To celebrate this day and the start of Gay Pride Month all over the country, I want to offer you some reading options. Before I start however, I want to remind everyone out there that you don't have to be gay to read books by or about gay issues. It is no different than me reading a book by a male author, or a non-Jew reading Philip Roth. In fact, many of the authors I will list below are bestsellers in their own right and one particularly (David Leavitt) is one of my personal favorite authors.
So try one of the books I mention below or explore one of the resources I suggest, and help to celebrate the proliferation of equal rights. Better late than never.
GLBTQ Authors Who Will Appeal to a Wide Audience:
- Michael Cunningham: start with The Hours
- David Leavitt: try The Lost Language of Cranes
- Ellen Hart: try the Jane Lawless mystery series which begins with Hallowed Murder
- Carol Anshaw: Aquamarine is a powerful, magical realism novel
- Michael Thomas Ford: try anything
- Mark Zubro: two gay mystery series set in the Chicago area-- the Paul Turner series and the Tom and Scott Mysteries
- E. Lynn Harris: try Invisible Life
- David Levithan: although it is YA, Boy Meets Boy is a great read for anyone
- Alison Bechdel: Fun Home is one of my favorite graphic novels, ever
GLBTQ Reading Resources Worth Anyone's Time:
- I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? This site has won many awards for its superior reviewing; it is also easy to navigate despite being filled with a ton of information
- The Lambda Literary Foundation is THE leading resource for LGBT reviews, author interviews, and opinions. Click here for their extensively compiled list of literary links.
- Women and Children First is an awesome Chicago independent book store with a Lesbian slant,; however. I personally patronize both the store and the website.
- Our fearless leader at the BPL RA desk, Kathy, used to work for another well regarded independent book store geared toward a gay audience, Unabridged Bookstore.