Must reads for LGBT History Month

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  • Feb

To celebrate LGBT History Month 2017 Islington Library and Heritage Service has teamed up with Gay’s the Word bookshop to promote the best in new LGBT writing. They have compiled a booklist that focuses on recent publications and reprints across the wide LGBT experience, from the esoteric to the pulp. Gay’s the Word became the UK’s first gay bookshop when it was established in 1979, and this year will celebrate its 38th birthday.

Here are some of the books included in the list.
Check out the full LGBT booklist here

This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson (2014)
A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious – for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality.

Black and Gay in the UK – An Anthology by John R. Gordon & Rikki Beadle-Blair (Eds) (2014)
A ground-breaking, provocative and diverse anthology of writing about black gay men’s lives in the UK – essays, activist memoirs, (auto)biographies, poems and fiction.

Out at the Movies: a History of Gay Cinema by Steven Paul Davies (2008)
Looking back, decade by decade, at the history of gay cinema, celebrating the films which have defined the genre. Indie films, the avant-garde, sex on screen, bad guys, lesbian lovers, transgender films, camp comedies, musicals and gay rom-coms.

Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (2013)
Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, this book is a powerful and widely acclaimed young adult coming-of-age novel.

Guapa by Saleem Haddad (2016)
A Middle-Eastern capital caught in the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring. A day in the life of a young man disillusioned with both East and West and struggling to find a place for himself in a society ruled by hypocrisy and contradictions.

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler (2016)
A brave, honest and vital coming-out story that follows one girl’s exploration of love, identity and sexuality.


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