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  • 15 Queer Books With Disability Rep

    Are you looking for queer books with disability rep? There are some fantastic books out there, but it's often so hard to find them. We've put together a list of 15 LGBTQ+ books with disability rep for your convenience - all of them with links on where you can find them as well as the specific rep in each book and suggested reading age. The Undetectables Fibromyalgia and Cane Use Paranormal Fantasy/Mystery Queer Rep: Queer Women, Queer Men, LGBTQ+ Cast Reading Age: 15+ Be gay, solve crime, take naps. A magical serial killer is stalking the Occult town of Wrackton. Hypnotic whistling causes victims to chew their own tongues off, leading to the killer being dubbed the Whistler (original, right?). But outside the lack of taste buds and the strange magical carvings on the victims’ torsos, the murderer leaves no evidence. No obvious clues. No reason – or so it seems. Enter the Undetectables, a detective agency run by three witches and a ghost in a cat costume (don’t ask). They are hired to investigate the murders, but with their only case so far left unsolved, will they be up to the task? Mallory, the forensic science expert, is struggling with pain and fatigue from her recently diagnosed fibromyalgia. Cornelia, the team member most likely to go rogue and punch a police officer, is suddenly stirring all sorts of feelings in Mallory. Diana, the social butterfly of the group, is hitting up all of her ex-girlfriends for information. And not forgetting ghostly Theodore – deceased, dramatic, and also the agency’s first dead body and unsolved murder case. Just By Looking At Him Cerebral Palsy Contemporary Erotic Fiction Queer Rep: Queer Men Reading Age: 18+ A darkly witty and touching novel following a gay TV writer with cerebral palsy as he fights addiction and searches for acceptance in an overwhelmingly ableist world. Elliott appears to be living the dream as a successful TV writer with a doting boyfriend. But behind his Instagram filter of a life, he’s grappling with an intensifying alcohol addiction, he can’t seem to stop cheating on his boyfriend with various sex workers, and his cerebral palsy is making him feel like gay Shrek. After falling down a rabbit hole of sex, drinking, and Hollywood backstabbing, Elliott decides to limp his way towards redemption. But facing your demons is easier said than done. Stars In Their Eyes Amputee With Prosthetic YA Romance - Graphic Novel Queer Rep: Queer Women. Non-Binary Reading Age: 12+ In this lighthearted YA romance, Maisie and Ollie discover that nothing beats the feeling of falling in love for the first time. Maisie is on her way to Fancon! She's looking forward to meeting her idol, Kara Bufano, the action hero from her favorite TV show, who has a lower-leg amputation, just like Maisie. But when Maisie and her mom arrive at the convention center, she is stopped in her tracks by Ollie, a cute volunteer working the show. They are kind, charming, and geek out about nerd culture just as much as Maisie does. And as the day wears on, Maisie notices feelings for Ollie that she's never had before. Is this what it feels like to fall in love? Iron Widow Chronic Pain and Cane Use YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Queer Rep: Bisexual Women & Men, Polyamory Reading Age: 14+ The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​ Nimona Amputee With Prosthetic YA Fantasy - Graphic Novel Queer Rep: Genderqueer & Queer Men Reading Age: 12+ Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from ND Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. The Girls I've Been Endometriosis YA Thriller Queer Rep: Bisexual Women Reading Age: 13+ Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mum fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape. For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems: #1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris. #2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because: #3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it. The Unbroken Chronic Pain and Cane Use Epic Fantasy Queer Rep: Queer Women Reading Age: 18+ Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought. Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne. Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale. Mooncakes Hard Of Hearing YA Supernatural Fantasy - Graphic Novels Queer Rep: Non-binary, Queer Women Reading Age: 14+ Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers' bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery. Galaxy The Prettiest Star Amputee With Prosthetic YA Science Fiction - Graphic Novel Queer Rep: Trans Women, Queer Women Reading Age: 14+ It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s life is perfect. And every day is torture. Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth. That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine “call me Kat” Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies. Go The Way Your Blood Beats Cerebral Palsy Adult Memoir - Non-Fiction Queer Rep: Queer Men Reading Age: 18+ When Emmett de Monterey is eighteen months old, a doctor diagnoses him with cerebral palsy. Words too heavy for his 25-year-old artist parents and their happy, smiling baby. Growing up in South East London in the 1980s, Emmett is spat at on the street and prayed over at church. At his mainstream school, teachers refuse to schedule his classes on the ground floor, and he loses a stone from the effort of getting up the stairs. At his Sixth Form College for disabled students, he's told he will be expelled if the rumours are true, if he's gay. And then Emmett is chosen for a first-of-its-kind surgery in America which he hopes will 'cure' him, enable him to walk unaided. He hopes for a miracle: to walk, to dance, to be able to leave the house when it rains. To have a body that's everyday beautiful, to hold hands in the street. But the 'miracle' doesn't occur, and Emmett must reckon with a world which views disabled people as invisible, unworthy of desire. He must fight to be seen. Blackwater Autoimmune Disorder YA Paranormal Fantasy - Graphic Novels Queer Rep: Queer Men, Trans Men Reading Age: 14+ Riverdale meets Stranger Things in this debut queer YA graphic novel, developed from a hit webcomic. Set in the haunted town of Blackwater, Maine, two boys fall for each other as they dig for clues to a paranormal mystery. Tony Price is a popular high school track star and occasional delinquent aching for his dad’s attention and approval. Eli Hirsch is a quiet boy with a chronic autoimmune disorder that has ravaged his health and social life. What happens when these two become unlikely friends (and a whole lot more . . .) in the spooky town of Blackwater, Maine? Werewolf curses, unsavory interactions with the quarterback of the football team, a ghostly fisherman haunting the harbor, and tons of high school drama. Co-illustrated by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham, who alternate drawing chapters in their own unique and dynamic styles, Blackwater combines the spookiness of Anya's Ghost with the irreverent humor of Nimona. The Sunbearer Trials Deaf with Use of Sign Language YA Fantasy Adventure Queer Rep: Trans Men. LGBTQ+ Cast Reading Age: 14+ Each decade, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all―they will be sacrificed. Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials…or rather, he’s only worried for others. His best friend Niya―daughter of Tierra, the god of earth―is one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also can’t help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidiós and Teo’s friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldn’t mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teo’s taste. But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidiós who isn’t a Gold. The Girls Are Never Gone Type 1 Diabetes YA Contemporary Horror Queer Rep: Queer Women Reading Age: 14+ Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts. Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in. That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find. But Arrington is full of surprises. Sixteen Souls Double Amputee With Prosthetics YA Paranormal Romance Queer Rep: Queer Men, Trans Men. Reading Age: 14+ In haunted York, even the dead have something to fear. Sixteen-year-old Charlie has problems. He’s a seer-of-spirits in York, the most haunted city in Europe, and all his friends are ghosts. His sisters have glittered his prosthesis, again, and his crush is dating someone new. On top of that, famous spirits are mysteriously vanishing from York’s alleys and snickleways. Charlie is determined to stay out of it, but Sam, the irritating new seer in town, expects him to track down who – or what – is responsible and uncover the dark purpose behind the disappearances. The Flying Ship, Vol. 1 Amputee With Prosthetic YA Fantasy - Graphic Novel Queer Rep: Queer Women Reading Age: 14+ Based on slavic folklore, the Flying Ship is a queer fantasy story set in a mythical world called Glas. When the Tzar offers his daughter’s hand to one who can build a ship that sails through the sky, it is grumpy Dobrinia who decides to take up the quest, with a little magical help. Queer adventure, humor, and heartfelt friendships star in this fantastical comics tale that truly feels like it’s for everyone. After being stranded in a forgotten military outpost, grumpy Dobrinia sets out on a quest to marry a princess. But in the vast Tzardom of Glas, where magic has been outlawed, troubled histories can catch up with even a flying ship. BONUS: Interesting Facts About Space (out 2024) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Contemporary Fiction Queer Rep: Queer Women Reading Age: 18+ Enid is many things: lesbian, serial dater, deaf in one ear, space obsessive, true crime fanatic. When she's not listening to grizzly murder podcasts, she's managing her crippling phobia of bald people and trying hard not to think about her mortifying teenage years - which is hard, when she's lost the password to her old YouTube account and the (many) vlogs that her teen self once uploaded. But as Enid fumbles her way through her first serious relationship and navigates a new family life with her estranged half-sisters, she starts to worry that someone is following her. As her paranoia spirals out of control, Enid must contend with her mounting suspicion that something is seriously wrong with her... Full of charm, humour and heart, Interesting Facts About Space is a pitch-perfect exploration of the strange ways we try to connect with others, and the power of sharing our secret selves with the people we love. Think we've missed something great? Send us a message on Twitter @ProudGeekStore or email us at ✌

