Pride Month: Be Inspired By These LGBTQ+ Black Authors!

Skip scrolling through social media and get lost in a good book.

There's nothing like a good social media scroll, but as much as we love looking at our feeds deep down inside, we know it isn't always best for us. Reading a good book is a great way to take a break from our phones and lives and tap into a new experience. We can learn so much from a good book, like self-care tips, real-life stories, how-to's, and fictional stories that help us take a break from our own. However, just like it's essential to read a good book, it's also important to read books by writers that look like us. That understands us. In honor of supporting Black writers, here are a few Black LGBTQ+ writers to check out.

George Johnson

George Johnson is a writer and activist passionate about telling the stories of Black LGBTQ+ men. He has published two books: "All Boys Aren't Blue," and "We Are Not Broken." His first book, "All Boys Aren't Blue," is a series of personal essays as he explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. "We Are Broken" is a tale that captures the unique experience of growing up as a Black boy in America.

Samantha Irby

Comedian and writer Samantha Irby is a beloved author whose stories have touched the hearts of many LGBTQ readers. Her book, "Quietly Hostile," is a New York Times best seller praised for its wildly funny essays about Samantha's encounters. The pieces are described as funny, heartfelt, awkward, and relatable. "Quietly Hostile" can be purchased on Amazon.

Julian Winters

"Running With Lions" is an award-winning story by Julian Winters. The story focuses on Sebastian, a senior in high school who couldn't have had a better experience. He's part of the football team, loves his teammates, and his coach embraces everyone expressing their sexuality. However, everything changes when Sebestians ex-best friend shows up at training summer campy—leaving the football team's fate in the hand of someone who hates him. Julian's book is described as a "light summer read," according to Roger Reads.

Ryan Douglas

Ryan Douglas, known for "The Taking Of Ryan Livingston," is a New York Times best seller. Initially a freelance writer from Atlanta, his work has appeared in Huff Post, LGBTQ Nation, and the National Council Of Teachers For English. His book, "Taking Ryan Livingston," is about a boy who can see ghosts and begins to see the spirit of a local school shooter. The horrifying tale also talks about black queer trauma and microaggressions. This book is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an LGBTQ writer whose books focus on children and adolescents. She's published several books like Brown Girl Dreaming, The Day You Begin, and Harbor Me. Her most famous book Red At The Bone deals with teenage pregnancy and how it impacts a family generationally. The powerful novel was released in 2019 and has since captured the eyes of thousands of readers. "A spectacular novel only this legend can pull off!" was a review written by the Atlantic. You go, girl!

Junauda Petra

Creative activist, pleasure activist, writer, and playwright, this multi-hyphenated woman stays on the go; amazingly, she has time to write incredible books. Junauda Petra is known for her book "The Stars And The Blackness," a story about two Black girls from very different backgrounds navigating love and happiness. Petra does an incredible job of capturing the individual voices of each character and painting their experiences for a seamless read. The Stars And The Blackness is powerful for all ages, making readers want more from Petra.

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