As we commemorate the Stonewall Riots, the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, this month, it’s a good time to look back into history to see where we’ve been, and to the future to see where we’re going. Here are some classic titles, and a few new ones, to celebrate Pride! All of the listed titles are available in ebook or eaudio formats, or put them on a wish list to place holds for the physical formats when those become available.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
Described as a “biomythography,” Lorde examines her life and the influence of various women on her development as a poet, essayist, and activist.
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
Think you know all the vampire stories? Not until you’ve read about Gilda.
Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest
A classic love story from the author who also brought us the Kate Delafield mysteries and the science fiction story Daughters of a Coral Dawn.
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
One of the essential books of our time, this deep investigation reveals the prejudice that left AIDS to spread unchecked in the early 1980s.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Baldwin’s groundbreaking novel is set amidst the backdrop of of 1950s Paris.
Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris
A coming of age story addressing bisexuality within the black community.
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
A graphic format memoir exploring gender identity, asexuality, and finding one’s self.
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More by Janet Mock
An inspirational memoir for anyone who seeks to define themselves on their own terms.
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
A haunting memoir about growing up black and gay in the American South.
Native Country of the Heart by Cherrie Moraga
In recounting her mother’s journey, Moraga uncovers how the past informs our present identities.
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib
The author’s long journey to reconciling her identity, her family, and her religion.
Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote
A series of vignettes from one of Canada’s best storytellers.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
This Pulitzer Prize winning novel follows a struggling novelist as he travels the globe to try to avoid a wedding.
However you might be celebrating Pride this year, we hope these stories give you a glimpse into the rich diversity of LGBTQ+ lives and stories. If you want more, request a Personalized Reading List from DPL Staff. Happy Pride!