I’m finally writing a genderqueer character!
I’ve been meaning to write a genderqueer character for ages, mostly because it’s a subject near and dear to my heart. As a genderfluid person, I’m always on the lookout for genderqueer characters, but they’re hard to come by.
There are a few authors I know have written genderqueer characters.
The first two, of course, are authors that write for the publisher I also write for, which is Less Than Three press.
Selume Proferre, by E.E. Ottoman features a genderqueer character. This book is an urban fantasy novel, and starts of with An-An, the main character, going to work at a spell-craft company for an exorcist. E. also writes a lot of books on trans characters, and zie has been on my must-read list for a long while now.
The other is J.K. Pendragon, who has a story coming out in the Trans* Geek Out anthology that will be coming out in spring. I won’t give away too much, since the book’s not out yet, but the story is a fantasy with an Egyptian-esque setting.
Lastly, I received a free book from the Gay Romance Northwest meet-up called Static, by L.A. Witt which turned out to have a genderqueer character as well. I liked the premise, which was that a small percentage of the population can switch their sex back and forth from male to female and back again. But it’s a reflection of their gender identity, so it’s a bit like having a genderfluid and intersex character. It’s a slight twist on the normal shifter story.
I’m always on the lookout for more stories about genderqueer characters.
I’m writing this character for the Villains Inc anthology call for Less Than Three Press. I would like to write an Arabic character for this story, so of course, I must do a lot of research. I’m kind of glad that I can write a villain for this character, because then xe can stab people whenever they misgender xem.
I’m thinking that one day I will also write a two spirit character, as that has always interested me.
I hope one day that the genderqueer section of LT3’s store is as expansive as the Gay section. It only has a few books for now. But it will only grow if we write the stories ourselves.