LGBTQIA & Beyond

This is the first time that I’m actually planning putting some effort into my 2019 reading list. Normally, for normal people, like my normal self, we’d read whatever we feel like and then pile it on our read list. Book on bad romance, check. Book on NAVY SEAL rescue dogs, check. Book on poor little rich men, check. That’s three books read.

This year alone (I’m writing this page in October, 2018), I’ve read two books on Trump and I just couldn’t anymore (Michael Wolff and Katy Tur, respectively). I think it’s because it’s Trump? Or that the contents are all similar? Who knows. Other reads came as surprises, such as via Kindle or Goodreads recommendations (algorithms, dammit), or ones that I had to read because I’ve been following the subjects, such as Elizabeth Holmes (Bad Blood by John Carreyrou), and Nadia Murad (The Last Girl).

For 2019, I’d like to read more on the LGBTQIA community. I’m a secret admirer of so many of them, yet I haven’t read enough of them (I’m still working on my read list).

I took the liberty to post a question on a Facebook reading group asking for suggestions, and here’s a list of them. I won’t be linking them to any sites, so you’re free to Google them and let it take you to your intended seller/reviewers.

Here are the collective wisdom from fellow readers who took the time and patience to share their recommendations with me. I’ve categorized them into fiction/nonfiction, and if you spot an error (type, author), please get in touch with me so that I can rectify it:


  1. The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard [read]
  2. Bettyville by George Hodgman
  3. Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt [read]
  4. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette
  5. I’m Still Working On It by Kevin Zalinsky [read]
  6. Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette
  7. Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS by Elton John
  8. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
  9. Dog Years by Mark Doty
  10. I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  11. She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan [read]
  12. Whatever…Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello
  13. And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
  14. Name All the Animals by Allison Smith
  15. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl by John Colapinto
  16. Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender by Kristin Beck
  17. Wolf Girls at Vassar: Lesbian and Gay Experiences 1930-1990
  18. Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
  19. PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality
  20. Sister and Brother: Lesbians and Gay Men Write about Their Lives Together by Joan Nestle
  21. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Kindle & comiXology by Alison Bechdel (also author of long-running strip “Dykes To Watch Out For”)
  22. Born Both: An Intersex Life by Hida Viloria
  23. Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen
  24. A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández
  25. Prairie Silence: A Memoir by Melanie M. Hoffert
  26. Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer by Chely Wright
  27. Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir by Terry Galloway
  28. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney
  29. Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
  30. Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women by Leila J. Rupp
  31. Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past by Martin Duberman
  32. Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg
  33. Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades by Catherine Smith
  34. Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir by Mark Doty
  35. Slaves to the Rhythm by Terry Connell
  36. Geography of the Heart: A Memoir by Fenton Johnson
  37. Going Gay: My Journey From Evangelical Christian Minister to Self-acceptance, Love, Life, and Meaning by Tim Rymel
  38. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater [read]
  39. Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia


  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  2. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  3. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  4. Someone shared, anything by David Sedaris
  5. Someone said, literally, “For Victorian Lovecraftian Mystery Jordan Hawk and CJ Charles” – I don’t get it but some of you might so I’ll just include it anyway
  6. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  7. A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
  8. The Dangerous Art of Blending In by by Angelo Surmelis
  9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  10. Call Me By Your Name by on André Aciman
  11. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  12. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  13. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  14. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
    Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  15. Six of One/Bingo-Brown
  16. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  17. Love Cake by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  18. Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue by Leslie Feinberg
  19. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  20. The Perfect Family by Kathryn Shay
  21. When We Rise by Cleve Jones
  22. Godspeed by Lynn Breedlove
  23. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  24. Middlesex by Euginedes
  25. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  26. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  27. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  28. Unwelcome by Michael Griffo
  29. Queer Virtue by Elizabeth M. Edman
  30. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  31. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  32. Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
  33. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren


Someone amazing shared the following as part of the community’s history, but not without leaving a note, which reads

I will give you warning that these lean more towards the ladies’ side of history/experience, because I’m a lesbian and these are the stories I lean towards and connect with, but there’s some variety!

  1. Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women by Leila J. Rupp
  2. Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past by Martin Duberman
  3. Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg
  4. Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades by Catherine Smith
  5. Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance by A. B. Christa Schwarz
  6. The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood by Diana McLellan
  7. Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and lesbian Movement
  8. Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism

Other (links)

Last but not least, I need to point out that these are 100% or largely Western narratives. I am on the hunt for Asian LGBTQIA reads. Please send them my way should you come across it!