Six for Sunday – Favourite LGBTQIA+ characters

It’s June which means it’s Pride month and Six for Sunday is celebrating with prompts all connected to LGBTQIA characters and books. Six for Sunday is the brainchild of Steph and details can be found on her blog

This month we’re on favourite LGBTQIA+ characters so here are my choices. As usual, they span my favourite genres of crime, fantasy and Sci fi and a couple of them are books that were published last century!

I read this as a result of a previous Six for Sunday recommendation and the character of Sid is brilliant. She gives up her position as princess rather than deny her sexuality. A great fantasy read.
Mercedes Lackey has been writing gay characters into her Valdemar books for decades. Vanyel is my all-time favourite character. The early Valdemar books are by the far the best and this trilogy still brings a lump to my throat.
Another brilliant trilogy and Zaire is an amazing character. Rebellious and hot tempered but always loyal.
Science Fiction now and Glynn Stewart is another author who writes LGBTQIA characters into all of his books. I love Kelly from the Starship mage series.
There are less LGBTQIA characters in the crime novels that I have read but Elly Griffiths has created a great one in Harbinder Kaur, a DS in Brighton.
Sylvester Tate in Elizabeth Pewsey’s Mountjoy novels is everyone’s favourite uncle. Definitely a favourite character.

So that’s my Six for Sunday choices for this week. Have you read any of them? What characters would you choose?

I’m really interested to seeing what choices other people have as I’ve found it’s a great way of discovering new books.


Author: Janette

Recently retired Ex-Assistant Head of a large primary school in Leicestershire although I seem to be in school teaching quite a bit still.

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