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Works that have a same-gender and/or transgender romance as a major theme.

In the West, gay and lesbian romances aimed at LGBT readers have existed as a publishing niche since the 1950s, but are still relatively obscure (and SturgeonsLaw applies to what can be found). Most broadly-known Western same-sex and LGBT romances are aimed at general audiences, and have a tendency [[BuryYourGays to be tragic]].

In Japanese media, these have more well-defined genre expectations and usually fall into the YaoiGenre (m/m romance for a female audience), {{Bara}} (m/m romance for gay/bi men), and YuriGenre (f/f romance generally, although there is a separation between works for men, for women in general, and for lesbians in specific).

* {{Bara}}
* YaoiGenre
* YuriGenre
* SlashFic

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* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' was [[WordOfGod always this]], but became most obvious after the 2005 animated film, when both lead characters were cast with unmistakably male voices.
* ''Manga/BokuNoFutatsuNoTsubasa'' is a RomanticComedy with an intersex protagonist.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is a SliceOfLife revolving around [[{{Transsexual}} two transsexual children]]. While Takatsuki (a trans boy) doesn't have any major crushes but the trans girl protagonist has had quite a few crushes on girls (including Takatsuki himself though) and even gains a girlfriend half way through the manga.
** ''Manga/AoiHana'', by the same author, has a predominantly straight cast overall, but the ''main'' characters are mostly lesbians.
* ''LightNovel/{{No 6}}'' is officially a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] SciFi story, but the [[HomoeroticSubtext heavily romantic]] relationship between the two male leads is a major theme throughout. By the end of the story, [[spoiler: they're the OfficialCouple.]]
* ''Manga/OhanaHoloholo'' is a part SliceOfLife, part romance story revolving around two bisexual women who used to date and are now trying to live together platonically.

%% * ''The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green'' [[http://ethangreen.com Book website.]] (Also made into a movie in 2005)
%% * Ralf König's comics, such as ''Konrad and Paul'', ''The Killer Condom'' and ''The Most Desired Man''.
%% * ''DykesToWatchOutFor'' is about lesbian romance, mixed with drama and political commentary.
* All over the place in ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'', but then again this goes without saying. Every main character ends up in a relationship and as a couple

* ''Faith and Buffy's Super-Happy-Ending-Bedtime-Story'' [[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-13766/DreamSmith+Faith+and+Buffy+s+Super-Happy-Ending+Bedtime+Story.htm Story's Page on TtH.]]: This is an epic telling (three novel-length installments so far and counting) of the love affair between Buffy and Faith, in a version of the universe that is as close as possible to what we saw in the show itself. The story takes no shortcuts--the two girls start as enemies, and the transition to loving relationship is slow, and strewn with setbacks.
* In Creator/{{Vathara}}'s ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/617011/1/Desert-Fox Desert Fox]]'', there is a lesbian couple consisting of a human and a gargoyle, both original characters. The human is a Native American woman and undercover DEA agent and they're both on the run from drug smugglers.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Trowa and Quatre]] of Creator/{{Vathara}}'s ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1792282/1/Upon-A-Fiery-Steed Upon a Fiery Steed]]'', who come from another solar system instead of ours in this AU fusion where there's apparently so much acceptance that the word for "spouse" is "life partner."
* One of the main subplots in ''[[FanFic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova The Glaceon and the Shadow]]'' is a very cute romance between Larissa and Sofia, which triggers major character development for both of them.

