Posted by Eric G.
It’s been 45 years since Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) New Yorkers fought back against police harassment at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, helping to usher in the modern LGBTQ rights movement. This weekend is also the 40th Anniversary of the Seattle Pride Parade, which was lucky enough to snag the ever-popular George Takei as its grand marshal! Naturally, I corralled some queer reads to complement this colorful time of year. Be proud of who you are, who you love and what you read!
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Levithan continues his great track record of crafting excellent gay YA fiction (e.g. Boy Meets Boy; Will Grayson, Will Grayson) with this Lambda Literary Award-winning novel. A chorus of men who died from AIDS narrates the love lives of modern gay youth.
My Education by Susan Choi
This dexterous and at times erotic novel from Pulitzer Prize-nominated Choi about an intense relationship that forms between a graduate student, her professor and the professor’s wife won the Lambda Literary Award this year for best bisexual fiction novel.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
LaCour’s latest explores the burgeoning relationship between an aspiring film set designer named Emi and a mysterious woman she meets. Unlike many LGBTQ novels written primarily for teens, this warm, refreshing tale presents Emi’s sexuality as a given from the start.
The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
This is the ninth and final installment in Maupin’s long-running, iconic and beloved series set in San Francisco. In a departure, much of the action takes place at or near the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, a yearly event that mirrors the carefree heyday of the San Francisco LGBTQ scene captured in Maupin’s earliest stories. Anna, the transgender matriarch of 28 Barbary Lane, is on a final quest to unearth secrets from her past.
For some more LGBTQ romance, be sure to check out the following titles:
Into This River I Drown by T.J. Klune (2014 Lambda Literary Award winner for Best Gay Romance)
Clean Slate by Andrea Bramhall (2014 Lamdba Literary Award winner for Best Lesbian Romance)
Love, In Theory by E.J. Levy (2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction winner)
And since I mentioned it several times, here’s a link to this year’s Lambda Literary Award winners and nominees.