18 very gay and very good books you should read this Pride Month

Pride Month is officially here and that can only mean one thing: time to load up your reading list with stellar queer stories.

Of course, you should be mixing gay books into your to-be-read pile no matter what time of year, but this month, as you celebrate Pride, queer books can be the perfect way to explore the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ community.

Fortunately for anybody looking for a great gay read, the book world is filled with a bevy of queer stories of all genres.

Whether you’re looking for a meditative poetry collection about queer identity and mental health, a deep dive into the New York City’s ballroom culture in the ’80s and ’90s, a comic about a group scouts who find themselves plagued by supernatural creatures at camp, or a coming-of-age story about a shapeshifter who is navigating life and dating, there is a queer book out there for you.

Here are 18 very gay and very good books you should read this Pride Month.

You’ve never read a coming-of-age story like this. Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl details the adventures of Paul Polydoris, a student in Iowa City who studies queer theory. Oh, and did we mention that Paul is a shapeshifter who can change from Paul to Polly at will. On the surface, it’s an absurd sci-fi premise, but Lawlor uses it to deftly explore gender, identity, and the way we form relationships with other people as well as with ourselves. 

Joseph Cassara’s The House of Impossible Beauties takes a deep dive into New York City’s ballroom culture in the ’80s and ’90s by following a group of characters, each who enter the scene for a different reason. But what stands out about the book isn’t just the novel’s vivid portrait of the past, but also Cassara’s breathtaking and unforgettable characters who are all trying to find their way.

Andrew Greer’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less starts off with a character in crisis: our protagonist Arthur is a struggling novelist, feeling existential as he approaches his 50th birthday, and, to make matters worse, he’s just received an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Instead of despairing, Arthur says „NOPE“ and instead embarks on a haphazard literary world tour. But what sells the book is Greer’s resounding heart and humor, making this tale of romantic misadventures as funny as it is earnest.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit follows Joanna „Jo“ Gordon, an out teen who is suddenly pushed back into the closet when her evangelical father remarries, moves their family from Atlanta to Rome, Georgia, and asks Jo to hide her queer identity for her senior year. The only problem is Mary Carlson, the sister of Jo’s new friend in Rome, who Jo is falling for. The result is a heartfelt novel about coming out and discovering young love. Also, shout out to the infinitely charming title of this book!

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Under the Udala Trees is a book about star-crossed love. The novel follows the life of Ijeoma, a young girl who, at the start of the book, is sent away from her family in order to stay safe during the Nigerian civil war. While away, Ijeoma meets Amina, another girl also separated from her family. The two begin a brief relationship… only to find out that their love is forbidden. What follows is a beautiful novel about love and hardship as Ijeoma is sent home, forced into an unhappy marriage with a man, all the while grappling with her attraction to women.

Don’t forget to add a bit of poetry to your reading list this Pride Month! If you’re looking for a collection to start with, check out sam sax’s collection madness. The poems in this collection cover everything from sexuality to mental health to culture and heritage, but what shines through and connects each of these threads is sax’s incredibly thoughtful and evocative prose.

If there is a hidden gem of queer lit, it’s ReleaseMrs. Dalloway somehow feels nostalgic and charming as Patrick Ness outlines one teen’s struggle to define himself.

If the Babadook has taught us anything, it’s that Pride is not complete without a little noir. To that end, if you are looking for a darker read this month, make sure you check out Caleb Roehrig’s Last Seen Leaving. The book is a coming out story masked as a mystery thriller about Flynn, the primary suspect in an investigation when his girlfriend January disappears. Flynn’s answers about his life with January don’t quite add up… but maybe that has less to do about January and more about the secret that Flynn is keeping.

Nevada offers a thoughtful look at identity and the trans experience.

Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen

If you’re looking for some comics to check out this Pride month, be sure to check out Lumberjanes the perfect Pride Month read. 

Fun Home is a graphic memoir about coming out and finding love, centered around two people. The book documents Alison Bechdel (who also came up with the Bechdel test), her experience exploring her attraction to women, and the way that her father resisted her identity. But, after Alison’s father is hit by a car and killed, she reflects on his past and realizes that he may have had his own struggles with his sexual identity.

To read Alexander Chee’s essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel is to stand in a hall of mirrors, watching as a single person, and all of the identites that compose them, is reflected from all angles. The essay collection is a deep dive into Chee’s past as he documents his expereinces as a gay rights and HIV/AIDS activist, a rose gardener, a writer, and more. But at the core, the book explores how we use writing to shape who we are and how who we are shapes our writing.