  • LGBTQ+ Coffee Shops & Cafés In The UK and Ireland

    Everyone loves a night out, but sometimes it’s nice to hang out somewhere that isn't a club at 1am. Whether you’re catching up with friends over a coffee or looking for a queer-friendly space to work; here are 10 of the UK and Ireland's LGBTQ+ coffee shops and cafés you should visit if you ever get the chance: Sugar Daddy's Worcester, England Sugar Daddy's is Worcester’s LGBTQ+ café. Opened in 2022 by business partners Andre and Sam, the café is a hub for Worcester's LGBTQ+ community offering events, social meets and support groups as well as delicious coffee and sweet treats. The Cafe is wheelchair accessable. Open: Wed-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4 Location: Trinity Passage, Worcester, WR1 2PQ Flamingos Coffee House Leeds, England Situated in Central Arcade in Leeds City Centre, Flamingos is Leeds' premier queer-friendly Coffee House, providing a friendly, safe space for all, 7 days a week. They're one of the UK's only queer sober spaces and put on events throughout the week. Open: Mon-Fri 10-5.30, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5 Location: 10 Central Arcade Leeds LS1 6DX Rainbow Tea Rooms Chester, England The Rainbow Tea Rooms is a café and community space that offers a safe space for everyone, regardless of gender, race and sexual orientation, focuses on the LGBTQ+ community, offering them an extra safe space to eat, drink and meet up. It was created by Chester Pride and generates income for the charity throughout the year. Open: Mon-Fri 9:30-5, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5 Location: 28 Bridge Street Chester CH1 1NQ, UK Flirt Café Bournemouth, England Whether you're just popping in for a quick coffee, or you spend the day working and making the most of the WiFi, Flirt are a super friendly family-run café that host regular events throughout the week in Bournemouth. Open: Sun-Tues 9am-6pm, Wed-Thurs 9am-10pm Location: 21 The Triangle Bournemouth BH2 5RG Kafe Kweer Edinburgh, Scotland Kafé Kweer is an award-winning sober queer space based in Edinburgh. They're a cafe that serves some truly excellent food and they host monthly art exhibitions sourcing work from local artists. Open: Every Day 8:30am-5pm (7pm on Thursdays) Location: 5 St. Peter’s Buildings Edinburgh EH3 9PG Over The Rainbow York, England Formally Lunar Café, Over The Rainbow Café is located upstairs above The Portal Bookshop, with a downstairs table available for anyone who struggles with steps. The queer cafe serves hot and cold drinks, including shakes, and savoury and sweet food options - including their legendary flag cakes modelled after different LGBTQ+ flags! Although the café is up a flight of stairs, Portal is equipped with a ramp for wheeled access and all efforts will be made to accommodate any other accessibility needs. Open: Every Day 11am-5.30pm Location: 5 Patrick Pool York YO1 8BB Outhouse Café Dublin, Ireland When you purchase a drink or treat from the Outhouse Café, you are helping to provide life-saving services to the queer community in Dublin. That's why we strive to serve you the best coffee, made by the best baristas, at the best coffee shop in town. LGBTQ+ artists often exhibit their work on the walls of the Café. Open: Mon 1pm-8.30pm, Tues-Fri 10am-8.30pm & Sat 12pm- 6pm Location: 105 Capel Street Rotunda Dublin 1 D01 R290 Queer Lit Manchester, England Queer Lit recently moved to their new location on Great Ancoats St and have expanded their LGBTQ+ bookshop to include a bar, cafe and queer co-working space. It's a truly beautiful space with some excellent coffee. You can also book the venue for private events. Open: Mon-Wed 9am-6pm & Thurs-Sun 9am-11pm Location: 27 Great Ancoats St Ancoats Manchester M4 5AJ The Queer Emporium Cardiff, Wales The Queer Emporium a queer community space, events space and shop based in Cardiff - stocking over 20 local LGBT+ businesses. They offer refreshments that are locally sourced, plant-based and made by LGBTQ+ folks. Access to The Queer Emporium can be via our shop front entrance, which includes a step or via our side entrance, which is level with the ground. There is also a disabled toilet on site. Open: Fri-Tues 11am-6pm & Wed-Thurs 11am-9pm Location: 2 Royal Arcade Cardiff CF10 1AE Kweek Kream London, England Kween Kream were recently offered a space as a museum café at the Vagina Museum (you know we had to add them to this list). They offer overtly sexual slices of sweet stuff and treats of all things fanny related - along with beautifully decorated grab and go biscuits and other edible souvenirs. Open: Wed-Sun 10am-5.30pm Location: The Vagina Museum 275 -276 Poyser St London E2 9RF The Queery Brighton, England The Queery is a volunteer-run co-operative based in Brighton. The space encompasses a queer radical bookshop, a vegan pay-as-you-feel café and a sober community space for the use of the local queer community. You can volunteer at the query Open: Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm Location: 46 George St Kemptown Brighton BN2 1RJ An honourable mention to some of the UK's queer coffee shops and cafés that have closed in recent years: First Out Café Bar - London די ראָזעווע פּאַווע - Pink Peacock - Glasgow Café Bistro - Fleetwood Sol Café - Birmingham The Pod Café - Edinburgh Lunar Café - York Have we missed your favourite queer coffee shop off our list? Ping us a message on twitter @ProudGeekStore or email us at and we'll add it to our blog so more people can find it ✌

