Young Adult

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These titles are all Fiction. Young Adult Non-Fiction can be found under the Non-Fiction heading. Graphic Novels can be found here.

  • B/P/Q/A – MC is bisexual, pansexual, queer/questioning, and/or asexual (B/P = character is questioning on-page which of those labels fits and never decides)
  • + = label is stated explicitly on-page
  • ~Also includes allocishet POVs
  • Titles with MCs of color or indigenous MCs by BIPoC are in purple
  • * = Not yet released
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Please note multi-POV books will be listed twice where more than one list is appropriate.

Gay/Bi/Queer/Questioning/Pan/Ace Male Protagonists




Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Non-Fantastical Speculative

Lesbian/Bi/Queer/Asexual Female Protagonists



Fantasy/Paranormal/Magical Realism/Fabulism

Sci-Fi/Dystopian/(Post-)Apocalyptic/Non-Fantastical Speculative

Transgender Protagonists (Binary)

Boys, Realistic Contemporary

Boys, Historical

  • *Self Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • “Roja” by Anna-Marie McLemore in All Out (LI)

Boys, Speculative

Girls, Contemporary

Girls, Historical

Girls, Speculative

Non-Binary Protagonists

Agender, Speculative

Bigender, Contemporary

Demiboy, Contemporary

Demigirl, Speculative

Genderqueer, Contemporary

Genderqueer, Speculative

Genderfluid, Contemporary

Genderfluid, Speculative

Non-Binary, Contemporary

Non-Binary, Speculative

Intersex Protagonists



(Please note: love interests noted below are only in books where said LI does not have a POV. Characters with POVs are noted as protagonists and included in the above lists.)

Polyamorous Protagonists

Explicitly Bi Love Interests (to Heterosexual Main Characters)

Explicitly Bi/Pan Love Interests (to Homosexual Main Characters)

Explicitly Bi/Pan Love Interests (to Bi/Pan Main Characters)

Implicitly Bi/Pan LIs to Heterosexual MCs (as seen in Historical/SFF)

Implicitly Bi/Pan LIs to Homosexual MCs (as seen in Historical/SFF)

Implicitly Bi/Pan LIs to Bi/Pan MCs (as seen in Historical/SFF)

Transgender/NB Love Interests (to Cisgender Protagonists)




Transgender/NB Love Interests (to Transgender/NB Protagonists)

Fiction Anthologies with Queer Representation

Entire Anthologies

Select Stories

  • At the Stroke of Midnight ed. by Dahlia Adler (Malinda Lo, “HEA” by Alex London, Anna-Marie McLemore)
  • Black Enough ed. by Ibi Zoboi (Jay Coles, Justina Ireland, Kekla Magoon, Rita Garcia Williams)
  • Color Outside the Lines ed. by Sangu Mandanna (“Your Life Matters” by L.L. McKinney, “Death and the Maiden” by Tara Sim, “Gilman Street” by Michelle Ruiz Keil)
  • Feral Youth ed. by Shaun David Hutchinson (“A Ruthless Dame” by Tim Floreen, “Look Down” by Robin Talley)
  • Fresh Ink ed. by Lamar Giles (“Meet Cute” by Malinda Lo, “Why I Learned to Cook” by Sara Farizan, “Catch, Pull, Drive” by Schuyler Bailar)
  • Grim ed. by Christine Johnson (“The Twelfth Girl” by Malinda Lo)
  • His Hideous Heart ed. by Dahlia Adler (“Lygia” by Dahlia Adler, “The Murders at the Rue Apartelle, Boracay” by Rin Chupeco, “Night-Tide” by Tessa Gratton, “A Drop of Missing Ink” by Emily Lloyd-Jones, “Changeling” by Marieke Nijkamp, “The Glittering Death” by Caleb Roehrig)
  • Hungry Hearts ed. by Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman (“Gimme Some Sugar” by Jay Coles, “Side Work” by Sara Farizan, “Panederia – Pasteleria” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “Bloom” by Phoebe North)
  • It’s a Whole Spiel ed. by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman (“Indoor Kids” by Alex London, “The Hold” by David Levithan, “Some Days You’re the Sidekick, Some Days You’re the Superhero” by Katherine Locke, “Neilah” by Hannah Moskowitz)
  • Meet Cute ed. by Jennifer Armentrout (“Print Shop” by Nina LaCour, “Oomph” by Emery Lord, “Somewhere That’s Green” by Meredith Russo)
  • My True Love Gave to Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins (“Your Temporary Santa” by David Levithan)
  • A Phoenix First Must Burn ed. by Patrice Caldwell (Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, Jalissa Corrie)
  • The Radical Element ed. by Jessica Spotswood (“Glamour” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “Step Right Up” by Jessica Spotswood)
  • Summer Days & Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins (“The End of Love” by Nina LaCour, “Souvenirs” by Tim Federle)
  • Take the Mic ed. by Bethany C. Morrow (“Parker Outside the Box” by Ray Stoeve)
  • *That Way Madness Lies ed. by Dahlia Adler (“Some Other Metal” by AR Capetta and Cory McCarthy, “King of the Fairies” by Anna-Marie McLemore, “The Tragedy of Cory Lanez” by Tochi Onyebuchi, “Shipwrecked” by Mark Oshiro, “Dreaming of the Dark” by Lindsay Smith)
  • Three Sides of a Heart ed. by Natalie C. Parker (“Riddles in Mathematics” by Katie Cotugno, “Before She Was Bloody” by Tessa Gratton, “Unus, Duo, Tres” by Bethany Hagen, “Dread South” by Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, “Lessons for Beginners” by Julie Murphy, “Cass, An, and Dra” by Natalie C. Parker)
  • A Tyranny of Petticoats ed. by Jessica Spotswood (“City of Angels” by Lindsay Smith and “The Whole World is Watching” by Robin Talley)
  • Toil & Trouble ed. by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood (Tehlor Kay Mejia, Tess Sharpe, Elizabeth May)
  • Unbroken ed. by Marieke Nijkamp (“The Leap and the Fall” by Kayla Whaley, “A Play in Many Parts” by Fox Benwell, “The Ballad of Weary Daughters” by Kristine Wyllys, “A Curse, a Kindness” by Corinne Duyvis)

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