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99 Fabulous LGBTQ+ Books You Should Read | Writer’s Relief

Noticed an abundance of rainbows everywhere? June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Reading is one of our favorite things to do here at Writer’s Relief (when we’re not busy helping our clients get more acceptances!), so we’ve put together an extensive list of LGBTQ+ books you should definitely read.

You’ll find fiction, poetry, memoirs, nonfiction—and classics like Virginia Woolf’s Orlando as well as the recently released NYT bestseller Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett.

Happy Pride, and happy reading!

The 99 Best LGBTQ+ Books To Read

FICTION:

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

The Price of Salt (now Carol) by Patricia Highsmith

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock

The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (a graphic novel!)

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Pulp by Robin Talley

Passing by Nella Larsen

Maurice by E.M. Forster

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel by Moe Bonneau

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

City of Night by John Rechy

Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

MEMOIR/PERSONAL ESSAY:

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister by Anne Lister

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (another graphic novel!)

The Argonauts by Meggie Nelson

Naturally Tan by Tan France (50)

Would You Rather? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out by Katie Heaney

I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson

Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee

Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir by Michelle Theall

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow

Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

The Gilded Razor by Sam Lansky

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones (comes out in October 2019)

A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor (comes out October 2019)

 

POETRY:

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Stung With Love: Poems and Fragments of Sappho

Drive Here and Devastate Me by Megan Falley

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen

bury it by Sam Sax

You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen

Please by Jericho Brown

When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

[Insert] Boy by Danez Smith

Rock/Salt/Stone by Rosamond S. King (78)

 

GENERAL NONFICTION:

Transgender History by Susan Stryker

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis

Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay & Lesbian Past by Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus, and George Chauncey

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman

Queer There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker

Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs

The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies by Vito Russo

The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism by Adrian Brooks

The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government by David K. Johnson

Transgender Warriors: Making History by Leslie Feinberg

The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia by Gayle Salamon

A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America by Dudley Clendinen

Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America by Rodger Streitmatter

Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance by A.B. Christa Schwarz

Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century by Graham Robb

The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser

Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women by Leila J. Rupp

A History of Bisexuality by Steven Angelides

 

Question: How many of these LGBTQ books have you read?

One Response to 99 Fabulous LGBTQ+ Books You Should Read | Writer’s Relief

  1. Madelyn Garner’s poetry book, Hum of Our Blood, is an exquisite, excruciating work dealing with her son’s death from AIDS. Perhaps you can add it to your list.

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