  • 12 More LGBTQ+ Webcomics You Can Read For Free

    Stuck inside with nothing to do? Looking for something new to read? Why not spend the afternoon reading some queer webcomics!? From singing crocodiles to hot monster girls, 90s urban fantasy and queer slice-of-life romance - here are 12 more LGBT+ webcomics you can read for free. CROC AND ROLL Read here - LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Comedy, Music - Mayday Mendez has hit rock bottom. But when she discovers a quartet of magical, singing crocodilians, she hopes they can be her ticket to stardom. In truth, they're her first steps toward healing the wounds of her past... Created by Hamish Steele, creator of Dead End: Paranormal Park / DeadEndia, and illustrated by George Williams. RAINBOW! Read here - Queer Women, Slice-Of-Life, Romance - Overly imaginative teenager Boo Meadows has always escaped her daily grind by living with her head in the clouds-- for better or worse. But when she meets the girl of her daydreams, it may finally be time to face reality. LONG EXPOSURE Read here - Queer Men, Superpowers, Drama - Long Exposure is a completed webcomic about a nerd and a bully who are forced to work on a class project together. The story revolves around them developing super powers after an incident at a strange research center, and finding themselves followed by a mysterious car, overcoming personal challenges, and (most importantly) discovering how gay they are for each other. MY DRAGON GIRLFRIEND Read here - Queer Women, Fantasy, Romance - A sapphic fantasy webcomic - when a drunk girl is saved from a bad date by a dragon girl, love blooms quickly between the two. It's a super sweet story of lesbian romance and cute monster girls with some truly adorable artwork. IT'S WARMER OVER HERE Read here - Queer Men, Slice-Of-Life, Romance - When the gay single dad Sebastian gets a job offer in Philadelphia, he decides it's time for a change of scenery and moves cross country with his daughter, leaving Los Angeles behind. It's not an easy transition into their new lives, but with help from a kindhearted part-time librarian, hopefully, everything will turn out alright... IRON NAIL AFTERNOON Read here - LGBTQ+, Supernatural, Fantasy - After losing his job and wife, Big Chuck starts over a fighter on an island of monsters. There he meets an angelic blonde named Skolli. But Skolli has dark secrets of their own and in a world where people can change their shape, nothing is as it seems. If you've ever wanted to read a love triangle featuring a beastman, gender-shifter and gargoyle, then this is the series for you. JACK BELOVED Read here - Trans Men, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance - Sam wants to win glory for the right to marry his beloved. But when he forms a friendship with an enemy monster, he must decide where his true loyalties lie. Queer fantasy adventure / slow-burn BL. Updates Tuesdays. BUUZA!! Read here - LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Slice-Of-Life - A misdialed number leads to an unexpected, long-distance romance. BUUZA!! is a comic about found family, diaspora and religion, set in an urban fantasy 90's Middle East and central Asia. CW: Mentions of sex work, off-screen or mentioned violence, non-visual threat STICK N' POKE Read here - Trans Women, Music, Romance, 18+ - Mal Hassan is just a girl living on her mom's farm, but when she is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with her favorite band, she drops everything to follow them on tour. How could she pass up her one chance to hook up with that hot guitarist? Is this a dream come true or a disaster waiting to happen? Content Warning: sexual content and adult themes. CHARITY CASE Read here - LGBTQ+, Polyamory, Romance, Music - Aspiring musician Julie finds herself relying on the charity of others to get her life back together, but the feelings she’s developing for her new housemates threaten to tear it all apart. Charity Case is a polyamorous romance with a side helping of found families; if you like agonizingly slow relationship development and LGBTQ+ characters, this is the one for you. MAN TIME! Read here - Trans Men, Comedy, Slice-Of-Life - Man Time is a comic about three trans-masculine people going through the ups and downs of life. Being trans is tough. But there’s plenty to laugh about too! Follow the adventures of Omar, Ty and Jack in this slice-of-life trans webcomic. FAIRETOWN Read here - Queer Men, Supernatural, Romance - The small-town hospitality of Fairetown gives Wilco and Blake a safe home, but various creatures, critters, and creepy-crawlies might be more than they bargained for. Follow along with Wilco, Blake, and their neighbors (and cryptids) in Fairetown. Have we missed your favourite webcomic from this list? Send us a message on Twitter @ProudGeekStore or email us at ✌

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