42 New Books to Read this Pride Month

Posted by Cybil on June 1, 2020


This June, as we observe LGBTQ Pride—the annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities—we wanted to put a spotlight on 42 new books, all published so far this year, for your Pride reading lists!

These titles represent a myriad of experiences across genres and are categorized by fiction & poetry and nonfiction. We hope you discover amazing stories to celebrate this month and beyond.

Take a look at the books below and then add your own recommendations in the comments!

Fiction & Poetry 

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Which LGBTQ book would you recommend this Pride Month? Tell us in the comments!

Check out more recent articles:
Celebrate Pride Month with 12 Great Queer Romances
Meet the Authors of June's Best Queer Young Adult Fiction
June's Most Anticipated New Books

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message 1: by Alina (new)

Alina Petrican Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Looks like you definitely don't. Some other people might. Since it's not mandatory to go through the list and follow any of the suggestions, I guess you could just apply the very simple, common-sense rule of "everybody should just read whatever they please"? As in, you know, what other people read can in no way inconvenience you? Be kind is all...


message 2: by Rose (new)

Rose Bennett Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Your ignorance is showing. You should look to that.


Ⓟⓔⓐⓒⓗⓨ Ⓚⓔⓔⓝ Ⓡⓔⓐⓓⓢ I've been oddly interested in Cleanness lately. Sounds interesting.


message 4: by Anaya (new)

Anaya Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Frankly, that analogy is weak considering no one has ever faced discrimination because of whether or not they have jade curtains. The LGBTQ+ community has gone through so much and deserve to be proud of who they are. If you really want a month for jade curtains you're welcome to celebrate it, just don't come after communities that have suffered enough as it is.


Sarah⭐ The Ultimate Book Hoarder Great list! Just some nitpicks, in the future, could you separate novels and poetry? I never read poetry so I usually skip right past it.


message 6: by Mark (new)

Mark The Order of Nature, a novel by Josh Scheinert. Set in the Gambia, where it is illegal to be gay, the book portrays the struggles of two young men in love, when their love is a crime.


message 7: by Isabella (new)

Isabella Carry On (Simon Snow, #1) by Rainbow Rowell
It is probably not as heartfelt - well it is - as some of the other books listed but Carry On is a fantastic book with self discovery, adventure and romance.


message 8: by Jess (new)

Jess I was about to recommend Carry On then saw someone else had done! Totally agree, if I'd had that book to read as a teenager I would have died from happiness. A wonderful story!


message 9: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker I would add 'Hood' by Emma Donohue. A hearfelt book about berievement when the berieved person (and the one she is grieving) is gay, in a time and place where it is not easy to be 'out'. Donohue is, in the opinion of this straight guy, one of the best gay writers.


message 10: by Bill (new)

Bill Chamberlain There are so many good ones out these days --some by gay and some by non-gay writers. Just a few:

Lot by Bryan Washington
Lie with Me by Philippe Besson
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra (YA)
The Heart's Invisible Furies (John Boyne)
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Mackenzi Lee (YA)
For fun--The Will and Patrick series by Blake and Griffiths--wittier dialogue and more charming MCs than your usual MM romance
And an "oldie" but just one of those books everyone has to read: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel


message 11: by Bill (new)

Bill Chamberlain Thank you for the reminder that fear and ignorance are alive and well--not that we need more reminders in these terrible times. But why would you post this comment on a blog about books? Feel free to attack the books but please do not attack people--you have plenty of other forums for that.


message 12: by Skilar (new)

Skilar Cullen Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


For the same reason people of color have Black History Month. They deserve it!


message 13: by Josslyn (new)

Josslyn Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Have you ever been oppressed for having jade curtains?


message 14: by Hazel Bee (new)

Hazel Bee Well my TBR list just got even longer.


message 15: by Lucie (new)

Lucie Donaldson Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


ugh shut up


message 16: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Well, if you want sure; go ahead and do it. But as to "who" many apparently. I don't see any need though myself, but that's just me.


message 17: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Stoeckel Any Alia Hess (cosy dystopian)readers? How about K C Luck(Billionaire Lesbian Club)? Katherine Bogle(clockwork Thief series)? Megan Kruse(Call Me Home)?


message 18: by Amy Shearer (new)

Amy Shearer Fiebre Tropical was good! Samantha Irby owes me so much wine because of how many times I spit it out while listening to her audiobook.


message 19: by José (new)

José Monserrat Vicent Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Shut the fuck up


message 20: by Ryan (last edited Jun 11, 2020 02:45AM) (new)

Ryan "Shut the fuck up"

Now now, such manners aren't necessary.


message 21: by Iset (new)

Iset Ryan wrote: "Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"

Well, if you want sure; go ahead and do it. But as to "who" many apparently. I don't see any need though mys..."


