List of LGBT writers

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This list of LGBT writers includes writers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or otherwise non-heterosexual who have written about LGBT themes, elements or about LGBT issues. Works of these authors are part of LGBT literature.

As this list includes writers from antiquity until the present, it is clearly understood that the term "LGBT" may not ideally describe the identity of all authors, particularly for those who wrote before the nineteenth century. In some cases, it is more useful to consider such authors as persons who expressed attractions for persons of the same sex (for example, Sappho or Plato), and avoid the anachronistic use of contemporary labels. Inclusion in this list follows general scholarly and academic norms, specified in references, that attempt to establish a genealogy or history of LGBT literature written by LGBT people. There are many additional non-LGBT authors who have written works on LGBT topics. All new additions to this list should include a reference.

References


A[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Evan Adams b. 1966 Canadian playwright [1]
Etel Adnan b. 1925 Lebanese-American poet Sea and Fog [2]
Will Aitken American-Canadian novelist, film critic Terre Haute, Realia [3]
Francisco X. Alarcón b. 1954 Chicano poetry [4]
Edward Albee b. 1928 American playwright Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? [5]
Sandra Alland b. 1973 Canadian poetry, fiction [6]
Kimball Allen b. 1982 American writer, playwright, performer, gay activist Secrets of a Gay Mormon Felon
Paula Gunn Allen 1939–2008 Native American [5]
Dorothy Allison b. 1949 American novelist Bastard Out of Carolina [5]
Anne-Marie Alonzo 1951-2005 Canadian poetry, fiction, drama [3]
Lisa Alther b. 1944 American [5]
Rebecca Alpert American
Noel Alumit Filipino-American playwright, novelist Mr. and Mrs. La Questa Go Dancing, Letters to Montgomery Clift [7]
Gordon Stewart Anderson 1958-1991 Canadian novelist The Toronto You Are Leaving [8]
Debra Anderson Canadian novelist, playwright Code White [9]
Patrick Anderson 1915-1979 English/Canadian poet [3]
Albalucía Angel b. 1939 Colombian [4]
Núria Añó b. 1973 Spanish novelist Núvols baixos [10]
Salvatore Antonio b. 1976 Canadian playwright In Gabriel's Kitchen [11]
Gloria Anzaldúa 1942–2004 Chicana Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza [4][12]
Bert Archer b. 1968 Canadian journalist, critic The End of Gay (and the death of heterosexuality) [13]
Reinaldo Arenas 1943–1990 Cuban Before Night Falls [4][5]
Rafael Arévalo Martínez 1884–1975 Guatemalan [4]
Lawrence Aronovitch Canadian playwright [14]
Rane Arroyo b. 1954 Puerto Rican poetry Pale Ramón [4][15]
John Ashbery b. 1927 American poetry [5]
W. H. Auden 1907–1973 English poetry [5]
Ellis Avery American novelist The Teahouse Fire, The Last Nude
Manuel Azaña 1880–1940 Spanish [5]

B[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Sir Francis Bacon 1561–1626 English essayist, novelist [5]
James Robert Baker 1946–1997 American novelist Boy Wonder, Tim and Pete [16]
John Roman Baker b. 1944 English poet, playwright, novelist [17][18]
James Baldwin 1924–1987 African American poet, playwright, novelist Giovanni's Room [5]
Honoré de Balzac 1799–1850 French novelist La Comédie humaine [5]
Victor J. Banis b. 1937 American novelist (called "the godfather of modern popular gay fiction") The Man from C.A.M.P. (1966- ), the first gay mystery series
Ann Bannon b. 1932 American novelist Beebo Brinker [5]
Porfirio Barba Jacob 1883–1942 Columbian poet [4]
Djuna Barnes 1892–1982 American novelist Ladies Almanack (1928), Nightwood (1936) [5]
Allen Barnett 1955-1991 American short story writer [19]
Natalie Clifford Barney 1876–1972 American poet, memoirist [5]
Richard Barnfield 1574–1627 English poet [5]
Roland Barthes 1915–1980 French semiotician [5]
John Barton b. 1957 Canadian poet [20]
Jaime Bayly b. 1965 Peruvian journalist, novelist [21]
Neil Bartlett b. 1958 English playwright [5]
Sylvia Beach 1887–1962 American editor, memoirist Founder of Shakespeare and Company (bookshop) [5]
Joseph F. Beam 1954–1988 African-American journalist, editor [22]
William Beckford 1760–1844 English novelist, travel writer [5]
Aphra Behn c. 1640–1689 English dramatist, poet and novelist [5]
Bruce Benderson b. 1946 American novelist, essayist [23]
E. F. Benson 1867–1940 English novelist [5]
Jeremy Bentham 1748–1832 English philosopher [5]
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore American novelist [24]
José Bianco 1909–1986 Argentine essayist [4]
Anthony Bidulka b. 1962 Canadian novelist [25]
Elizabeth Bishop 1911–1979 American poet, short story writer [5]
Persimmon Blackbridge b. 1951 Canadian novelist, non-fiction writer [26]
Marie-Claire Blais b. 1939 Canadian novelist, playwright A Season in the Life of Emmanuel, Mad Shadows, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction [3][5]
Charlie Bondhus b. 1981 American poet All the Heat We Could Carry [27]
Barrie Jean Borich American memoirist My Lesbian Husband, Body Geographic [28]
Elizabeth Bowen 1899–1973 Irish novelist [5]
Jane Bowles 1917–1973 American novelist, playwright Two Serious Ladies [5]
Paul Bowles 1910–1999 American novelist, poet, translator The Sheltering Sky [5]
John Boyne b. 1971 Irish novelist [29]
Christopher Bram b. 1952 American novelist Father of Frankenstein [19]
Bertolt Brecht 1898–1956 German playwright [5]
Poppy Z. Brite b. 1967 American novelist [5]
Lynn Breedlove American novelist [30]
Michael Bronski b. 1949 American historian [31]
Brigid Brophy b. 1929 English novelist [5]
Nicole Brossard b. 1943 French Canadian poet, novelist [3][5]
Olga Broumas b. 1949 Greek-American poet [5]
Rebecca Brown b. 1956 American novelist The Gifts of the Body (1994) [32]
Rita Mae Brown b. 1944 American novelist Rubyfruit Jungle (1973) [5]
Cheryl Burke 1972-2011 American poet, autobiographer [33]
John Horne Burns 1916–1953 American novelist The Gallery [5]
William S. Burroughs 1914–1997 American novelist Naked Lunch (1959), Queer (1985) [34]
Aldo Busi b. 1948 Italian novelist [35]
Lady Eleanor Butler 1739–1829 Anglo-Irish diarist [5]
Samuel Butler 1835–1902 English novelist [5]
Lord Byron 1788–1824 English poet [5]

