Pride Month 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

Jul 19, 2021

queer books for pride month


Hi friends, the long-awaited post is here. I'm ~finally~ sharing my reading wrap-up for June (better late than never, right? ๐Ÿ˜…). Save for one book, I read 20 books with LGBTQ+ representation mostly written by queer authors last month. All Half with the help of audiobooks (yes, audiobooks are real books).

Needless to say, June was a really good reading month and I wanted to share - and recommend - some books that I read for anyone looking for more books to add to their tbrs. (Evergreen reminder: support queer folks and books year-round)

Without further adieu, let's get to all the queer books! ๐Ÿ˜Š




๐Ÿ•ฎ More Than Organs by Kay Ulunday Barrett ★★★★ | Rep: queer transmasc Filipino (they/them), disabled/chronic illness

๐Ÿ•ฎ The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill ★★★★ | Rep: lesbian mc, sapphic li, f/f romance // TW: past death of parent, terminal illness

๐Ÿ•ฎ Continuum by Chella Man, Ashley Lukashevsky ★★★★| Rep: deaf transgender genderqueer pansexual biracial (Jewish, Chinese) // TW: ableism, transphobia, homophobia

๐Ÿ•ฎ When the Chant Comes by Kay Ulunday Barrett ★★★★ | Rep: queer transmasc Filipino (they/them), disabled/chronic illness

๐ŸŽง The Devourers by Indra Das ★★★ | Rep: Indian folklore, Muslim, bisexual and genderfluid // TW: rape, gore, graphic urination, body horror, homophobia

๐Ÿ•ฎ The Tangelroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie M. Liu ★★★★ | Rep: Biracial (Chinese, Scottish) wlw, lesbian, gay // TW: violence, gore, death, miscarriage, murder, rape, suicide, dismemberment

๐Ÿ•ฎ More Than Enough by Elizabeth Wambheim ★★★★ | Rep: asexual mlm // TW: acephobia, nonconsensual touch

๐Ÿ•ฎ Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook ★★★ | Rep: gay Black mc with anxiety, gay, trans Indian adoptee, pansexual // TW: bullying, homophobia, transphobia, substance use, conversion therapy, panic attacks

๐Ÿ•ฎ I Am Out With Lanterns by Emily Gale ★★★★ | Rep: autistic, bisexual, lesbian // TW: bullying, sexual harassment, substance abuse, domestic violence

๐Ÿ•ฎ Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin ★★★★ | Rep: nonbinary transmasc (they/them), Jewish, lesbian // TW: toxic masculinity, homophobia, misogyny, bullying, transphobia, mention of suicide




๐ŸŽง Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon ★★★★★ | Rep: Black albino intersex mc, trans Indigenous (Native American), sapphic // TW: racism, ableism, homophobia, misogyny, forced sterilization, body shaming, suicide, gore, gun violence, torture, drowning, death of child, cult [see full tw list here]

๐ŸŽง All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donoghue ★★★ | Rep: nonbinary bisexual, lesbian, Filipino // TW: cult/religion, bullying, homophobia, suicide, racism, adultery

๐ŸŽง Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales ★★★★ | Rep: bisexual mc, Vietnamese American lesbian, transgender, pansexual nonbinary, bisexual // TW: biphobia, bullying, emotional parent abuse, substance use, vomiting

๐ŸŽง Darling by K. Ancrum ★★★★ | Rep: Black mc, bisexual li, lesbian, Black characters, bisexual multiracial (Ojibwe, Irish), bisexual Ojibwe, disabled (hearing impared), Ojibwe, Korean American // TW: violence, off-page murder, guns, blood, child abuse, police brutality, abduction, manipulation, child abandonment

๐ŸŽง A Master Djinn by P. Djรจlรญ Clark ★★★★ | Rep: African (Egyptian) cast, lesbian mc, sapphic // TW: murder, violence, gore, immolation, self-mutilation

๐ŸŽง Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar ★★★★ | Rep: bisexual Bengladeshi-Irish Muslim, sapphic Bengali-Irish, f/f romance // TW: racism, islamaphobia, biphobia, lesbophobia, homophobia, gaslighting, parental abandonment

๐ŸŽง Black Water Sister by Zen Cho ★★★★ | Rep: lesbian Chinese Malaysian, Chinese Malaysian, lesbian Indian American, Indian Chinese Malaysian // TW: misogyny, racism, attempted rape, homophobia, mention of cancer, mention of abuse

๐Ÿ•ฎ I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes From the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom ★★ | Rep: trans Asian author // TW: co-opting aave words by non-black people, discussions of sexual assault, self-harm, trauma, homophobia, discrimination

๐ŸŽง Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan ★★★ | Rep: lesbian, bisexual, sapphic, queer cast // TW: homophobia, abusive parent, accidental outing, bullying, substance use, 

๐Ÿ•ฎ The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis ★★ | Rep: bisexual, sapphic, Romani // TW: antisemitism, homophobia, death, racism, suicide, gore, classism, misogyny


If any of the rep or tw's listed above are incorrect or not mentioned, please feel free to let me know and I'll correct them.


There you have it! 20 books for Pride Month!
What were your favorite queer reads this year?
Read any of the listed above? Let me know in the comments!


๐Ÿณ️‍๐ŸŒˆ Pride month has come and gone, but the opportunities to uplift, support and amplify the LGBTQ+ community is ongoing year-round. One way to support is to call on your lawmakers to ensure safety protections and equality for queer folks, and another way to support is to donate to LGBTQ+ orgs if you can! ♥ Feel free to let me know of other LGBTQ+ orgs to add onto this list.
 

For U.S., use this call script from 5Calls.org to urge your reps to pass the Equality Act of 2021, and take action and get involved with Human Rights Campaign. Don't forget to continue to show up for LGBTQ+ rights and community every day!

Stop Asian hate in the U.S. and around the world by contacting elected officials, donating, signing petitions, volunteeringattending bystander intervention trainings, supporting Asian businesses/creators, reporting anti-Asian hate crimes near you, and more: Stop AAPI Hate, Stop Asian Hate carrd, Anti-Asian Violence Resources carrd, Asian American Commission, Asian American Advocacy Fund, Asian Mental Health Collective, and this comprehensive list of Asian-led orgs and resources via NYMag. More resources in the sidebar as well. ➔


Help raise awareness and free Palestine from apartheid and settler colonization by protesting, donating to Palestinian mutual aid and recovery funds, demanding your elected officials to cut ties with Israel and to pass H.R. 2590 (for U.S.), get involved in the BDS movement, and educate yourself and family members via DecolonizePalestine. More ways to help on palestinematters.carrd.co and free-palestine.carrd.co

Resources + educational tools on what's going on around the world right now and ways to help: worldissues.carrd.co | issuesintheworld.carrd.co | getinformed.carrd.co | currentinfo.carrd.co | dotherightthing.carrd.co

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