* Gay
** ''Film/TwentyFourNights'', a story about a gay man who lives with his sister who writes a letter to Santa Claus.
** ''Film/AllOverTheGuy'', a story about two friends who set up their gay friends up on a horrible first date.
** ''Film/BedroomsAndHallways'', a movie about a gay man who falls for a straight man who is the boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend of his, said girlfriend is still able seduce him.
** ''Film/{{Bent}}'', a movie about gay Jews in a concentration camp falling in love.
** ''Film/BeautifulThing'', a British ComingOfAge and ComingOutStory from 1996, set in a London UsefulNotes/CouncilEstate.
** ''Film/BigEden'', a story about a middle aged gay man who returns home to take care of his father finding that he also has to deal with his old crush.
** The indie ''Film/BlueCitrusHearts'', is summed up as the story of a boy who loves a boy.
%% ** ''Film/BrokebackMountain''
** ''Film/{{Brotherhood}}'', a story about a man who joins a neo nazi group later becoming close to a member he befriends. Not to be confused with the tv series about a mob, Series/{{Brotherhood}}
%% ** ''Film/TheBubble''
** ''Film/ChristopherAndHisKind'', a BioPic of Christopher Isherwood starring Creator/MattSmith.
** ''Film/{{Contracorriente}}'' (''Undertow'') : A Peruvian movie from 2009 about a closeted fisherman and his secret affair with an artist.
** ''Film/EatingOut'', A series of sex comedies akin to American Pie.
** ''Film/FashionVictims'', a story about a female clothes salesman whose son falls for his rival at work.
** ''Film/FromBeginningToEnd'', A story about two brothers who love each other deeply since childhood.
** ''Film/ForALostSolder'', a story about a child and a soldier.
** ''Film/GetReal'', another British ComingOfAge and ComingOutStory from 1998, set in a small-town suburb.
%% ** Japanese movie ''Film/{{Hush}}''
%% ** ''Film/ILoveYouPhillipMorris''
** ''Film/IsItJustMe?'', a cute love story about a gay man meeting a person online.
** ''Film/JustAQuestionOfLove'', a French movie about a young man who is struggling to come out to his family.
** ''Film/KeepTheLightsOn'', a SliceOfLife featuring a relationship spanning just short of ten years.
** ''Film/KissTheBride'', a story about a man who goes to stop the wedding of the guy he once loved.
** ''Film/LanYu'', a story about an older man who falls in love with a student.
** ''Film/LatterDays'', involving a Mormon missionary and his relationship with the out-and-proud guy next door.
** ''Film/{{Lilies}}'', a story about how a man ended up a prison because he was convicted of killing the one he loved.
** ''Film/TheLoveOfSiam'', a story about two childhood friends who meet up again as teenagers.
** ''Film/TheManILove'', a french movie about a swimming pool employee falling for a straight man.
** ''Film/TheMostlyUnfabulousSocialLifeOfEthanGreen'', a story about a gay man who fails at his relationships.
%% ** ''Film/MakeTheYuletideGay''
** ''Film/{{Morgan}}'', a story about a recently disabled athelete who meets a guy while going out to buy more alcohol to keep himself drunk.
%% ** ''Film/PlanB''
** ''PlataQuemada''''(BurntMoney)'', an Argentinian movie. QueerRomance [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace WITH FUGITIVES!]]]]
** ''Film/PrivateRomeo'', a story about military academy students which somehow ends up becoming a story about Romeo and Juliet (but with boys).
%% ** ''Film/{{Shelter}}''
** ''Film/TheTrip 2002'' romance set in the 1970s and 1980s.
** ''Film/TheWarBoys'', a story about 3 friends who often go out on the border to cause trouble.
** ''Film/{{Trick}}'', a story about a amateur song writer who spends his night with a go go dancer.
** ''Film/{{Weekend}}'', a story about a gay man who ends up knowing more about his one night stand.
** ''Film/WereTheWorldMine'' is about an entire ''town'' falling into a Love Spell that makes half the cast gay.
* Lesbian
%% ** ''[[Film/AimeeAndJaguar Aimée & Jaguar]]''
%% ** ''Film/BetterThanChocolate''
%% ** ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColor''
%% ** ''Film/{{Bound}}''
%% ** ''Film/ButImACheerleader''
%% ** ''Film/{{DEBS}}''
%% ** ''Film/DesertHearts''
%% ** ''Film/{{Fire}}'', a 1996 film from India.
%% ** ''Fucking Åmål'' (''Film/ShowMeLove'')
%% ** ''Film/GrayMatters''
%% ** ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'', a fairly disturbing example really.
%% ** ''Film/ICantThinkStraight''
** ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou'', which is about a woman who falls in love with the florist who helped with her wedding to a man.
%% ** ''Film/TheIncrediblyTrueAdventureOfTwoGirlsInLove''
%% ** ''Film/KissMe'', also known as ''With Every Heartbeat''
%% ** ''Film/LesBiches''
%% ** ''Film/LosingChase'', starring Creator/HelenMirren and Creator/KyraSedgwick.
%% ** ''Film/LostAndDelirious''
%% ** ''Film/LoveMyLife''
%% ** ''Film/{{Pariah}}''
%% ** ''Film/RoomInRome''
%% ** ''Film/SavingFace''
%% ** ''Film/SpiderLilies''
%% ** ''Film/WhenNightIsFalling''
%% ** ''Film/TheWorldUnseen''
** The protagonist of ''Out At The Wedding'' is a straight woman but there are two lesbian mains and a gay side character.
%% ** ''Film/WhenNightIsFalling''
** ''Film/{{Carol}}'', starring Creator/CateBlanchett and Creator/RooneyMara. Married mother Carol (Blanchett) has an affair with shop assistant Therese (Mara). This is in the USA in the 1950s, so matters do not proceed entirely to their advantage.

