Pride Month is officially here and that can only mean one thing: time to load up your reading list with stellar queer stories. Of course, you should be mixing gay books into your to-be-read pile no matter what time of year, but this month, as you celebrate Pride, queer books can be the perfect way to explore the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ community. Fortunately for anybody looking for a great gay read, the book world is filled with a bevy of queer stories of all genres. Whether you're looking for a meditative poetry collection about queer identity and mental health, a deep dive into the New York City's ballroom culture in the '80s and '90s, a comic about a group scouts who find themselves plagued by supernatural creatures at camp, or a coming-of-age story about a shapeshifter who is navigating life and dating, there is a queer book out there for you.
Author Samuel R. Delany on His Sci-Fi Legacy and Creativity
You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. This beautifully curated collection of essays is a welcome tonic in a cultural climate that seems hellbent on misunderstanding and misrepresenting those who do not fall into gender binaries. Some writing on gender can often be inaccessible and academic, so it was a pleasure to read a collection of essays that were highly personal, thoughtful and immensely insightful.
In Praise of Samuel R. Delany
Before revisiting titillating roles in Desperate Housewives , Exit to Eden , and The L Word , Delany delves into what might be her queerest exploration yet—including that time a gay icon gave her crabs. It should be celebrated. The play was produced a couple years ago in Washington, D.
For 30 days, virtually every product you can buy comes in a rainbow motif, TV commercials for everything from beverages to cars trumpet their company's support of the LGBTQ community, and we see stories about LGBTQ people splashed across the media. But the community doesn't just emerge once a year. Increased visibility during Pride month shouldn't serve as an annual check-in, but a starting point to expand what your media consumption looks like all year long. These books by gay authors and LGBTQ writers and books with gay characters show us that our literary journeys can be as beautifully diverse as the world we live in.