One negative aspect of politics is how politicians use their ideology as a way of completely wiping out the great strides LGBTQ+ people have made. Earlier last weekend, the provincial Conservative party wanted to talk about excluding transgender identity from sexual education. This topic is extremely heated right now.
I never knew this hatred would hit a new low in my province. But unfortunately, Ontarians decided to vote in a bigoted man who believes religion and conservative views should reign supreme. Does he sound familiar? Thankfully, for now, he has backed down from that rhetoric. So how to combat it? Well, you stand up against it.
Now, I have read many books with gay and lesbian characters, not with trans, genderfluid, or nonbinary characters though. But I want to change that. Trans, nonbinary, and genderfluid characters and authors deserve their time and their recognition. A literary revolution is occurring, and we should give our time to explore more diverse stories. So for my next Beyond the Blurb, my weekly/monthly discussion post, I want to highlight LGBTQ+ books you definitely should read.
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
One author who I respect is Rick Riordan. Even though I’ve never read any of his work, I love how he has listened to his readers and diversified his characters and storylines. One character, in particular, is Alex Fierro, one of the main characters, who is genderfluid. I love how she is not only a demigod but also a shapeshifter.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
I cannot rave about this book enough. Victoria has expanded her writing and given a voice to LGBTQ+ characters. I was pleasantly surprised when she introduces Soro. She is respectful with how she introduces her characters. And I respect her for that.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie-Marie McLemore
Anna-Marie blends together a trans storyline and magical realism in this celebrated novel. At birth, Samir, a bacha posh, is assigned female destined to live as a boy until puberty. But as Sam matures, he realizes he wants nothing more than to be a man.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This author offers not only a transgender male character but also an asexual one as well. Even though the book dabbles in a dark storyline with students being killed, she gives readers a wide range of diversity in an urban fantasy setting.
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
The main character, Sal, is genderfluid. I’ve heard a lot of readers say they enjoyed how the other characters had little or no issue with Sal. I don’t always see that acceptance in stories. So that’s a refreshing tone. I just hope the fantasy elements are just as impressive.