* Queer/Other
%% ** ''Film/{{Romeos}}''
%% ** ''Film/VelvetGoldmine''
** ''Film/DifferentForGirls'': two best friends from high school meet again as adults and fall in love after [[OldFriendNewGender one of them undergoes sex-reassignment surgery]].

%% * ''Literature/{{Affinity}}''
* ''Literature/AnnieOnMyMind'', a lesbian YoungAdult novel. [[spoiler: That rare thing: one with a definite happy ending for the lesbian couple.]]
* ''Literature/AristotleAndDanteDiscoverTheSecretsOfTheUniverse'', a novel that focuses more on the coming-of age aspect of the main character, but without brushing aside the LGBT themes.
%% * ''Literature/AtSwimTwoBoys'' by Jamie O'Neill.
%% * ''Literature/ABetterPlace'' by Mark Roeder.
* ''Literature/BoyMeetsBoy'', a queer high school romance (and possibly the most cheerful and adorable one ever at that) by Creator/DavidLevithan
* ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours'', where the central story is [[spoiler: Jack trying to save his love Thomas from dying by finding the one fold in the multiverse of the Vellum where he isn't murdered. Also, a brutal criticism of the trope BuryYourGays.]]
* ''Literature/TheCatchTrap'' by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley
* A fair number of British boarding-school stories written by Dorita Fairlie-Bruce and Angela Brazil, among others. Just to what extent these reflect overt lesbianism is up to you, but kissing between best friends (implied to be several kisses in a row, delivered with feeling, and not just a hesitant stolen peck) occurs in the canons of both the above authors and would appear to satisfy this trope.
* Some of Edgar Pangborn's post-holocaust stories feature strong same-sex friendships, often implied to be gay ("Tiger Boy") if not stated outright ("Harper Conan and Singer David", "The Night Wind"). And yes, most of these friendships/romances are doomed, one way or another.
* Katherine V. Forrest wrote lesbian romances (such as ''An Emergence of Green'') as well as mysteries and science fiction with lesbian relationships.
%% * ''Empress of the World''
%% * ''Literature/{{Fingersmith}}''
%% * ''FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistlestopCafe''
* ''Literature/TheGiddyDeathOfTheGaysAndTheStrangeDemiseOfStraights'' focuses on the romance between two heterosexual men.
* ''Giovanni's Room'', by James Baldwin -- a tragedy not a romance.
* ''Literature/GossamerAxe'' -- An Urban Fantasy with a Lesbian romance as the central theme (and the plot's driving force) and portrayed in a refreshingly positive light throughout.
%% * ''Literature/{{Havemercy}}'', at least for half of it. [[spoiler: And that's not even the tragic side of the story.]]
%% * ''Literature/{{Hero}}''
* ''Literature/KeepingYouASecret'' -- teen f/f romance with a happy ending
* ''Literature/KingAndKing'' is a children's book about a prince who falls in love with another prince, rather than any of the princesses presented to him. Caused quite a bit of controversy...
* The ''Last Herald-Mage'' trilogy of the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series has TheHero Vanyel's homosexuality as a primary plot element. His first love, Tylendel, awakens him not only to his sexual orientation but also to his mage powers, and his sexuality and the reactions of others to it is a defining part of his characterization.
%% * ''Literature/{{Maurice}}'': The 1987 film is better known than the novel (written circa 1913 but only published in 1971).
%% * ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves''
%% * ''Literature/ThePersianBoy'', by Creator/MaryRenault
* ''Literature/TheRifter'' a fantasy novel with a male-male romance at the center of it.
* ''Slave World'' has many relationships that breaks with heteronormativity in many ways, from being same-sex relationships to having a power dynamic that isn't at all based on gender.
* ''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'': male main character Carnelian has romances with two different males during the course of the trilogy.
* ''TheVampireChronicles'' by AnneRice, a series about queer vampires. It doesn't exactly focus on romance, but it is a major theme.
** Well, not really. The VC are an interesting example as such as thing as sexuality doesn't matter to the characters anymore once they're given the Dark Gift. The vampires are more into aesthetics and sensation than actual sexuality, with it being outright stated that sex is a mere shadow of blood drinking. The characters express interest in both genders and don't make distinctions between them.
%% * ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet''

