Six for Sunday: Favourite LGBT Characters
Welcome back to another week of #SixForSunday!
This week the theme is favourite LGBT characters and, while I came up with some straightaway, others were more difficult.
Here are a few of my favourite characters, who also happen to identify as LGBT:
Magnus Bane from The Shadowhunters world
‘I think of myself as a freewheeling bisexual,’ added Magnus.
‘Please never say those words in front of my parents,’ said Alec. ‘Especially my father.’
I love Magnus as a character and the fact that he is so open and unapologetic about the fact that you love who you love, regardless of age, appearance or gender. His relationship with Alec is also realistic, with moments of conflict and disagreements, but I liked how Magnus refuses to give up because of the societal expectations of the Shadowhunter society.
Gurnam from Stay a Little Longer
This story was both heart-breaking and life-affirming, as Gurnam is facing up to his sexuality and the possibility that it will mean losing his family forever in a culture that doesn’t accept homosexuality. I loved the gentleness of this character, his relationship with Aman and how all of the characters felt so realistic.
Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles
I will be the Vampire Lestat for all to see. A symbol, a freak of nature – something loved, something despised, all of those things.
Lestat is another character who is completely unapologetic in loving whoever and whenever he wants, regardless of who that person is. I like the idea that we fall in love with the person, not the packaging and Lestat’s development throughout the books is great.
Rosemary and Sissix from A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
“All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.”
Yes, I know I’m cheating with these two characters…but I couldn’t choose one without the other! Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers series is one of the best I have read for showing the tenderness and vulnerability of each living creature and making the reader cheer them on to reach happiness. I loved how Rosemary’s character develops over the journey and Sissix is just cool!
Alucard from A Darker Shade of Magic series (also love Rhy!)
“I told you to keep him safe, not cuddle.”
Alucard spread his hands behind him on the sheets. “I’m more than capable of multitasking”
Alucard is, once again, a wise-cracking confident character who isn’t afraid to go out and take the world by the horns. He also goes after what he wants, in life or love and this is something I wish that I had the guts to do more often! Almost incidentally, he is bisexual, once again with that message I so admire of loving someone for who they are rather than what they are. V. E. Schwab has said that none of her characters are entirely straight, although some are involved in heterosexual relationships.
Jesper from Six of Crows
“If any of you survive, make sure I have an open casket,” Jesper said as he hefted two slender coils of rope over his shoulder and signalled for Wylan to follow him across the roof. “The world deserves a few more moments with this face.”
It seems that there is a particular type of character who is bound to capture my heart – someone who is loyal, funny and true to themselves. Jesper is the glue that holds together the Six of Crows gang and his interactions with the others make me feel all sorts of happy!
Bonus – Nell from Things a Bright Girl Can Do and Daisy from A Murder Most Unladylike
I mentioned these book in last week’s post, looking at favourite LGBT books, but I feel like Nell deserved a mention here too because she’s so sure about herself and determined to make her own way in the world. Daisy is also an absolutely fantastic characters! I had my suspicions that she might be ace, but was delighted by the reveal of her sexuality in the latest book.
Who are your favourite LGBT characters?
Did I include any that you would have included or missed out any?
Does knowing a character if LGBT make you more interested in their lives?
Let me know in the comments!
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