Pride Month is here, and while there are many ways to celebrate, books can be a great way to explore the diversity and depth of the LGBTQ+ community. Below is a list of amazing works that we’re recommending this month.
Stonewall (1993) by Martin Duberman
With detailed accounts of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the first gay rights march in 1970, and the LGBTQ activists at the center of the movement, Stonewall tells the story of a pivotal moment in American history.
She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003) by Jennifer Finney Boylan
One of the first books highlighting the trans experience, She’s Not There analyzes changes in social life, discusses the differences and similarities of men and women, and reaffirms the importance of accepting ourselves.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (2017) by Roxane Gay
An intimate and detailed memoir by New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, Hunger deals with Gay’s rape, her overeating, and struggles with her identity. Gay invites readers to inspect her past, better understand her present, and learn about her hope for the future.
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (2007) by Audre Lorde, Foreword by Cheryl Clarke
A collection of fifteen of Lorde’s essays and speeches that gives readers some insight into her thoughts on homophobia, class, and the “isms” — sexism, racism, and ageism.
Tales of the City: A Novel (P.S.) (1978) by Armistead Maupin
The first in Maupin’s Tales of the City series, this novel explores the beginnings of the LGBTQ culture in San Francisco during the late 1970s.
Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman
Featuring more than 400 poems, Leaves of Grass explores Whitman’s love of nature and poses questions about individuality and the human condition.