As the title probably suggests, They Both Die At The End is not what we could a „happy“ book. The novel follows a day in the life of two boys, Mateo and Rufus, who get early morning calls from Death-Cast telling them that today is the day that they’re going to die. Though initially strangers, Mateo and Rufus are soon brought together through the Last Friend app, a social network that connects people on their last day alive. But as Mateo and Rufus embark on a quest to check items off their bucket list while they still have time, their friendship grows into something more, ultimately exploring what happens when we fall in love with someone we know we only will have a very limited time with.

Sometimes all you need is a good friend. And that’s where You Know Me Well reveals how our friends can become our greatest lifeline.

The Argonauts  radiates with stunning observations about being queer and in love, making the memoir feel less like a book and more like the perfect rendering of a person’s heart on a page.

Fair warning up front: Don’t Call Us Dead is a devastating poetry collection. But this book is as beautiful as it is painfully raw. Throughout the collection, Smith writes about race, queer identity, and AIDS, with an electrifying amount of passion and care, making this book a must-read for Pride Month.

You may know Becky Albertalli for her novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda  reveals that Leah is struggling with her identity too: she’s bisexual and working to muster the courage to come out to her friends. But as Leah navigates her senior year of high school, she realizes that she may love one her friends more than anyone else might expect.

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(Note that in many of these books, the word for sexual/gender identity is not on the page, so these are what I assume. I am also using T for all forms of gender identity for ease as well as to prevent spoilers.)

(Also note that some of these books are not perfect in their representation, so please read at your own discretion. Many of these books can be triggering, so please send me an ask if you are curious about any of the books)

A- Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden [L]; Ask the Passengers by A.S. King [L]; AshAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAs I Descended by Robin Talley [LG]; AfterworldsAdaptation (duology) by Malinda Lo [LB, poly]

B- Beauty QueensLibba Bray [LT]; Been Here All AlongBoyfriends With GirlfriendsBeautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills [T]

C- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman [G (B?)]; Captive Prince (trilogy)C.S. Pacat Carry OnThe Color PurpleCut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian [GB]

D- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black [G]; Drag Teen by Jeffery Self [G]

F- The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson [G]; Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick [G]; The Foxhole Court (trilogy)Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark [T]

G- Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden FruitsThe Great American Whatever by Tim Federle [G]; The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee [GB]; Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith [GB]; Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith [L]

H- A Hero at the End of the WorldHow to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis [G]; Hero by Perry Moore [G]

J- Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde [T]; Jerkbait by Mia Siegert [G] 

K- Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway [G]; Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters [L]

L- The Last NudeLies We Tell OurselvesLove in the Time of Global Warming (duology) by Francesca Lia Block [GT+ (?)]

M- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth [L]; The Medici Boy by John L’Heureux [G]; More Happy Than NotMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (Trilogy) by Rick Riordan [BT+] 

N- Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz [BG]

O- One Man GuyOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst [L]; Openly Straight (duology) by Bill Konigsberg [G]

P- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky [G]; Proxy (duology) by Alex London [G]; Perfect Ten by L. Philips [G]

R- The Raven Boys (tetralogy) by Maggie Stiefvater [GB]

S- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli [GB]; Six of Crows (duology) by Leigh Bardugo [GB]; The Song of AchillesMadeline MillerSwimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai [G]

T- Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen [G]; This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp [L]; The Trials of Apollo (series) by Rick Riordan [GB+]

W- Willful Machines by Tim Floreen [G]; We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson [G]; (trilogy) by Scott Tracey [G]

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Best Gay Stories and Gay Books

Gay stories and gay books are very important – they can provide support, comedy, education and of course romance.

The majority of books that we read when we were younger would rarely, if ever, feature a gay character or couple.

Being able to delve into a gay book or gay story that you can relate to on a personal level can be quite powerful.

We have put together a shortlist of gay stories and gay books covering everything from lifestyle, to pride, ones based on a film and of course a couple of erotic gays stories for good measure!

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1. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (Zach’s Pick)

This was James Baldwin’s second novel, and probably one of his most well known pieces of works. Giovanni’s Room tells the story of a man who moves to Paris and his relationship with another man named Giovanni. This book is so important because it was one of the first to really show the complicated ways in which gay men had to manage their identity, self and place in a world that didn’t want them do exist. This story takes place in Paris, but one doesn’t have to have been to Paris to feel a connection to Giovanni, his bedroom, and all that happens to the protagonists, David.

2. The City and the Pillar/Myra Breckenridge by Gore Vidal (Nico’s Pick)

While not one of Vidal’s “best” works (to me, he’s an essayist first and a novelist second), The Pillar and the City is a must-read because of its place in the queer canon as one of the first recognized and reviewed gay novels. It’s an incredibly dark and misanthropic work and a bitter pill to swallow, harrowingly depicting the costs of trying to live openly in the 1950’s. The Pillar and the City is dripping with loneliness, depression and social isolation, and if it’s ending is more shocking today, it’s nothing if not brutally honest. That exact sexual frankness would become a hallmark of his later writing, when he came into his own as a storyteller with works like Lincoln and Myra Breckenridge, which is one of the strangest and most indelible novels of its decade.