C[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Patrick Califia American
Anne Cameron Canadian
Elspeth Cameron Canadian
Peter Cameron American [19]
Rafael Campo American poet
Truman Capote 1924–1984 American novelist, non-fiction Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Cold Blood [5]
Pat Capponi Canadian
Tom Cardamone American speculative fiction Green Thumb [36]
Nancy Cárdenas b. 1934 Mexican [4]
Dale Carpenter American non-fiction Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
Edward Carpenter 1844–1929 English [5]
Julián del Casal 1863–1893 Cuban poet [4]
Sue-Ellen Case American playwright, critic
Stacie Cassarino American
Clint Catalyst b. 1971 American [37]
Willa Cather 1873–1947 American [5]
Catullus ca 85-ca 55 B.C. Roman poet [5]
Constantine P. Cavafy 1863–1933 Egyptian poet [5]
Luis Cernuda 1902–1963 Spanish poet [5]
Robert Chafe Canadian
Jane Chambers 1937–1983 American [5]
Jessie Chandler b. 1968 American Shay O'Hanlon Caper Series [38]
George Chauncey b. 1953 American historian
John Cheever 1912–1982 American [5]
Wayson Choy Canadian
Hélène Cixous b. 1937 French [5]
John Cleland 1710–1789 English [5]
Kate Clinton American
Jean Cocteau 1889–1963 French [5]
Henri Cole American poet
Colette 1873–1954 French Claudine series [5]
Joey Comeau Canadian
Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884–1969 English [5]
Timothy Conigrave 1959–1994 Australian Holding the Man
Bernard Cooper American [19]
Dennis Cooper American [19][39]
Copi (pseudonym of Raúl Damonte) 1941–1987 Argentine/French [4]
Rick Copp American mystery writer The Actor's Guide to Murder, The Actor's Guide to Adultery, The Actor's Guide to Greed, Where the Bears Are
Jeanne Cordova American
Marie Corelli 1855–1924 Scottish [5]
Brenda Cossman Canadian
Douglas Coupland Canadian
Dani Couture Canadian
Noël Coward 1899–1973 English playwright [5]
Daniel Allen Cox Canadian
Ivan Coyote Canadian
Hart Crane 1899–1933 American [5]
Mart Crowley b. 1935 American playwright The Boys in the Band
Countee Cullen 1903–1946 American [5]
Nancy Jo Cullen Canadian poet, short stories [40]
Tom Culligan Canadian
Michael Cunningham b. 1952 American novelist The Hours [19]
Jen Currin American/Canadian poet The Inquisition Yours [41]

