Genre tips

Today’s #AtoZChallenge: LGBTQ

A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.

Today’s genre:



This is a collective genre that spotlights literature produced by, about, and/or for the LGBT community,  involves characters, plot lines, and/or themes portraying LGBTQ behavior

Tipsa to z

  1. Avoid stereotypes.
  2. Whether your book is in the LGBTQ genre depends upon who the audience is, not who the characters are.
  3. Use the story to explore gay relationships or issues.
  4. Gay characters should have prominent roles.
  5. The book should look at the world from a gay perspective.

Popular Books

  1. Angels in America by Tony Kushner
  2. At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
  3. Breakfast on Pluto by Patrick McCabe
  4. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
  5. City of Night by John Rechy
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  7. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
  8. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  9. Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
  10. Valencia by Michelle Tea

More L Genres:

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.

43 thoughts on “Today’s #AtoZChallenge: LGBTQ

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    • I like that. I’ve seen blended genres–like romantic thrillers–so I suppose yours could be a blend, but I actually prefer authentically mixing the LGBTQ in, rather than highlighting it. But that’s just me.


  3. Jacqui,

    I wouldn’t pick a book based solely on this genre. It seems more writers are weaving homosexual/lesbian relationships into books and scripts. If the envelope gets pushed too far with these sorts of scenes then it’s a hard pill to swallow and it’s a major turn-off. Thank you for visiting my A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “L” for “lighthouses & laugh cat” post. Happy a2zing and I’ll see across the finish line! 🙂

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    • A story that delved into the culture and lifestyle could be quite interesting, as it’s not one I’m familiar with. I used to own a dance studio and 90% of my teachers were gay, but that was a long time ago.


  4. Although I have always believed that writers should know who their audience is, (know your genre) I don’t agree that LGBTQ lit depends exclusively upon who the reader is. I’ve read several of these books, am aware of a few others, and am definitely not LGBTQ. I would hate to see people miss reading excellent literature because they fear the genre doesn’t reflect their concerns. However, Jacqui, I understand that you’re not making these delineations. Probably a longer discussion needed to define genre and how one identifies any genre or audience.

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  5. Your #2 was really helpful in defining the genre, Jacqui. I’d argue that The Color Purple is geared toward all audiences and wouldn’t qualify as LGBTQ by that criteria. When I read it, I hardly even noticed that aspect of the book. What a wonderful read!

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  6. Hi Jacqui – I’d not even thought of this .. but Victor/Victoria – the film comes into this bracket … and the film Pride – very British – based on a true story … some lesbian and gay members raised money to support mining families in a Welsh village during the Miners Strikes in the 1980s … fascinating film and a delight to watch … so British – but historical and so true … lovely addictive music too …

    Cheers Hilary


  7. I don’t see Brokeback Mountain on your list. It was originally a short story before it was turned into a screenplay, and it was tremendously controversial at the time it came out.

    Have you read it?

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  8. I have family members in this community and have read some of the books you mentioned. The genre is getting bigger as more LGBTQ folks become willing to share their stories. Even some main stream TV, movies are touching the edges of this. Currently my wife and I are watching the “Grace and Frankie” series on Netflix, while not purely in this genre it does touch on these stories in a fun and insightful way.

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    • There are a few genres like that. Fan Fiction comes to mind. My W entry might be. Young Adult used to be a genre you could select for teens, though I know lots of adults now reading it.


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