Ryan, why do you feel you as an individual don't have any need to participate in Pride Month? Or are you saying that there's no need for anyone to mark this month?


message 22: by Ryan (last edited Jun 11, 2020 05:01AM) (new)

Ryan Iset wrote: "Ryan wrote: "Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"

Well, if you want sure; go ahead and do it. But as to "who" many apparently. I don't see any ne..."


Well, for the first question; it's simple - I don't see any need to devout or mark a month, either in part or in whole, to my sexual attractions. Nor do I see any point as a whole, to set any amount of time to such a minor facet in the path of life. To me, it is a secondary concern to the overall picture. So what if I'm more homosexually inclined? I don't really see a need to concern about it all that much. Though, this is not to say, I neglect it altogether, but there are better things to put more up front and centre.

As to whether I think people shouldn't celebrate it at all or there's no need; whilst I may think there isn't for myself; I could honestly care less about whether you do it or not. If it's your thing, go ahead and be my guest; I won't go after you for it. Just don't expect me to partake in it, otherwise I'd imagine you'll be rather disappointed.


message 23: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Paul Mendez's RAINBOW MILK was published this year. I'm just gonna let Booker-winner Bernadine Evaristo sum it up:

"When did you last read a novel about a young, black, gay, Jehovah Witness man from Wolverhampton who flees his community to make his way in London as a prostitute?"


message 24: by Laifalath (new)

Laifalath José wrote: "Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"

Shut the fuck up"


Shut the fuck up


message 25: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Hannah wrote: "Paul Mendez's RAINBOW MILK was published this year. I'm just gonna let Booker-winner Bernadine Evaristo sum it up:

"When did you last read a novel about a young, black, gay, Jehovah Witness man fr..."


Never have read such a novel. And honestly...it doesn't sound one I'd want to read.


message 26: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Are any of these book bi positive, because I'm tired of us bi people being treated like greedy interlopers.


message 27: by Juliana (new)

Juliana halpin Hi! One book that I would recommend and add to the list would be The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai!


message 28: by Jean (new)

Jean Watkins Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


How can you read books and still be this ignorant?


message 29: by Teddie (new)

Teddie Strongly agree!


message 30: by Teddie (new)

Teddie Juliana wrote: "Hi! One book that I would recommend and add to the list would be The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai!"

Strongly agree. It's so good!


message 31: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Lexie wrote: The people who fought for their rights deserve it, did you fight for those jade curtains, do people hate you because you have jade curtains, are you fighting...&c"

I still don't see how a month is needed to celebrate being of the individual. If one is of the individual, every day is a celebration. It does not need a set month, or week, or day - it is every moment of existence. So why have a month to it? Especially if where you live is more of a friendly or neutral nature to such matters. Now, if it's not quite so, say for in Poland for example, where I hear things are a bit conflicted on the subject presently, celebrating it then perhaps, would likely be a valid thing to do. Though, I still would not put a whole to it regardless.


message 32: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the covers of...well, all of these books are sooo goooood! I want to read pretty much all of these.


message 33: by August (new)

August Neely Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


When you get told that you're going to Hell, or people explain in vivid detail how you deserve to die because you have jade curtains, maybe we'll consider. When you get kicked out of your house, disowned by your parents and beaten in the hallway at school because you have jade curtains, perhaps we'll think about giving you a month too. When people with jade curtains have been systematically oppressed for decades, maybe they'll get a celebration too.


message 34: by Jay (new)

Jay Looks like an interesting spread! (Also, props for saying LGBTQ and not just q* as a blanket term -- it hurts like hell to see the slur get thrown around to the whole community whether they want it or not, esp by cishets, and it's nice to see book lists for everyone.)


message 35: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Jay wrote: "Looks like an interesting spread! (Also, props for saying LGBTQ and not just q* as a blanket term -- it hurts like hell to see the slur get thrown around to the whole community whether they want it..."

Well, it's a hell of a lot better compared to some others. So I really don't see how queer is a bad term.


message 36: by Michael (new)

Michael Juliet wrote: "Are any of these book bi positive, because I'm tired of us bi people being treated like greedy interlopers."
Juliet, I've just published a long novel (a sequel) featuring one of the main characters who is bi. He doesn't engage in M/F sex within the context or time period covered in the book, but he alludes to it in the past. There is the suggestion to the reader that he is bi, even as he engages in M/M sex.
I hear you about the negativity directed toward some in the bi community, and it has to improve.


message 37: by Caesar (new)

Caesar nothing wrong adding more Queer books to my bookshelf :D thanks Goodreads


message 38: by Grace (new)

Grace Ryan wrote: "Jay wrote: "Looks like an interesting spread! (Also, props for saying LGBTQ and not just q* as a blanket term -- it hurts like hell to see the slur get thrown around to the whole community whether ..."

