I’ve been participating in the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge for a couple of years now, and I’ve found it a rewarding and worthwhile experience. The challenge is described thus:
The 2017 LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge seeks to promote diversity and expand horizons amongst readers and writers of speculative fiction.
Read and review books that either:
- Are written by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors,
- Explore LGBTQ themes, or
- Feature LGBTQ characters.
Author repeats are admissable.
Remember that we have the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Resource List here on WWEnd. It is our own resource for finding great LGBTQ books. The books on the list primarily feature Lambda Literary and Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees.
I have found it particularly challenging to meet the first requirement, however. While SF/F has traditionally been a refuge of outsiders and non-conformists, authors (understandably, considering the tone of the market) have not always been “out”. I am looking to compile a list of speculative fiction authors who are. I’ve started a page, which you can find in my blog’s sidebar or at this link, and I’m asking people to contribute to it. Please do a little research before offering up a name; the authors who are listed so far are officially out, legally married to someone of the same gender, or specifically have been gender non-conforming in their personal and professional lives. And thanks in advance for your help!
Link: Diversity in SF/F.