Tired of Stories With Tragic Gays? Have Some with Happy Gays!3 min read

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 ♠

Pairing: F/F

Genre: Romance

Penglass Publishing / 20 October 2018

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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

Cover of This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

Pairing: M/M

Genre: Contemporary / Romantic Comedy

Balzer + Bray / 30 October 2018

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The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Pairing: F/Enby

Genre: Fantasy

Viking / 30 October 2018

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Coffee Boy by Austin Chant ♠

Pairing: TM/M

Genre: Romance / Coming of Age

NineStar Press / 31 October 2016

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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Pairing: F/F

Genre: Romance

Avon Impulse / 8 January 2019

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The Disasters by M.K. England ♠

Pairing: M/M

Genre: Science-Fiction / Space Opera

HarperCollins / 18 December 2018

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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

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Blackout by Kit Mallory

Pairing: F/F

Genre: Science Fiction / Romance

Kit Mallory / 8 May 2018

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Like Water by Rebecca Podos ♠

Pairing: F/Enby

Genre: Contemporary / Coming of Age

Balzer + Bray / 17 October 2017

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♠ – 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!


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2 Replies to “Tired of Stories With Tragic Gays? Have Some with Happy Gays!

  1. Thank you for this post! I too hate this excess of tragic queer stories. It’s often for the benefit of a cis character and that makes me even angrier. Or, it’s treated as little more than a plot device and given NO care whatsoever, which, WHAT EVEN?!

    Deep breath..,

    This is a great post with some books I’ve got on my list and some I didn’t. Do you know if Once Ghosted, Twice Shy can be read on it’s own? It’s part of a series, IIRC, and I think that’s why I haven’t read it yet. I did start Like Water and I hadn’t realized that the LI was enby! Maybe that just hasn’t come up yet or I missed it, but it’s a really good story, so hopefully I can get back to it because I was really enjoying it (curse obligations!).

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