by Molly Likovich, PROUD Bisexual
DISCLAIMER: These are just my personal favorite pieces of queer media, I understand that not all of these are everyone’s cup of tea.
1. The Wayward Children Series by Seanan McGuire
Asexual, Transgender & Lesbian rep
This adult series is the ultimate love letter to portal fantasy. Follow various quirky, and larger than life characters as they travel to worlds through magic doorways, and struggle to deal with reality upon return.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Every-Heart-Doorway-Wayward-Children/dp/0765385503/ref=sr_1_1?crid=LAES37QT8DGE&keywords=every+heart+a+doorway+by+seanan+mcguire&qid=1559607868&s=gateway&sprefix=every+heart%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-1
2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Gay & Bisexual rep
In a small town that borders the world of Faerie, a brother and sister who have been in love their whole lives with the mysterious fairy prince in an eternal sleep, in a glass coffin in the middle of the woods, fall into an unlikely adventure when he finally wakes up.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Part-Forest-Holly-Black/dp/031621308X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=222YGNRQYIXJV&keywords=the+darkest+part+of+the+forest+by+holly+black&qid=1559607887&s=gateway&sprefix=the+darkest+par%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-2
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Gay & Bisexual rep
The Drarry fan fiction us Potterheads have always wanted. In Rowell’s book, Fangirl, we meet Cath, who is writing a Simon Snow fan fiction story in which the Draco & Harry insert characters fall in love. Carry On, is Cath’s fan fiction come to life. Wizards and Vampires, and magic boarding schools, oh my!
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Carry-Novel-Rainbow-Rowell/dp/1250049555/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3Q25R5KBICFES&keywords=carry+on+by+rainbow+rowell&qid=1559607905&s=gateway&sprefix=carry+on+by+ra%2Caps%2C129&sr=8-1
4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Bisexual & Lesbian rep
Follow a set of three friends as they go to their first geeky convention, and battle mental illness barriers, and young love.
5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
A young girl must come to terms with the truth of her grandfather’s death, as well as deal with the strained relationship between her and her best friend in this modern gothic novel.
6. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
A young summer love story between a girl and a boy and a magic 8 ball, and an older sister, terrified of coming out as bisexual to her family. A cute contemporary rom-com about fate, and acceptance.
7. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
This classic vampire novel, that predates Dracula by almost 20 years, features an openly lesbian vampire as she falls in love with a human girl, and the issues this causes. A classic piece of gothic fiction with revolutionary queer elements. A piece of literature that was truly ahead of its time.
8. The Girls by Emma Cline
*trigger warning for some graphic descriptions of violence and murder*
This fictionalized retelling of the summer of the Manson murders, follows one girl as she discovers the Manson-like cult a few months before the infamous murders are committed. She is specifically drawn to the stand-in character for the head Manson-girl, as well as the stand-in Manson character himself. Over the course of the summer she explores her sexuality, and what it means to love.
9. Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
This high fantasy heist novel, set in Bardugo’s Grisha-Verse, follows six unlikely comrades as they seek to infiltrate their world’s most highly guarded prison.
10. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Pansexual & Asexual rep
This tragic contemporary novel set in a remote Alaskan town features two best friends coming to terms with their mental illnesses and sexualities in a town that is anything but accepting.
Buy the book here:https://www.amazon.com/Before-Let-Go-Marieke-Nijkamp/dp/1492642282/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3H7DPFYC6UCKM&keywords=before+i+let+go&qid=1559608238&s=gateway&sprefix=before+i+let%2Caps%2C133&sr=8-2
11. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This coming of age story follows a brother and sister as they try to move on and grow after the death of their mother.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Give-You-Jandy-Nelson/dp/0803734964/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OQ2TW69I1HT4&keywords=ill+give+you+the+sun+jandy+nelson&qid=1559608277&s=gateway&sprefix=ill+give+you%2Caps%2C136&sr=8-1
12. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
April May is the first to discover an alien race, and when said discovery thrusts her into the spotlight she is pressured by her agent to just “be a lesbian” because it will make her “more marketable” than being openly bisexual. This secret weighs on April as she tries to navigate an overnight fame that no human psyche is equipped to handle.