So you are uninterested in pride month and think it's unnecessary, yet keep returning to "42 New Books to Read this Pride Month" to argue with commenters. If you think that the majority of LGBT+ people live in a "friendly" or "neutral" area, then I really urge you to read some of the books on this list. Homophobia and transphobia are alive and well. You know what isn't? Heterophobia. You absolutely reserve the right to decide whether or not your sexuality should be celebrated. It is not up to you to decide what others think is appropriate to celebrate in order to make themselves feel more accepted within a community. You are going out of your way to argue with individuals about topics ranging from what they should find offensive to what they should bother celebrating.

There is a time and a place for everything. This is neither the time nor the place.


message 39: by Walker (new)

Walker James Edward wrote: "who needs a month of gay ?
do i get a month cos Ive got jade curtains ?"


Did the people meant to protect and love you send you to conversion therapy because you had jade curtains while all your friends, who also had jade curtains, slowly died of an easily preventable illness that the President would not even speak the name of?


message 40: by Kalaya Thompson (new)

Kalaya Thompson Hi I'm new


message 41: by Evie (new)

Evie I love "I Wish You All the Best" by Mason Deaver and "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan. "Drum Roll, Please" by Lisa Jenn Bigelow and "Starcrossed" by Barbara Dee are well written middle-grade LGBTQ+ books. Any age group can enjoy those books, of course.


message 42: by Iset (new)

Iset Ryan wrote: "Well, for the first question; it's simple - I don't see any need to devout or mark a month, either in part or in whole, to my sexual attractions. Nor do I see any point as a whole, to set any amount of time to such a minor facet in the path of life. To me, it is a secondary concern to the overall picture. So what if I'm more homosexually inclined? I don't really see a need to concern about it all that much. Though, this is not to say, I neglect it altogether, but there are better things to put more up front and centre.

As to whether I think people shouldn't celebrate it at all or there's no need; whilst I may think there isn't for myself; I could honestly care less about whether you do it or not. If it's your thing, go ahead and be my guest; I won't go after you for it. Just don't expect me to partake in it, otherwise I'd imagine you'll be rather disappointed."


No, I don't expect you to partake in it; your reasons seem personal to you and you're free to do whatever you want. Not that you need anyone else to tell you that.

I just wanted to provide a different perspective. I think there is a good point to having Pride Month. Maybe where you live and where I live things are pretty peaceful, maybe even positive when it comes to attitudes about LGBTQ+ people. But that's not the case the world over. I think the key to changing attitudes and stopping prejudice is to take away fear of the unknown and educate, and to demonstrate that LGBTQ+ is accepted and celebrated. Even though I could easily say "well, I'm not part of the community so it's nothing to do with me, I'm not going to participate in this". The way I see it the fact that I was born cis-gendered and heterosexual was just random chance, and if I hadn't been it could so easily have been me on the receiving end of vitriol and hate. I think that no one should be discriminated against for something out of their control, and consider that I have a responsibility to stand up for that principle too, so that's why I think the month has a purpose and I choose to partake.


message 43: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Jay wrote: "Looks like an interesting spread! (Also, props for saying LGBTQ and not just q* as a blanket term -- it hurts like hell to see the slur get thrown around to the whole community whether they want it..."

Did you have to be queerphobic? When we queers talk about our community we only include those who identify as queer, which obviously isn't the whole LGBT+ community. Unlike all those pedants who insist on utilizing gay to describe the whole community even though a lot of us aren't gay (aka. an MLM who is exclusively attracted romantically, sexually, or both to men).


message 44: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Sarah Glenn Marsh's "Reign of the Fallen" Duology has a mixed race bisexual female protagonist, with supporting MLM, and WLW characters.


message 45: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Iset wrote: "Ryan wrote: "Well, for the first question; it's simple - I don't see any need to devout or mark a month, either in part or in whole, to my sexual attractions. Nor do I see any point as a whole, to ..."

Fair.


message 46: by Michael (new)

Michael You're all making very good points. In fact, I have personally experienced homophobic slurs and hatred, even though I live in California, and my main character in the two novels also experiences it. He deals with negative comments and cruel actions from family members and especially from one of the supporting characters in the books. These kinds of things are still going on, sadly, and I tried to write the situations and the main character's experiences as accurately as possible.


message 47: by Strawberry (new)

Strawberry I would recommend Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! Great representation there!


message 48: by Dawit (new)

Dawit Mekonnen I can't read books which l said l wanted to read. What shall l do?


message 49: by Lone (last edited Jun 13, 2020 11:20AM) (new)

Lone Voyager An Intricate Enigma: Chapter One

Check this one out for beautiful gay romance...a 7-page Single-Chapter Release


message 50: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Jasmie wrote: "hello everyone, if you are suffering for herpes virus i advice you contact dr aziza for cure,I suffered for hsv 2 for four years and six months before i came in contact with this doctor, he prepare..."

No.


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