10 LGBTQ Books You Can Read, Share or Give in Honor of Pride Month

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Celebrates Pride!

June is Pride Month which means parades, marches and celebrations of recognition and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community.

In honor of the great writers and books that share their stories, we’ve compiled a list of new release LGBT booka in all genres to hit the shelves this summer and fall 2018.

My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1: The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi

Nagata Kabi It’s June 2018, which means the sequel is finally here! An autobiographical graphic novel drawn using chibi style, “The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness” continues to shed light on deep themes and tackles them using caricature and humor as well as honesty and love.

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White Houses by Amy Bloom

An intimate and in-depth look at the powerful, lifelong connection between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. This book is not only a portrait of an extraordinary friendship, it breathes life into an archived period of history and offers readers the chance to learn about both women on a deeper level.

For more on White Houses, listen to episode 66 featuring Amy Bloom.

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Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir by Jake Shears

When Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears decides to write, of course he brings the glam! But “Boys Keep Swinging” is much more than a glamorous pop rock memoir; It’s an origin story, a behind-the-scenes, and an exploration of gay millennial cultural history. From growing up, coming out, trysts, and finding himself, Jake’s story is being called a “beautiful,” “fascinating,” and “courageous.”

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Into the Light: Photographs of the NYC Gay Pride Day from the ’70s Till Today by Stanley Stellar

“Into the Light” highlights the iconic photography of Stanley Stellar, considered the photographer of the gay movement from 1969 to the present day. He was one the first to recognize the growing movement and one of the longest to tell its story.

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading by Edmund White

Novelist, essayist, and cultural critic, Edmund White writes about the books, authors and events who shaped his life and uses his gift of prose to recount and reflect on his life and career.

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Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity  by Arlene Stein

Arlene Stein is an award-winning sociologist, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University, and director of the Institute for Research on Women. In her book “Unbound,” she documents the lives of four transgender males during their personal journey of masculinity and gender transitions, offering compassion and thought-provoking insight for society as a whole.

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Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by CN Lester

Transgender rights are not issues of community; they are issues of society that touch us all. Activist CN Lester ambitiously writes on the most pressing questions facing the transgender community today and outlines a roadmap for what still needs to be done.

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Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride; Foreward by Joe Biden

“We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.” ― Sarah McBride

She was student body president at American University, a staffer on Governor Jack Markell’s 2008 campaign and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s 2010 campaign, and in 2016, Sarah McBride became the first openly transgender person to speak at a national political convention. This is her story.

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The Weight of the Earth: The Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz by David Wojnarowicz

In many ways, listening is the new reading. But in the case of “The Weight of the Earth,” reading the audio journals of multimedia artist, writer and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz only increases the power of the written word. Wojnarowicz taped his diaries in his New York City loft and during road trips in the late 80s, until passing away from AIDS in 1992.

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The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth Jo Langford

Every parent dreads “the talk,” but the best they can do is be as prepared as possible. Jo Langford has written her new book “The Pride Guide” specifically for parents and other adults who work with LGBTQ teens ages 12 to 22 as a reference guide. For teens, it covers everything from recognizing the signs of puberty to dating and exhibiting pride!

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