%% * ''Series/{{Glue}}''
%% * ''Series/LipService''
%% * ''Series/TheLWord''
%% * ''Series/MyHusbandsLover''
%% * ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves''
%% * ''Series/QueerAsFolk''
%% * ''SouthOfNowhere''
%% * ''Series/SugarRush''
%% * ''Series/TheRichMansDaughter''
%% * ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet''
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has [[HoYay Les Yay]] as a core story element. Since Xena and Gabrielle are soul-mates, they get together in many different incarnations. In the twentieth century, they end up with their clones getting together, their reincarnated selves getting together, ''and'' their [[IdenticalGrandson suspiciously familiar descendants]] getting together. Therefore, this ''could'' be considered a happy-ending, even though the original characters, onscreen, don't get one.
%% * ''Film/WhenImSixtyFour''
* "Orange Is The New Black". Quite a few characters are lesbian or bisexual, including Piper, Poussey, Alex, Nicky, Sophia and Suzanne. The show also includes a transwoman, Sophia, who has had a troubled relationship with her wife and son since transitioning. Romantic relationships are in focus just as much non-romantic ones, and much tension derives from them. The show also adresses and acknowledges issues of homophobia and transphobia.
* "Hannibal". Aside from being a serial killer drama, the show focuses a lot on psychology, emotions and the relationships between the characters, mainly the complicated one between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter. They early on develop a deep sense of kinship and mutual understanding, and by the end of the series, its revealed that they have romantic feelings for each other.

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%% * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dysG12QCdTA Gay Pirates]] by Music/CosmoJarvis
%% * "The Soldiering Life" and "On The Bus Mall" by Music/TheDecemberists.
%% * "Fem in a Black Leather Jacket" (among others) by Music/PansyDivision
%% * "The Drowners" by {{Music/Suede}}, as well as "Animal Nitrate" for a violent, drug-addled version.

* There are several romantic pairings in the play ''TheMiracleAtNaples'', but possibly the most adorable is the two male best friends who fall for each other.
* Among other themes that were considered subversive at the time, there is a gay romantic pairing in the play ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' by Frank Wedekind (you may know it from the recent musical version).
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' features two main non-straight couples: Maureen/Joanne and Collins/Angel.
* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' revolves around a number of queer characters, including a drag queen, a pair of closeted gay men (not together), and a few open gay men.
* ''Theatre/ThrillMe'' is based on the Leopold and Loeb case, and so Nathan and Richard are in a sexual relationship. Whether it's romantic is a matter of opinion.
* ''Theatre/TorchSongTrilogy'': follows the romance between Arnold and Ed.