5. The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis (Zach)

This is probably one of Ellis’ most famous works, especially for millennials. The novel is about a group of over-privileged liberal arts college students who like to have sex, do drugs, and get into some interesting situations. The one character many gay men find themselve connecting with is bisexual Paul Denton, who is in love with Sean Bateman, the drug dealer of the story. Their relationship is pretty ambiguous the whole story and Ellis leaves it open to one’s own interpretation, but I think that is what has so many gay readers loving Paul. I think we’ve all had that sexually ambiguous relationship with a straight guy, right?

Extra credit: Also read Glamorama and Less Than Zero or Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, also of the Brat Pack literary era and criminally overlooked in the queer canon.

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Zach)

The book is written in a series of letters from Charlie the main character that give it a sense of intimacy. Charlie, as you can probably tell from the title, is a loner and wallflower. Many gay men connect with Charlie within his sense of isolation in the story and other experiences that you will have to read to find out. There is a gay character who acts as one of Charlie’s closest friends So, that aids in the ‘gayness’ of the book. Also, Emma Watson is a main character, in the movie adaptation, which just makes it awesome.

8. Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons (Nico)

It’s not Sylvia Plath or anything, but I read Leroy Aarons’ Prayers for Bobby when I was sixteen on a car ride to Toronto with my parents, and I found it an important step in coming to terms with my own relationship with my mother. At a time when I needed the words to start the conversation, this showed me how. The novel details a mother’s struggle to deal with her gay son’s suicide, as she wasn’t supportive of his coming out while he was alive, and how the post-mortem lessons changed her. For a movement that often makes the message the too-simple “It Gets Better” mantra, this shows us how. Through loss and hardship, we can share our stories and affect change for others.

9. by Oscar Wilde (Zach)

Oscar Wilde is one of the quintessential gay authors in history. His flamboyant lifestyle and tragic death have made him iconic beyond the impressive canon of work he created. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story that makes one wonder: What would you do to be beautiful forever? Vanity and beauty are two things that many gay men struggle with their entire lives due to living in a gay culture in which how good one looks supersedes most other aspects in regards to social capital and success. This book attracts gay readers all over the world because Dorian, who is not gay, is dealing with an issue that eclipses many gay lives.

Extra Credit: Check out Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh’s most celebrated novel and an early work in the queer canon, and the collected works of Patricia Highsmith, all of which were really, really gay.

10. by Rita Mae Brown (Nico)

Yes, I know this is a lesbian book, but too often the gay community self-segregates and the lack of knowledge about other segments of the community is an ongoing problem. We can start when we learn about each other’s histories, and Rubyfruit Jungle is an incendiary glimpse into lesbian coming-of-age in the 1970s. For those interested in the history of New York, Brown’s prose is a telling look at the concrete jungle fantasy of the 1970s, and the ways in which the reality of New York clashed with it’s status as a queer oasis.

Extra Credit: Check out queer works by Alice Walker (The Color Purple) and Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings). Any guy who has read Maya Angelou is instantly twenty times hotter. It’s science.

11. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (Zach)

Running With Scissors is the memoir of Augusten Burroughs, which focuses primarily on his adolescents. It tells the story of how Burroughs went from living in a “normal” family home, to experiencing his parents divorce, his mother deciding to explore her sexuality, and him ending up living with his psychiatrist, Dr. Finch, and his wacky family. If you thought you had an interesting childhood, Burroughs will give you a run for your money. Burroughs over the years has become one of the most widely read contemporary gay writers, and this book is evidence to why that is.

See Also: Burroughs’ follow-up, Dry, about his history of substance abuse.

13. The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies by Vito Russo (Zach)

If you love film then you will love this book. Russo’s groundbreaking book shows how LGBTQ people have been erased from films starting in the 1920’s, played the ‘sissy,’ been the predator, and everything in between. The Celluloid Closet showed the world when it was published in the 1980’s just how film helped in the oppression of a community fighting for their rights. This book is a must read for any LGBTQ person interested in representation of sexual minorities in film.

15. by Tony Kushner (Zach)

If you have a list of “Books for Gay Men” then a book that shows the struggles the LGBTQ community faced in the midst of the AIDS epidemic is needed, and this play is even more needed. Wait, I know what you just thought: Wasn’t this a list of books? Yes, it is. And yes, Kushner’s play will stay on this list. This play is widely read in bookclubs and classroom across the world, and the HBO mini-series rivals the amazingness of this text.

16. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Nico)

If you’ve read this book, you’re probably like, “Wait, there aren’t any gay characters? Why is this on the list? What about [insert novel by other writer]?” While a great book by itself and inimitable feat of stream-of-consciousness, the story behind it is just as fascinating, pulling back the queer curtain over the Beat Generation scene. Although folks like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs were more open about their same-sex relations (I mean, have you fucking read “Howl?”), Kerouac’s was all subtext, the parenthetical secrets of a conflicted bisexual (who intermittently slept with Gore Vidal).

That’s right, 10th Grade English students: Sal and Dean were totally doing it in real life.

17. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity by Jose Munoz (Zach)

On any gay books list there needs to be a little queer theory. Jose Munoz is one of the most prominent queer theorist in the world. His newest work, Cruising Utopia, is a perfect example of Munoz’s intertwining high-theory with performance to support a queer theoretical framework. This book is a little dense, and if you’ve never read any theory before you may want to pace yourself with this one. But if you know what ‘anti-social theory’ means or care about ‘queer-world making’, or queer spatiality, then this book is something you should cozy up to.

See Also: Queer theory mavens like Judith Butler and Jeanette Winterson.

19. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (Zach)

Leslie Feinberg is a well-known transgender activist whose book, Stone Butch Blues, is considered one of the iconic texts that thoroughly discusses the butch-femme culture in the 1960’s before Stonewall. If you ever take an LGBT Literature class you can expect this to be on the list. Currently, Leslie Feinberg is battling some major health problems that are interrupting the 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues to be re-released in a free edition online this year. You can stay up-to-date on Feinberg’s health status and the re-release of the book on their Tumblr.

See also: Anything by Kate Bornstein, whose 2012 memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, is on shelves now.

1) This Book is Gay

This gay book was one of The Guardians Best Books of the Year.

This book is aimed at absolutely everyone, no matter what sexuality or gender. It plays on the joke that once you come out, you should receive an instruction manual and that is exactly what this book claims to be!

Expect entertainment, life lessons and everything from sex, to politics and hooking up.

2) Yay! You’re Gay! Now What?: A Gay Boy’s Guide to Life

Youtuber and LGBT activist Riyadh Khalaf has written his own personal go-to guide for young queer guys.

He shares his own personal stories as well as plenty of gay stories from other guys all around the world and even some advice from the likes of Stephen Fry, Clark Moore, and James Kavanagh.

This gay book is packed full with hilarity and covers:

3) Pray the Gay Away

Have you heard of the Zakar twins? These guys have been using their voices to speak out against generations, particularly within the Iraqi culture, who look down on being gay.

Pray the Gay Away follows the twins as they face awkward sexual encounters, drug-fueled escapades, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom.

Described as hilarious yet poignant, this gay book explores what its like for the twins growing up in modern America.

4) Call Me by your Name

Call Me By your Name was the basis for the Oscar winning film of the same name.

This is a romantic gay story of a building and unexpected romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ home on the Italian Riviera.

Each is taken by surprise and the build up of tension between the two characters is palpable. If you are looking for a heartwarming romantic gay story, this might be the one for you.

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, you can find Call Me by your Name here

5) Holding The Man

This film made us both cry and the book takes this gay story to another level.

The book (and film) is based on a true story about a male high school drama student who falls in love with the captain of the football team.

The story follows their life together through joy, sadness and pain. It’s quite the roller-coaster but one everyone should read.

Take a look and order your copy of this top gay book

6) The Prince and the Frog (& many other titles)

Olly Pike is a UK author and LGBTQ+ activist who creates educational books based on LGBTQ+ themes for young people, he is doing an incredible job and we were lucky enough to meet during our time in Slovenia!

If you have any young family members we highly recommend getting the full set!

7) PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times

We should never forget the importance of Pride and all the work that has precluded where we are today.

This book has put together 5 decades of parades, protests and the history of the LGBTQ rights movement that everyone should know, learn and be grateful for.

Of course, there is still the ongoing struggle and much to be done for true equality, but this book does a great job of showcasing all that has come before.

8) The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

Similar to #6, The Book Of Pride follows the development of the pride movement over the years using interviews with those that lead, supported and lived through that era.

Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased, inspiring us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, community, and, most importantly, pride.

9) The Back Passage

Moving on from pride and onto some light-hearted reading.

This was one of the first gay stories we read and it surprised us both.

The Back Passage masterfully combines comedy and murder mystery with some seriously steamy and explicit encounters throughout. 

What surprised us most was the story itself, it was a solid murder mystery that kept us guessing!