Queer Awesomeness for Further Reading! This list will always be increasing over time. We want to include well edited, interesting queer books from both other publishers and independent publishers. Eventually, as this list grows, we will split it into further categories to make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Read any fantastic queer books lately? Let us know and we will add it to our list. E-mail us with your suggestions. Please be patient after submitting, as we need time to read through suggestions and ensure they’re a fit. Please note we don’t accept cis m/m fiction, due to this genre already being well represented.
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (1993/2003)
“This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit.”
Being Emily by Rachel Gold (2012)
“Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it’s not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily. A story for anyone who has ever felt that the inside and outside don’t match and no one else will understand…”
Just Girls by Rachel Gold (2014)
“Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a stranger—the buzz is someone in the dorm is a trans girl. So Tucker says it’s her, even though it’s not, to stop the finger pointing. She was an out lesbian in high school, and she figures she can stare down whatever gets thrown her way in college. It can’t be that bad. New rules, old prejudices, personal courage, private fear. In this stunning follow-up to the groundbreaking Being Emily, Rachel Gold explores the brave, changing landscape where young women try to be Just Girls.”
“The provocative transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me! provides a searing account of her search for identity and her true self. It began in a bedroom in Naples, Florida, when a misbehaving punk teenager named Tom Gabel, armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a headful of anarchist politics, landed on a riff.”
Ylva Publishing has already published some books with trans/queer side characters. If you are interested, have a look at these books:
Flinging It by G Benson (2016)
When main characters Frazer and Cora start up a program for at risk pregnant people, Jack is one of their first clients. A trans, bisexual teenage boy, Jack is several months pregnant and has no idea whether to keep the baby or not. His storyline involves his estrangement from his family, his discovery of a new family, and figuring out where he wants his life to go. He is a main thread between Cora and Frazer throughout the book.
Fragile by Eve Francis (2016)
This book is about coming of age in today’s USA, about riot grrrls, and about roller derby. Landon is best friends with main character Carlie and her sister Cynthia. He is transgender; his resulting struggle with his landlord is mentioned and also his life after transitioning. Landon plays an important role for the development of Carlie and Cynthia.
Backwards to Oregon by Jae (2013)
This book is set in the 1850s and around the undertaking of The Great Oregon Trail. Luke, the protagonist, is a woman who has lived as a man since she was a teenager, simply to survive. We not only follow the story of Luke’s love of another woman, but about the everyday problems and threats that are involved with living as a man in this time period. The endearing and congenial character can, and will often, be seen as trans. The author deliberately leaves that decision to the reader.