made a promise: a vow of celibacy, signed and witnessed by her best friend. After a string of sexual conquests, she is determined to figure out why the intense romantic connections she’s spent her life chasing have left her emotionally high and dry. As Natalie sifts through her past and her present, she confronts her complicated feelings about her plus-sized figure, her bisexuality, and her thwarted career in fashion design. 

Available at:
Rare Bird Books
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Finding Your Feet_Cass Lennox

Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox

Trans main character, asexual main character

Unlikely circumstances land Evie—tourist, ace, non-dancer—in a dance competition just in time for Toronto Pride. Her friends think this is great, but she’s not so convinced, especially when she meets her dance partner. Tyler—local, trans, dancer—is a guy who’s stuck in a rut and knows it. The competition, and Evie, aren’t what he wants, but might be exactly what he needs in order to move forward.

Available at:
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Tengoku_Rae D. Magdon

Tengoku by Rae D. Magdon

Trans main character, bisexual main character

Aozora Kaede has run away from home. She’s forced to become a wanderer, with a spirit wolf as her only companion. Homura Imari, daughter of a daimyo, needs a favor. Someone must guide her to a faraway mountain and a magical blacksmith who can repair her missing left hand. Together, they must travel across the treacherous Jade Sea, protect themselves from Kaede’s vengeful family, and perhaps even save the Empire from destruction.

Available at:
Desert Palm Press
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Not Otherwise Specified_Hannah Moskowitz

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

Bisexual main character

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown. Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere—until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group.

Available at:
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Roller Girl_Vanessa North

Roller Girl by Vanessa North

Trans main character

Derby offers recently divorced Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Coach Joanne “Joe” Delario cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help wanting more.

Available at:
Amazon
Apple iBooks

Just Juliet_Charlotte Reagan

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Bisexual main character

Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.
Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested.

Available at:
Amazon
Audible (audiobook)

London Harmony_Squid Hugs_Erik Schubach

London Harmony: Squid Hugs by Erik Schubach

Trans main character

Zilrita was at the top of her game, managing the most successful record label in Europe, London Harmony.  There was nothing that could derail the squid hugging goth woman, except the smile of the woman she secretly longed for, their receptionist, Jennifer.
After an emergency calls her back to Denver after being away for thirteen years, Zilrita is forced to re-examine her life and face some truths she has hidden herself away from.

Available at:
Amazon
Apple iBooks

thaw_Elyse Springer

Thaw by Elyse Springer

Asexual main character

Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she’s invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she’s ever met, supermodel Gabrielle Levesque. Gabrielle has a reputation as the Ice Queen, except she warms up whenever she’s with Abby. But Abby isn’t interested in the heat between them; she’s asexual, and she’s worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance.

Available at:
Amazon

If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the LGBTQIA+ characters square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another book that fits the category.

Book bingo giveaway: Win a book by leaving a comment

For the LGBTQIA+ characters square, I’m giving away an e-book copy of:

  • Reintegration by Eden S. French
  • Being Emily by Rachel Gold
  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

Anyone can enter. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog and let us know which book you’re going to read for the LGBTQIA+ characters square or if you can think of another book that fits this category.

Entries close on Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.

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Happy reading!
Jae

48 thoughts on “LGBTQIA+ characters (Lesbian Book Bingo #12)

  1. Ive been waiting for this. This a good start to understanding different perspectives in our community. Im going to read Just Juliet again. Its a good book, until I can get some others.

  2. So many great choices. I’ll definitely have to read Roller Girl at some point. My wife did Roller Derby for a few years so that book definitely appeals to me. I really want to read Being Emily too. And Perfect Rhythm is on my list as well. Too many choices. That’s a good thing though

  3. It’s good to expand one’s horizons. There are a number of authors I am not familiar with in this list. TBR list is ever-growing.

  4. I read Making a Tinderbox by Emma Sterner-Radley and realized while reading that it’s a good fit for this category.

  5. I read the sequel to “Being Emily” for this square on my 2nd bingo card. It’s called “Just Girls” and it’s about a Trans woman who is a freshman in college and living in the women’s dorm. I didn’t read the first book so it’s definitely a stand alone and I quite enjoyed it.
    I read “No One’s Sidekick” (I think) for my first card. The lead character is bi and there’s a secondary character that’s trans.

  6. Just Juliet is a great read for this category. But as I’ve already read it, I’m going to read Just Jorie, by Robin Alexander. Great choice on the bingo square category, by the way!

  7. This is a great list! I never read books other than lesbian. I enjoy author Rae D. Magdon, so I read “Tengoku”. This book was handled so gently and lovingly, it opened my eyes to a whole world of different genders, and the struggles they face. My eyes have really been opened. I am now going to read “Perfect Rhythm”.

  8. Wow! Some really great sounding books. I’m going to go with Outcaste, since I already own it, and it is in my reading pile already. But, I just put many of these in to my wishlist.

  9. I read Silent Bob for this square, it has two bi characters who fall in love and it takes place in my home state of Washington, I also want to read perfect rhythm as well. Too many choices to choose from.

  10. Lots of good choices. Besides Jae’s ‘Perfect Rhythm,’ I highly recommend ‘Just Juliet’ by Charlotte Reagan. Great YA category as well.

