This post has really been months in the making. Over the summer I was reading the synopsis for a book and was really interested until the second paragraph. It said that the (male) main character’s boyfriend died by suicide. I don’t know why this particular book—whose title nor author I can’t even remember anymore—sparked such an annoyance for me, but it did. I am so tired of tragic gays stories.
Eventually, I let the thought go because I didn’t know how to talk about it without calling out some authors that I love. I mean, Shaun David Hutchinson and Adam Silvera write some really sad stories whose main characters have ex-boyfriends that commit suicide. And those are necessary stories! The higher forces know that we gays are not doing well. Still, it seems that there is an overwhelmingly higher percentage of queer stories with tragedy than allocishet stories with tragedy. One of the things that bothers me is that most of these tragic stories are written by authors outside of our community. It’s just another punch in the gut.
Needless to say, this anger/annoyance/overall negative feeling towards the situation stuck with me for a few months. The reason I’m writing this post now is that I was discussing the issue with some of my friends a couple weeks ago and realized that we need to bring attention to this issue. My first step in doing this is to write a list of queer stories that don’t qualify as tragedy.
All of the books below feature a main character in a romantic pairing that is male/male, male/enby, female/female, or female/enby. Additionally, they all have an ending with a happy and/or hopeful feel to it. They are listed alphabetically by the author’s last name.
A Hidden Hope by Laura Ambrose ♠
Penglass Publishing / 20 October 2018
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
Genre: Contemporary / Romantic Comedy
Balzer + Bray / 30 October 2018
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
Viking / 30 October 2018
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant ♠
Genre: Romance / Coming of Age
NineStar Press / 31 October 2016
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
Avon Impulse / 8 January 2019
The Disasters by M.K. England ♠
Genre: Science-Fiction / Space Opera
HarperCollins / 18 December 2018
Spy With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Pairing: M/M and F/F (two main characters)
Genre: Historical fantasy
Albert Whitman Company / 2 October 2018
Blackout by Kit Mallory
Genre: Science Fiction / Romance
Kit Mallory / 8 May 2018
Like Water by Rebecca Podos ♠
Genre: Contemporary / Coming of Age
Balzer + Bray / 17 October 2017
♠ – DISCLAIMER: I have only read the books with a spade symbol after the author’s name. I’ll be happy to provide more details for those books. Unfortunately, cannot offer the same for the books in this list that were suggested to me.
What are some of your favorite books with happy queer characters? Give me more suggestions in the comments!