10 Must-Read Books Celebrating the Black LGBT Community
Commemorate LGBT Pride Month 2015 with these classics.
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In honor of Pride Month, we've rounded up a diverse collection of novels, memoirs and more penned by Black LGBT writers to recognize the major impact the community has had in the literary world and beyond.
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B-Boy Blues (A B-Boy Blues Novel #1) by James Earl Hardy - If you're seeking an unapologetic love story centered, then check out James Earl Hardy's debut novel. Published in 1994, B-Boy Blues follows the lives of Black gay men in New York City, offering a humorous, sexy and authentic look at different segments of the community: banjee boys, rough trade, homophobic violence and more. (Photo: Alyson Books)
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The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir by Staceyann Chin - Jamaican performance artist Staceyann Chin discusses issues of race and sexuality in her brave and fiercely candid memoir. Included in the tender collection of unsettling memories she reveals are her coming out as a lesbian and finding the man she believes to be her father. (Photo: Scribner)
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The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez - In The Gilda Stories, author Jewelle Gomez reframes the traditional vampire mythology through a lesbian feminist lens. Over a 200-year period spanning from 1850 to 2050, protagonist Gilda witnesses the evils of slavery and racism in North and South America as she struggles to fit into various communities. Fans of Octavia Butler's work would definitely approve! (Photo: Firebrand Books)
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Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic (New Black Studies Series) by David A. Gerstner - If you're a big non-fiction fan, then make sure to add Queer Pollen to your summer reading list. The award-winning book explores the unique ways in which three notable twentieth century artists — painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, author James Baldwin and filmmaker Marlon Riggs — used various media to digest their experiences living as queer Black men. (Photo: University of Illinois Press)