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Note: These are realistic contemporary and historical novels erring on the side of litfic. For short story collections, see here. For Romance, see here. For SFF, see here.

Realistic Contemporary

Cis Lesbian Protagonists

Cis Gay Protagonists

Bisexual Protagonists

Cis Male

Cis Female

Queer Protagonists

These are protagonists who either actively identify as queer, don’t use labels, or whose labels are unknown.


  • *All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman
  • *Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman
  • *What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart
  • *All Of You Every Single One by Beatrice Hitchman
  • *Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
  • *My Friend Natalia by Lauren Lindstedt
  • The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
  • *Body Grammar by Jules Ohman
  • *The Verifiers by Jane Pek
  • *Violet by Kyung-Sook Shin
  • *More of Everything  by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
  • *The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall


Trans Female Protagonists

Trans Male Protagonists

Non-Binary Protagonists

Intersex Protagonists

Realistic Historical

For organization by time period, see here.

Female Protagonists

Male Protagonists

Group Cast

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