D[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Tanya Davis Canadian poet [42]
Amber Dawn Canadian novelist [43]
Samuel R. Delany b. 1942 African American novelist, literary critic Hogg (1969), Dhalgren (a Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame inductee), The Motion of Light in Water (1988), Dark Reflections (2007) [44]
A.M. Dellamonica b. 1968 Canadian novelist Indigo Springs [45]
Joel Derfner b. 1973 American memoirist, author, essayist, humorist Gay Haiku, Swish, Lawfully Wedded Husband [46]
Augusto D'Halmar 1882–1950 Chilean novelist [4]
Emily Dickinson 1830–1886 American poet [5]
Joe DiPietro b. 1961 American playwright Memphis, Fucking Men [47]
Thomas Disch American novelist, poet On Wings of Song (1979) [48]
Farzana Doctor Canadian novelist [49]
John Donne 1572–1631 English poet [5]
Emma Donoghue b. 1969 Irish/Canadian novelist, short story writer [50]
José Donoso 1925–1996 Chilean novelist Hell Has No Limits (1966) [4]
H.D., born Hilda Doolittle 1886–1961 American poet [5]
Lord Alfred Douglas 1870–1945 English poet [5]
Norman Douglas 1868–1952 Scottish-Austrian novelist [5]
Neal Drinnan Australian novelist [51]
Peter Dubé Canadian novelist, short story writer [52]
Maureen Duffy b. 1933 English novelist, poet, playwright [5]
Stella Duffy b. 1963? English/New Zealand novelist [53]
Robert Duncan 1919–1988 American poet [5]
Kristyn Dunnion b. 1969 Canadian novelist, short story writer [54]
Elana Dykewomon b. 1949 American novelist, poet [5]

E[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Bret Easton Ellis b. 1964 American novelist American Psycho
Guy Édoin Canadian screenwriter Marécages [55]
Jorge Eduardo Eielson 1924–2006 Peruvian poetry [4]
Lars Eighner b. 1948 American non-fiction, erotica
Deborah Ellis Canadian non-fiction, young adult literature The Breadwinner, The Heaven Shop [56]
Sarah Ellis b. 1952 Canadian children's Odd Man Out, Pick Up Sticks [56]
T. S. Eliot 1888–1965 English poet [5]
Gloria Escomel b. 1941 Uruguayan-Canadian novelist, dramatist, journalist Pièges, Fruit de la passion [3]

F[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Robert Ferro 1941–1988 American [5]
Hubert Fichte 1935-1986 German [5]
Edward Field b. 1924 American poetry [5]
Leslie Feinberg b. 1949 American novelist, non-fiction Stone Butch Blues [57]
Harvey Fierstein b. 1954 American playwright Torch Song Trilogy [58]
Ronald Firbank 1886-1926 English [5]
Timothy Findley 1930-2002 Canadian novelist, playwright The Wars, Headhunter, Elizabeth Rex [3][59]
Janet Flanner 1892–1978 American [5]
Lisa Foad Canadian short stories The Night Is a Mouth [60]
Waawaate Fobister Canadian playwright Agokwe [61]
Michael Thomas Ford b. 1968 American novelist, non-fiction Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me, That's Mr. Faggot to You [62]
E. M. Forster 1879–1970 English novelist Maurice [63]
Michel Foucault 1926–1984 French philosopher [5]
Brian Francis Canadian novelist Fruit [64]
Brad Fraser b. 1959 Canadian playwright Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man [3]
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman American [5]
Alice French 1850–1934 American [5]
Janine Fuller b. 1958 Canadian non-fiction Restricted Entry: Censorship on Trial, Forbidden Passages: Writings Banned in Canada [65]
Wes Funk Canadian novelist [66]
Ladislav Fuks Czech novelist The Cremator

G[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Patrick Gale b. 1962 British novelist [67]
Federico García Lorca 1898–1936 Spanish poet and playwright [5]
Magali García Ramis b. 1946 Puerto Rican novelist, essayist Happy Days, Uncle Sergio (1986) [4]
Nancy Garden b. 1938 American novelist Annie on My Mind (1982) [68]
C. E. Gatchalian b. 1974 Canadian playwright [69]
Jean Genet 1910–1986 French novelist, playwright, poet Our Lady of the Flowers (1944) [5]
Stefan George 1868–1933 German poet [5]
Hyeong-do Gi 1960–1989 Korean poet Black Leaf in My Mouth (1989) [70]
André Gide 1869–1951 French novelist The Immoralist (1902) [5]
Sky Gilbert Canadian playwright [3]
Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997 American poet Howl (1956) [5]
John Glassco 1909-1981 Canadian poet [3]
Nikolai Gogol 1809–1852 Ukrainian novelist, playwright [5]
Andrea Goldsmith b. 1950 Australian novelist [71]
Ibis Gómez-Vega b. 1952 Cuban novelist, playwright Send My Roots Rain (1991) [72]
Brad Gooch b. 1952 American poet, essayist, biographer [19]
Paul Goodman 1911–1972 American poet [5]
Juan Goytisolo b. 1931 Spanish poet, essayist, novelist [5]
Judy Grahn b. 1940 American poet [5]
Thomas Gray 1716–1771 English poet [5]
Harlan Greene American novelist, historian [73]
Robert Joseph Greene b. 1973 Canadian short story writer [74]
Doris Grumbach b. 1918 American novelist, biographer, essayist [5]
Hervé Guibert 1955–1991 French novelist [75]
Thom Gunn 1929–2004 English poet [5]

