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).
Anime & Manga
- All over the place in 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 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.
- Twenty Four Nights, a story about a gay man who lives with his sister who writes a letter to Santa Claus.
- All Over The Guy, a story about two friends who set up their gay friends up on a horrible first date.
- Bedrooms and Hallways, 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.
- Bent, a movie about gay Jews in a concentration camp falling in love.
- Beautiful Thing, a British Coming of Age and Coming-Out Story from 1996, set in a London Council Estate.
- Big Eden, 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 Blue Citrus Hearts, is summed up as the story of a boy who loves a boy.
- 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, Brotherhood
- Is It Just Me?, a cute love story about a gay man meeting a person online.
- Just A Question Of Love, a French movie about a young man who is struggling to come out to his family.
- Keep The Lights On, a Slice of Life featuring a relationship spanning just short of ten years.
- Kiss The Bride, a story about a man who goes to stop the wedding of the guy he once loved.
- Lan Yu, a story about an older man who falls in love with a student.
- Latter Days, involving a Mormon missionary and his relationship with the out-and-proud guy next door.
- Lilies, a story about how a man ended up a prison because he was convicted of killing the one he loved.
- The Love Of Siam, a story about two childhood friends who meet up again as teenagers.
- The Man I Love, a french movie about a swimming pool employee falling for a straight man.
- The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life Of Ethan Green, a story about a gay man who fails at his relationships.
- Morgan, a story about a recently disabled athelete who meets a guy while going out to buy more alcohol to keep himself drunk.
- The Trip 2002 romance set in the 1970s and 1980s.
- The War Boys, a story about 3 friends who often go out on the border to cause trouble.
- Trick, a story about a amateur song writer who spends his night with a go go dancer.
- Weekend, a story about a gay man who ends up knowing more about his one night stand.
- Were the World Mine is about an entire town falling into a Love Spell that makes half the cast gay.
- Imagine Me And You, which is about a woman who falls in love with the florist who helped with her wedding to a man.
- The protagonist of Out At The Wedding is a straight woman but there are two lesbian mains and a gay side character.
- Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Missing Monday - girl meets girl-from-another-universe.
- Welcome to Night Vale 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.
- Mix Beer With Liquor And You Will Get Sicker is a romantic fiction between ambiguously autistic main, Lauchlan and Corbin, set in a pseudo historical, victorian setting.
- you could make a life 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 Coming-Out Story, but also a May-December Romance, a Destructive Romance, a 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 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.
- Pearl's devotion to and feelings for Steven's mother, Rose Quartz, have also been confirmed by both Word Of God and shown in the show to be romantic.