GayYA’s Queer YA Masterlist is divided into six sections, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Asexual/Aromantic. We know there are many more identities than these, but due to the lack of books with protagonists of other identities, we have made the decision not to make separate sections for them. We hope that this will change in the future!

Books on this list: have to be Young Adult, Middle Grade or non-erotic New Adult, and have to have either a main character of that identity or a major side character whose presence & story was very prominent throughout the book. (We broke this a little in the Transgender and Asexual/Aromantic sections, since there are so few books with protagonists of those identities. In fact, in the Asexual/Aromantic section, we decided to include some non-YA titles.)

We are aware that some of the books listed have very problematic content. We made the decision to include them, because we want a resource to exist where you can find every book with a major queer character in it.

The masterlist is a work in progress, and we will be adding all sorts of different features and additions. If you have recommendations on how we can improve the lists, email If you notice we’ve missed a title, have included one that doesn’t fit, or have misplaced one, email and cc

We ask that you do not repost these lists elsewhere.






(including nonbinary identities)



(and including demisexual/romantic identities, and everything else along the ace/aro spectrum)