There was a great judgment by the Supreme Court this week that inspired this list. It made me think about how rarely members of the LGBTQIA+ community are represented in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. They are popping up more in the media but it’s still so little. It’s especially hard to find books where the protagonist is homosexual. They are either a supporting character or their sexuality is implied. In some ways, this list was hard to compose. I had to think back on all my fictional crushes. Then I had to think back to which ones were LGBT. Ta-da! In no particular order, these are my picks for my top ten LGBT sci-fi and fantasy crushes.
1. Captain Jack Harkness (Torchwood, Doctor Who)
The man from the 51st century proved that love knows no gender or species. His romance with Ianto was one of the best on television.
2. Phèdre no Delaunay (Kushiel’s Legacy)
Phèdre closely follows Blessed Elua’s decree of “Love as thou wilt” and loves men and women equally.
3. Nuriko (Fushigi Yûgi)
Nuriko alternately identifies as male and female. He wants to be the woman who loves Hotohori and the man who protects Miaka. Nuriko is a transgender character that anime didn’t make a mockery of.
4. H.G. Wells (Warehouse 13)
The writer of the world’s greatest science fiction turned out to be a woman on this show. H.G. is said to have both male and female lovers.
5. Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Chronicles)
Lestat loved both men and women during his over 200 years of existence. From Louis to Mona, Lestat never sees gender when it comes to his passion.
6. Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Willow may have dated Oz but her heart was with Tara. Willow shook things up on the show, but it was in a good way.
7. Cecil & Carlos (Welcome to Night Vale)
I always think of these two as one being no matter if they are separate. Nightvale won over the podcast community with its gay protagonist Cecil and his love Carlos.
8. Lord John Grey (Outlander, Lord John Series)
Lord John lives in a time when being homosexual was especially dangerous to one’s life. He marries a woman for convention but he truly loves men… especially Jamie Fraser.
9. Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments)
Magnus is close to Captain Jack in terms of sexuality. With Alec he defies prejudiced members of the Shadowhunter world who reject homosexuality.
10. Jenny Flint (Doctor Who)
Jenny loves Madame Vastra and that’s all that matters. Jenny defies not only the taboo of being with a woman but also the taboo of dating outside her species.