H[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Radclyffe Hall 1880–1943 English novelist The Well of Loneliness (1928) [5]
Aaron Hamburger b. 1973 American novelist, short story writer [39]
Jane Eaton Hamilton Canadian poet, short story writer [76]
Joseph Hansen 1923–2004 American novelist, poet [5]
Robin Hardy 1952-1995 Canadian novelist, journalist, founding member of Publishing Triangle [77]
Bertha Harris b. 1937 American novelist [5]
Trebor Healey b. 1962 American novelist, poet [78]
Scott Heim American novelist [19]
Essex Hemphill 1957–1995 African American poet, activist [34]
Philip Hensher b. 1965 English novelist, critic, journalist [79]
Greg Herren American novelist [80]
Patricia Highsmith 1921–1995 American novelist [5]
Tomson Highway Canadian novelist, playwright [3]
Thorn Kief Hillsbery American novelist [39]
Daryl Hine b. 1936 Canadian poet [3][5]
Guy Hocquenghem 1946–1988 French theorist [5]
Andrew Holleran (pseudonym of Eric Garber) b. 1944 American novelist, essayist Dancer from the Dance (1978) [5][19]
Alan Hollinghurst b. 1954 English novelist The Swimming Pool Library (1988), The Folding Star (1994), The Spell (1998), The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Booker Prize [19][34]
Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844–1889 English poet [5]
Horace 65-8 B.C. Roman poet [5]
A. E. Housman 1859–1936 English poet [5]
Richard Howard b. 1929 American poet [5]
James Howe b. 1946 American children's writer [81]
Tanya Huff b. 1957 Canadian novelist [82]
Langston Hughes 1902–1967 African American poet [5]
Joris-Karl Huysmans 1848–1907 French novelist Against the Grain (À rebours, 1884) [5]
Maureen Hynes Canadian poet [83]

I[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
John Ibbitson b. 1955 Canadian journalist, playwright, children's writer 1812: Jeremy's War, The Landing, The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future [84]
George K. Ilsley b. 1958 Canadian short stories, novelist Random Acts of Hatred, ManBug [60][85]
William Inge 1913–1973 American playwright Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic [5]
Malcolm Ingram b. 1968 Canadian screenwriter Tail Lights Fade, Small Town Gay Bar, Continental [86]
Juana Inés de la Cruz 1648?-1695 Mexican poet, playwright [4]
Christopher Isherwood 1904–1986 English novelist, autobiographer Down There on a Visit, A Single Man, Christopher and His Kind [34]
Arturo Islas 1938–1991 American The Rain God [87]
Harish Iyer b. 1979 Indian journalist [88][89][90]

J[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Derek Jarman 1942–1994 English author and filmmaker [5]
Alfred Jarry 1873–1907 French Ubu Roi [5]
Sarah Orne Jewett 1849–1909 American The Country of the Pointed Firs [5]
June Jordan 1936–2002 African American poet [5]
Claude Jutra 1930-1986 Canadian screenwriter Mon oncle Antoine, Kamouraska

K[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Karin Kallmaker b. 1960 American romance, erotica, science fiction
Jonathan Kemp b. 1967 English novelist London Triptych [91]
Randall Kenan b. 1963 American Let the Dead Bury Their Dead [19]
Maurice Kenny b. 1929 Native American poet [5]
Jack Kerouac 1922–1969 American novelist On the Road, The Subterraneans [34]
Gary Kinsman b. 1955 Canadian sociologist The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities [92]
Heinrich von Kleist 1777–1811 Prussian [5]
Todd Klinck b. 1974 Canadian novelist, journalist, screenwriter Tacones, Sugar
Tamai Kobayashi b. 1965 Canadian novelist, short story writer Prairie Ostrich [3]
Bill Konigsberg American sportswriter, young adult literature Out of the Pocket, Openly Straight
Greg Kramer 1961-2013 British/Canadian novelist, playwright The Pursemonger of fugu, Hogtown Bonbons [93]
Larry Kramer b. 1935 American novelist, journalist, playwright Faggots, The Normal Heart [34]
Ellen Kushner American
Tony Kushner b. 1956 American playwright Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes [34]
Mikhail Kuzmin 187?-1936 Russian [5]
Lydia Kwa b. 1959 Singaporean-Canadian novelist This Place Called Absence, The Walking Boy [3]

