LGBTQIAP+ Rep I Desperately Want (More) In Books

Posted June 16, 2017 by Bee in Special Events / 16 Comments

Another Pride Month post! Hurray! This time, I’m going to share with you the rep I desperately want (more) in my YA. And with this I mean that I want the MC to be in either of these following categories. Not just a side character. Because in my opinion there are not enough books repping these topics. We can never have enough LGBTQIAP+ books, right? Right.

The Ace Spectrum

I think we can all agree that YA is severaly lacking in ace rep, right? Right. In fact, the only book that I’ve read so far with ace rep, is Kathryn Ormsbee’s TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY, which I enjoyed very much. So yes, I want all of the ace rep. Asexual, demisexual, graysexual,… all of it! Being from the ace spectrum myself, I desperately want to see myself repped in books more. (Accurately, of course.)

The Aro Spectrum

So far, I don’t think I’ve read a book with an aromantic MC. Which is tragic, let’s be honest. So very tragic. So please, can someone fix this? Thank you muchly.

For more info about both of the above, go check out this awesome infographic from Huffington Post!

A Male Bisexual MC

There probably ARE books with this out there. But sadly, tragically, I don’t know them. If you know one, PLEASE tell me about it in the comments. I adore male pov books and I love LGBTQIAP+ books. So if you know a book with a male, bisexual MC, come at me. Please.

A Pansexual MC

Same as above. There probably are books like this out there. But I don’t know them. I’m demipansexual myself so it’d be really cool if I could read a book and recognize that part of myself in the MC. Shout at me in the comments if you know any books!

Is there any rep that you would like to see (more) in YA? Tell me about it in the comments and come at me with all your recs!
Bee

Bee

Bee (born as Bieke) is 27 years old and from Belgium. (No she won't send waffles.) She's a strange, nerdy and anxious creature floating around somewhere on the ace spectrum. Oh, and she also writes books as Nelly B. Jones. Or tries to anyway. You can also find her on Novel Ink.

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16 responses to “LGBTQIAP+ Rep I Desperately Want (More) In Books

  1. I’d definitely recommend Every Heart a Doorway for asexual rep. and Sunset Park by Santino Hassell (which is own voices) and Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall for male bisexual protagonists. I also have a tonne of lists on my Goodreads (shameless self-promo there, sorry!) that I made exactly for such an occasion, which may help you find some more recs:

    Ace spec. protagonists: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/59938132-annie-diverse-reads?shelf=ace-spec-protag
    Bisexual protagonists: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/59938132-annie-diverse-reads?utf8=%E2%9C%93&shelf=bisexual-protagonist&title=annie-diverse-reads&per_page=infinite

  2. Leah

    Hi, Bee!

    I’m going to recommend Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (which I’m reviewing later on this month) for its Ace rep. I’m not Ace myself, but from what I’ve seen from reviewers who are, the representation is well done. Hope this leads the way for more ace character books!

  3. Nathan

    I don’t know any books to recommend to you. I have never heard of demisexual or pansexual or the ace and aro Spectrums. I would like to know more, however. I would also like to see more books with a MC with epilepsy in YA or at all. I can count on one hand the number of books with a MC with epilepsy, even though it is the second most common neurological disorder. I loved this post, very informative.

  4. Agree with all of these! I loved Every Heart a Doorway for ace rep, and I can’t wait to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy, but I do wish there was more out there. I’d love to see a book with a demisexual MC. And I REALLY wish there was more aro rep! I don’t think I’ve read any books yet with a male bisexual MC, and the only one I know of is Been Here All Along, which I own and need to get to soon. I have read a couple books with pansexual MCs that I loved: Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler and The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis.

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  5. Sam

    I can think of two books immediately with male bi MC: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall, which was really cute, and Whatever by SJ Goslee, which I thought was fantastic. I am struggle with finding a good ACE book for a reading challenge right now. I read a few previously, but don’t have any new ones in my possession. I have heard that Tash Hearts Tolstoy is good.
    Sam @ WLABB

  6. Ayyy, high five for pan pride! Sadly, I haven’t read (or heard of) any books with pansexual rep, either :/ I know Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle is bi, but that’s the only one I can think of 🙁 I do have a rec for a little-known ace book, though: Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox. Not being ace myself, I can’t speak for how good the rep is, but it might be worth a shot! (I didn’t see anything obviously wrong with it, though.)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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