Favorite LGBTQ+ Characters & Couples | In memory of the lives lost in Orlando

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Yesterday I woke up to horrific news. 50 people lost their lives, and another 50 were injured in the worst mass shooting in US history. The target was a gay nightclub in Orlando, by the name of Pulse. The club was celebrating Latin night, so most of the victims were also people of color. Later it was revealed that a man had been apprehended in Los Angeles at a Gay Pride Parade, who had similar motives.

These inhumane creatures are waging war against a group of people who just want to love who they love. I cannot even begin to imagine what the families and friends of the victims are going through. I cannot imagine what the LGBTQ+ community is going through, and I am not going to pretend like I do. This community has been marginalized and stigmatized for much, much too long, and the thought that they need to fear for their lives because of who they are is just completely fucking unthinkable.

But I can say something else: I am a Muslim, and I am angry that this person who claimed to represent my faith did something that does not represent me. I have to come to terms with the fact that many people all over the world will judge my faith on the basis of these horrific tragedies that occur time and time again, but it doesn’t anger me any less. At this point, I am not angry with the bigots or people like Donald Trump or whatever. At this point, I am angry with the fact that they almost have a reason to say the things they say. I am sorry that assholes wear the religion I believe in as a medal that ‘allows’ them to commit atrocities, that allows people to claim that Muslims hate the LGBTQ+ community.

I do not. And while this is obviously nothing significant – obviously, obviously, I wish I could do something more significant – I thought it would be a little tribute to the lives lost yesterday. To the LGBTQ+ community all over the world, I’m so sorry. And I do stand with you.

Alec (Gay) and Magnus (Bi) from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare | Kurt (Gay) and Blaine (Gay) from Glee | Emily Fields (Lesbian) from Pretty Little Liars
Callie Torres (Bi) from Grey’s Anatomy | Santana (Bi) and Brittany (Lesbian) from Glee | Patrick (Gay) from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Lena and Stef Foster (Lesbian) from The Fosters | Sophia Burset (Trans) from Orange is the New Black
Tiny Cooper (Gay) from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green | Ronan (Gay) and Adam (Bi?)
(are they canon? I haven’t read the last book) from The Raven Cycle | Simon and Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (I didn’t much like the book, though.)
Ari and Dante (Gay) | Nico di Angelo (Gay) from The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan | Chaol and Dorian (straight, but not to me)(NOT CANON, BUT I’M INTO IT) from The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas


  1. I love this post so much. Its great that you did a tribute for the people in Orlando. I will say that you have Santana and Brits sexuality mixed up(its the other way around lol) but they were one of my fave couples on that show. And Alec and Magnus! Such diversity in one post! I love it

  2. You mention some of my favorite novels in this post! There’s one I have on my kindle and haven’t read yet, and that’s Ari and Dante… I really need to get to that.
    I bet it’s really hard to feel like a terrorist has made people you don’t even know view you differently because of religion. It always makes me sad when sweeping generalizations are the norm, rather than an exaggeration. I hope everyone will be able to open their minds to see that whole communities are not really responsible for the actions of everyone in those communities.
    You found a great way to honor the LGBTQIA+ community this week, Aimal! Kudos 🙂

    • Ari and Dante was very good- though I do think it’s a little over-hyped. I might have loved it so much more had I read it for what it is, rather than what the hype promised it to be. I still enjoyed it nonetheless!

      Thank you for your lovely words, Lexxie. <3

  3. Wonderful post! I love Ronan, and I have always loved Nico di Angelo, so when I found out he was gay, it didn’t reduce my love for him at all. So many amazing characters <3

  4. Admittedly, I found Klaine to be such a tedious OTP from the show. So much drama post high-school season. Yikes. That being said I really enjoyed the Santana/Brittany dynamic though??? Perhaps it’s cause I enjoyed them as individuals first.

    More importantly, it is 19371938721 days past when I thought I’d be reading Ari and Dante. Ahhhh.

    • *dramatic gasp* KLAINE? TEDIOUS? Okay, admittedly the reason I ship them so hard is because they were the first same-sex couple I was exposed to. And I really enjoyed their beginning moments, and I usually just tend to go with the ship that started off very strong.

      And yeah, get to Ari and Dante asap. Chop, chop, Joey.

  5. Great tribute! My heart breaks for the victims and the LGBTQ+ community. Furthermore, I am so sorry you have to defend your religion because of a group of extremist lunatics. Just because a few terrorists claim to be Muslim, does NOT mean all Muslim’s are terrorists. My heart also goes out to the Muslim community that has to deal with the ignorance.

  6. I love that even here on book blogs this tragic event is being acknowledged and talked about. Great post with many fantastic characters, including some of my own favorite LGBTQ+ ones! 🙂

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