List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction
||It has been suggested that List_of_gay_characters_in_literature be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since February 2013.|
This is a List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction. The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed greatly over time; for example the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the mid 20th century. A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the mid-19th century, and scholars have often defined the term 'sexual orientation' in divergent ways. Indeed, several studies have found that much of the research about sexual orientation has failed to define the term at all, making it difficult to reconcile the results of different studies. However, most definitions include a psychological component (such as the direction of an individual's erotic desire) and/or a behavioral component (which focuses on the sex of the individual's sexual partner/s). Some prefer to simply follow an individual's self-definition or identity. See homosexuality and bisexuality for criteria that have traditionally denoted lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
Items listed here must have verifiable third-party sources commenting on the sexuality of the character(s) in question, and additional explanation may be necessary. Citing the work itself may be appropriate if an applicable quote is provided. Additionally, only notable/significant characters from a given work (which may have multiple LGBT characters) need to be listed here.
Kilian Meloy wrote:
In a historical sense, literature as we understand it is a fairly new innovation, and the current concept of homosexuality is even fresher from the cultural oven. It's no great surprise, then, that gay literature — or even gay characters in literature — are so relatively new as to still be shiny. Nonetheless, there are gay characters that broke barriers and became cultural touchstones...
|Carol Aird||The Price of Salt||Patricia Highsmith||Bisexual; has a sexual/romantic relationship with another woman while married to a man.|||
|Alec i Amasa||Nightrunner series||Lynn Flewelling||Bisexual|||
|Alec (David Alexander Tielman Campion, diuk Tremontaine)||Riverside series||Ellen Kushner|
|Alexander the Great||Fire from Heaven
The Persian Boy
|Armand||The Vampire Chronicles||Anne Rice||Bisexual; In the novel The Vampire Armand, he is shown to have sexual relations with a number of people of both sexes, including Marius de Romanus and Bianca Solderini.|||
|Vanyel Ashkevron||The Last Herald Mage trilogy||Mercedes Lackey||Gay; In the series, Vanyel has two sexual relationships, both with male partners.|||
|Nancy "Nan" Astley||Tipping the Velvet||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; main character who has sexual/romantic relationships with three other women as well as other casual sexual encounters.|||
|Bagoas||The Persian Boy||Mary Renault||Gay|||
|Magnus Bane||The Mortal Instruments||Cassandra Clare||Bisexual; has a sexual/romantic relationship with a main male character, Alec. He has presumably had numerous relations with both genders.|
|Florence Banner||Tipping the Velvet||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; has a sexual/romantic relationship with the main character.|||
|Renly Baratheon||A Song of Ice and Fire||George R R Martin||Gay; Never clearly stated in the books but hinted at having a sexual/romantic relationship with Loras Tyrell. In the TV-show it is made clear that they are lovers.|
|Therese Belivet||The Price of Salt||Patricia Highsmith||Lesbian; has a sexual/romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Mr. Benson||Mr. Benson||John Preston||Gay|||
|Frank Berry||The Hotel New Hampshire||John Irving||Identifies as gay.|||
|Molly Bolt||Rubyfruit Jungle||Rita Mae Brown||Lesbian; main character who has numerous romantic and sexual relationships with other women.|||
|Dave Brandstetter||Dave Brandstetter Mysteries||Joseph Hansen||Gay|||
|Beebo Brinker||The Beebo Brinker Chronicles||Ann Bannon||Lesbian|||
|Coach Harlan Brown||The Front Runner||Patricia Nell Warren||Gay|||
|Richard Brown||The Hours||Michael Cunningham||Gay|||
|Kitty Butler||Tipping the Velvet||Sarah Waters||Bisexual; has a sexual/romantic relationship with the main character as well as marrying a man.|||
|Beth Ayers/Cullison||The Beebo Brinker Chronicles||Ann Bannon||Lesbian|||
|Clay||Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms||Bret Easton Ellis||Bisexual|
|Fever Crumb||Fever Crumb Series||Philip Reeve||Bisexual|
|Jason Carrillo||Rainbow Boys||Alex Sanchez||Gay|||
|Luis Carruthers||American Psycho||Brett Easton Ellis||Gay, Possibly Bisexual (In love with the male protagonist, later gets married to Courtney.)|
|Anne Damer||Life Mask||Emma Donoghue||Lesbian; has a sexual/romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Ambassador Dannyl||The Black Magician Trilogy||Trudi Canavan||Gay; referred to in novel as a 'lad'.|||
