Stories, fictional or not, are the way in which we come to better understand the world around us, and often our place within it. During Pride Month (and any other month!), there are so many powerful, heartbreaking, and funny stories to read about the lives and experiences of people in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are just a few LGBTQIA+ books to check out: 

The Prophets (Robert Jones, Jr.)

This novel and New York Times Bestseller is the story of Isaiah and Samuel: two enslaved men in the South who share a secret love.

Future Feeling (Joss Lake)

This “wildly inventive, delightfully subversive, genre-nonconforming debut novel” from Joss Lake depicts a trans man who, by mistake, curses another trans man, and must then save him from the realm to which he’s been sent.

Afterparties: Stories (Anthony Veasna So)

A collection of short stories, Afterparties provides a window into the lives of Cambodian-Americans, examining their experiences through the lenses of race, sexuality, and more.

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 (Sarah Schulman)

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, ACT UP New York confronted corporations, politicians, and other entities that stood in the way of accessible AIDS treatment. Let the Record Show is an examination of the organization’s “inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture.”

The Guncle (Steven Rowley)

In this “warm and deeply funny novel,” the once-famous Patrick finds himself suddenly and unexpectedly the guardian of his niece and nephew.

Fairest (Meredith Talusan)

A finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, Fairest traces Meredith Talusan’s experiences as a transgender woman and as an immigrant from the Philippines living with albinism.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Alison Bechdel)

This graphic memoir from the author of Fun Home focuses on Bechdel’s “lifelong love affair with exercise” and is a “heartrendingly comic chronicle for our times.”

Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters)

National Bestseller Detransition, Baby is a novel about Reese, whose now ex-partner has recently detransitioned; Ames, whose detransitioning has not set him on the path he expected; and Katrina, whose life is suddenly altered by an unexpected pregnancy. 

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, & So Much More (Janet Mock)

Writer, director, producer, and transgender activist Janet Mock writes in her memoir about “growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America,” and her eventual path to self-realization.

Love is an Ex-Country (Randa Jarrar)

Jarrar’s memoir follows her road trip from California to Connecticut, and her experiences crossing the country as a queer woman, an Arab American, and a Muslim, as well as a “proudly Fat woman.”

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