re: the Iron Seas series by Meljean Brooks.
Another reason to read them — besides actual queer and chromatic characters that you will fall in love with and amazing world-building that actually includes the world — is that all the stories have disabled characters in them. Not just in the background, but actually as part of the stories with names and histories and personalities.
The most recent book I’m reading has a disabled hero, and so much of the story is him dealing with the casual ableism of his world, as well as the outright hate and distrust of him because of his scars and machinery. It also has an entire society of awesome lesbians and bisexuals, and how they deal with a homophobic society, actual female friendships, and the heroine with two moms and a bit of girl-kissing in her past.
Again, it’s not a perfect series, and I’m sure it falls down a few times (especially in The Iron Duke), but oh man, it has everything I ever wanted in steampunk, and it makes me so happy.
This is a passage from an amazing series call "Chronicles of Nick" by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I cried. Read it!!!
“I know you’re hurting, Bryn. Believe me, I know how it feels to get your emotional teeth kicked down your throat so far that it makes you choke on the last shred of your dignity. I do. Just when you think you can hold your head up and everything will be okay, in walks your mom with this tacky, awful bright orange fish shirt that she makes you wear to school so that everyone can poke fun at it and call you names. That sick feeling in your gut that tells you, you can’t take anymore. That life sucks hard and it won’t ever get better. That you’re walking on a tightrope, trying to hang on with your toes ‘cause you got no safety net, and you’re barely one sneeze away from being a stain on the floor. But you’re not alone, Brynna. You’re not. You’ve got a lot of people who care about you. People who love you and who would be devastated if something ever happened to you.”
-Nick Gautier in “Infamous” the third novel in the Chronicles of Nick series.