10 Of The Best LGBTQ+ Books To Read This Pride Month

Dhruvi Modi , 18 Jun 2019

We’re halfway through LGBT Pride Month and it’s high time we celebrate all the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow. And, what better way than to pick out and add some of our essential must-read books on our reading list? Whether you’re into non-fiction, romance, literary fiction or poetry, you can find a book suited for your mood here. The beauty of these books is that most of them cover a broad spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community, ranging from immigrants, the elderly, people of colour, and more. So, let’s get started, shall we?

1. We Are Everywhere, by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown

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“Still, to this day, I remember being rather spellbound as Marsha crossed the street towards me.” – Kim Peterson⠀ .⠀ Our book, “We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation,” comes out one week from today (May 7). Over the next few days, we’ll be posting some of the book’s 300+ images, accompanied by captions that aim to give a better sense of why we’re so proud of “We Are Everywhere,” and why we hope you’ll pre-order a copy now.⠀ .⠀ Stonewall veteran Danny Garvin once said that gay history too often focuses on “the bigger picture,” and, inevitably, “the people get lost in the telling.” The people, he said, “were bigger than life, and they walked the streets.” Although photographer Kim Peterson didn’t know who Marsha P. Johnson was when she snapped our cover image in June 1976, Kim remembers the profound sense of joy radiating through Sheridan Square as Marsha drifted past. That type of detail—a slight sense of what it felt like to be there—echoes throughout “We Are Everywhere,” reminding readers that heroes like Marsha P. Johnson were more than just symbols to be paraded around in June.⠀ .⠀ We've always worked to push past popular tales of gay history—those that focus solely on “gay rights,” for example, to the exclusion of true liberation—and to amplify, with striking imagery and intensely-researched narrative, not just the stories our community wants, but the history we have.⠀ .⠀ “We Are Everywhere” is more than a collection of photographs, it’s also a detailed overview of what @gayrodcon describes as “the central question that has troubled our movement since its earliest days: whether to bow to acceptability politics or embrace a sense of radical difference.” Hundreds of pages of text—complete with 30 pages of detailed endnotes—connect hundreds of larger-than-life images, weaving together what The Gay & Lesbian Review describes as a story of “ferocious outrage, glorious celebration, and profound mourning,” all of which makes the book “an essential reference for generations to come.”⠀ .⠀ We’re proud of our community and its history, and we’re proud of “We Are Everywhere”; we hope we make you proud. #HavePrideInHistory

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Genre: History

Release Date: 7th May 2019

What it’s about: A photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement of the 1960s, released just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York.

2. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, by T Kira Madden

Genre: Autobiography

Release Date: 5th March 2019

What it’s about: The story of the author as a queer, biracial teenager in conservative Florida—a place where she found cult-like privilege, saddening racial disparities, white-collar crime and more.

3. We Set the Dark on Fire, by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Release Date: 26th February 2019

What it’s about: Amidst a school in the dystopian future, where young women are trained to take care of their future husband’s household, young Daniela Vargas faces choices.. and some of those are dark and forbidden.

4. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

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Happy Saturday ❤️❤️❤️ I’m off to a wedding today which I’m super excited about! 🎒🎒🎒 I finally read this book the other day and it was so cute. But then I watched the movie last night and I think I would’ve liked it more if I hadn’t just read the book because I spent the whole movies yelling all the things different in the book at the tv. Like how hard would it have been to get a golden retriever on set? 💋💋💋 Is there a book to movie adaptation you really love? Or hate? • • • • • #bookstagram #bookishcandles #bookishrainbow #booklove #bookphoto #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookshelf #instabooks #bookchallenge #bibliophile #simonvsthehomosapiensagenda #lovesimon

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Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Release Date: 7th April 2015

What it’s about: The story of a charming 16-year-old closeted high school student, and his adventures leading him to find his true, authentic self, along with love.

5. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, by Tanya Boteju

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 7th May 2019

What it’s about: After stumbling upon it at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene. This contemporary LGBT is about finding yourself fitting in for the first time, through all sorts of struggles.

6. Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard, by Alex Bertie

Genre: Memoir

Release Date: 2nd November 2017

What it’s about: The story of an ordinary teenager, as he struggles to go through puberty, bullying and other changes while realising that he is trapped in the wrong body.

7. I Wish You All the Best, by Mason Deaver

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 14th May 2019

What it’s about: Kicked out of the house when they come out as non-binary to their parents, Ben finds themselves moving in with their aunts and starting school at a new place. Enter a cute boy at school, Nathan, and their friendship starts to blossom into something more…

8. Naturally Tan, by Tan France

Naturally Tan Book Cover
Naturally Tan Book Cover

Genre: Autobiography

Release Date: 4th June 2019

What it’s about: Our favourite Netflix show, Queer Eye’s Tan France details his life as he grew up, queer, Muslim and a person of colour in England.

9. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Genre: Fiction

Release Date: 4th June 2019

What it’s about: Written as a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read, the author unearths a family’s history in Vietnam and a place he now calls home in America.

10. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, by Sabina Khan

The Love And Lies Of Rukhsana Ali Book Cover
The Love And Lies Of Rukhsana Ali Book Cover

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: 29th January 2019

What it’s about: Arranged marriages and hiding in the proverbial closet, this book tells the story of Rukhsana Ali and her struggles with growing up in a conservative community where there is a lot more at stake than her identity…

Obviously, given the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ+ community, it is hard to cover all gender identities, sexualities and more. Hence, if you have any more recommendations, feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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