As soon as my coworker arrives with our rental van this morning, we’ll be heading to Toronto for a weekend at World Pride! It’s going to be an exciting, gay adventure, and I can’t wait. I was hoping to be able to write my review of Marya Hornbacher’s Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia before leaving, but alas, time has run short. (Seriously, though, I can’t wait to review that book.)
In honor of June being Pride Month here in the U.S., and in honor of World Pride Toronto, I’ve decided to make a quick post about some of my favorite LGBTQ books! (Click on the books to read about them on Goodreads.)
This is one of my favorite YA books about a high school senior, happily boyfriended, who falls in love with the new girl in her class. She has to navigate coming out—to herself, to her friends, and to her mom as well.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
This is a YA book about a young girl in Montana who has to navigate coming out to her evangelical Christian family. She is eventually sent away to a special school, where she is supposed to learn how to become straight. It’s really an excellent book that treats the subject of religion and sexuality with sensitivity.
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
A classic in LGBT literature, this is the story of a stone butch who is subjected to discrimination and violence throughout her life simply because of her gender presentation. It’s a powerful read.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Sarah Waters is a masterful storyteller, and Fingersmith is one of her best works. It reads like lesbian Dickens—full of plot twists and seedy characters. It’s quite an adventure of a read.
Since My Last Confession by Scott Pomfret
This is a hilarious memoir by a very Catholic man who writes gay romance novels on the side. For the gay Catholics out there, this book definitely hits home, and it’s chock-full of my favorite thing ever: Catholic humor.
Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Cris Beam
This is an amazing memoir by a woman who works closely with young, poor transwomen and who also “took in” one struggling young woman. It really opened my eyes to some of the struggles that transwomen face. Highly recommended.
Do you read LGBTQ books? What are some of your favorites? How are you celebrating Pride month?