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A Pride Reading List

Happy Pride Month! The annual marking of Pride in June coincides with the 1969 Stonewall uprising, which is largely noted as the start of the Gay Liberation movement. While this exploration and celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity, history, and contemporary experience is usually heralded by festivity and the coming together of community, this year and last have seen reduced in-person parades and celebrations across the country in light of the pandemic. Thankfully, there is a bounty of books by authors across this spectrum who can share their voices even without huge gatherings. As always, the reading list below can only offer a little taste! The publishing industry increasingly confronts its responsibility to offer a diverse spectrum of voices, and some of this success is highlighted below the the recent publications of LGBTQIA+ authors. Click the links below to read about and request novels, histories, memoirs, poetry, and more.


Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman

The Death of Vivek Oji, Emezi Akwaeke

With Teeth, Kristin Arnett

Another Country, James Baldwin

The House of Impossible Beauties, Joseph Cassara

Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn

Cleanness, Garth Greenwell

Less, Andrew Sean Greer

Speak No Evil, Uzodinma Iweala

The Prophets, Robert Jones Jr.

I Know You Know Who I Am: stories, Peter Kispert

The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis

Sugar Run, Mesha Maren

All My Mother's Lovers, Ilana Masad

Outlawed, Anna North

Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta

When Katie Met Cassidy, Camille Perri

Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters

On Swift Horses, Shannon Pufahl

An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon

Real Life, Brandon Taylor

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

Memorial, Bryan Washington

The Liar's Dictionary, Eley Williams

Annabel, Kathleen Winter

Frankissstein: a love story, Jeanette Winterson

Orlando: a biography, Virginia Woolf

Nonfiction: Memoirs, Histories, Poetry, and More

Motherland: a memoir of love, loathing, and longing, Elissa Altman

Fun Home: a family tragicomic, Alison Bechdel

Shortest Way Home: one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future, Pete Buttigieg

When I Grow Up I Want To Be a List of Further Possibilities, Chen Chen

Boy Erased: a memoir, Garrard Conley

A Body Undone: living on after great pain, Christina Crosby

Untamed, Glennon Doyle

Stonewall: the definitive story of the LGBTQ uprising that changed America, Martin Duberman

Lord of the Butterflies, Andrea Gibson

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: essays, Lauren Hough

How We Fight For Our lives: a memoir, Saeed Jones

Sister Outsider: essays and speeches, Audre Lorde

In the Dream House: a memoir, Carmen Maria Machado

Tomorrow Will Be Different: love, loss, and the fight for trans equality, Sarah McBride

Don't Call Us Dead: poems, Danez Smith

Fairest: a memoir, Meredith Talusan

Sissy: a coming-of-age gender story, Jacob Tobia

A Wild and Precious Life: a memoir, Edie Windsor

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