#ReadProud Reading Challenge

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The month of June is Pride month for a lot of us, and for the book community this gives readers a chance to find books by LGBTQ+ Authors or that involve members of this community. I’ve seen a lot of #ReadProud challenge post floating around, and while this is not a challenge I hope you find books from this list as well, and get around to reading them.  My fear however, is that I don’t want this to be a fab, cishet people reading queer Lit because its Pride Month, this should be almost an everyday thing. This  #Readproud is divided into  four categories. YA, Adult, Memoirs essays and Short stories, and a bonus section with a few movies.

 

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YA LGBTQ+

  • Grasshopper Jungle x Andrew Smith
    • Bisexuality, Love triangle, Aliens bugs, Dystopian, Historical
  • None Of The Above x I. W. Gregorio
    • Intersex, Identity, secrets, love, acceptance
  • Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda
    • Gay, Identity, Oreos, Relationship, acceptance
  • More Happy Than Not x Adam Silvera
    • Gay, Identity, Loss, Acceptance, Bullying, Western Influence, Family Issues, Memory.
  • Not Otherwise Specified x Hannah Moskowitz
    • Lesbian, Acceptance, Identity, stereotypes, religion.
  • South of Sunshine x Dana Eldendorf
    • Lesbian, coming out, small town, religion, bigotry, struggle with faith, diverse LGBT characters. Racism.
  • Parrotfish x Ellen Wittlinger
    • Trans FtM, transition, serendipity, acceptance, bigotry.
  • Luna x Julie Anne Peters
    • Trans MtF, Gender Idetity, acceptance, Trigger Warned, support, forced therapy,
  • Hero x Perry Moore
    • Gay, Superhero, acceptance, dystopian.
  • Chulito x Charles Rice-Gonzalez
    • coming out love story, queer youth culture, latino, bullying.

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Adult LGBTQ+

  • Rubyfruit Jungle x Rita Mae Brown
    • Lesbian, Gender roles, period piece, acceptance, sexuality
  • Faggots x Larry Kramer
    • Gay men, relationships. coming of age.
  • Giovanni’s room x James Baldwin
    • coming out, coming of age, Travel, Paris, American, gender norms, societal norms, love,
  • Plan B x SJD Peterson
    • Androgynous, gender non-conforming, football player troupe, acceptance, problematic element, cliché love story.
  • The Children of Gavrilek x Julie Kirion Chandler
    • LGBT characters, magical realism, diversity, Cuban, Love, Acceptance.
  • Fun Home x Alison Bechdel
    • Love, Coming out, parental issues, trust, confusion.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Shope Café x Fannie Flagg
    • Lesbian, Tomboy, love, murder, mystery.
  • Confessions of a Mask x Yukio Mishima
    • Code-switching, Erotic fantasy moments, religion, coming of age, acceptance,
  • Down to the Bone x Mayra Lazara
    • Cuban American, Lesbian, homeless, shelter, acceptance, love.
  • In The Blood x Lisa Unger
    • Trans, Mystery, lies,  not centered around transition, college, love.
  • Carry me like water x Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Intersectionality, HIV / AIDS, Magical realism, secrets, lies.

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LGBTQ+ Memoirs, collection of short stories,  Essays

  • Redefining Realness x Janet Mock
    • Trans, Own Voice, Memoir
  • Fire shut up in my bones: A memoir x Charles M. Blow
    •  Childhood abuse,  Acceptance, Own Voice
  •  A Cup of Water Under my Bed x Daisy Hernandez
    • Cuban-Columbian, race relations, love, Lesbian, Bisexuality, Transmen. Own Voice. Memoir
  • Teaching the cat to sit x Michelle Theall
    • religion, lesbian, catholic, love, memoir, own voice.
  •  Manning up: Transsexual Men on finding brotherbood, family and themselves
    •  Own voices, intersectionality, personal narratives.
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens speak out
    • Transgender + gender neutral Young Adults, interviews, own voices.
  • Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme
    • short stories, Queer Authors, gender sterotypes,
  • Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy
    • Transparents, parenthood, acceptance, sterotypes, gender norms, societal expectations.
  • Quarantine x Rahul Mehta
    • Indian-American gay men, family issues, western privilege + lifestyle, own voices.

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Extra: Movies ( Just in case you need to put a book down for a moment or two)

  • Paris is Burning
    • On Netflix, Queer men of color culture, vogue + Ballroom history, Origins of “shade” and “Tea”, highly recommended.
  • How to survive a Plague
    • Early HIV/ AIDS activism, on Netflix, informational.
  • Milk
    • Biopic Harvey Milk, politics, Murder, LGBT history
  • Boys Don’t Cry
    • Transman, Hate crime, Love, Bullying
  • The Laramie Project
    • Bullying, documentary, Matthew Shepard.
  • But I’m a Cheerleader
  • My Own Private Idaho
  •  TransAmerica
  • The Danisha Lady
  • Cabaret
  • The Rocky Horror Picture

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