I need some fiction titles, GLBTQ characters

… not that I won’t be interested in acquiring and reading them, but my actual purpose is that I need some to list in an article/post I’m writing.

Ideal if the characters are not “merely” gay lesbian trans bisexual or otherwise-queer but are activists or at least actively involved in social-political culture and politics and whatnot.

Also ideal if the story includes the characters’ coming to understand themselves as such and/or come out to people who didn’t previously know, whether it be family or employers or friends or whatever.

Newer publication dates are more useful than old classics like Rubyfruit Jungle.

The “Nantucket Trilogy”, by S. M. Stirling is where I’d go for a role model character like you are seeking.

The first book in the trilogy is Island in the Sea of Time. The island of Nantucket is cast almost three thousand years into the past. Also along for the ride is a Coast Guard ship, the Eagle, captained by one Marian Alston. She is lesbian, black, and a ranker who climbed into the officer’s corps.

Captain Alston remains an important character throughout all three books, becoming head of island defense forces. She acquires a partner in the first book.

At one point, when the CEO of Nantucket’s civilian authority asks if her (adopted) daughters ever have problems because they have two mommies she says that mostly they don’t. This is because most folks have become tolerant, and she’s advised her girls that if anyone DOES tease them, then the two sisters should gang up and beat the snot out of the hecklers.

Mercedes Lackey’s “Magic” trilogy (Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Price, Magic’s Something Else), main character is gay (and one of the most powerful men alive)

Rainbow Boys details the lives of three teenagers at different stages of recognizing their homosexuality.

Luna describes a high school senior’s transition to living as a woman and narrated by her younger sister.

They’re both YA novels, so the characters aren’t particularly brazen or political firebrands, though.

So, Google is down???
I mean, really?

Take a look at the Stonewall book awards from the GLBRT from the American Library Association. The list of winners (helpfully broken into fiction, non-fiction and YA sections) is here.

I don’t remember much about it other than that I didn’t like it very much, but Blanche McCrary Boyd’s Terminal Velocity seems relevant. Here’s the opening, courtesy of Amazon:

This was a sequel to McCray’s book about the same character’s earlier years, The Revolution of Little Girls, but I haven’t read that one.

Pantomime, by Laura Lam

You know, when you think about it, 99% of all threads in this board could be solved by some form of Googling, but some of us like the interaction

The OP makes it clear he’s looking for some specific details instead of just getting a list. So don’t threadshit.

Do they have to be political activists on queer issues specifically? China Miéville’s* Iron Council* has a couple queer characters in Cutter and Judah, but they’re primarily socialist political activists, not gender rights ones.

Parrotfish (about a transboy) and Being Emily (about a transgirl) are both fairly recent YA novels.

Again, though, the characters aren’t particularly political or activist. What I liked about both of them was that they didn’t go for the “afterschool special” approach–both the boy and the girl weren’t ostracized or bullied.

Thanks, everyone!

I just got a request for a partial (first 30 pages of the MS) in the first week of querying the book as a work of fiction instead of positioning it as a memoir! Been thinking of repackaging it for awhile now.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon.

The novel follows the lives of two Jewish cousins before, during, and after World War II. They are a Czech artist named Joe Kavalier and a Brooklyn-born writer named Sam Clay. In the novel, Kavalier and Clay become major figures in the comics industry from its nascency into its “Golden Age.”

Also Michael Chabon: “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.” IIRC it’s a bit of a triangle with a straight guy dating a girl and then discovering he’s bi and having a relationship with a gay guy at the same time.

The Kids In The Hall Brain Candy.

One of my desert island books. Helped me greatly whilst coming out

Dhalgren and Triton by Samuel R. Delany might qualify.