List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction
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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.
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...
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.
|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
|Nico di Angelo||Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Heroes of Olympus
|Rick Riordan||Gay or bisexual (never directly labelled); he admits having had feelings for Percy Jackson after pressured by Cupid on the fourth book of The Heroes of Olympus series, The House of Hades. The only demigod to know of his feelings is Jason Grace, as Nico fears the others will judge him if they find out about his sexuality.|
|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 "The Infernal Devices"||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.|||
|Elizabeth Bennett||Gay Pride and Prejudice||Kate Christie (author)||Lesbian. Romantic relationships with Charlotte Lucas and Caroline Bingly.|||
|Mr. Benson||Mr. Benson||John Preston||Gay|||
|Frank Berry||The Hotel New Hampshire||John Irving||Identifies as gay.|||
|Berdine||The Blood of the Fold||Terry Goodkind||Lesbian. Was in a relationship with Raina, a fellow Mord-Sith.|||
|Kyle Blueman||CHERUB series||Robert Muchamore||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.|||
|Barry Cabot||Chocolates for Breakfast||Pamela Moore||Bisexual male Hollywood actor with a male lover; later has sex with the novel's fifteen-year-old female protagonist as well as her mother.|||
|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.|||
|Nicholas Dawson||City of God: A Novel of the Borgias||Cecelia Holland||Gay|
|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.|||
|Lady Dela||The Two Pearls of Wisdom and Eona The Last Dragoneye||Allison Goodman||Transgender. Also called a "twin soul" in the book. She was born a man but lives as a woman, excepting when she has to go undercover.|
|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|||
|Emil Drucker||Pay This Amount||Daniel Scott||Gay|||
|Albus Dumbledore||Harry Potter series||JK Rowling||Confirmed by Rowling to be gay, although nothing was said in the books. Some critics still doubt this- citing the principles of Authorial Intent.|||
|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.|||
|Courtney Farrell||Chocolates for Breakfast||Pamela Moore||Develops a crush on her female boarding school teacher.|||
|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|||
|Sage Hendrix||Almost Perfect, winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award||Brian Katcher||Transgender woman|||
|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.|||
|Keren||Arrows of the Queen||Mercedes Lackey||Lesbian. Life bonded to Ylsa and then Sherrill.|||
|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.|||
|Alec Lightwood||The Mortal Instruments||Cassandra Clare||Gay. Closeted in love with his best friend (who helps him realize he has no true feelings for him after all). In a secret relationship with his immortal boyfriend; Magnus Bane. Later in story comes out to everyone he knows by publicly kissing Magnus, despite homosexuality being despised by many. Has an uneasy relationship with parents who find it difficult coming to grips with his sexuality.|
|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.|||
|Ronan Lynch||The Raven Cycle||Maggie Stiefvater||Gay.|
|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 and 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||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|||
|Moirin||Naamah's Kiss, Naamah’s Curse, Naamah’s Blessing||Jacqueline Carey||Main character, bisexual; has relationships with both men and women.|
|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|||
|Oshima||Kafka on the Shore||Haruki Murakami||Gay, transgender|
|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.|||
|Phèdre nó Delaunay||Kushiel's Legacy||Jacqueline Carey||Bisexual - Main character in first trilogy.|||
|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||Maurice||E. M. Forster||Gay|||
|Seregil i Korit Solun Meringil Bokthersa||Nightrunner series||Lynn Flewelling||Gay|||
|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.|||
|Neal Spence||Some of Us Have to Get Up in the Morning||Daniel Scott||Gay|||
|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.|||
|Milo Sturgis||Alex Delaware series||Jonathan Kellerman||Gay|
|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.|
|Max Walker||Golden Boy||Abigail Tarttelin||The story follows an intersex teenager, Max, and his family and in particular highlights the difficulties the family faces with many of the health care providers they encounter.|||
|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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