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Following up to the ‘not many asexual titles’ post…

One of the minor characters from the Secret Six series is now a main character in The Movement series. She’s called Tremor, and she is officially asexual.

It’s written by Gail Simone, who is actively inclusive and a good writer.. The team itself features a range of other identities including bisexual, and lesbian/gay. The main character is a bisexual lesbian black woman (there is also a bisexual woman, three of the team are POC and one is in a wheelchair).

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Good Lesbian Books: Pet Peeves and Problems in Lesbian Fiction

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answersfromvanaheim:

An edumacational article on pet peeves and problems with lesbian fiction and writing lesbians in fiction (with links to “how to write lesbian sex 101”).

Reblogging 47% for the word ‘edumacational’, 26% because it’s our site and 27% for the words “lesbian sex”.

Correction: I should have said “sex between women”, specifically “sex between two women” or “sex between two women that doesn’t pander to the straight male gaze” because not all women who have sex with women are lesbians.

"Edumacational" is a perfectly cromulent word, though.

P.S. <3 Good Lesbian Books, I’m glad you’ve started doing reviews again.

Honestly, I just assume that to be the case anyway. I treat “lesbian” as an adjective a lot of the time; GLB is a site for books about women that like/love/lust after other women, whether they’re asexual, bisexual, wibbley wobbley, transgender, or just ‘easy’ lesbian. Admittedly, some of them don’t fit tidily, but I just want to adopt them anyway, because were else do they fit? But I should remember to clarify that for the rest of the world. My head canon is not everyone else’s. I’m bisexual/demisexual myself, so I just kind of assume that’s the norm.

That was way too serious a post, wasn’t it? :D 

P.S. Thank you! So are we! We just hope we can keep it up again - I’m honestly impressed that people have kept visiting the site and remember who we are.

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Lesbian Halloween Costumes

Lesbian Halloween Costumes and Femslash Friendly Cosplay Couples 

We’ve been putting together a list of suggestions for individual and couple lesbian cosplays; the couple ones tend to be popular femslash couples of characters that, while they may have some support for being queer, would not be automatically recognised as such (e.g. Poison Ivy and Harley works as a couple, but Harley on her own? Not so much).

We’ve been trying to pick some awesome lesbian characters who are recognisable, lesbian/bisexual/queer and actually make for good costumes. Most of the lists we’ve looked at… well, I don’t recognise half the characters and of the rest, well, made for very boring costumes.

We’re considering actually writing up ‘how to’ costume pages for some of the characters as well (if we have time!).

Does anyone have suggestions for more costumes? (You can add them straight to the list but you need a Squidoo account; otherwise just reblog and give us suggestions in the comments).

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Good Lesbian Book Lists: finding lesbian fiction through our site

So the first round-up of links went viral, which was awesome. Unfortunately, it’s also out of date. Out of date in a good way, because now we have more book lists. For the most up-to-date list in future, see this page on the site. For a list and star rating of all the titles we’ve reviewed to date, see the List of Book Reviews.

Themed/Niche Book Lists

Want something FREE?

You don’t quite have what I want… where else can I start looking for good lesbian books?
  • Well, there’s our actual reviews, of course! (Come see what we’ve posted lately!)
  • For general scifi and fantasy, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are a great place to start; we’ve got a short list of the lesbian books out of the whole spectrum here: The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards: Overview & Lesbian Recipients
  • The Sci-fi/Fantasy page is also pretty up to date, and gives a nice overview of what we’ve already reviewed on the site so far, and introduces you to some good authors.
  • For reliable lesbian fiction authors, check out the Alice B Readers Awards, which go to authors who publish a lot of good (enough) lesbian fiction, rather than to specific books.
  • To just start browsing books on Amazon, try the Good Lesbian Books Amazon Store. Yes, we know that searching for ‘lesbian’ just brings up porn and everything in the ‘Gay & Lesbian’ category, so we’ve curated this handy store. It doesn’t contain every lesbian book published, but it’s got an awful lot of them.
  • For more award winning GLBTQ books, check the Award Winning Lesbian Books page (we’ve got the Lambda and Stonewall awards up, as well as the previously mentioned Alice B Readers and Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. They tend to be mixed GLBTQ, so we’re going through and identifying the lesbian stuff).
How About Some Fun Arty Stuff?

Why don’t you have a list on…?