* ''VideoGame/BlackCloset'' is half detective game, half lesbian-romance game. It's set at a OneGenderSchool, so both the protagonist and all the romance options are female. Various background characters are also mentioned as at least flirting with being SchoolgirlLesbians.
* The FreewareGame ''Calamity Annie''.
* "VisualNovel/ComingOutOnTop" is essentially a series of different gay romances that the PlayerCharacter can have.
* The InteractiveFiction game ''Gun Mute''.
* [[MightyGlacier Brad]] [[GentleGiant Evans]] and [[DisabledMeansHelpless Billy Pilder]] in ''VideoGame/WildArms2''. Though Billy has a severe traumatic head injury and no longer seems lucid, their love still endures.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': There is some teen romance that's given a fair-sized focus in ''Homestuck'', including couples of all orientations: [[spoiler: Rose/Kanaya, Dirk/Jake and Horuss/Rufioh, to name a few couples.]]
** [[spoiler: At least two of the above relationships are rather unhealthy, though.]]
* ''Webcomic/IncubusTales'' focuses on the adventures of a traveling Incubus, and the people he meets.
* ''Webcomic/KhaosKomix'' focuses on romance between a cast of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans characters.
* ''Webcomic/LavenderLegend'' Features a romance between [[AttractiveBentGender Felicia]]--a male who was RaisedAsTheOppositeGender--and the incorrigible Princess Lavender who becomes infatuated with [[WordOfGod him]] before she learns that [[WordOfGod he]] isn't a girl... [[SingleTargetSexuality though that doesn't slow her down in the slightest.]] Also, Felicia has a lot of issues to resolve in terms of what it means to hide his true nature in [[OlderThanSteam a medieval world]] that has no concept of "gender identity".
* ''Webcomic/{{The Less Than Epic Adventures Of TJ And Amal}}'' is a road trip story which follows the budding romance of a gay Indian man recently disowned by his family and a bisexual, free-spirited hippie as they travel across America.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' takes a while, but [[GenderBender Ash]] and Emily become attracted to each other.
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'''s main characters are a pair of bisexual women who end up getting involved with both men and women.
* Sandra K. Fuhr's comics. ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' deals mainly with a male/male romance. Successor comic ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'' focuses more on the wider life of a same-sex couple, but keeps romantic elements. However, newest entry to the universe ''Webcomic/OtherPeoplesBusiness'' relegates same-sex romance to background details (albeit ''important'' background details).
* ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'' deals prominently with the romantic love life of a bisexual [=MtF=] {{transsexual}}.
* ''Webcomic/AlfdisAndGunnora'' - bearded lesbian lady-dwarves.
* ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' - A Danish [[{{Gayngster}} mob boss]] has a [[TriangRelations polyamorous]] relationship with a married couple.
* ''Webcomic/SecretAgentMen'' - A fanfic spinoff of ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'', about the titular spies falling in love.
* ''Webcomic/Threading'' - ladies kissing in space.
* ''Webcomic/TrippingOverYou'' follows the lives of two British boarding students in love.
* ''Webcomic/MissingMonday'' - girl meets girl-from-another-universe.

%% * ''AnyoneButMe''
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' features the {{Adorkable}} romance of Cecil and Carlos in addition to the usual eldritch horrors of the eponymous town in the desert, starting in episode 25 where Carlos reciprocates Cecil's crush and in episode 27 when they start dating.
* ''Literature/MixBeerWithLiquorAndYouWillGetSicker'' is a romantic fiction between ambiguously autistic main, Lauchlan and Corbin, set in a pseudo historical, victorian setting.
* ''WebOriginal/YouCouldMakeALife'' is notable for having not one, but ''seven'' male/male romances, each with their own individual story set in a slightly modified NHL universe. Each one of them also covers a different type of relationship: there's the obligatory ComingOutStory, but also a MayDecemberRomance, a DestructiveRomance, a [[DatingCatwoman romance between rivals]], and more.
* "Carmilla". Features many queers and vampires, including the two protagonists, Carmilla, a lesbian vampire with loads of history, and Laura, a precocious university student and part-time investigator of the paranormal at Silas University. Their friends include childhood friends Perry, an orderly, mortherly girl who clean when she is nervous, and La Fontaine, a gender-queer science geek who may or may not be in love with a former digitalized human soul.
* Gems in WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse are HumanoidAliens who have no gender, but all present themselves in a feminine way and use "she/her" pronouns. [[spoiler:Ruby and Sapphire]], the Gems who [[spoiler:[[FusionDance fuse]] to make up Garnet]], are confirmed by both WordOfGod and in the show to be in a romantic relationship. One of the plot points for an episode is that [[spoiler:Garnet doesn't want to be in a romantic relationship, because she ''is'' a romantic relationship.]]
** Pearl's devotion to and feelings for Steven's [[PosthumousCharacter mother]], Rose Quartz, have also been confirmed by both WordOfGod and shown in the show to be romantic.