Buy the book here:https://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-Remarkable-Thing-Novel/dp/1524743461/ref=sr_1_1?crid=R4QISE1IC4C&keywords=an+absolutely+remarkable+thing&qid=1559608305&s=gateway&sprefix=an+abso%2Caps%2C137&sr=8-1
13. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle and Dante become best friends and struggle to understand their feelings for one another in this touching coming of age story.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Aristotle-Dante-Discover-Secrets-Universe/dp/1442408936/ref=sr_1_1?crid=JBJZJ2GWS4QN&keywords=aristotle+and+dante+discover+the+secrets+of+the+universe&qid=1559608329&s=gateway&sprefix=aristot%2Caps%2C136&sr=8-1
14. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Alison Raskin
*trigger warning for homophobia*
Bisexual & Transgender rep
When two life-long best friends separate for college, one of them struggles to understand and accept the other’s coming out as bisexual, and insists on boxing her in as ‘gay.’ The two struggle with mental illness, sexuality, self-expression, and freshman year of college, in this funny and heartfelt novel told through text and email.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Hate-Everyone-But-You-Friends/dp/1250129338/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2OAGYPNTFR7V2&keywords=i+hate+everyone+but+you&qid=1559608344&s=gateway&sprefix=i+hate+ever%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-1
15. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
*trigger warning, for extreme emotional abuse and depression*
Gay, Lesbian, Asexual & Bisexual rep
Frances is known at school as the studious one. She keeps all her geeky interests private, until one day she learns the quiet boy across the street is the secret creator of her favorite podcast. The two develop a beautiful platonic friendship as Frances works to help him escape the extreme emotional abuse of his controlling mother, and as they both work to come to terms with each of their sexualities amidst all the pressures of high school in England.
1. New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood
*trigger warning for sexual assault*
Olivia Gatwood writes stunning poems about girlhood, sexuality, and family, and what it means to fall in love with both men and women.
2. Branches, second edition by Rhiannon McGavin
*trigger warning for sexual assault*
Rhiannon McGavin tackles topics of pain theory, and the idea that certain pains can be passed down from generation to generation. She explores what it means to be a Jewish woman in America today, what it means to realize at a young age that she likes boys and girls, and how to cope with surviving sexual assault.
Buy the book here: https://notacult.media/books/branches/
3. A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters by Sam Sax
Sam Sax delves into what it means to grow up as a gay man in a world that doesn’t encourage anything but heteronormativity. And what it means to be made to feel like a monster for being different.
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Undressing-Your-Monsters/dp/0989641546/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3UNS556K0G661&keywords=a+guide+to+undressing+your+monsters&qid=1559608441&s=gateway&sprefix=a+guide+to+undress%2Caps%2C128&sr=8-1
1. Bad With Money by Gaby Dunn
Gaby tackles the struggle of money in today’s society, and how being queer can sometimes mean ‘typical’ financial advice doesn’t work for you in a world that, most of the time, is pitted against queer people.
2. This Book is Gay by James Dawson
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer rep
James Dawson provides a crash course in being LGBTQ+ for people struggling to find themselves, and allies wanting to understand.
1. The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman & the members of The Tectonic Theatre Project
*trigger warning for content regarding a graphic hate crime•
Gay rep (true story)
This is the true story of the brutal hate crime murder of gay teen, Matthew Shepard, and how the town of Laramie reckoned with the unspeakable acts committed against him for being gay. A powerful and important read about an extremely monumental event in modern American history.
Buy the script here: https://www.amazon.com/Laramie-Project-Moises-Kaufman/dp/0822217805/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3SSI8PW5BU3PE&keywords=the+laramie+project+script&qid=1559608494&s=gateway&sprefix=the+laramie+p%2Caps%2C133&sr=8-1
2. Bent by Martin Sherman
*trigger warning for graphic content regarding the Holocaust, and concentration camps*
Gay rep (based on true events)
Based on what happened to ‘queers’ (used back then as a slur) in concentration camps–this story follows two men falling in love amidst the backdrop of the Holocaust.
Buy the script here: https://www.amazon.com/Bent-Play-Martin-Sherman/dp/1557833362/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2U3H46Z9WN6ZP&keywords=bent+martin+sherman&qid=1559608528&s=gateway&sprefix=bent+mar%2Caps%2C131&sr=8-1
3. Firebringer by Team Starkid
Follow a group of bisexual cave people as they try to survive the stone age, and how their whole life changes when one of them discovers fire for the first time.
