The most important aim of a Month for a cause (Pride Month, Black History Month, Dalit History month) is to inform and educate ourselves on the issue so that we are better informed.

There is no dearth of books to learn about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities. In an effort to help our readers, we too have prepared a small list of books for our readers so that they too learn something this month. We hope this list helps one and all. Happy Pride month to all, once again!

  1. All Boys Aren’t Blue – George M. Johnson ⁣: This is a very powerful memoir about being black and queer and the intersection of those identities.

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  1. Rainbow Milk – Paul Mendez: Rainbow Milk is a coming-of-age story, a raw and unfiltered look at race and religion, sex, and sexuality in modern Britain.

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  1. Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters:  This book is a detailed character study of two trans women. Reese, who is navigating her way through a series of bad relationships, while all she really wants is a chance to become a mother.

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  1. Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinburg: One of the best queer novels that take us back to the 1950s, a time replete with police raids, union riots, the Vietnam War, Stonewall, and more.

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  1. Felix Ever After – Kacen Callander⁣: A phenomenal young adult read which explores identity, race, sexuality/transgender identities, coming of age, bullying, the confusing emotions that teens go through, dreams and determination, friendship, and family dynamics.

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  1. Nevada – Imogen Binnie: ⁣ Particularly interesting book to read on how transparently and complexly Maria, the protagonist, takes on a kind of pedagogical role – for both James and the general reader – these “teaching moments” are complicated by anxieties and critical awareness of the diversity of trans- experience.

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  1. In the Dream House – Carmen Maria Machado: In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness, and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work that is destined to become an instant classic.

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8. Surrender Your Sons – Adam Sass: Surrender Your Sons is a mystery/thriller that expertly blends together humor, horror, and heart, in a wholly unique read like no other.

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  1. Loveless – Alice Oseman:  The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

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  1. Real Queer America – Samantha:  A transgender reporter‘s narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.

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