Welcome, one and all, to an unusual book day post! You see, it’s LGBTQ History Month here in the UK, which means plenty of celebrations – and indeed, learning opportunities – are going on. For me, I wanted to use this as a way to make a request.
When it comes to LGBTQ Manga, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with it all. There are some really nice series out there. Shimanami Tasogare: Our Dreams At Dusk is a fine example of a realistic portrayal of being LGBTQ, for example. At the same time though, it’s pretty widely accepted that manga as an art form doesn’t always have the best history with this type of story.
Now, I’m not primarily a romance reader. I do, however, like a nice, sweet love story. When it’s come to LGBTQ manga, that mostly seems to fall into the yuri category. Series like After Hours, Bloom Into You, Goodby My Rose Garden, and Octave all tell great stories with FF pairings. Most importantly, they don’t litter them with negative lesbian stereotypes.
On the flip side though, I find it a lot harder to find yaoi that works along the same lines. MM attraction in manga seems to come with certain tropes attached that I’m not fond of. The worst of these for me is the ‘character A forces themselves on character B, now character B loves character A’ arc.’ To be clear here, being queer does not make you a predator.
So, here’s what I want: recommendations. I want people to recommend me some sweet, wholesome titles featuring MM pairings or trans and non-binary characters. Hit me up in the comments below, and I’ll look at each recommendation with a view to buying a few. Cheers everyone!