Book Releases: 2021 Books With Non-Cis Protagonists

I didn’t want to just use an umbrella term, which is why this post isn’t titled “2021 Trans Books”, although it might have worked too. But let’s go with “non-cis” as something broader, since there will be books on this list with agender characters, genderqueer, genderfluid, sci-fi novels with approach to gender like we don’t have here & now.

Like in my post of last year, I decided to only include books featuring main characters falling into any of those non-cis categories. I allowed myself also love interests or parents, or really major side characters. But on the whole, the idea was to have an actual rep, not a trans character mentioned in passing on page 275.

I’m sure I have missed some books and will update the post a few times throughout the year. Please leave a comment, if you know of any books I didn’t put in yet! And as always, books by LGBT authors have a rainbow emoji next to the title.


Persephone Station by Stina Leicht (Latina mc, sapphic & nonbinary mcs) – January 5 tw torture, violence
🌈 Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (trans bi/pan mc, trans side character) – January 7
🌈 Earth Reclaimed by Sara Codair (nonbinary & trans mcs) – January 12
Love Kills Twice by Rien Gray (f/nb relationship, bi mc) – January 18
Skeleton Key by Piers Anthony (trans mc) – January 19

🌈 Wolf Moon: The Invasion of the Dolls by Ceeley Mack (trans mc) – January 31
🌈 The Greatest Superpower by Alex Sanchez (trans father) – February 1 tw transphobia
🌈 Principled Perversions by Eli Wray (nb/nb relationship) – February 1
Dark Currents by Doug Burgess (trans mc) – February 2
🌈 Girl With a Pearl Earring by Claire Rudy Foster ( trans mc, f/f relationship) – February 2

All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue (sapphic mc, genderfluid li) – February 3
🌈 Billions of Beautiful Hearts by Kevin Craig (nb/nb relationship ) – February 9
Voidbreakers by David Dalglish (trans mc) – February 9
🌈 The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers (nonbinary mcs) – February 16
Spin With Me by Ami Polonsky (pan mc, nonbinary mc) – February 16

🌈 Leather and Lace by Magen Cubed (pan genderqueer mc, gay mc) – February 16
🌈 Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden (bi & trans mcs) – February 23
Dead Space by Kali Wallace (lesbian amputee mc, nonbinary li) – March 2
🌈 Luckmonkey by Alysia Constantine (trans mc) – March 9
🌈 Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore (genderqueer mc) – March 9 tw suicidal ideation, depression, assault, transphobia, misgendering, homophobia, bullying, Alzheimer’s, death of a grandparent

🌈 A Queer Little Book of Tales by H.R. Harrison (short stories; trans & nonbinary characters, m/m relationship) – March 15
🌈 The Swinger Set by Eli Wray (nb/nb relationship) – March 15
By Way of Sorrow by Robyn Gigl (trans mc) – March 30
🌈 Local Star by Aimee Ogden (bi/pan mc, polyam relationship, nonbinary characters) – April 5
🌈 Middletown by Sarah Moon (gender non-conforming sapphic mc) – April 6

An Ordinary Wonder by Buki Papillon (intersex trans Yoruba mc) – April 9
🌈 Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve (trans mc, trans & nonbinary characters, lesbian character, bi Japanese-American character, Black gay character) – April 13 tw mention of suicide, transphobia, violence, fighting, implied deadnaming, misgendering, outting, unsupportive parent, dysphoria
I Am Chris by R Kent (trans mc) – April 13
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders (bi/pan mc, trans female bi/pan li, nonbinary characters) – April 13
Born Ready by Jodie Patterson & Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Black trans mc) – April 13

🌈 The Queen Has a Cold by Jane Kolven (f/nb relationship) – April 13
🌈 The Edge of the Ocean by LD Lapinski (wlw mc, nonbinary character, trans character) – April 15
Sistersong by Lucy Hounsom (transmasc mc, genderfluid character) – April 15
🌈 The Companion by EE Ottoman (trans mcs, m/f/f relationship ) – April 16
🌈 Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff (trans mc) – April 20

🌈 For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes (trans mc) – April 24
🌈 Green Glass Ghosts by Rae Spoon & Gem Hall (nonbinary mc) – April 27
🌈 Dream Dungeon by Eli Wray (nb/nb relationship) – May 1
🌈 Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee (Afro-Puerto Rican, Japanese & American trans bi mc, gay li, Cuban nonbinary ace character with anxiety, Cuban lesbian character) – May 4
All Kinds of Other by James Sie (trans gay mc, gay mc) – May 4

🌈 Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton (trans mc) – May 11
Arcadia by Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, trans. by Ruth Diver (intersex mc) – May 11
🌈 May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor (trans gay mc, m/m relationship) – May 18
Embodied by various authors (poetry anthology) – May 18
🌈 How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby (sapphic mc, nb li) – May 25

🌈 What Are Your Words? by Katherine Locke & Anne Passchier (genderqueer mc) – May 25
🌈 The Boi of Feather and Steel by Adan Jerreat-Poole (nonbinary mc) – May 25
🌈 The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon (trans gay mc, mlm li) – June 1 tw transphobia, abuse (verbal and physical), blood, gore
🌈 The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons (biracial Black mlm trans mc, gay li, nonbinary character, bi character) – June 1
🌈 The (Un)popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez (transmasc mc) – June 1

Future Feeling by Joss Lake (trans mcs) – June 1
🌈 The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver (nonbinary mc) – June 1
🌈 Both Can Be True by Jules Machias (genderfluid mc) – June 8
🌈 Gentleman’s Club by N.T. Herrgott (trans mc) – June 8
Transmutation by Alex DiFrancesco (trans characters) – June 8

Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas (trans mc) – June 15
And Then the Gray Heaven by RE Katz (nonbinary li) – June 15
🌈 Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy (bi mc, polyamory, queer/nonbinary parents) – June 15
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury (trans li, trans side character, lesbian demi side character) – June 15
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (agender mc) – July 13

🌈 She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker Chan (Chinese & Mongolian cast, nonbinary lesbian mc, lesbian mc, gay mc, bi mc) – July 20
Savage Bounty by Matt Wallace (nonbinary characters) – July 20
🌈 Rebel Boys and Rescue Dogs, or Things That Kiss with Teeth by Brianna R. Shrum (trans li) – August 3
Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer (genderqueer mc) – August 5
Cheer Up!: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier & Val Wise (half-white Latinx trans sapphic mc, lesbian mc, side nonbinary character) – August 10

🌈 The Second Rebel by Linden A. Lewis (pan nonbinary mc, gay ace mc, bi mc) – August 24
🌈 Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas (trans mc) – August 24
🌈 In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu (nonbinary characters) – August 31
🌈 Act Cool by Tobly McSmith (trans mc) – September 7
🌈 Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar (trans mc) – September 7

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull (trans mc) – September 7
A Touch of Ruckus by Ash Van Otterloo (sapphic mc, nonbinary li) – September 7
🌈 Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (trans mc) – September 28
🌈 The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta (agender mc) – October 1
Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman (trans mc, gay character) – October 12

The Dog Knight by Jeremy Whitley & Bre Indigo (nonbinary mc) – 2021
🌈 A Hundred Names for Magic #2 by Rin Chupeco (gay character, nonbinary character) – 2021
🌈 The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor (genderqueer autistic mc) – 2021
🌈 The One Who Loves You the Most by medina (nonbinary mc) – 2021
🌈 Trousers and Trouble by Kara Jorgensen (genderfluid mc, lesbian mc) – 2021


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