An anon wanted an update on my acapella cover of the new NieR theme, so here’s what I’ve got so far! There’s a lot of stuff missing, and…this is totally unmixed, and I have some parts that desperately need correcting, but hey! Progress is progress, right?
Also I think this may be the most WIPs I’ve ever posted in a row for something. Hopefully some of you are enjoying hearing them!
Hey, so if you follow me then you know that recently I have made a post calling out a certain LGB author for fetishizing mlm relationships. This is a huge problem in the LGB/queer/SGA literature community and in order to combat the objectification, sexualization, and fetishization of mlm and wlw relationships I’m making a post of books that have LGB characters/relationships by authors that are sga and also the same gender as the character (aka no books about gay men written by bisexual women etc)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz:
Super sweet story of two Mexican-American boys finding friendship in each other. Told in the POV of a boy named Ari and set in the 1980s. Both boys have amazing, supportive parents and the writing of this novel is absolutely beautiful. A must-read in my opinion.
Proxy and Guardian by Alex London:
Dystopian/Sci-fi novel with a black, gay mc set sometime in the distant future. In this world, poorer people are essentially “whipping boys” for their wealthy counterparts in order to desperately avoid being in debt for their entire life. Syd, an orphan, is sentenced to death when his “Patron” (read: rich brat) is responsible for a car crash that killed a girl, only 2 years before he would’ve been free from the debt he accumulated for, well, being an orphan. With the help of his patron, Knox, and a strong-willed, defender-of-the-oppressed, wealthy teen, Marie, Syd flees the city he was raised in and discover’s he is the key to dismantling the corrupt system that divides the classes.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson:
Gay mc, Henry has been regularly abducted by aliens since the age of 13 which has earned himself the nickname “Space Boy” and results in horrific bullying. His boyfriend, Jesse, killed himself a year previously, his grandmother is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s, his mother’s job is killing her, and his dumbass brother is expecting a child he can’t take care of. Henry doesn’t see much of a world worth saving and when the aliens offer him a choice– press a red button to save the world, or witness the mass destruction of every living being in 144 days– he takes some time to think about it. New kid, Diego, is dedicated to convincing Henry that good still exists. Super gay.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan:
Set in what has to be the most liberal town in the world, this novel showcases way more LGB characters than straight ones, and is a light, happy story and a quick and easy read. Very much “general stereotypical ya romance novel but GAY.” I’d definitely recommend it if you’re tired of reading about gays being tortured by their sexuality, facing homophobia, getting KILLED OFF etc. (another note for this whole post– none of the LGB ppl in any of these novels are killed off or #tragic) Also anything by David Levithan is a win, definitely check him out if you haven’t had the chance to!!
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour:
Honestly… definitely not the best book on this list, but it is the only one that contains wlw. There is a distinct lack of wlw books in LGB literature and this is one of the very very few YA ones, and the only one I’ve been able to find at either of my local bookstores. The story revolves around Emi, a biracial lesbian teen who’s dream is to design sets for major productions. At the beginning of the novel, Emi and her cute best friend Charlotte discover a real life mystery that lead them to the unknown granddaughter of a now dead famous western actor. It’s very cute and realistic. Her reactions to her own crush on Ava are super gay and me 100%, her character is very easy to identify with if you’re a wlw it’s wonderful.
*Please note that the only books listed here are one’s that I have read and enjoyed. There are definitely more out there that I haven’t had the chance to read so if you have books in mind that aren’t included on this list please add them to this post!! I’d love recommendations! Keep in mind that this post is only for books written by mlm or wlw, with their books matching their respective sexualities (i.e. no trc, tsoa, cp, etc)
**another very important note!! This post says LGB rather than LGBT because none of these books feature trans characters, however if you reblog this with books written about trans characters by trans authors then let me know and I’ll change the title of this post for you!!! love ya’ll!!
Thanks for Reading :3
*EDIT* The lovely @ifoundmyselfreading was kind enough to add on a list of trans books by trans authors that they recommend! Here is the link for that, if you’re interested!!