LGBTQ Authors You Must Put On Your Summer Reading List
Every June , the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and allies unite for a month-long celebration of affection, diversity, acceptance and unwavering pride. June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the riots that arose between members of the LGBT community against a police raid that transpired at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s historic Greenwich Village on June 28th 1969.
The Stonewall riots were regarded as a "tipping point" for the gay liberation movement within the U.S., in keeping with the Library of Congress. The uproar additionally sealed the means for the trendy fight for LGBT rights.
Moreover, Pride Month is intended to acknowledge the sweeping impact that the LGBT community, advocates and allies embrace within the U.S. and around the globe. With that, let’s dive into a collection of LGBTQ friendly authors to explore this Summer.
The award-winning Jamaican novelist creates work based on the displeasures of race and class inequalities in Jamaica and the little opportunities for upward mobility as certain sexual preferences can be punishable by law . Her novel , Here Comes The Sun further explores racial, social, and economic disparities on that are often covered up by the government's emphasis on unity in a controversial manner.
The iconic political and social activist with roots based in Harlem, New York is one of the 20th centuries most influential writers that explored the black experience in America during the time of civil duress. His novel Giovanni’s Room encapsulates gender and sexual identity crisis, isolation, masculinity conflictions within the character David as he navigates an aspect of his sexuality that is discouraged.
The Puerto Rican author who has studied Journalism and written film reviews for major periodicals, worked extensively in the queer arts community for more than a decade. His notable work Mundo Cruel is a collection of stories that chronicles the tight-knit society of Puerto-Rican gay culture.
The American author writes everything from children’s picture books, to adult fiction and doesn’t shy away from being prolific and engaging. Her novel Another Brooklyn is a coming of age story based in kinship, friendship , sexuality, and tensions with the pasts and futures of the complex characters.
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