In celebration of Pride Month I’ll be sharing 30 books with some awesome queer representation. Will these 30 books be representative of all the varied, amazing works by queer authors? Not at all. These recommendations are personal and are heavily influenced by the genres I love and the types of characters I tend to connect with. All books on these lists are ones that I’m reading, that I’ve loved, and that I’m excited to share with you. In this series of recommendations, it is safe to assume that all books listed are Own Voices unless otherwise noted. Instead of inundating your inboxes with a post every day, these recommendations will be coming out every Saturday in June, with a theme tying each list of books together.
29. The Stonewall Reader (Edited by The New York Public Library)
For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White. June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after.
The Stonewall Reader is my current read and though I’m not very far into it, I’d already recommend it. I picked up the audiobook and the narration and original recordings only add to the stories here.
Nonfiction, History | April 30, 2019 | Goodreads
30. A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities by by Mady G., J,R, Zuckerberg
In this quick and easy guide, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples.
This book is a great jumping off point for learning more about lots of queer identities, whether as you identify a queer person, or if you just want to learn more.
Other Great Pride Posts!
I’m so floored by all the amazing content being put out by other reviewers this month, how could I not share? These are of course, just a small selection of the great posts that are all over my feed.
- Favorite LGBTQ+ Books (That Don’t Just Feature Cis M/M Relationships) by Brittany the Book Guru
- A Rainbow of Lesser-Known LGBTQ+ Books for Pride Month by An Arm and A Meg
- Five Fantastic LGBTQ+ Authors You Should Read by Vicki @ Diverse Fantasy Reads
- Top 10 LGBT+ Books On My TBR by Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.