Armistead Maupin, Jeanette Winterson and a host of other good writers have brought gay literature into the mainstream
Q: What are some good books with LGBTQ+ representation? I’m a bisexual Australian 16-year-old.
(Wishes to remain anonymous)
A: Hannah Jane Parkinson, comment and features writer on the Guardian and Observer
LGBTQ-themed books were once few and far between – either polemics relegated to dark genre corners of bookshops, or artless fiction with awful titles and even worse covers. Wider representation of LGBTQ people in publishing and progressive attitudes have pushed queer books into the mainstream, however. Works often now include gay characters and scenes without necessarily revolving around specific queer “issues” (though these are still important).