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Pride Month Reading List

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Over several days, the men and women in the bar fought back and set a significant part of the modern gay rights movement into motion. The Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day March was held on the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots and quickly spread to other cities in America and overseas.
In honor of the tremendous impact the LGBTQ community has made on the literary world, the National Book Foundation presents a Pride Month Reading List, drawn from the past five years of Lambda Literary Award winners and nominees. Lambda Literary, our 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize honorable mention, celebrates, nurtures and promotes LGBTQ authors and literature through its programming and awards, and this list was chosen to represent a diverse range of voices, identities, and experiences.
The National Book Foundation and Lambda Literary are working to ensure that LGBTQ narratives are seen and recognized by all readers. We hope you'll join us.

Nevada by Imogen Binnie
My Education by Susan Choi
The Two Krishnas by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalia
For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu



Nevada, a novel by Imogen Binnie (Topside Press)

My Education by Susan Choi (Penguin Group/Viking)

The Two Krishnas by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla (Magnus Books)

For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu (HarperCollins)

People Who Disappear by Alex Leslie (Freehand Books)

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie (Black Girl Dangerous Press)

Kill Marguerite and Other Stories by Megan Milks (Emergency Press)

A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett (Topside Press)

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov by Paul Russell (Cleis Press)

Children of the Sun by Max Schaefer (Soft Skull Press)



White Girls by Hilton Als (McSweeney’s)

The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco (Ecco)

Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles Blow (Mariner Books)

A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronte (Beacon Press)

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell (University of Minnesota Press)

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (Dey Street Books)

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner (Seal Press)

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks with Barbara Smith (SUNY Press)

100 Crushes by Elisha Lim (Koyama Press)

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee (City Lights Publishers)

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock (Atria Books)

The End of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (City Lights Publishers)



The Collected Poems of Ai by Ai (W.W. Norton and Company)

The New Testament by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral (Yale University Press)

Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry edited by Brittany Fonte and Regie Cabico (Lowbrow Press)

Unpeopled Eden by Rigoberto González (Four Way Books)

Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press)

wine for a shotgun by Marty McConnell (EM Press)

Snowflake/different streets by Eileen Myles (Wave Books)

[insert] boy by Danez Smith (YesYes Books)

The Nights Also by Anna Swanson (Tightrope Books)


Young People's Literature

How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart (HarperTeen)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth (HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray)

Ask the Passengers by Susan Kuklin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (Tundra Books)

Secret City by Julia Watts (Bella Books)