  • because we’re still putting it together
  • because we haven’t thought of it yet
  • because there aren’t really any books that fit 
  • because there are way too many and we’re scared

So if there’s something you’re dying to find books on, suggest it! 

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Anonymous asked: do you know of any hispanic queer literature?

fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

I can personally recommend Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole and Flaming Iguanas by Erica Lopez.

Some links that may be helpful:

There are also quite a few books on Latina lesbian books and writers, as well as Latina lesbian anthologies:

  • Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression edited by Inmaculada Pertusa-Seva and Lourdes Torres.
  • Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About by Carla Trujillo
  • Companeras: Latina Lesbians (An Anthology) by Juanita Ramos
  • With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians by Catrióna Rueda Esquibel
  • Latina Lesbian Writers and Artists by Maria Dolores Costa
  • With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians by Catrióna Rueda Esquibel

I hope that helps!

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Help! Come To Our Birthday Party!

On Monday, March the 5th, it’s our first birthday. And being young and uncertain in the world, we desperately want people to turn up and visit us.

With presents of course. 

Presents in the form of a guest post answering this question: Which Lesbian Book Should You Read First? 

By which I mean… Your best friend, your grandma, your teenage daughter, some random kid on the street has just come out to you. What book do you give them? What book would you suggest to the dad, daughter, cousin, friend, past self? 

Fantasy? Young adult? A classic? Something that’s all about Feelings and Coming Out? Something that’s really casual about the whole Gay Thing? Something set in the modern world? What?

Can you even choose? What title comes to mind? 

What do you have to do?

Well. Pick a book, and tell us about it. Whip up a list of Awesome, gush about your favourite novel, dash out a paragaph, send us suggestions in meme format, create an essay analysing lesbian literature, compose a poem to the best lesbian book for beginners - whatever. WE WANT YOU(R POSTS).

If you’ve never really read any… tell us what you’d WANT to read. Describe your imaginary perfect first lesbian book.

Drop us an email at goodlesbianbook on Gmail, attach any blurb about you, links, favourite pet, preferred number of pages in a book, credit card details and PIN, pseudonym, etc that you want used, and accept our gushing thanks and a piece of imaginary cake. 

Write it now, before you forget. Send it to us by the 5th. Send it afterwards, if you must, but we might haven eaten your cake by then. Reblog this, send it to your book loving friends, and COME WRITE SOMETHING.

Background details and motivations and cake here.

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fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

[image description: the cover of Trans-Sister Radio by Chris A. Bohjalian. It features a person from behind. They are lying down, with their legs up, calves taking up most of the picture. They have light skin, their toenails are painted, and they are holding a daisy between their toes. End description.]

School teacher, divorcee and parent Allie falls in love with Dana, a local college professor, just before [Dana] comes out to her as transgender and transitions. Despite the risk of backlash from the community and her own misgivings, she decides to stick with [Dana] once [she comes out] and see if this now-lesbian relationship can be made to work or not. A sort of realistic and bittersweet romance, that follows the various people involved equally as they adjust.The various issues and facts of transsexuality are presented well, and older teens can identify with college-age Carly (the daughter). Also a good book for any teens who are having to come to terms with an older family member or friend.

Ah ha! Finally! I’ve been looking for a trans lesbian book since I started this blog. Has anyone read this?

I’m half way through a proper review for this right now, and I thought I’d come back and tell you that it’s very good. An issue novel, through and through, but a positive, accessible, interesting and educational one. And I stand by its inclusion on the YA genderqueer booklist.

Well, here it is: Book Review: Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian
It has all kinds of bits that could be picked at, because something so sensitive always does. But overall it&#8217;s well researched, and readable, and up to date and positive. It&#8217;s the sort of book I&#8217;d hand to boring straight people, and really, I think that&#8217;s who it is largely written for. It&#8217;s also one I think I would feel safe recommending to someone transgender, though it does make a deal about the whole &#8216;transgender&#8217; thing, and the whole book is essentially a coming out story. Which is fine, in some ways. I just appreciate that people may have hoped for a &#8216;yeah, so what, get to the transgender lesbian romance&#8217; story.
And as a completely non-transgender person I am slightly somewhat terrified about this review (which ended up being very long). Because while I hope I picked up on all the potential triggers and issues, that doesn&#8217;t mean I saw the same problems as actual genderqueer people would. So my apologies in advance for any offence, or excessive belabouring of the obvious.
And, to add an unfortunate spoiler: lesbians, don&#8217;t get your hopes too high.

goodlesbianbooks:

fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

[image description: the cover of Trans-Sister Radio by Chris A. Bohjalian. It features a person from behind. They are lying down, with their legs up, calves taking up most of the picture. They have light skin, their toenails are painted, and they are holding a daisy between their toes. End description.]

