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Gaye Magazine's Top 40 LGBT Books You Should Be Reading for National Book Month

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

National Book Month is held each October. In celebration of this month-long celebration, we at Gaye Magazine want you to explore and support queer Black authors such as E. Patrick Johnson, Akwaeke Emezi, Roxane Gay, James Baldwin, and many others. Be sure to let us know your thoughts after you read them.

Check out these LGBTQ+ and Queer People of Color Suggestions!

40. Pet by Akwaek Emezi

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39. Kings, Queens, and In-betweens by Tanya Boteju

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38. Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility by Tourmaline

37. Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities by Rogers Brubaker

36. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & so Much More by Janet Mock

35. Modern HERstory : Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History by Blair Imani

34. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

33. Reclaiming Afrikan: Queer Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Identities by Zethu Matebeni

32. Evidence of Being: the Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence by Darius Bost

31. The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir by Stacyann Chin

30. A Garden for Black Boys: Between the Stages of Soil and Stardust by W. J. Lofton

29. Invisible Families: gay identities, relationships, and motherhood among Black women by Mignon R. Moore

28. Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Driversby Anne Balay

27. TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices by Damaged Good Press

26. Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora, and Black Studies by Rinaldo Walcott

25. Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards an Integrated Queer of Color Framework by Sheena C. Howard Sheena C.

24. Blacktino Queer Performance by E. Patrick Harrison

23. Looking for Leroy : illegible black masculinities by Mark Anthony Neal

22. Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris

21. Honeypot: Black Southern Women who Love Women by E. Patrick Johnson

20. HoodWitch: Poems by Faylita Hicks

19. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

18. Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South by E. Patrick Johnson

17. No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson

16. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

15. Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris

14. Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

13. Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean by Kamaal Lyndon Gill

12. Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Lourdes Dolores Follins

11. Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing by Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.

10. "--and then I became gay": young men's stories by Ritch C. Savin-Williams

9. A Whosoever Church: Welcoming Lesbians and Gay Men into African American Congregations by Comstock, Gary David

8. I Don't Wanna Live Forever, But I Don't Wanna Die by Patrick Rebel

7. Dear Dreamer by Quentin Harris

6. Love makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families by Gigi Kaeser

5. What You Don't Know is Hurting You by Marion E. Brooks

4. Love Under Fault Lines by Marcus J. King

3. Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing by Catherine E. McKinley

2. Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-sex Practices in Africa by Ruth Zilla Morgan

1. Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance by James F. Wilson


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