Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gay Pride Month Book Lists

June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. The first U.S. gay pride parade called “Christopher Street Liberation Day” took place on June 28, 1970 in New York. The parade covered fifty-one blocks. Since then, June has been considered Gay Pride Month, and in 2000, it was officially recognized by President Clinton, who named it “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.” President Obama made the month’s name more inclusive on May 28th of this year, naming June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

The Publishing Triangle, whose mission is to promote discussion between all readers gay and straight, has posted the 100 best lesbian and gay novels. I have listed my favorite books by gay authors below. You can find more books by these authors and more gay authors on APL Recommend's Gay and Lesbian Fiction: Authors and Themes .

Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
Maurice by E. M. Forster
Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran
At Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

Graphic novels have become very popular, and below are three recommended gay graphic novels.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alsion Bechdel
Poignant memoir of growing up.

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
Classic coming-out story embodies America’s tipping point, when the white supremacist patriarchy got knocked off its pedestal in the 1960s.

The Authority: Relentless by Warren Ellis
A group of superheros includes three women and a gay couple.

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