It is pride month! And so in celebration I thought that today I would share a few of my personal favourite books and television shows featuring really great lgbtq+ representation.
I’ve chosen books with little to no angst because as much as I love the powerful reads I want to talk about books with gays living their best lives with minimal angst and reader trauma involved.
The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. This series follows Apollo after he is sent down to Earth … as a human teenager and it follows him getting into a world of trouble. Apollo is either bisexual or pansexual (unclear) but this series does feature many of his ex-“lovers” both male and female from throughout history. In the past three books this also features married lesbians with a daughter, and cannon Nico and Will as adorable boyfriends!
Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. Rick is giving us all the good content. In this series we have a genderfluid main character love interest whose mum, yes mum, is Loki. We have a main character who is later revealed to be pansexual and its not said in specific words but Blitz & Hearthstone are definitely married.
Trish Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. ASEXUAL REPRESENTATION!! This was the first book I’d ever read with actual ace representation and it cleared so much stuff up for me. Tash is an aspiring film maker and with her friends makes a web-series of a kind of reimagination of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. I have read a few other books featuring a main ace character but none have lived up to this one so far and I highly recommend.
Superior by Jessica Lack. This was a very recent read of mine but I had so much fun reading this. This is a short story so it’s a super fast read. It follows Jamie, the intern to a superhero, who’s main job requirement is to be kidnapped and then saved by his boss. And so on one of these “just being kidnapped” occasions, he notices the cute blond boy h, Tad, a villains apprentice, hiding in the shadows and he of course takes the opportunity to flirt. Jamie is bisexual and Tad’s sexuality isn’t stated but their story is adorable! (if not far too short).
Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron. This is another kind of short story following a girl who needs to be married in order to get her inheritance which she badly needs and so she and her best friend plan to get fake married and split the cash which of course turns into real feelings. This was a really cute wlw story and I want to read more like it!
I promised not to talk about this anymore but I just feel bad not including it and that is Red, White and Royal Blue which I’m sure everyone has heard a whole lot about. It’s been everywhere and rightfully so. I loved it.
Legends of Tomorrow. The gayest and best of all
CW superhero shows. This show is bloody bonkers but so much fun! The first season is a bit rocky but when it finds it’s footing it’s literally the best. It features:
- Badass bisexual ex-assassin turned space captain dating lesbian clone and head of federal time travel organization. (The main show romance).
- Bisexual British warlock who is done with everyones shit.
- Gary freaking Green who joined the dark side in exchange for a nipple and is holding a giant crush on a certain a certain British warlock.
- Wentworth Miller plays a gay character from an alternate universe for a few episodes.
- Charlie and Zari are most likely not straight.
- And a really healthy adorable bromance between two straight male characters. We stan a non toxic male friendship.
Schitts Creek. I’ve only just started watching this show this past week and … I’m on season 4. This show features a pansexual main character in the form of David Rose. He’s currently in a relationship with a guy and I kid you not I would die for Patrick. The show also has a really sweet coming out scene which I haven’t got to yet but I saw it on YouTube and it was great.
Sex Education. This is a pretty recent watch. I watched this about 2 months ago and binged the whole thing. In this show we have a gay character by the name of Eric and again, I would happily die for him. He is the best friend of the main character Otis but he’s not a throwaway character only there for representation points. He has a great character arc and personality.
His and Otis’s friend is the sweetest thing in the world. And his outfits are always popping! I’m dying for the next season.
One Day At A Time. I am, and forever will be, pissed that this was cancelled. This show is genuinely really funny. The first season follows Elena coming out to her family as a lesbian and follows on to showing her getting her first significant other with Syd who identifies as non-binary. It’s two adorable nerds being in love and cancelling it was a stupid ass decision.
So those were a few books and series that I really love and enjoy. Thank you for reading. I’m wishing everyone a very happy and safe pride month!