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LGBT Voices: Gender queer, pansexual, and bisexual characters in books

Melissa Eisenmeier

Melissa lives in Baltimore with her two cats, Stan Lee and Spencer. She likes Harry Potter, historical fiction (especially if it's set in colonial/Revolutionary War-era America or WW2), and animals.

Awhile back, a friend and I were talking about how we don't see many bisexual, pansexual, or gender queer characters in books. We were both annoyed by this W. is genderfluid and gender non-conforming, I'm pansexual), so I decided to come up with a list of books for us with characters that are bisexual, pansexual, or gender non-conforming.

Girls Like Me is a YA novel about queer-identified teenager who gets pregnant by her gender queer paramour. It's a bit serious, but accurately deals with all the stuff modern lgbt+ teens have to deal with: mental illness, psych wards, increased rates of pregnancy for lgbt+ teens. We have this new.

 

Two Spirits, by Walter L. Williams, is historical fiction about a Virginian who finds himself captivated by a Native American Two-Spirit, someone who is gender non-conforming.

In The Unintentional Time Traveler, by Everett Maroon, an epileptic teenage boy loves working with cars but can't ever drive one. He agrees to participate in an experimental new study and finds himself in the body of a girl his age.

 


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