LGBTQ+ FICTION “But if we had not loved each other none of us would have survived ~ James Baldwin This genre isn’t as simply defined as one might think. To tell you the truth one can convincingly make an argument that it is not a genre. Just as there was a danger in separating Women’s Fiction or POC/Intersectional fiction from General or Literary fiction it is true also of LGBTQ+. We list these genres as more of an indicator of the type of work we are specifically seeking. We are searching for ways to help get content out there for and about these marginalized communities.
Often it falls on the publisher to decide how they might want to market a book. Niche could work. Niche could limit. One might define LGBTQ+ by what readership you are attempting reach. Others might simply define the book by the sexuality or gender status of its protagonist. Insufficient. Having a gay, transgendered, or non-binary protagonist isn’t enough by itself to make a book LGBTQ+, though as I said this particular genre is highly subjective and vulnerable to opinion. Ultimately, what makes a book LGBTQ+ for us is if the book emphasizes the exploration of the many issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and its individuals.
Book Examples: The Virgin of Flames, Giovanni’s Room, Valencia, The City of Devi, Dalghren, Closer, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Funny Boy, Orlando, Confessions of a Mask, The City and the Pillar,