We’re celebrating Pride Month in June because of the Stonewall riots in June 1969 and it was Black trans and queer people at the front, fighting for the rights of queer people. With the current events, it’s especially important to not just celebrate queer books, but to highlight those by Black authors (and that goes all year long, not just in June).
Here is a list of Black (adult) science fiction and fantasy authors and their books featuring queer main characters.
Micaiah JohnsonThe Space Between Worlds (scifi)
Marlon JamesBlack Leopard, Red Wolf* (fantasy)
Nalo HopkinsThe Molly Southbourne series (horror)
- bi/pan (f)
Adding three more titles that don’t exactly fit the original list genre-wise or because of their main characters but I want to highlight them anyway:
- trans nb (afab)
P- Djèlí ClarkThe Black God’s Drums (steampunk)
- queer side character
Kacen CallenderQueen of the Conquered (fantasy)
- trans author
A lot of these authors listed here have even more (queer) books out, so I urge you to check them out, and not just the books listed here! if you know of even more Black authors of (adult) SFF, let me know! Would love to make my list even longer.