Watch the full musical here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmVuNlu0LCk
4. The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals by Team Starkid
Paul hates musicals, so when his small town suddenly turns into a musical, everything is more sinister than it may seem, in this hilarious horror comedy musical.
Watch the full musical here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxKX44qBJ0&t=241s
5. A Very Potter Musical by Team Starkid
The famous internet sensation that put Team Starkid on the map, A Very Potter Musical is a parody homage to the beloved book series that changed the world, and features an openly gay Albus Dumbledore, and a hilarious and adorable romance between Professor Quirrell and Lord Voldemort.
Watch the full musical here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwM_AKeMCk&list=PLC76BE906C9D83A3A
6. The Trail to Oregon by Team Starkid
Gay & Bisexual rep
This parody of the popular 90s computer game, The Oregon Trail, features one idiot family’s trip down said trail as they try to avoid the bandit king and his lover, Cletus Jones, as well as try to not starve to death or contract disease along the way. By far Team Starkid’s most absurd musical to date, but a great time nonetheless.
Watch the full musical here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxKCX-UvPrI&t=1s
7. Spies Are Forever by The Tin Can Brothers
In this homage to James Bond type spy thrillers, we follow fictional spy Curt Mega, as he tries to get back in the spy game after the death of his lover and partner, Owen. But everything is not what it seems, in this parody drama about spies during the cold war.
Watch the full musical here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd3aJl930YE&list=PLlF0gFzOX4tD1KJ5ZEnvhD55Qhnz-K0X2
Lesbian, Gay, Transgender & Pansexual rep
This sci-fi show, follows eight people from all around the world as they learn that their minds are connected through an ability they posses as an evolved type of human. They must band together as they try to face everyday struggles, as well as hide from the evil secret government corporation that seeks to destroy their entire species.
Watch seasons 1-2 on Netflix
Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual rep
In the mid 18th century, London was the sex capitol of the world, follow several different brothels, and learn what it meant to be a woman and a sex worker in Georgian England.
Watch seasons 1-2 on Hulu, season 3 coming this July!
3. Killing Eve
Bisexual & Pansexual rep
MI6 Agent, Eve is obsessed with studying female assassins, but when she ends up attached to the case of female assassin, Villanelle, a game of cat and mouse, ripe with sexual tension ensues.
Watch season 1-2 on the BBC
Drag Queen rep
Willowdean decides to enter her mother’s long-running beauty pageant, even if she’s not the ‘ideal body type’ for said affair. When she starts to feel down on her luck, she seeks out the help of local Drag Queens to help boost her confidence and learn to love herself for who she is. \
Watch the full movie on Netflix
2. Love, Simon
Simon is being blackmailed about his sexuality, and he must grapple with whether or not he wants to come out before he’s forced to come out, in this heartfelt teen comedy about what it means to be gay in today’s high school culture.
3. The Birdcage
Gay & Drag Queen rep
Drag Club owners and fathers, must pretend to be a “normal straight family” when their son’s finance’s extremely conservative and homophobic parents come for dinner. A little bit dated, but still a fun and entertaining comedy about queer culture in 1980s Miami Beach.
Gay & Lesbian rep
Molly and Amy never partied during high school and feel like they’ve missed out. So the night before graduation they set out on a mission to do high school right. Amy also has a goal of kissing her first girl. This film is an incredibly funny and feminist teen comedy for a new generation of more accepting and loving teens.
Booksmart is now in theatres
Gay, Transgender, Lesbian & Bisexual rep
Though this dated film has faced some harsh criticisms over the years for some of the ways it tackles certain topics, it still stands as a very important milestone in queer media for the way it proudly celebrates its various queer characters and the validity of their love and right to live equally. Though the film hasn’t aged perfectly, it still holds an important place in many young LGBTQ+ peoples’ lives.
1. The Queer Movie Podcast by Rowan Ellis & Jazza John
Rowan and Jazza set out to analyze both wonderful and problematic movies with various queer elements in this hilarious discussion style podcast.
