This week, the New York Times has a lovely column by Olivia Waite in which she recommends six romances with queer protagonists. Waite writes:

Time was I could have covered every queer romance novel put out by mainstream publishers and still have had room to spare in this column. Small and independent presses have been nurturing L.G.B.T.Q. romance authors forever, and digital self-publishing opened up still more doors, but up until very recently, the big traditional houses had far more queer villains than queer romance leads.

And then, for a great many reasons, and because of the work and passion of a great many people — something shifted.

It’s impossible to spot a sea change while you’re swimming in it. All I can tell you is looking for multiple queer romance pairings used to feel like fighting against the tide, and now it feels more like a perfect summer wave rolling in and rushing around you.

Also, this week, several friends with early teen kids asked me for queer YA book recs–I suggested T. J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea and Casey McQuiston’s Red, White, and Royal Blue.

So queer love stories are on my mind. What are your favorites?


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