LGBTQ+: Ten to See You Through

LGBTQ books

Looking for queer representation by a queer author written within the last decade? Here’s your list! This selection spans the genres, the LGBTQ spectrum, and publishing world. Speculative horror? Check. Memoir? Check. Y.A.? Heartwarming Pulitzer winning romance? Sci-Fi? Bildungsromans? Essays published by an anarchist press? Poetry? Check, check, check, and check. 

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

What a gift to readers hoping to be moved by the possibilities and limits of language. A love letter to a mother never to be sent, a meditation on how family--by blood or by choice --can both break us and make us whole. Vuong gives us a book that sings raw wounds into momentary beauty.--Sarah T.

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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A less than charismatic, but still loveable, writer discovers the love of his life is getting married. Heartbroken, 50 year old Arthur Less skips the wedding to travel the world on a literary tour. Filled with satire, this Pulitzer Prize- winning book is a must for anyone in search of an easy joyous read.--Sarah T.

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Pet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

Jam is tasked with saving her utopian world from monsters after a ferocious angel emerges from the unknown.   According to author Akwaeke Emezi, as reported in the NYT, they wanted “to cast a spell where a black trans girl is never hurt. Her parents are completely supportive. Her community is completely supportive. She’s not in danger. She gets to have adventures with her best friend.” Pet is all of that and so much more! --Sarah T.

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

Raunchy and provocative in all the right ways, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl follows Paul, a 90s babe, across the gender spectrum and across the country in a world filled with sex, literary theory, and love. Part Changeling story, part Buildungsroman Lawlor has written a truly unforgettable character. --Sarah T.

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Hull Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643620084
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Published: Nightboat Books - October 8th, 2019

Topics include black queer love, urban life, and black life in America throughout history. Simply beautiful and sometimes brutal, HULL is a lyrical experiment waiting to be cracked open and revisited many times.--Sarah T.

The Future of Another Timeline Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765392107
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Published: Tor Books - September 24th, 2019

Riot Grrls, historic anarchists, future trans activists and geological anomalies. Secret Agents of Harriet Tubman travel through history to edit time and bend the future towards a more just world. Wildly fun and fast paced, this science fiction thriller will keep you on your toes.--Sarah T.

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Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good Cover Image
By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor)
ISBN: 9781849353267
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Published: AK Press - March 19th, 2019

What does it mean to dream beyond fighting for our survival in activist work and instead center our social justice praxis on making “activism the most pleasurable human experience?” Is this (pleasure) and expression of  freedom? Yes. This book is the joyous mind unfolding encounter you hadn’t realized you waited for!

File under: Black Radical Imagination, Black Feminist Thought, Emergent Stratety and the personal as politcial.--Sarah T.

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Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion Cover Image
By Ryan Conrad (Editor)
ISBN: 9781849351843
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Published: AK Press - April 15th, 2014

Wait...a book by queer folx that gasp— push away from EQUALITY (read assimilation) into compulsary heterosexual ideas and lifestyles? I read this book in school and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for an intimate and critical analyis of the Gay Rights movement read this book now!--Sarah T.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

A memoir about intimate partner violence in a lesbian relationship. Written in vignettes that use folk and fairy tale motifs, Machado accounts the abuse she suffered at the hands of her former girlfriend. Haunting and beautifully written, I recommend this book to folx who are having a hard time breaking into non-fiction.--Sarah T.

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735218840
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 3rd, 2020

Not only is Jacob a talented, nuanced, generous, and thoughtful cultural critic about all things gender and the crummy stuff that happens in the world—they push readers to lean into newer understandings about our own gender expression. Jacob reminds us that we are all constantly learning our own stories, too. They are also a magnificent, magnetic and witty writer. Reading this is effortless. 10/10 for anyone who works with kids, and peeps who want to expand their mind.--Sarah T.