15 Times writers got it spot on on what it’s like to be a part of the LBGTQ+ community

It’s long been established that part of why we read books is because they make us feel less alone. Through reading, we realise that someone, somewhere, gets us. They know what we’re going through, they know exactly how we feel. And having that can sometimes feel like the greatest gift.

For those in the LGBTQ+ community, that can sometimes be hard. Although there are a lot more books and novels now than ever, it can still prove a challenge to find the right kind of story.

So, we’ve complied a list of 15 times authors and writers got it spot on on what it’s like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community, the impact that it has, and how it can really feel.

1. “Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals.”
Jess C Scott, Tongue-Tied

2. “I found power in accepting the truth of who I am. It may not be a truth that others can accept, but I cannot live any other way. How would it be to live a lie every minute of your life?”
Alison Goodman, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

3. “Why is straight the default?”
Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

4. “the people within our community are so supportive and so caring and so loving, most of the time towards people they don’t even know
and it is in moments like that when you realize that the queer community is more than a community
we are a family.”

Courtney Carola, Have Some Pride: A Collection of LGBTQ+ Inspired Poetry

5. “Like boys all you want, Park. It still won’t fix this. I’m bi and I promise you, it’s not a fucking light switch. You can’t just set it on ‘boy’ because it’s inconvenient that you like a girl right now.”
Dahlia Adler, Under the Lights

6. “I think the funniest part about that argument is that it doesn’t matter if your queerness is by birth or by choice. It is who you are, and no one should have the right to change that.”
George M. Johnson, All Boys Aren’t Blue

7. “Our culture is constantly thrusting gender expectations on all of us. This becomes a problem when it limits people’s expressions and identities and perpetuates intolerance of anything that’s not the norm.”
Ashley Mardell, The ABC’s of LGBT+

8. “Dammit, it should be easy to come out. I mean, Mom and Dad aren’t a problem. I’m not worried they’ll disown me or tell me some crap like I’m going to hell or take away my stuff. I’m just afraid they’ll look at me differently. I don’t know, like I’ll be their gay son Noah instead of just Noah. I just want to be Noah Andrews, the simple, slightly nerdy, socially awkward guy, minus the big-ass secret.”
Jordon Greene, A Mark on My Soul

9. “I do not have to be only one thing, Anna thought. I can choose what suits me when it suits me. The trousers and jacket do not make me a man, and the necklace does not make me a woman. They are only what makes me feel beautiful and powerful in this moment. I am exactly as I choose to be. I am a Shadowhunter who wears gorgeous suits and a legendary pendant.”
Cassandra Clare, Every Exquisite Thing

10. “There are worse things in the world than a boy who likes to kiss other boys.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

11. “Anyone who doesn’t want you to be happy with who you are is an asshole. Fuck pleasing everyone else. You only live once. Who are you gonna do it for?”
― Dahlia Adler, Under the Lights

12. “With ignorance comes fear- from fear comes bigotry. Education is the key to acceptance.”
Kathleen Patel, The Bullying Epidemic-the guide to arm you for the fight

13. “But maybe this is a big deal. Maybe it’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.
Maybe I want it to be.”

― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

14. “The point is that we are not doomed because we are homosexual, my dear, we are doomed only if we live in despair because of it, as we did on the beaches and the streets of Suck City.”
Andrew Holleran, Dancer from the Dance

15. “I don’t check any particular box. I’ve never caught feelings for anyone because they were a male or a female. I feel for people because of who they are. Not what they are.”
Tammy Ferebee, Outsiders

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