  11. Thank you so much for including books with asexual characters! As an asxual myself, I’ve definitely been searching for some good books with asexual representation. Definitelyre-read nothing Thaw and Perfect Rhythm!

  12. The book cover for “Roller Girl” by Vanessa North is hella amazing. Wasn’t alive during the heyday of Roller Derby, but my cousins and I were about that roller rink life (roller skating and then rollerblading) just about every weekend in the summer when we were kids. So, yeah, gonna read “Roller Girl.”

  13. Just finished Perfect Rhythm by Jae. Damn you Jae!! Please keep writing ;) Butttt.. I need three more! So I guess I will start with Just Jorie, because I love the writing of Robin Alexander and keep on looking for more! That’s part of the fun. I still find new amazing authors!

  14. There are several on this list that I’m interested in reading, and a couple I’ve already read. Throwing a couple titles out there, Reintegration, Tengoku, Being Emily, and Thaw are all in my tbr list. I’ve read Perfect Rhythm, Squid Hugs, and Just Jorie already this year.

  15. I read Sweet Boy and Wild One by T L Hayes. Next I’m rereading Jae’s excellent Perfect Rythm. Also plan to read The Performance by Ellys Phox – a well written tangled murder mystery with a hell of a plot twist at the end. Also considering Finding Your Feet, Roller Girl and Being Emily. Good list as always Jae.

  16. I plan on reading Tengoku by Rae D. Magdon.

    I already read Perfect Rhythm when it came out. It was fantastic.

  17. I have Perfect Rhythm already, but most of the list are on my tbr list. I think Being Emily and Re-integration are nearest the top. 🤩

  18. Any chance of adding which books are #ownvoices to the blog post? I know #ownvoices is not w/o its issues, but for this category in particular I feel like it would be useful information to have.

    • I had thought about it, but unless the author says so on her author’s bio, I have no way of knowing. I do know that “Knit One, Girl Two” by Shira Glassman, “Thaw” by Elyse Springer, and “Vow of Celibacy” by Erin Judge are #ownvoices.

    • CB Lee’s “Not Your Sidekick” and “Not Your Villain” are #ownvoices (Chinese-Vietnamese bi main character; YA superhero fantasy)

      Also, from my previous post:

      “Knit One, Girl Two” by Shira Glassman is #ownvoices; Glassman’s Goodreads page bio says she’s a “bisexual Jewish violinist.”

      Some not on the list that I believe are all #ownvoices (and all Young Adult reads):

      Malinda Lo’s “Huntress” (bi and lesbian main characters; YA fantasy)

      April Daniels’ “Dreadnought” (trans main character; YA superhero fantasy)

      Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway” (ace main character; YA fantasy)

  19. “Knit One, Girl Two” by Shira Glassman is #ownvoices; Glassman’s Goodreads page bio says she’s a “bisexual Jewish violinist.”

    Some not on the list that I believe are all #ownvoices (and all Young Adult reads):

    Malinda Lo’s “Huntress” (bi and lesbian main characters; YA fantasy)

    April Daniels’ “Dreadnought” (trans main character; YA superhero fantasy)

    Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway” (ace main character; YA fantasy)

    • Great suggestion! Since I had to limit my lists to 15 books, I unfortunately couldn’t list all the great books and authors out there.

  20. I got to admit the only one I’ve read of this list is perfect rhythm and it is an excellent book, but I’m interested in some of the list like Tengoku by Rae D. Magdon, this one looks so much like a Japanese manga that has me intrigued

  21. I just discovered Lesbian Book Bingo today and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am!! I’ve always struggled to find great lesbian books in different genres, so this is incredible! Obviously I’m a bit behind, but luckily I just read 2 phenomenal books (series) that fit this category! If anyone is interested, the first book is Seers Stone by Holly Evans. The main character is bi. The characters in all of Holly’s books are somewhere in the LGBTQIA+ community.

  22. Perfect Rhythm tops my list of life-changing books, though. Might have to be my re-read for this one. Though there are so many good choices on this list.

  23. I loved Perfect Rhythm, but when I realized (after the sample) that Holly is asexual, I felt a little challenged. Then I realized that the book was pushing me, ever so gently out of my comfort zone to help me see (beautifully) another aspect of our community. So, I intend, now, to read Just Juliet, Tengoku, Not Otherwise Specified, Knit One Girl Two, and maybe Roller Girl. Books like these take us into the shoes of other women, expand our empathy, and enrich us in ways that sometimes takes months to realize. I’m currently reading Melissa Brayden’s excellent, Sparks Like Ours. One of the main characters, Elle, is realizing she’s lesbian, but fears her lack of prior interest in sex might mean she is “broken.” My response, because of Perfect Rhythm, was, ‘wait a minute, not broken, maybe she’s just Ace.’
    Thank you Jae,
    Connie

  24. Perfect Rhythm will be my choice for this square. But I realise that I have read very little about women in the LGBTQIA category. So I am really looking forward to Perfect Rhythm. What I love most about your books, Jae, is that you try to find a subject beyond the expected. And you have always a lot of knowledge about your subject. Must be your eagerness to learn. Keep up the very good work!

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