Listen to the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/queer-movie-podcast/id1452491738
2. Just Between Us Podcast by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Bisexual & Queer rep
Bicon, Gaby Dunn, and her real life best friend, straight ally, Allison Raskin, talk about female friendship, unsolicited advice, politics, and everything inbetween in this variety show style podcast.
Listen to the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/just-between-us/id1454312489
3. Bad With Money Podcast by Gaby Dunn
Bisexual & Queer rep
The inspiration behind her book of the same name, Gaby Dunn, real life bisexual, discusses the taboo topic of money, and being broke in America, and what being broke and queer in a, still very straight, America looks like.
Listen to the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bad-with-money-with-gaby-dunn/id1144712710
4. Say More Podcast by Olivia Gatwood & Melissa Lozado-Oliva
Bisexual & Queer rep
Poets and best friends, Olivia, and Melissa discuss feminism, sexuality and more in this funny and raw discussion style podcast.
Listen to the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/say-more/id1446786288
1. Just Between Us (Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin)
Bisexual & Queer rep
The inspiration behind their podcast of the same name, best friends, Gaby and Allison, give weekly advice on love, sexuality, and friendship in this long running, hilarious YouTube talk show.
Subscribe to their channel here:https://www.youtube.com/user/justbetweenusshow
2. Rowan Ellis
Bisexual & Queer rep
Rowan analyzes queer media and culture in her sometimes chatty, sometimes video essay format. Watch as she tackles everything from queer baiting in Disney films, to the travesty of queer coding in Marvel’s Captain Marvel, as well as tackling the heavier subjects of the sometimes queer-phobic culture in the UK.
Subscribe to her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/muppetmadness
3. Claudia Boleyn
Claudia talks about bi pride, and mental health awareness, as well as geeky fandom culture, and renaissance history, in this VLOG style channel.
Subscribe to her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-p8Eaq7vTezQH_fCl2qegQ
4. Todrick Hall
Gay & Drag Queen rep
Todrick makes music videos, web series, flash mobs and more, all about being gay and fabulous. With his musical theatre background, his videos never cease to amaze.
Subscribe to his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/todrickhall
5. Brian Jordan Alvarez
Brian makes irreverent comedy videos about the gay life experience as well as completely random life events and day to day mundanities that everyone, gay or straight, can relate to.
Subscribe to his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/bjalvo
1. Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party by Shipwrecked Comedy
Gay & Cross-dressing rep
In this fictional reimagining of the famous poet’s life, Edgar Allan Poe and his roommate, The Ghost of Lenore, host a murder mystery dinner party for fellow writers such as the very gay and very fabulous, Oscar Wilde, to the cross-dressing George Elliot, and many more. All is fun and games, until people start actually dying, and it’s up to the master of the macabre to crack the case.
Watch the series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxRiP4GNiyM&list=PLs2T_dNZ-XW6UjWC-qUbZSWJyCLFmsdPP
2. The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo by Brian Jordan Alvarez
Gay, Bisexual, Non-binary & Polyamory rep
Follow Calleb Gallo and friends in this incredibly queer comedic soap opera.
Watch the series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYXQzlKXzpk&t=2s
3. Carmilla by Jordan Hall, Steph Ouaknine, & Jay Bennett
A VLOG-style reimagining of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novel of the same name. Watch how one college freshman, journalism major reacts when she learns her roommate is a vampire, that she might possibly have feelings for.
Watch the series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4QzRfvkJZ4&list=PLbvYWjKFvS5rX2yv-k5AJ8oxPoZ9zHcpe
•who are queer irl & make queer music*
Halsey is bisexual
Halsey’s music is all about the intense passions of past relationships she’s had with men and women.
Listen to Halsey’s music on iTunes & Spotify
2. Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley is a lesbian
Hayley has been hailed as ‘lesbian Jesus’ as she makes cute and catchy love anthems for lesbians.
Listen to Hayley’s music on iTunes & Spotify
3. Todrick Hall
Todrick is gay
Todrick writes larger than life bops of musical theatre proportions about being gay and fabulous.
Listen to Todrick’s music on iTunes & Spotify
Zolita is a lesbian
Zolita writes witchy pop ballads about falling in love with women.
Listen to Zolita’s music on iTunes & Spotify
THAT’S IT! Have a great Pride!