L[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes b. 1968 Puerto Rican poet, playwright, scholar Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (2009) [15]
Richard Labonté b. 1949 Canadian literary critic, anthologist [94]
Edward A. Lacey 1938-1995 Canadian poet [3]
Selma Lagerlöf 1859–1940 Swedish novelist, playwright [5]
Lori L. Lake b. 1960 American novelist [95]
Benjamin Law Australian journalist [71]
D. H. Lawrence 1885–1930 English novelist, playwright The Rainbow (1915) [5]
David Leavitt b. 1961 American novelist The Lost Language of Cranes (1986) [5][19]
Konstantin Leontiev 1831–1891 Russian literary critic, philosopher [96]
Violette Leduc 1907–1972 French novelist La Batarde (1964), Therese and Isabelle (1966) [5]
Vernon Lee 1856–1935 French essayist [5]
Matthew G. Lewis 1775–1818 English novelist The Monk [5]
José Lezama Lima 1910–1976 Cuban novelist Paradiso (1966) [4][5]
Ali Liebegott b. 1971 American poet [97]
Earl Lind 1874-? American autobiographer [98]
Audre Lorde 1934–1992 African American poet, essayist Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982) [5]
Michael Lowenthal American novelist Avoidance [19][39]
Elizabeth A. Lynn American novelist The Chronicles of Tornor [99]

M[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Bryden MacDonald b. 1960 Canadian playwright [100]
John Henry Mackay 1864–1933 Scottish-German novelist, philosopher [5]
Bennett Madison b. 1981 American novelist [101]
Gregory Maguire b. 1954 American novelist Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995) [102]
Klaus Mann 1906–1949 German novelist, short story writer [5]
Thomas Mann 1875–1955 German novelist, short story writer, essayist Death in Venice (1912) [5]
David Charles Manners b. 1965 English novelist, poet [103]
Jaime Manrique b. 1949 Colombian-American poet, journalist Latin Moon in Manhattan (1992), Eminent Maricones (1998) [4][87]
Blaine Marchand b. 1949 Canadian poet [104]
Jovette Marchessault 1938-2012 Canadian novelist, playwright [3]
Alex Marcoux b. 1959 American novelist, New Thought author [105]
Douglas A. Martin b. 1973 American novelist, poet [106]
Richard Mason b. 1977 South African/British novelist [107]
Blair Mastbaum b. 1979 American novelist [39]
Nemir Matos-Cintrón b. 1949 Puerto Rican poet [4][15]
F.O. Matthiessen 1902–1950 American literary critic [5]
W. Somerset Maugham 1874–1965 English playwright, novelist Of Human Bondage (1915) [5]
Armistead Maupin b. 1944 American novelist Tales of the City (1978) [5]
Richard McCann b. 1949 American short story writer, poet [39]
Barry McCrea b. 1974 Irish novelist, academic [39]
Carson McCullers 1917–1967 American novelist Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) [5]
Val McDermid b. 1955 Scottish journalist, crime writer [108]
Keith McDermott b. 1953 American novelist, playwright [39]
Peter McGehee 1955-1991 American/Canadian novelist [109]
Vestal McIntyre American short story writer [39]
Terrence McNally b. 1939 American playwright The Ritz (1975), Love! Valour! Compassion! (1994) [110]
Mark Merlis b. 1950 American novelist [96]
James Merrill 1926–1995 American poet [5]
Charlotte Mew 1869–1928 English poet [5]
Michelangelo 1475–1564 Italian artist, poet [5]
Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950 American poet [5]
Isabel Miller (pseudonym of Alma Routsong) 1924–1996 American novelist A Place for Us (1969) [5]
Roswell George Mills 1896-1966 Canadian journalist, poet [111]
John Milton 1608–1674 English poet Paradise Lost (1667), Paradise Regained (1670) [5]
Yukio Mishima 1925–1970 Japanese poet, playwright, novelist Confessions of a Mask (1949) [5]
Gabriela Mistral (pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga) 1889–1957 Chilean poet Nobel Prize winner [4]
Sylvia Molloy b. 1938 Argentine [4]
Paul Monette 1945–1995 American poet, essayist Borrowed Time (1988) [5]
Carlos Monsiváis b. 1938 Mexican journalist, biographer [4]
Cherríe Moraga b. 1952 Chicana poet, essayist, playwright Loving in the War Years (1983) [4][12]
Ethan Mordden b. 1949 American novelist, essayist [112]
César Moro 1903–1956 Peruvian poet [4]
Erwin Mortier b. 1965 Belgian novelist, poet, essayist, translator While the Gods Were Sleeping (2008) [113]
Cherry Muhanji b. 1939 American novelist, poet [114]
Manuel Mujica Láinez 1910–1984 Argentine novelist, essayist [4]
Mirjam Müntefering b. 1969 German novelist [115]

N[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Michael Nava b. 1954 American mystery novels [4]
Frances Negrón-Muntaner b. 1966 Puerto Rican [4][15]
Luis Negrón b. 1970 Puerto Rican short stories Mundo Cruel [116]
Anaïs Nin 1903–1977 French diarist [5]
Salvador Novo 1904–1974 Mexican [4]
Katia Noyes American

O[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Achy Obejas b. 1956 Cuban/American Memory Mambo [4]
Frank O'Hara 1926–1966 American poetry [5]
Joe Orton 1933–1967 English playwright Loot [5]
Wilfred Owen 1893–1918 English poet [5]

P[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Morris Panych b. 1952 Canadian playwright [117]
Sophia Parnok 1885–1933 Russian poet [5]
Pier Paolo Pasolini 1922–1975 Italian novelist, playwright [5]
Benito Pastoriza Iyodo b. 1954 Puerto Rican poet, narrator, essayist Cartas a la sombra de tu piel (2002) [118]
Walter Pater 1839–1894 British novelist, essayist, literary critic [5]
Fiona Patton b. 1962 Canadian novelist [82]
Robert Patrick b. 1937 American playwright [5]
Karleen Pendleton Jiménez b. 1971 American/Canadian memoirist [119]
Sandro Penna 1906–1977 Italian poet [5]
Cristina Peri Rossi b. 1941 Uruguayan novelist, poet [4]
Néstor Perlongher 1949–1992 Argentine poet [4]
Fernando Pessoa 1888–1935 Portuguese poet, literary critic [5]
Petronius ca 27-66 Roman novelist The Satyricon [5]
Steven Petrow b. 1957 American journalist The Essential Book of Gay Manners & Etiquette (1995) [120]
Katherine Philips 1632–1664 English poet [5]
János Pilinszky 1921–1981 Hungarian poet [121]
Virgilio Piñera 1912–1979 Cuban poet, novelist, playwright Rene's Flesh [4]
Alejandra Pizarnik 1936–1972 Argentine poet [4]
David Plante b. 1940 American novelist [19]
August von Platen 1796–1835 Bavarian poet [5]
Plato 427-327 B.C. Greek philosopher [5]
William Plomer 1903–1973 South African novelist, poet [5]
Plutarch ca 46-ca 120 Greek historian, biographer, essayist [5]
Craig Poile Canadian poet [122]
Sydney Pokorny 1965–2008 American journalist So You Want to be a Lesbian? (1995) [123]
Sarah Ponsonby 1755–1831 Anglo-Irish writer [5]
John Preston 1945–1994 American novelist, editor [19]
Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson 1868–1942 American novelist, journalist Imre (1906) [5]
Marcel Proust 1871–1922 French novelist, essayist A la recheche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) [5]
Manuel Puig 1932–1990 Argentine novelist Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976) [4][5]

Q[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Yair Qedar b. 1969 Israeli journalist, screenwriter Gay Days [124]
Andy Quan b. 1969 Canadian poetry, short fiction, non-fiction Calendar Boy, Six Positions [125]
Carol Queen b. 1958 American non-fiction, erotica Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture [126]
Sina Queyras b. 1963 Canadian poetry Autobiography of Childhood, Lemon Hound, Expressway [127]
D. Michael Quinn b. 1944 American historian Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example [128]

R[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Cheryl Rainfield b. 1972 Canadian novels, short stories Scars
David Rakoff 1964-2012 Canadian humorist Fraud, Don't Get Too Comfortable
Manuel Ramos Otero 1948–1990 Puerto Rican [4][15]
James Randi b. 1928 Canadian scientific skeptic An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
Ian Iqbal Rashid b. 1971 Tanzanian/Canadian screenwriter, poet Touch of Pink
David Rayside b. 1947 Canadian political scientist On the Fringe: Gays and Lesbians in Politics
John Rechy b. 1934 American fiction City of Night [4][87]
Steven Reigns b. 1975 American poet
Mary Renault 1905–1983 English fiction The Charioteer, The Last of the Wine [5]
Glen Retief South African/American memoirist The Jack Bank [129]
Gerard Reve b. 1923 Dutch [5]
Nina Revoyr American novelist Southland [130]
Shane Rhodes Canadian poetry Holding Pattern, The Bindery [122]
Christopher Rice b. 1978 American
Adrienne Rich 1929-2012 American poetry [5]
Christopher Richards b. 1961 Canadian playwright Molly Wood
Bill Richardson b. 1955 Canadian humorist Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast [56]
Nancy Richler b. 1957 Canadian novelist Your Mouth Is Lovely, The Impostor Bride
Arthur Rimbaud 1854–1891 French poetry A Season in Hell [5]
Keith Ridgway b. 1965 Irish
Mireya Robles b. 1934 Cuban [4]
Sophie Robinson b. 1985 English poet [131]
Robert Rodi b. 1956 American
Nelson Rodrigues 1912–1980 Brazilian [4]
Ned Rorem b. 1923 American [5]
Mark Brennan Rosenberg American comedy
Sinclair Ross 1908-1996 Canadian novelist As For Me and My House
Jeffrey Round Canadian mystery A Cage of Bones [132]
Michael Rowe Canadian journalist Writing Below the Belt: Conversations with Erotic Authors, Other Men's Sons
André Roy b. 1944 Canadian poet Action writing, Monsieur désir [3]
Muriel Rukeyser 1913–1980 American poetry [5]
Jane Rule 1931–2007 American/Canadian novels, non-fiction Desert of the Heart [5]
Joanna Russ b. 1937 American science fiction The Female Man [5][133]
Paul Russell American novels The Coming Storm, The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov [134]
Elizabeth Ruth b. 1968 Canadian novelist Ten Good Seconds of Silence
Patrick Ryan American [39]
Geoff Ryman b. 1951 Canadian/British science fiction/fantasy Lust, The Unconquered Country

S[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Umberto Saba 1883–1957 Italian poet, novelist [5]
Vita Sackville-West 1892–1962 British novelist [5]
Marquis de Sade 1740–1814 French novelist, philosopher, playwright The 120 Days of Sodom (1785), Justine (1791), Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795), Juliette (1797) [5]
Benjamin Alire Sáenz b. 1954 American novelist [135]
George Santayana 1863–1952 Spanish-American novelist, poet, philosopher [5]
Mayra Santos-Febres b. 1966 Puerto Rican novelist, poet, literary critic Sirena Selena (2000) [citation needed]
Sappho ca 630? B.C. Greek poet [5]
Severo Sarduy 1937–1993 Cuban poet, playwright [4]
Frank Sargeson 1903–1982 New Zealander short story writer [5]
May Sarton 1912–1995 Belgian-American poet, novelist, memoirist [5]
Dan Savage b. 1964 American journalist, editor Advice column Savage Love, Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (2002) [136][137][138][139][140]
Sarah Schulman b. 1958 American novelist, historian, playwright [5]
Gregory Scofield b. 1966 Canadian poet [141]
Manda Scott b. 1962 Scottish novelist [142]
Sarah Scott 1723–1795 English novelist [5]
David Sedaris b. 1956 American essayist, short story writer [143]
Shyam Selvadurai b. 1965 Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist Funny Boy (1994) [3]
Maurice Sendak 1928–2012 American children's writer Where the Wild Things Are (1963) [144]
Anna Seward 1742–1809 English poet [5]
Ken Shakin b. 1959 American short story writer [5]
Merry Shannon b. 1979 American novelist Sword of the Guardian (2006), and Branded Ann (2008) [145]
Reginald Shepherd 1963-2008 American poet [146]
Randy Shilts 1951–1994 American journalist The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (1982), And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987) [5]
Vivek Shraya b. 1981 Canadian short story writer [147]
Edith Sitwell 1887–1964 English poet [5]
Michael V. Smith Canadian novelist, poet [148]
K. M. Soehnlein American novelist [39]
Susan Sontag 1933–2004 American novelist, essayist AIDS and Its Metaphors (1989) [5]
Tom Spanbauer b. 1946? American novelist The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon (1992) [149]
Sir Stephen Spender 1909–1995 English novelist, poet, essayist [5]
Jack Spicer 1925–1965 American poet [5]
Rae Spoon Canadian short story writer [150]
Gertrude Stein 1874–1946 American novelist The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) [5]
Susan Stinson American novelist [151]
Charles Warren Stoddard 1843–1909 American poet, journalist [5]
Aryeh Lev Stollman b. 1954 Canadian-American novelist, short story writer The Far Euphrates [152]
Lytton Strachey 1880–1932 English biographer [5]
Allan Stratton b. 1951 Canadian playwright [56]
Susan Stryker American historian [153]
Howard Sturgis 1855–1920 Anglo-American novelist [5]
Algernon Swinburne 1837–1909 English poet [5]
John Addington Symonds 1840–1893 British poet, literary critic [5]
Scott Symons 1933-2009 Canadian novelist Place d'Armes, Civic Square, Helmet of Flesh [3]

T[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Proma Tagore Indian/Canadian poetry language is not the only thing that breaks [154]
Mutsuo Takahashi b. 1937 Japanese poetry [5]
Mariko Tamaki Canadian graphic novelist Skim [155]
Michelle Tea b. 1971 American [156]
Sara Teasdale 1884–1933 American [5]
James Tiptree Jr. (pseudonym of Alice Sheldon) 1917-87 American Houston, Houston, Do You Read?, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever [157][158][159]
Colm Tóibín b. 1955 Irish novelist and short story writer
Peterson Toscano b. 1965 American playwright [129]
Michel Tremblay b. 1942 Canadian playwright, novelist Hosanna, Les Belles-sœurs, The Heart Laid Bare, Albertine in Five Times [3][5]
Roland Michel Tremblay b. 1972 Canadian novelist Waiting for Paris [160]
Christos Tsiolkas Australian novelist The Slap [51]
Marina Tsvetaeva 1892–1941 Russian poetry [5]
Karen X. Tulchinsky Canadian novelist, screenwriter The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky [161]

U[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs 1825-1895 German non-fiction Research on the Riddle of Man-Manly Love
Luz María Umpierre b. 1947 Puerto Rican poetry The Margarita Poems [4][12][15]

V[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Fernando Vallejo b. 1942 Colombian novelist Our Lady of the Assassins [4]
Ruth Vanita b. 1955 Indian Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination, Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society, Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West
Marlene van Niekerk b. 1954 South African [162]
Carl Van Vechten 1880–1964 American [5]
R. M. Vaughan b. 1965 Canadian poet, novelist, playwright A Quilted Heart [163]
Paul Verlaine 1844–1896 French poet [5]
Théophile de Viau 1590–1626 French poet [5]
Gore Vidal 1925–2012 American novelist The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge [5]
Xavier Villaurrutia 1903–1950 Mexican [4]
David Viñas b. 1929 Argentine [4]
Virgil 70-19 B.C. Roman poet [5]
Renée Vivien 1877–1909 Anglo-French [5]
Bruno Vogel 1898–1983 German [5]
Paula Vogel b. 1951 American playwright How I Learned to Drive

W[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Rinaldo Walcott Canadian academic, cultural studies Black Like Who?: Writing Black Canada
Alice Walker b. 1944 American fiction The Color Purple [5]
Betsy Warland b. 1946 American-Canadian poetry, non-fiction
Sylvia Townsend Warner 1893–1978 English [5]
Patricia Nell Warren b. 1936 American fiction The Front Runner [5]
Sarah Waters b. 1966 British fiction Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, The Night Watch
David Watmough b. 1926 British-Canadian fiction, plays
Evelyn Waugh 1903–1966 English fiction Brideshead Revisited
Barry Webster b. 1961 Canadian fiction The Lava in My Bones
Denton Welch 1915–1948 English [5]
Robert Westfield b. 1972 American Suspension
Edmund White b. 1940 American fiction A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty [19]
Patrick White 1912–1990 Australian fiction Flaws in the Glass [5]
William Whitehead b. 1931 Canadian television/radio documentaries, memoirist Words to Live By
Walt Whitman 1819–1892 American poet Leaves of Grass [5]
Zoe Whittall b. 1976 Canadian fiction Bottle Rocket Hearts, Holding Still for As Long As Possible
Oscar Wilde 1854–1900 English-Irish fiction, plays The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest [5]
Thornton Wilder 1897–1975 American fiction, plays Our Town
Michael Willhoite b. 1948 American children's literature Daddy's Roommate [164]
Jonathan Williams 1929–2008 American poet [5]
Tennessee Williams 1911–1983 American playwright A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [5]
William Carlos Williams 1883–1963 American poet [165]
Angus Wilson 1913–1991 English Hemlock and After [5]
Douglas Wilson 1950-1992 Canadian journalist, novelist Labour of Love
Jonathan Wilson Canadian actor and playwright My Own Private Oshawa [166]
Martin Wilson b. 1973 American fiction What They Always Tell Us [167]
Johann Joachim Winckelmann 1717–1768 German [5]
Donald Windham b. 1920 American [5]
Christa Winsloe 1888–1944 German fiction Yesterday and Today [5]
Jeanette Winterson b. 1959 English fiction Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit [5]
Monique Wittig 1935–2003 French philosopher Le Corps Lesbien [5]
Rita Wong b. 1968 Canadian poet
Marnie Woodrow b. 1969 Canadian novelist Spelling Mississippi
Virginia Woolf 1882–1941 English novelist Orlando: A Biography [5]

Y[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Bart Yates American novelist The Margarita Poems [39]
d'bi young Canadian poet, playwright rivers and other blackness between us, word! sound! powah, blood.claat: one womban story [168]
Perry Deane Young b. 1941 American journalist, playwright Two of the Missing, The David Kopay Story [169]
Marguerite Yourcenar 1903–1987 French novelist Memoirs of Hadrian [5]

Z[edit]

Name Lifetime Nationality Genre Notable works References
Luis Zapata b. 1951 Mexican novelist [4][5]
Eve Zaremba b. 1930 Polish/Canadian mystery novelist A Reason to Kill, The Butterfly Effect [3]
Jerzy Zawieyski 1902-69 Polish poetry, novels
Fiona Zedde b. 1976 Jamaican-American novelist Bliss
Cyd Zeigler, Jr. b. 1973 American sportswriter The Outsports Revolution: Truth and Myth in the World of Gay Sports
Alexander Ziegler 1944-87 Swiss journalist, novelist Die Konsequenz
Richard Zimler b. 1956 American/Portuguese novelist Hunting Midnight, The Search for Sana, The Seventh Gate, The Warsaw Anagrams
Robert D. Zimmerman b. 1952 American mystery Closet, Outburst
Narcyza Żmichowska 1819-76 Polish poetry, novels
Rachel Zolf b. 1968 Canadian poet Masque, Human Resources [170]
Mark Richard Zubro American mystery Tom and Scott mystery series
Peter Zuckerman b. 1973 American journalist Buried in the Sky
Harriet Sohmers Zwerling b. 1928 American short stories, translation, essays Notes of a Nude Model [171]

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