5 Inspiring LGBTQ Literature You Definitely Need To Check Out

LGBTQ literature is a fast-growing genre, with an array of novels that are literary geniuses. Of course, you must be mixing quite a few books from the genre into your to-be-read pile notwithstanding what time of the year, but this month, LGBTQ books can be the perfect way to explore and understand the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ community.

On September 6, in a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of India toppled its previous stand on Section 377 and decriminalized LGBTQ sex. While several celebrated the landmark event, some found it hard to accept, with their restricted or lack of interaction with the LGBTQ community. Notwithstanding what your orientation is, if you want a deeper understanding, then here is a list of books to help you out. Whatever your interests are, be it poetry or prose, there’s a queer book out there for you.

  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (1982)

A ground-breaking piece of LGBTQ fiction of its time, this young adult work is about the touchingly realistic relationship between two teenaged ladies, Annie and Liza, who meet by chance in a New York museum. While Liza comes from a middle-class background and attends an Independent School threatened with closure, Annie lives in a rough neighborhood, and uses music and stories as her escape mechanisms. Both face intense initial conflicts regarding their feelings for the other, but in time the pair try to accept and admit their love in a world jam-packed with hate.

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  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (2014)

This young adult novel is told from the perspective of AIDS victims from a time before the disease was understood. The narrative is basically the collective voice of the initial victims, most of whom were homosexual men [AIDS had been known as Gay-Related Immune Deficiency (GRID) for a period of time]. The technique of storytelling used by the author might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but once you get accustomed to it, Two Boys Kissing is an absolutely beautiful choice.

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  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (2019)

It’s not easy to weave poetry into prose, as poetry continually tends to be condensed, more deep and indirect, as compared to the lucidity of prose. Ocean Vuong, by writing his debut work in the style of a letter, manages to deftly develop a particular poetic prose vogue, and overcome this literary difficulty. Apart from the amazing linguistic experience, the novel delves into the broken lives of post-war immigrants, sexual practices, the transitory nature of existence, drug addictions, and the tender bonds that makes and scars the identity of a person.

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  • The Hours by Micheal Cunningham (1998)

Astonishing and breathtaking, the psychological drama makes you go deeper into your own life. The narrative gets you hooked, and by the time it ends, you feel torn between fantasy/mystery and truth. The Hours unfolds a distinct perception regarding death and loneliness. Michael Cunningham manages to make you not just read, but live the tale as well.

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  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (2007)

This romance novel will make you cry and smile at the same time. Call Me By Your Name is devastating in its portrayal of first love. The entire story is narrated from Elio’s perspective – his thoughts, his wishes, his emotions – and it’s simply exceptional. The emotions feel natural and relatable no matter your orientation. It gets sadder and sadder as the book progresses and is heartbreaking by the end. It’s a must read.  

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So, these are my top five Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) literature – heart-catching, spellbinding, and staggeringly lovely. These works of fiction challenge readers to explore a world that questions their stereotypical notions of sexuality and gender identity and expression, and give them a chance to know what lies beyond 🙂

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