Pride Among Booksellers

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In many ways, this June has been my first real Pride. Like many newer members of the community, the 2020 quarantine left me with too much time to think and I accidentally bucked compulsory heterosexuality. Since then I’ve stayed COVID-conscious, masking and avoiding large events. Coupled with my small hometown, these past few years have been devoid of Pride events. 

Until Children’s Institute.

It was an honor and a delight to spend my first real Pride surrounded by booksellers, publishers, authors, and coworkers who share my passions and values.

In the wake of all the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, I am constantly reminded that the first Pride was a riot. It has always been an act of resistance, a refusal to live as anything other than ourselves. And to me, the ability to find ourselves represented in books is a vital piece of that. It gives readers a glimpse of all the different ways there are to exist. And maybe they’ll find themselves along the way. 

To celebrate this Pride month, myself and other ABA team members have compiled a list of LGBTQIA2S+ titles that have been meaningful to us, helped us feel seen, or helped us discover ourselves.


Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin 

Meet Cute by Jocelyn Davies et al.

Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel by Bernardine Evaristo 

Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman

Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris 

Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt 

One's Company by Ashley Hutson

Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz Faggots by Larry Kramer 

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz 

Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 

Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White 

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson 

Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 

Refusing Compulsory Sexuality: A Black Asexual Lens on Our Sex-Obsessed Culture by Sherronda J. Brown 

The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village by Samuel R. Delany 

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi

Girlhood by Melissa Febos 

Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing, 1979 to the Present by E. Lynn Harris Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing, 1979 to the Present by E. Lynn Harris 

Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son by Richie Jackson 

In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado 

Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee 

Diving Into the Wreck: Poems 1971–1972 by Adrienne Rich 

And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal

Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration by David Wojnarowicz 

The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia YuknavitchThe Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch