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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Top 20+ BL Manhwa and Gay Webtoons: A Guide for ALL!

BL manhwa has always been one of the most popular genres in manhwa variety. As more inclination towards digital art has begun there are streams like webtoons and comics. There is, however, still lacking in the likes of gay webtoons and manhwa. Hence they continue to thrive. You might be looking for new styles that can be further discovered by you or simply giving this genre a try for the sake of knowledge. Don’t sweat it because we got your back with another Top 20+ list.

The long list of BL manhwa and gay webtoons become quite a tough thing to deal with when you know many similar plots are going on. Additionally, along with it comes the task of pinpointing the appropriate story from the vast variety present among BL manhwa and gay webtoons. That’s exactly where we come in to provide you with a guide to navigate your choices.

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Gay Reading, PA

Picture yourself in Greater Reading, country charm sits crazy-close to city arts, entertainment, and shopping.  The result:  a whatever-you’re-up for getaway!  Gay Travel had the pleasure of experiencing it with one of the best tour guides we could ever ask for along with our Gay Travel Celebrity Guru, Janelle Eagle.  We want to share our special time with you! Come and take a ride with Greater Reading!

Our trip was amazing because we didn’t know what to expect.  Who knew we’d find such vibrant local culture, history and heritage?  We had a ball as we meandered down the quaint Main Streets lined with antiques and artisan craft shops.  We drove beautiful, back-country roads that offer dazzling natural beauty and outdoor adventure.  We found Reading, Pennsylvania to be an arts & cultural destination that celebrates a healthy, sustainable lifestyle with outstanding attractions and outdoor amenities.  There wasn’t enough time to partake in all of it, and we’d like to go back soon to explore some more — perhaps a wonderful trip in the Fall?  For more comprehensive information, please visit Go Greater Reading’s website (LGBT Resources):

2)  If Gothic Revival architecture is not your thing, hop in the car and drive to the Pagoda.  That’s right.  We said Pagoda.  As in full-scale, giant-size Pagoda!  We were surprised to learn that the Pagoda is Reading’s landmark.  The view and the scenery are so spectacular that a major movie has been filmed there.  The day we visited, the mist was particularly heavy which made for an even more mysterious and romantic mood.

5)  If you always wanted to make a huge romantic gesture to impress a loved one, how about a hot-air balloon ride?  Reading is a wonderful place to do this and their experienced balloonists will show you a perspective on things that will take your breath away.  Wouldn’t it be fun to see the Pagoda from a bird’s eye view?

6)  Of course, while on the adventurous side of life, more outdoor recreation activities await for you to explore.  Kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking on Neversink Mountain Trails are ready for you to conquer.  Nature lovers will be thrilled to know you can witness the largest migration of hawks in North America, at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

7)  Kutztown Park is where you will find the Keith Haring Public Art and New Arts Program on Main Street.  Look down when you walk in —  because that’s where you will see an original Keith Haring painting on the floor (Photo Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation).  For those of you who may not know, Haring was from Kutztown.  He used his art to benefit gay causes.  He died of AIDS as did so many of his close friends.  Gay Travel and our Gay Travel Celebrity Gurus have a special affinity, not only for Haring’s artwork, but for his AIDS efforts too.

8)  Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.  As you drive, enjoy centuries-old homes, barns, covered bridges and other structures that dot the beautiful countryside. Do find time for antiquing — because this is where you will find hidden gems to incorporate into current life. On our trip, we learned that the geometric paintings on the sides of barns are called Hex Barn Art.

9)  Dinner is at Dans.  As in Dans Restaurant.  We stayed for hours indulging at this elegant countryside restaurant.  As it turns out, one of our favorite entertainers was a regular — none other than Joan Rivers!

10)  Watch Janelle’s videos and see the experience she had come to life!   Also, for more comprenshensive information, please see: 

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The Gay Scene in Reading, PA

Having spent time in Greater Reading, PA, we found the scene to be diverse and bursting with pride. We learned that there are great events, cool art and music festivals, culinary festivals, quaint antique shops, winery tours, and comfortable surroundings… it’s a place where local culture and personal character still abound.

Browse through these Reading gay personals to find singles

Do you enjoy gay dating in Reading? You do, then you owe to your love life to sign up to this particular online matching resource. We promise to put in touch with a diverse range of prospective partners – other gay singles in this vicinity who have already submitted their details to us. Once you have completed the straightforward application process, you will be given access to these descriptions. Browse through them at your leisure. As soon as you come across a particular gay guy who arrests your attention, you can send a wink to alert them to the fact they have an interested suitor. In this way, it can become very easy to get to know someone better. The discreet communication environment we offer is entirely conducive with warm and open conversation. If you have any inhibitions about connecting in the online environment, these will swiftly be forgotten. In no time at all, you will be flirting as if you have known this person for a lot longer than you actually have. As you get to know each other better, a real sense of chemistry can develop. Ultimately, you may wish to arrange an offline date software in scenic Berkshire.

Enjoy gay dating in Reading without leaving home

For single guys looking for gay dating in Reading, you need to start your search online. You can meet local gay singles for fun, friendship or a long-term relationship if that is what you are looking for. If you have recently come out and are looking to start your gay dating experience you may be nervous of where to go and how to meet someone in Reading. There are many single guys that are in the same position that use online dating as a way to meet people without having to go out hoping to find someone in a local gay bar or club. The great thing about a dating service is that you can use it to get to know someone from the comfort of behind a screen and chat and find out more about them before you even meet them. If you decide you would like to meet for a date in Reading then you can be more confident about that meeting. For others that have had previous gay relationships and want to meet someone for fun or the occasional hookups, online dating will introduce you to new local gay singles that are looking for the same as you.

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20+ BL Manhwa and Gay Webtoons

The list to top 20+ BL manhwa and gay webtoons includes all the varieties of this theme so that you can pick the best one for yourself.

NOTE: Some titles deal with dark themes and explicit content. Viewer’s Discretion Advised.

21. Painter of the Night

Painter of the Night is the latest addition to the list of BL Manhwa and Gay Webtoons. Currently, it is one of the most popular webtoons, and its beautiful art making it more popular day by day. It is a story of a young painter and kyum is a young painter who has skills to draw erotic images of men. After publishing a few collections under a pseudonym, he decides to quit such painting. Seungho is a young nobleman, who lustfully enjoys Na kyum’s painting, and now want him to be his private painter. However, the passing days changes their employee-employer relationship.

19. Innocent Sin

An innocent sin is a BL Manhwa where the main couple isn’t gay, but it still represents enough for boy love. All the characters are deeply written and presented. It has a very engaging story, artwork, and narration. Not to forget this webcomic contains heavy smut, yaoi, torture, ecchi, and mature stuff. Also, romance, relationships, and arts are the major part of this series.

The story starts when Nayeon and Noah accidentally met on the last train of the day. Nayeon was enjoying herself, considering she is alone. She then saw a reflection from the train’s window of a mystery man (Noah), who is on the same train. This man approaches her and offers his business card. She developed an interest in this man, and to see this handsome stranger once again, she takes his offer and arrives at a place called Peach Puff. The place Peach Puff was very bizarre. There she meets strangers, who all change her life.

15. Life Outside the Circle

Setup on the lives of two men who are living in the Finnish countryside. Even though throughout there were a lot of hardships and crisis the couple had to deal with it but, the story never got near the unnecessary drama. Hence, keeping it simple and heart-warming. The art style is a good mix of natural and bright pastel colors totally in sync with the webtoon. The webtoon nowhere fails to show how homophobic people are in our society. This webtoon powerfully portrays commitment and love toward family in general. The main story revolves around a bisexual father Juha, his daughter, and his lover Sami.

This gay webtoon perfectly portrays how it is like to be in a gay relationship and be a single father in a small and conservative village. The opening up and coming out part was extremely realistic. This story also focuses on the positive relationships that most BL manhwa fails to show. There were a few loopholes. One being the disappearance of a character who could have a very important role apart from that it has a well-focused storytelling.  A must read out of gay webtoons for a sweet romantic love story.

14. My Dictator Boyfriend

From comic gene here comes this webtoon which deals with gay pride at its base. Immanuel is the new leader well dictator in an actual sense of his nation. He directly inherited from his dad and apparently, his dad does not have many expectations from him. Immanuel gets his bodyguard Jean Jacques after some twisted events and is swayed by him. This gay comic follows the daily lives of this fiction world where cheese and ham are the topics of conflict. Immanuel is a pure guy down to his heart and it won’t take long for him and Jean Jacques to get together. The following plot though becomes even more interesting.

The comic in the starting might seem like it lacks references but after the first five chapters, things will start catching up. It does not have very serious vibes yet it successfully portrays a well-planned plot and even shoot you with feels once in a while. The art is subtle and good. Filled with excessive mustard usage over every dish like you will find this webtoon extremely satisfying. It includes no explicit scene as in general. Though you might feel that the artist loves to doodle butts as the chapters forward. Containing short chapters and characters of big heart this gay webtoon sure deserves a check.

13. The Croaking

What about a world with bird people? That’s exactly what The Croaking provides you with. Opposite to how usually BL manhwa and gay webtoons only focus on the romance between the main pair this webtoon has a very solid plotline apart from the character’s sexual preferences. Thank Icarus for this wonderful webtoon for existing (You know what I did there: Reference from the webtoon itself). The world does not have any loopholes. The setting is perfect for the story. This webtoon is in the story build-up stage yet is doing a great job in gripping control over the audience. Scra is a crow who just joined the most prestigious military academy named The Roost, unlike how it has ever happened in that world and he deals with lots of background secrets.

The chapters start with Scra and Ky, an osprey bonding in a heart-warming way. All of it suddenly disappear as Scra stopped visiting. Then we get introduced to The Roost facility where Ky and Scra are roommates. Things are not as peaceful as they seem so and it takes patience seeing Scra avoiding Ky with all his might. The main trio Scra, Ky and Ree need to get together to follow the leads of all the mysteries following their world. In case you are looking for a plot-driven story with strong and descriptive characters, this is the one gay comic you should pick. However, if you are looking for some action amongst the character than you might be a little disappointed. But Hey! A good distraction from the ordinary in any case.

12. Check, Please!

It is a really cute story about a boy named Eric Bittle, AKA Bitty who moves out of his southern home to go to college in the north. He is in the ice hockey team. Even though he is good at ice skating he lacks techniques when it comes to hockey along with ice. This story deals with a lot of heart-warming themes whilst still keeping the whole plot solidified and centered towards the things one should notice. When the story starts he is not out as a gay person. The character is so much more than charming and relatable. The names in the comic are otherworldly and hilarious, from Ransom to Shitty. The character growth is scattered throughout and is lovable.

The art style is very cute and there is also a hard copy version present of this gay webtoon. Even if it qualifies under the gay comics tag it talks about heterosexual relationships. Unlike usual gay webtoons, we see this one focuses more on other things rather than just the romance lining of the storyline. The inclination of the story is towards the western community though I promise you won’t enjoy it any less. A good revamp from the conventional gay comic we usually find. It acquired a lesser position because it is not exactly BL manhwa but IT IS WORTH EVERY SECOND!

10. It’s Not Love

A light-heated BL manhwa filled with comedy moments. It kick-starts with the main characters, Ganghyuk Choi and Joowon Kim going on with a one-night stand. They decide to keep it purely physical as both feel nothing towards each other. Though, where is the spice without emotions?

Both start having feelings for each other but no one wants to acknowledge them. Leading to many comedy moments. As the feelings gradually deepen things get a bit hard for both because they have to face their emotions to get together. The story talks about a 30-year-old man who falls in love for the very first time. The gradual process of dealing with their feelings is shown with a proper touch of simple and neat art style. This gay webtoon is a good option for first-time readers who do not want to explore the dark side of BL manhwa just yet.

09. Castle Swimmer

This webtoon deals with the purer aspect of gay webtoons and comics. The art style is descriptive and simple with not too much background dominance. It portrays the sea world where all the fish-people varieties have prophecies that will help them grow to success in one way or another. In the middle of all the prophecies, an important aspect is the Beacon, Kappa, a fish with shining scales. He is tied by all the prophecies. Since his birth, Kappa has been working ahead to fulfill them.

He enters the shark’s dungeon and is held captive. Their prophecy tells them to kill kappa so that they can escape the curse which causes frequent causalities. The shark prince is Siren (Yep! I find the name ironic). Siren must kill Kappa to fulfill the prophecy. The moment Siren sees him he gets entranced by his beauty. He must look for other ways to save kappa. With conspiracy going on from other clans and soft blushes throughout, it is a beautiful plot. This story will be a beautiful first time read for someone who is exploring gay webtoons and comics.

08. H&H Roman Company

It’s a short BL manhwa that knows how to deal with the explicit content with cuteness. Yeah! Go ahead and fall in love with this. Ginger is the main character in this romance, fantasy gay webtoon. The story is super interesting and comes as it goes with not much plot deepening. Heaven and Hell Roman Company is a company made by God to stop unemployment problems in heaven and hell. Humans are continuously developing and they no longer need the help of any of those two. Ginger is a shy boy who deals with bullying because he is an angel-demon hybrid. I still don’t know what’s wrong with people accepting. He only has one friend Rum; whom he is in love with. The point is for Ginger to confess his feelings and having the fear of losing his only friend.

The story is cute and has many side characters whose lives are as interesting as the main couple’s. bingo! Two gay couples. The sweetness of this whole comic especially lies in the art style and plotting which is beautifully done. It is a must-read. The explicit scenes are also very graceful and do not give you Ew moments so you might want to check it out.

06. The Baker On the First Floor

Sun Hwa is a BL comic artist and a hikikomori, someone who avoids social contact. One day as Sun Hwa steps out of his apartment due to his inescapable need for food he bumps into someone handsome and the stranger gets to know that he makes comics. Later Sun Hwa gets to know that the stranger is the baker who lives just down the floor, Moon Gong Ha. They both one day get drunk and end up having sex due to many leading incidents.

Later Gong Ha moves in with Sun Hwa due to certain reasons. Gong Ha’s story is simultaneously revealed and the plot grows deeper. Some secrets are gradually revealed with good usage of side characters in the story. The story sometimes might give you a bit of a whirlwind of feels at times. This gay manhwa does deal with certain deep themes and one can read it knowing for sure that it will be once in a lifetime type of reading.

05. Make Me Bark

This is a master-servant plotting taking absurd and comic turns. That doesn’t change the fact that it is one of the must-reads. Sungjoon lives in a cheap place that catches fire one day and that’s how the plot starts. He is homeless with apparently already enough difficulty in going through the expenses of living.

Being a part-timer and lacking time for almost everything he realizes he doesn’t even know anyone in the city who can help him. There is however one person, Lee Hyo-in a rich boy from school who is looking for a dog, cough – I mean roommate –  cough –  maybe. Sungjoon being Sungjoon and desperately take up this opportunity to survive. Then nothing is the same again. It is hilarious watching Sungjoon going through all the ups and downs when he simply wants to run away. Slowly feelings develop and things turn romantic. This is a cute and sweet gay comic – webtoon.

04. Blood Bank

Almost all lists are usually incomplete without talking about a single title involving vampires and humans. The exclusive title in the list of BL manhwa and gay webtoons is Blood Bank. Well, the vampire is the supreme race in this BL manhwa too(eye-wink). Shell is the son of a Blood Bank Lord and takes interest in a human banker named One. Blood banks are places where humans give love and a banker is a human who gives his blood to the bank.

After a bit of warming up of the plot, revolving around forbidden love things gets serious. The manhwa also works on new themes subsequently and the story becomes dark. The character development is quite on point especially that of One who first used to utterly hate Shell. The relationship between Shell and One also has some quirks which will be better if you check them out by yourself. As a whole, it is a good BL manhwa. It has both the dark and light side entailed in it. Making it a unique title and a part of Top 5 BL manhwa and gay webtoons.

03. Window to Window

A very sweet romance story of Ginu and Yubin. They are childhood friends who live in different buildings but adjacent apartments where they can communicate through the windows. The key feature and essence causing the name of this manhwa to form. Yubin is in love with Ginu since forever and Ginu is oblivious to all this. It gives a ride to a good cliché comedy concept of getting flustered without the other one knowing why. As the shell is supposed to be broken; one-day Ginu sees Yubin doing something not so innocent through his window. This causes Ginu to get curious and thus the story moves further. This BL manhwa is a sweet addition to BL manhwa and gay webtoons present in the list.

02. Wolf in The House

What better to fight the break-up blues from a decade long relationship other than having a new pet friend with you and continuing? Surely, that sounds perfect but for Minsuk, the protagonist of this story it gets to a little roller coaster ride. Minsuk ends the torment he has been facing in his 10 years old relationship by ending it. He decides to take in Bexan a Siberian husky as his pet friend. Though, Bexan is no ordinary dog. Every night Bexan turns into a human being. Minsuk gets to know about Bexan’s truth and he is casually drawn to him. The story is far from your usual plot theme that BL manhwa and gay webtoons promise. Humour, plot, characters, there is a lack of absolutely nothing in this BL manhwa.

How to be a Normal Person is the happiest gay love story I have ever read!

TJ Klune’s How to be a Normal Person is a gay, asexual romance, and it is the fluffiest, happiest gay romance I have ever read, while also feeling like it’s got depth and isn’t just surface-level like a lot of romances are. The characters are incredible, quirky, and hilarious, the romance is absolutely adorable, and the book just brought me the ultimate joy to read and listen to. This is my push to make everyone read this book, if you haven’t yet! For anyone who needs a pick me up or something to bring a bit more joy into your life, check this out. It is pure sunshine!

Bit of a weird request…

I just finished How To Be A Normal Person, and I wanted to read another book that has a gay main character who’s a stoner or atleast has alot of stoner friends/stoner love interest.

Its a pretty niche request but I liked the calm way people write stoners. I’d prefer if the book was a happy one (or atleast had a happy ending) as life is sad enough at the moment. (M|M romance is a plus but not essential).

I just made a subreddit for fans of TJ Klune!

I was surprised there was not already a subreddit to discuss books by TJ Klune, gay romance author (who recently made the NYT Bestsellers list with The House in the Cerulean Sea!), so I decided to make one. If you’re a fan, head over to r/Klunatics to join! If you’re not a fan, you’re missing out and you should definitely check him out! Hope to see you there 🙂

Strong Lesbian Leads

Looking for audio books or books with strong lesbian leads. My older children and I have read many books with gay protagonist and I love them getting to read and enjoy these characters. I have been having problems finding books with lesbian lead characters where being a lesbian isn’t the main struggle. The few books I have found with female leads portray the sexuality of the characters as always so ‚problematic‘. I just want to find books where they are lesbians, also they fight werewolves, or work in a library, or own a catering company. I am not picky about the genre just to show female characters who are lesbians and their sexuality and the difficulty surrounding it isn’t the main plot.

Edit to add; We absolutely love TJ Klune and have read most of his books.

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.

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Although not an exclusively gay venue, The Blagrave Arms is a gay-popular bar in Reading. There are no other gay bars in town. You can have a meal here and a civilised drink or you can pull a late one and party.

There’s a karaoke night on Thursday. It stays open later over weekends.

This is the place to come for a gay night out in Reading.

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