|Peggy Danziger||Happy Endings Are All Alike||Sandra Scoppettone||Lesbian; has a sexual and romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Infinite Darlene/Daryl||Boy Meets Boy||David Levithan||Also, gay.Transgender. Formerly known as Daryl, now a drag queen called "Infinite Darlene".|||
|David||Giovanni's Room||James Baldwin||Bisexual|||
|Selina Dawes||Affinity||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; has a sexual/romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Ennis del Mar||Brokeback Mountain||Annie Proulx||Main character who has a long term sexual relationship with another man as well as being married to a woman. Critics have described him variously as gay, bisexual, or occasionally as a heterosexual.|||
|Paul Denton||The Rules of Attraction||Bret Easton Ellis||Bisexual, falls in love with main character (a man)|||
|Sarah Dowling||Patience and Sarah||Isabel Miller|||
|Albus Dumbledore||Harry Potter series||JK Rowling||Claimed by Rowling to be gay, although nothing was said in the books. Some critics still doubt this.|||
|Clive Durham||Maurice||E. M. Forster||Gay|||
|Sieur Anton d'Escrivey||The Books of Outremer series||Chaz Brenchley||Gay|
|Alluvia Fairfax (Alice)||Gut Symmetries||Jeanette Winterson||Bisexual; main character who falls in love with a man and a woman and has a sexual relationship with them both.|||
|Lucy Farinelli||Kay Scarpetta novels||Patricia Cornwell||Lesbian; niece of the main character. Has several romantic relationships with other women as well as many casual sexual encounters with other women.|||
|Simon Foster||A Fairly Honourable Defeat||Iris Murdoch||Gay|||
|“||Dorian Gray was one of the first in a long list of hedonistic fellows whose homosexual tendencies secured a terrible fate.||”|
— Drew Banks , as quoted in "Influential Gay Characters in Literature"
|Giovanni||Giovanni's Room||James Baldwin||Gay|||
|Nelson Glassman||Rainbow Boys||Alex Sanchez||Gay|||
|Michael Godwin||Riverside series||Ellen Kushner||Bisexual|
|Dorian Gray||The Picture of Dorian Gray||Oscar Wilde||Bisexual|||
|Lord John Grey||Lord John series||Diana Gabaldon||Gay|
|Nick Guest||The Line of Beauty||Alan Hollinghurst||Gay|
|Darvish Shayrif Hakem||The Fire's Stone||Tanya Huff||Bisexual, stated throughout the book. Falls in love with Aarin, another lead character from the book.|||
|Maurice Hall||Maurice||E. M. Forster||Gay|||
|Basil Hallward||The Picture of Dorian Gray||Oscar Wilde||Gay|||
|Baron Vladimir Harkonnen||Dune||Frank Herbert||Gay; Harkonnen's sexual preference for men is implied in Dune and Children of Dune, and presented more explicitly in the Prelude to Dune prequel trilogy by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.|||
|Basil Henderson||Invisible Life
Just As I Am
Abide With Me
|E. Lynn Harris||Bisexual|||
|Ilar i Sontir||Nightrunner series||Lynn Flewelling|
|Ruth Jamison||Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe||Fannie Flagg||Lesbian; main character who has long-term romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Holland Jeager||Keeping You a Secret||Julie Anne Peters||Lesbian; has relationship with female character as well as male character.|
|Jeanette||Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit||Jeanette Winterson||Lesbian|||
|Jemel||The Books of Outremer series||Chaz Brenchley||Gay|
|Annie Kenyon||Annie on My Mind||Nancy Garden||Lesbian.|||
|Joel Harrison Knox||Other Voices, Other Rooms||Truman Capote||Gay.|||
|Denise Lambert||The Corrections||Jonathan Franzen||Lesbian|||
|Laura Landon||The Beebo Brinker Chronicles||Ann Bannon||Lesbian|||
|Renee LaRoche||Along the Journey River||Carole LaFavor||Lesbian protagonist|||
|Diana Leathaby||Tipping the Velvet||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; has a sexual relationship with the main character and other women.|||
|Nicolas de Lenfent||The Vampire Chronicles||Anne Rice||Probably gay. While human, Nicolas shares a sexual relationship with Lestat de Lioncourt.|||
|Alexander "Alec" Lightwood||The Mortal Instruments||Cassandra Clare||Gay; had a crush on the main male character and engages in a romantic/sexual relationship with the warlock Magnus Bane.|
|Maud Lilly||Fingersmith||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; main character who has a sexual/romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Lestat de Lioncourt||The Vampire Chronicles||Anne Rice||Bisexual. Lestat is attracted to and has intense relationships with members of both sexes.|||
|Malone||Dancer from the Dance||Andrew Holleran||Gay|||
|Marron||The Books of Outremer series||Chaz Brenchley||Gay|
|Dirk McDonald||Baby Be-Bop, Weetzie Bat||Francesca Lia Block||Gay|||
|Alice Meadows||A Village Affair||Joanna Trollope||Married woman who has a sexual and romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Kyle Meeks||Rainbow Boys||Alex Sanchez||Gay|||
|Christopher Metcalfe||Now and Then||William Corlett||Gay; main character who has a sexual & romantic relationship as a boy with another boy at school. Later has sexual relationships with other men and eventually pursues a romantic relationship with another man.|||
