June marks the beginning of pride season here in Michigan. I am lucky to enjoy a generally welcoming atmosphere in my small city. I see rainbow colored dresses in shop windows, pride flags hanging in stores and on residential homes, and we even had a “Pride Night” with lot of fun activities for everyone in the bustling downtown area.
These festivities went off without incident, unlike a few other Pride events. Some of these other events have been disrupted or canceled completely due to organized threats from right-wing and/or religious groups. It’s all been rather alarming to read about and I’m grateful to live in a community that is more tolerant.
Some religious leaders here in the USA asked the congregation to check out LGBTQ+ materials from the public library to keep the materials out of the hands of the public. It’s a silly strategy as it just drives demand for the materials. Education, discussion, and tolerance are always more effective than tactics like this.
So with that, here are some of my favorite recommendations for LGBTQ+ reading:
- Don’t Cry for Me by Daniel Black – also, don’t miss the author interview recorded by the Book and Author Society
- The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nigh Vo – another author interview from the Book and Author Society is available and you’ll definitely enjoy it!
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- The Guncle by Steven Rowley