- Sarah Waters - one of my favs, so she gets to go on top. Lesbian historical fiction
- Patricia Highsmith- wrote the Talented Mr. Ripley, I would also recommend reading Carol
- Jeanette Winterson
- Gore Vidal - I suggest The City and the Pillar to get you started
- Edmund White
- Wallace Thurman- also wrote about racism and colourism in the African-American community, The Blacker the Berry. Warning- Thurman uses the n-word and some people may find his subject material triggering
- Richard Bruce Nugent - a contemporary of Thurman and a key member of the Harlem Renaissance
- James Baldwin - I recommend reading Giovanni's Room . It is a violent, complex classic of gay literature.
- Patrick Gale
Do you have any suggestions to add to this list?