Pride parades may have been postponed for this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in our own way! Don’t know about you, but we’ve certainly been doing a load more reading since the start of the pandemic. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of incredible LGBTQ+ books that we feel perfectly complement Pride Month.
The Book of Pride
The Book of Pride is a biographical book by Mason Funk that tells the story of both well-known and unsung LQBTQ Heroes who changed the world. The book is made up of beautifully raw interviews and biographies of the LGBT community that tells a true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present.
This is a wonderfully bold book, Proud of stories and poetry by LGBTQ+ authors, compiled by Juno Dawson. The book is filled with brilliantly unique responses to pride. Also, throughout the book, there are beautiful illustrations by artists who also identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
This Book is Gay
Described by Patrick Ness as ‘The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager’, witty and uncensored book, gives an insight into what it’s like to grow up as LGBTQ. Dawson covers everything from how to pull, to politics, to how to come out. If you read this book, you’ll be sure to laugh, and perhaps cry too!
Why I’m No Longer Talking to Black People About Race
Yes, ok so this book isn’t directly about LGBTQ+ but, in support of the black lives matter protests, and considering that the first Pride was a riot led by queer people of colour, we feel like this book is also a must-read for this month. A large part of this years Pride theme was supposed to be around allies. Not just how allies of the LGBTQ+ community can actively lookout for members of it. But, also for members of the LGBTQ+ community to look for ways to support other members. If you’re one of the many who are currently thinking ‘How can I help?’ wherever you are in the world, this book by Reni Eddo-Lodge is an excellent place to start.
Happy reading & Happy Pride!
Love Nonchalant x