June is celebrated as the pride month. Sadly, a lot of us don’t really have a proper understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and they often feel left out and misunderstood. We have a list of books for you. These books are by gay authors and LGBTQ writers. There are books with gay characters show us that our literary journeys can be as beautifully diverse as the world we live in. Check them out now!
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room is a 1956 novel. The book focuses on the events in the life of an American man living in Paris and his feelings and frustrations with his relationships with other men in his life, particularly an Italian bartender named Giovanni whom he meets at a Parisian gay bar. The novel has resonated with the queer community ever since it was first published.
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Rubyfruit Jungle is the first novel by Rita Mae Brown. Published in 1973, it was remarkable in its day for its explicit portrayal of lesbianism. The novel is a coming-of-age autobiographical account of Brown’s youth and emergence as a lesbian author. This book is a true celebration of being true to yourself, whoever that may be.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. The book by Walker about the love between women isn’t just an LGBT classic, it is a must-read.
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Published in 1985, the book was subsequently adapted into a BBC television drama of the same name. It is a coming-of-age story about a lesbian girl who grows up in an English Pentecostal community. For anyone who has ever grappled with the complexities of sexuality within a religious context, this coming-out novel will feel familiar.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It chronicles the author’s childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, United States, focusing on her complex relationship with her father. Bechdel’s family is led by a father who’s part funeral director, part English teacher, part historian and as it turns out, has some illicit partners.
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story is a 2019 memoir written by Jacob Tobia. As a kid, Jacob was called “sissy” for being creative, sassy, and obsessed with glitter. But as they got older, they began to identify with different, more neutral words like “gay,” “transgender,” and “nonbinary.” This story of gender revolution calls out the stereotypes that were probably rampant in many of our childhoods in a book that will make you laugh and cry, maybe even at the same time.