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8 LGBTQ Books That Are Bound to Change Your Life

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Pride month is here, and with it comes sunshine, rainbows and vacations.

Whether you have a break from school or work, are on a road trip or just have some quiet time before bed, picking up a new book is a great way to wind down and pass the time.

What’s a better way to relax after a day of partying and parades than to put on some comfy sweats, light some candles and fall into a good book? If you’re unsure of what’s out there, this list is bound to help you find the perfect one.

“Without You,” by Anthony Rapp

You may know the author as one of the actors in “Rent” while it was on Broadway. “Without You” is a memoir where Rapp talks about his time while being cast in the play, his close relationship with his mother throughout his life and his bisexuality. This is a good read if you’re looking for something that ties hope into dark times.

“God in Pink,” by Hasan Namir

This is fantastic fiction that focuses on the intersectionality between being queer and Muslim. The protagonist deals with his identity as a gay man in Baghdad, so there’s a lot of heavy content. It reads like a young adult book and can get a little choppy, but it’s got a great story and message.

“The Song of Achilles,” by Madeline Miller

Some people may not know this, but in the story of Achilles and Patroclus in the Trojan War, there is some speculation that the two may have been more than friends.

This novel plays on that theory, and is written in Patroclus’ point of view. For all the history or classics lovers out there, this will probably make you cry since you know how it ends — but it’ll be the best cry you’ve had all day.

“Dry,” by Augusten Burroughs

If you liked “Running With Scissors,” you’ll enjoy “Dry.” Burroughs is a gay writer who talks about his battle with alcoholism and going to rehab to sober up. He uses wit and comedy throughout the book, but tackles tough topics and also gives some info on being in a rehab facility for lesbians and gay men.

“Redefining Realness,” by Janet Mock

Mock is a multiracial, transwoman who writes about her experiences of growing up poor and in the middle of intersectionality. It’s a New York Times bestseller and can speak to anyone about being yourself, being comfortable and loving who you are.

“Take Me With You,” by Andrea Gibson

This poetry collection talks about a variety of topics, such as gender, politics, sexuality and a lot more. Gibson’s gender identity itself doesn’t fall within the binary, so if you are looking for good words, strong messages and queer poetry — this is the good stuff.

“Less,” by Andrew Sean Greer

“Less” is gay fiction that’s good if you’re looking for something quirky. While the main character definitely portrays a good amount of privilege, he also gets into a good amount of trouble — which makes this read a fun one. If you’ve dealt with a crummy breakup, it might be something you can get behind.

“The Art of Being Normal,” by Lisa Williamson

This one focuses on both a transwoman and a transman who help each other through school, bullying, transitioning and defining what normal really is. This is a transcendental story that ensures the T is not silent.

Take Pride in Literature

Celebrate pride this year by picking up a good book. No matter which one you decide to go with, enjoy your time reading. You can’t go wrong with any of these picks.

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