Pride Month may have been long gone but it is never too late to pick up the LGBTQ-themed books to splash your shelves in the colours of the rainbow. The recent times have presented us with vibrant and diversified shades of genres under this. The representations too got momentum and the market now floods with an ocean of books. We present to you an array of fictions with queer characters finding their one true love and non-fictions with brave and beautiful stories of authors. Each of these LGBTQ-Themed books would leave you awestruck and each page, in the need of one more. So, come along us for this journey!
FICTIONAL LGBT-THEMED BOOKS
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE – BY BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ
The book explores a relationship that blooms from a friend to something even more special and unique. Ari and Dante are two teenagers who are bound by their teachings and personal problems. Dante, a charming boy with an optimistic outlook, meets Ari, someone whose entire world just exists as black and white. Even with their conflicting personalities, they manage to establish a beautiful love story. The authors leave a spellbinding effect on their reader with awe-inspiring quotes and lyrics.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – BY ANDRE ACIMAN
It is a young-adult fiction novel that ends on a bitter-sweet note. It is a fine specimen of linguistic artistry that has been widely acclaimed throughout the world. Oliver and Elio, the protagonists of the novel pursue a forbidden relationship even within the boundaries of their conflicting interests and nature. The author intricately weaves their fragile relationship with beautiful words.
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ORPHEUS GIRL – BY BRYNNE REBELE-HENRY
The novel unflinchingly and bravely deals with what really goes on in the conversion therapy. The two lesbian protagonists are forced into a conversion to ‘cure’ them of their ‘disease’. What ensues from there is a struggle of two girls within the confines of such brutal place and their need to unravel themselves. It covers hard notions of homophobia and seeks to educate the audience about its repercussion.
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA – BY BECKY ALBERTALLI
It is amongst the most wholesome LGBT themed books that one can pick from. It features a mysterious lover who the protagonist, Simon, falls in love with. It will connect well with the Gen-Z audience, with its pop culture references. It has heartbreaks, race against time adventures along with some heart-warming confessions and a myriad of friendship moments.
RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE – BY CASEY McQUISTON
This novel features the First Son of the United States and the Prince of Britain exchanging the Emails with each other, with romantic lyrics and quotes from the history. The author has adopted a very romantic tone with humour to lighten the strong topics of homophobia and self-acceptance. Alex and Henry come from different backgrounds and bound in contrasting expectations yet they manage to find solace in each other.
ANNIE ON MY MIND – BY NANCY GARDEN
Published in the times where homophobia persisted thoroughly, this book managed to survive its ravages and now stands as one of the most relevant books. It explores the story of two young ladies who find each other in a museum and come close and discover their world in each other. Fighting against all the forces which try to do them apart they stay strong and overcome all of it. It is a tender love story that weaves around the nooks and crannies of a judgemental and harsh society.
NON-FICTIONAL LGBT-THEMED BOOKS
FAIREST – BY MEREDITH TALUSAN
The memoir traces the life of Meredith and her journey from a small albino boy in the Philippines to a strong and respected woman journalist. She explains how her life changed when she came to States and how the country greeted her, from the immigration, race and gender identity, everything that served as a hindrance to her life. She describes her heart-stopping journey and leaves the audience in awe.
ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS: A HISTORY OF LESBIAN LIFE IN 20 TH CENTURY AMERICA – BY LILLIAN FADERMAN
The novel is a heaven for history buffs who hold a particular interest in the subject. It traces the journey of lesbianism throughout the century. It showcases the societal view on sexuality and how women were treated because of this. It also shows the eventual rising of lesbians from the shackles of societal expectations and their demand for equal rights that they’ve always been deprived of.
SISSY: A-COMING-OF GENDER STORY – BY JACOB TOBIA
Jacob is known for their sarcastic albeit on the point arguments regarding gender notions. In their memoir, they gain the interest of their audience by adopting a humorous approach to the accounts of their most painful moments of life. Sissy explores the concepts of the society and their perceived conviction of traditional gender roles and how the author managed to transcend them. It recounts their journey from childhood and their obsession with sparkly dresses to being part of the White House.
QUEER THERE AND EVERYWHERE: 23 PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD – BY SARAH PRAGER
This book encompasses all the wonderful queer people throughout history who were unapologetically themselves. Be it the President of the USA or the monarch of Sweden every single one of them contributed something to the bending of societal norms towards an equal and free queer society.
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HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES – BY SAEED JONES
It is a haunting and straightforward memoir a young, black, gay man in a society with a family upholding traditionalist values. He tries to find his own place while also trying to fulfil all the expectations that are sought after by his family. In the memoir, he does not shy away from recalling rather gruelling stories of his past, everything that came together and helped him shape into what he stands as today.
All of these LGBTQ-themed books bring something special to the place. And every single one of these masterpieces deserves a place on your shelves. So, don’t wait around for the perfect opportunity to pick these books up, just take a moment and splash it with colours of these books.
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