|Russel Middlebrook||Geography Club||Brent Hartinger||Gay|||
|Paul Michel||Hallucinating Foucault||Patricia Duncker||Gay; openly homosexual writer, said to have many male lovers, including relationship with male main character/narrator.|||
|Luis Molina||Kiss of the Spider Woman||Manuel Puig||Transgender|||
|Annette Muscari||The Ferryman||Christopher Golden||Lesbian|
|The Narrator||Written on the Body||Jeanette Winterson||Bisexual; main character of unspecified gender who has sexual/romantic relationships with men and women. Some reviewers describe the narrator as a lesbian.|||
|Alex Nilsson||A Fairly Honourable Defeat||Iris Murdoch||Gay|||
|Noah||Boy Meets Boy||David Levithan||Gay. In love with Paul.|||
|Hélène Noris||The Illusionist||Françoise Mallet-Joris||Has a sexual relationship with another woman.|||
|Jeff O'Brien||The Men from the Boys
Where The Boys Are
Men Who Love Men
|William J. Mann||Gay|||
|Patrick||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Stephen Chbosky||Gay; previously in a relationship with Brad|
|Paul||Boy Meets Boy||David Levithan||Gay; main character. Ex-boyfriend of Kyle, in love with Noah.|||
|Louis de Pointe du Lac||The Vampire Chronicles||Anne Rice||Bisexual|||
|Margaret Prior||Affinity||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; main character who pursues a romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Richie||The Slap||Christos Tsiolkas||Gay; main character who has a sexual attraction to Hector.|||
|“||[Alec Scudder of Maurice was] a refreshingly unapologetic young gay man who was not an effete Oscar Wilde aristocrat, but rather a working class, masculine, ordinary guy ... an example of the working class teaching the privileged class about honesty and authenticity — a bit of a stereotype now, but back then quite extraordinary.||”|
|Alec Scudder||Maurice||E. M. Forster||Gay|||
|Seregil i Korit Solun Meringil Bokthersa||Nightrunner series||Lynn Flewelling||Bisexual|||
|Danny Slocum||The Confessions of Danny Slocum||George Whitmore||Gay|||
|Lisbeth Salander||Millennium series||Stieg Larsson||Bisexual|||
|Tamara Soulerr||The Illusionist||Françoise Mallet-Joris||Bisexual. Has sexual relationship with a man, and with his daughter.|||
|Stefen||The Last Herald Mage trilogy||Mercedes Lackey||Gay|||
|Stella||Gut Symmetries||Jeanette Winterson||Bisexual; falls in love with and marries a man, falls in love with and has a sexual relationship with a woman.|||
|Sutherland||Dancer from the Dance||Andrew Holleran||Gay|||
|David Talbot||The Vampire Chronicles||Anne Rice||Bisexual; has sexual relationships with Lestat de Lioncourt, Joshua (both men) and Merrick Mayfair (a woman).|
|Idgie Threadgoode||Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe||Fannie Flagg||Lesbian; main character who has long-term romantic relationship with another woman, and sexual encounters with one other woman.|||
|Tony||Boy Meets Boy||David Levithan||Gay. Child of orthodox Jewish parents.|||
|Aud Torvingen||The Blue Place||Nicola Griffith||Lesbian|||
|Tayend of Tremmelin||The Black Magician Trilogy||Trudi Canavan||Gay; referred to in novel as a 'lad'. Lover of Ambassador Dannyl.|||
|Sue Trinder||Fingersmith||Sarah Waters||Lesbian; main character who has a romantic/sexual relationship with another woman.|||
|Jack Twist||Brokeback Mountain||Annie Proulx||Main character who has a long term sexual relationship with another man as well as being married to a woman and having sexual relationships with other men and a woman while married. Critics have described him variously as gay or bisexual.|||
|Jaret Tyler||Happy Endings Are All Alike||Sandra Scoppettone||Lesbian; has a sexual and romantic relationship with another woman and identifies as a lesbian.|||
|Raymond Tyler Jr.||Invisible Life
Just As I Am
Abide With Me
|E. Lynn Harris||Bisexual|||
|Clodagh Unwin||A Village Affair||Joanna Trollope||Lesbian; has a sexual and romantic relationship with another woman.|||
|Clarissa Vaughan||The Hours||Michael Cunningham||Lesbian; in a long-term relationship with another woman.|||
|Richard St. Vier||Riverside series||Ellen Kushner||Bisexual|
|Villanelle||The Passion||Jeanette Winterson||Falls in love with a woman.|
|Min Wei||Geography Club||Brent Hartinger||Bisexual.|||
|Patience White||Patience and Sarah||Isabel Miller||Lesbian.|||
|Liza Winthrop||Annie on My Mind||Nancy Garden||Lesbian.|||
|Felicity Worthington||The Gemma Doyle Trilogy||Libba Bray||Lesbian.|
|Jason Wyatt||Sunningdale Golf and Country Club||Libba Bray||Gay.|
|Will Grayson||Will Grayson, Will Grayson||John Green and David Levithan||Gay.|
|Wallace Wells||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Bryan Lee O'Malley||Gay.|
|X (Narrator's pseudonym)||Boy Culture||Matthew Rettenmund||Gay; has sexual and romantic relationships with Andrew, Joe and other men.|||
|X (Allison Mann)||Y: The Last Man||Brian K. Vaughan||Lesbian.|||
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