I decided to run this post at the end rather than the beginning of the month to give you a jumping-off point for reading LGBT books all year long, not just one month out of the year.
As usual this is an idiosyncratic list of mine and not a comprehensive bibliography by any stretch!
Dearest Anne is a beautiful literary novel by Israeli writer Judith Katzir, about an affair between a young girl and her female teacher. The controversial nature of the subject is matched by the luminosity of the writing.
Moffie is one of the best books I've read this year, and one of the best LGBT books I've read ever. Set in South Africa, it's a brutal and raw portrait of military life and the terrible burden of being gay in an extremely conformity-oriented society.
Since My Last Confession should be required reading for Catholics and anyone interested in the issue of gay marriage. Pomfret details his own conflicted relationship with his faith and recounts the struggle for the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts in a touching, hilarious and totally irreverant memoir that manages to be deeply respectful of the Church even as he questions the actions of some of its most powerful leaders. I loved this book!
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Alison Bechdel, not for Fun Home or her latest, Are You My Mother? but for her long-running comic Dykes to Watch Out For, which I started reading in syndication in a local paper while I was in high school. It opened up a whole world to me and for that I will be forever grateful to her. If she never wrote either of her two very popular and acclaimed memoirs she would be immortalized for Mo and the gang at Madwimmin Books.
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