Gay literature?

stars and nothing's picture

Can anyone suggest any particular books or authors- fiction or nonfiction- that have helped you come to terms with your sexual identity, educated you about coming out, or helped you feel more connected? I'd really like to hear whatever suggestions you'd have.

unicornz's picture


well theres one book i liked its called : the no nonsense guide to sexuality or somethings like that. im not sure who the author is but they have a series thats pretty good like no nonsense guide to democracy n stuff...btw its candian.

Scruffy the Vampire Slayer's picture

just good books with a gay slant

I read a few books this year with gay characters and slants, Strange Boy by John Magr is not a "gay" novel in that at no point is the word actually mentioned but it tells the story of a "stange" 10 year old boy, and is effectively a novel about coming to terms with being different and your sexuality.
Another I read was The Shell House by Linda Newberry follows a guy in his later teens dealing with his new found sexuality and also ties into a gay relationship between 2 soldiers in world war 2. I don't want to spoil anymore but this is a fantastic book.
Another I recommend is Brothers by Ted Van Lieshout, it tells the story of an teenage boy who's younger brother is ill and dies, he reads his diary and begins to learn more about him, and they are both gay. It's a stunning read that is very emotional.
Bear in mind I live in Ireland, and got all these from my local library. They're all published by UK publishers. You can find them all on to see more. Whether any of them have been published in America is beyond me.
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eTgen's picture

Kirk Read

Kirk Read's How I learned to snap

Jeff of oasis-old I think ran a thing on him, perhaps if you look you can find it. Or just buy and read the book. very good.

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suffragettecity's picture


I would recommend Queer by William S. Burroughs. There's also Maurice by E.M. Forster, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay & Lesbian Youth, edited by Ann Heron.

Dragon's picture

I was just in the bookstore,

I was just in the bookstore, Barnes and Noble I think, or Borders and there was a series about a girl coming to terms with her sexuality, it looked really good and I have a word from a friend that it was excellent, I'm sorry I don't remember the title! Another is 'boy meets boy' which was also good, not increible, but good. Finding good lesbian books are so hard... *grr* lol I wish you luck and happy holidays!


alice's picture

you could try going to a gay bookshop (yes they exist)

or there's this book called stir fry but i can't remember who's it by about a girl who goes to uni and shares a flat with two lesbains. It may not seem like a good plot, but that's just cus i can't elaborate because it'll give it away. but it's a really good book andone of those that u really wants to know what happens next

I read it in one night.

hol's picture

Stir Fry is such a good boo

Stir Fry is such a good book, it's by Emma Donoghue. Actually, one of my all time favourite lesbian novels is Hood, also by Donoghue.

If Winterson is your flair, I'd suggest Written on the Body which, in my humble opinion, is one of her best works.

AND THIS IS FOR EVERYONE....YOU MUST READ Please Don't Kill the Freshman by Zoe Trope. You'll find this in the YA/teen section of the local bookstore/library, but this is one of the most fabulous books released of late. It was written by Zoe when she was fifteen, and is a series of her journal/diary entries for the last half of grade 9 and grade 10. She falls in love, a lot, and is truly a pomo sexual.

I love YA fiction, so if anyone wants a huge listing of great reads, let me know. I am always willing to share my resources.

transalex's picture


Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (THE classic lesbian romance novel)
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Transgender Warriors: From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg
GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary edited by Clare Howell, Riki Wilchins, and Joan Nestle

those are mine, anyway.

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Piccolo's picture

Jeanette Winterson

Oranges are not the Only Fruit. My copy is so well-worn, I bought it when I was about 13, and it's still my favourite novel. I also like Sandi Toksvig's Flying Under Bridges and Laura Adams' Tunnel of Light trilogy.


Lisane's picture


The Color Purple so happened to be a book about lesbians, although the movie doens't fully portray it.

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RoaG's picture

we should have a list posted

we should have a list posted on this site, because a thread like this always comes up every few months. plus, i keep forgetting the titles :). seriously, though... we should compile and list and put it under forum or something. remember how on the old site we had a place for art/poetry. we had more sections. anyway, if you have the time or something. and i'm sure you could pool help from us users.

Ramblings of a Girl

hol's picture

i second this motion and can

i second this motion and can contribute to this list.

RoaG's picture


"Am I Blue?" editted by Marion Bauer. That book is freakin awesome. For both genders about different aspects of being gay (it doesn't talking about the bi/trans issues, though), like realizing, coming out, dealing with family/religion, gay parents, etc. I love that book.

Ramblings of a Girl

absolute.glamour's picture

just one for now!

we should definetly start a booklist! maybe to post reviews too. i've got a whole long list of books i'm about to go read, i would love to write reviews and recommendations! though for now the only book i've read is the empress of the world, an adorable book about a girl falling in love for the first time, at a higher education camp of all places! i can't remember the author off the top of my head, but i'm sure if you look in the online library databases you'll find it with ease. as soon as i find the author again i'll post it.