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Note: These are contemporary and historical novels. 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-Identified Protagonists


Female Protags

  • *All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman
  • *What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart
  • *Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
  • *My Friend Natalia by Lauren Lindstedt
  • *The Verifiers by Jane Pek
  • *Violet by Kyung-Sook Shin

Male Protags

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

Queering up your shelf, one rec at a time!

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