School teacher, divorcee and parent Allie falls in love with Dana, a local college professor, just before [Dana] comes out to her as transgender and transitions. Despite the risk of backlash from the community and her own misgivings, she decides to stick with [Dana] once [she comes out] and see if this now-lesbian relationship can be made to work or not. A sort of realistic and bittersweet romance, that follows the various people involved equally as they adjust.

The various issues and facts of transsexuality are presented well, and older teens can identify with college-age Carly (the daughter). Also a good book for any teens who are having to come to terms with an older family member or friend.

Ah ha! Finally! I’ve been looking for a trans lesbian book since I started this blog. Has anyone read this?

I’m half way through a proper review for this right now, and I thought I’d come back and tell you that it’s very good. An issue novel, through and through, but a positive, accessible, interesting and educational one. And I stand by its inclusion on the YA genderqueer booklist.

Well, here it is: Book Review: Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian

It has all kinds of bits that could be picked at, because something so sensitive always does. But overall it’s well researched, and readable, and up to date and positive. It’s the sort of book I’d hand to boring straight people, and really, I think that’s who it is largely written for. It’s also one I think I would feel safe recommending to someone transgender, though it does make a deal about the whole ‘transgender’ thing, and the whole book is essentially a coming out story. Which is fine, in some ways. I just appreciate that people may have hoped for a ‘yeah, so what, get to the transgender lesbian romance’ story.

And as a completely non-transgender person I am slightly somewhat terrified about this review (which ended up being very long). Because while I hope I picked up on all the potential triggers and issues, that doesn’t mean I saw the same problems as actual genderqueer people would. So my apologies in advance for any offence, or excessive belabouring of the obvious.

And, to add an unfortunate spoiler: lesbians, don’t get your hopes too high.

(via fuckyeahlesbianliterature)

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fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

[image description: the cover of Trans-Sister Radio by Chris A. Bohjalian. It features a person from behind. They are lying down, with their legs up, calves taking up most of the picture. They have light skin, their toenails are painted, and they are holding a daisy between their toes. End description.]

School teacher, divorcee and parent Allie falls in love with Dana, a local college professor, just before [Dana] comes out to her as transgender and transitions. Despite the risk of backlash from the community and her own misgivings, she decides to stick with [Dana] once [she comes out] and see if this now-lesbian relationship can be made to work or not. A sort of realistic and bittersweet romance, that follows the various people involved equally as they adjust.The various issues and facts of transsexuality are presented well, and older teens can identify with college-age Carly (the daughter). Also a good book for any teens who are having to come to terms with an older family member or friend.

Ah ha! Finally! I’ve been looking for a trans lesbian book since I started this blog. Has anyone read this?

I&#8217;m half way through a proper review for this right now, and I thought I&#8217;d come back and tell you that it&#8217;s very good. An issue novel, through and through, but a positive, accessible, interesting and educational one. And I stand by its inclusion on the YA genderqueer booklist.

fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

[image description: the cover of Trans-Sister Radio by Chris A. Bohjalian. It features a person from behind. They are lying down, with their legs up, calves taking up most of the picture. They have light skin, their toenails are painted, and they are holding a daisy between their toes. End description.]

School teacher, divorcee and parent Allie falls in love with Dana, a local college professor, just before [Dana] comes out to her as transgender and transitions. Despite the risk of backlash from the community and her own misgivings, she decides to stick with [Dana] once [she comes out] and see if this now-lesbian relationship can be made to work or not. A sort of realistic and bittersweet romance, that follows the various people involved equally as they adjust.

The various issues and facts of transsexuality are presented well, and older teens can identify with college-age Carly (the daughter). Also a good book for any teens who are having to come to terms with an older family member or friend.

Ah ha! Finally! I’ve been looking for a trans lesbian book since I started this blog. Has anyone read this?

I’m half way through a proper review for this right now, and I thought I’d come back and tell you that it’s very good. An issue novel, through and through, but a positive, accessible, interesting and educational one. And I stand by its inclusion on the YA genderqueer booklist.

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