Queer Romance

aka: Lesbian Romance

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 Sturgeon's Law applies to what can be found). Most broadly-known Western same-sex and LGBT romances are aimed at general audiences, and have a tendency to be tragic.

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

Sub-genres:

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Arashi No Yoru Ni was always this, but became most obvious after the 2005 animated film, when both lead characters were cast with unmistakably male voices.
  • Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa is a Romantic Comedy with an intersex protagonist.
  • Wandering Son is a Slice of Life revolving around two Transsexual children. While Takatsuki (a trans boy) doesn't seem to have had a crush yet but the protagonist, a trans girl, has had quite a few crushes on girls (including Takatsuki himself though) and even gains a girlfriend half way through the manga.
    • Aoi Hana, by the same author, has a predominantly straight cast overall, but the main characters are mostly lesbians.
  • No6 is officially a dystopian Sci-Fi story, but the heavily romantic relationship between the two male leads is a major theme throughout. By the end of the story, they're the Official Couple.
  • Ohana Holoholo is a part Slice of Life, part romance story revolving around two bisexual women who used to date and are now trying to live together platonically.

Fanfiction
  • Faith and Buffy's Super-Happy-Ending-Bedtime-Story 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 Vathara's 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.
  • Trowa and Quatre of Vathara's 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 The Glaceon and the Shadow is a very cute romance between Larissa and Sofia, which triggers major character development for both of them.

Film
  • The protagonist of Out At The Wedding is a straight woman but there are two lesbian mains and a gay side character.
  • Queer/Other

Literature
  • Boy Meets Boy, a queer high school romance (and possibly the most cheerful and adorable one ever at that) by David Levithan
  • The Book of All Hours, where the central story is 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 Bury Your Gays.
  • The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • 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.
  • Keeping You a Secret — teen f/f romance with a happy ending
  • King And King 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 Heralds of Valdemar series has The Hero 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.
  • The Rifter 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.
  • The Stone Dance of the Chameleon: male main character Carnelian has romances with two different males during the course of the trilogy.
  • The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, a series about queer vampires. It doesn't exactly focus on romance, but it is a major theme.

Live-Action TV
  • Xena: Warrior Princess has 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 suspiciously familiar descendants getting together. Therefore, this could be considered a happy-ending, even though the original characters, onscreen, don't get one.

Theatre
  • There are several romantic pairings in the play The Miracle At Naples, 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 Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind (you may know it from the recent musical version).
  • RENT features two main non-straight couples: Maureen/Joanne and Collins/Angel.
  • Angels in America 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.
  • Thrill Me 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.
  • Torch Song Trilogy: follows the romance between Arnold and Ed.

Videogames

Webcomic
  • Homestuck: There is some teen romance that's given a fair-sized focus in Homestuck, including couples of all orientations: Rose/Kanaya, Dirk/Jake and Horuss/Rufioh, to name a few couples.
    • At least two of the above relationships are rather unhealthy, though.
  • Incubus Tales focuses on the adventures of a traveling Incubus, and the people he meets.
  • Khaos Komix focuses on romance between a cast of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans characters.
  • Lavender Legend Features a romance between Felicia—a male who was Raised as the Opposite Gender—and the incorrigible Princess Lavender who becomes infatuated with him before she learns that he isn't a girl... 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 a medieval world that has no concept of "gender identity".
  • 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.
  • Misfile takes a while, but Ash and Emily become attracted to each other.
  • Punch an' Pie's main characters are a pair of bisexual women who end up getting involved with both men and women.
  • Sandra K. Fuhr's comics. Boy Meets Boy deals mainly with a male/male romance. Successor comic Friendly Hostility focuses more on the wider life of a same-sex couple, but keeps romantic elements. However, newest entry to the universe Other People's Business relegates same-sex romance to background details (albeit important background details).
  • Venus Envy deals prominently with the romantic love life of a bisexual MtF transsexual.
  • Alfdis And Gunnora - bearded lesbian lady-dwarves.
  • Niels - A Danish mob boss has a polyamorous relationship with a married couple.
  • Secret Agent Men - A fanfic spinoff of Niels, about the titular spies falling in love.
  • Webcomic/Threading - ladies kissing in space.
  • Tripping Over You follows the lives of two British boarding students in love.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Gems in Steven Universe are Humanoid Aliens who have no gender, but all present themselves in a feminine way and use "she/her" pronouns. Ruby and Sapphire, the Gems who fuse to make up Garnet, are confirmed by both Word of God and in the show to be in a romantic relationship. One of the plot points for an episode is that Garnet doesn't want to be in a romantic relationship, because she is a romantic relationship.

Alternative Title(s):

LGBT Romance, LGBTQ Romance, Lesbian Romance, Gay Romance