LGBTQ Romance Assignment

LGBTQ Romance
December 6, 2018, 2-4 PM
Glenview Public Library

Read at least two romance books with prominent LGBTQ+ themes, each featuring a different character type, setting, or LGBTQ+ representation. We encourage you to consider writers of color in making your selections.

Here are a few authors to choose from but, due to the richness of the LGBTQ+ literary community, we hope you check out additional resources for more reading options. Finally, some of the authors listed below don’t exclusively write LGBTQ+ romances, so make sure to select a title that fits our discussion. 

Authors to consider: K. J. Charles, Cat Sebastian, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Radclyffe, Vanessa North, Melissa Brayden, Alexis Hall, Gail Carriger, Xen Sanders, Courtney Milan, Santino Hassell, Sarina Bowen, Karelia Stetz-Waters, C. S. Pacat, Mackenzi Lee, Claire Kann, Lorelie Brown, Shamim Sarif.

When reading, note the following elements:

–main LGBTQ+ representations (M/M, F/F, F/M, M/M/F, F/M/M, F/NB, M/NB (Nonbinary), Bisexual(F), Bisexual (M), Trans (T), Asexual (A), P (Pansexual), and more.

–sub-genres/tropes/themes/secondary plots/sensuality levels

–settings (historical, contemporary, geographic, etc.).

Next time, we’ll also discuss the current state of the LGBTQ+ romance community, LGBTQ+ terms and abbreviations used to denote character/relationship representations, benefits and drawbacks of discussing LBGTQ+ romances as a separate category, #ownvoices writers vs. others, and more.

Additional lists and resources to consider:



The Romantic Reader Blog

Book Riot-LGBTQ+ Lists

Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Smart Bitches Trashy Books

WOC in Romance

All About Romance-31 Awesome Queer Romance You Should Read

Some GoodReads Lists

Amazon LGBTQ+ romance list

Do you feel overwhelmed by choices? Feel free to email us at and we’ll suggest some great reads for you.