…Where are all the British LGBT books?
I had an idea for a discussion post for LGBT Month. I thought I would focus on LGBT books set in the UK (being a Brit myself!). One early problem I encountered was that I could find very few LGBT books that were actually set in Britain. Most of the ones I have read myself tend to be set in the US. I thought to myself: ‘surely I should be able to find some examples?’. I did but I was discouraged to find that there was very few, at least compared to what is available stateside.
I did find some amazing looking books (I haven’t read all of them yet but I do intend to try to get to them soonish). Here is what I have discovered so far:
What is slightly worrying for me is WHY there are so few books focussing on LGBT in the UK (at least for YA readers)? Most of the examples shown above have only secondary LGBT characters. I wonder why there is such a lack (or perhaps I have just missed them somehow?!). Could it have something to do with differing attitudes? Are we Brits less accepting and inclusive? I really hope that is not the case.
I found an interesting post on Malinda Lo’s blog here by guest poster Erica Gillingham which raised some really interesting points but I am interested in hearing other views (and if anyone has any other book recommendations for me!).
What are your thoughts?
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