June is all about centering and celebrating the stories of the LGBTQ+ community. A wonderful way you can partake in this celebration of love is through reading! Enjoy this curated a list of our favorite authors, books, and characters that bring attention to the LGBTQ+ experience through literature. Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, you’ll be sure to enjoy these bookish recommendations during Pride month and long after.
Dean Atta: Atta is an author from the UK whose work frequently discusses themes of gender, race, identity, and growing up. He has been listed by The Independent newspaper as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in the UK. His most recent work, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Award, which is an award that recognizes works with "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience" in the U.S.
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Malinda Lo: Lo is a critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels. Her debut novel, Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. In 2006, ahe was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
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Meredith Russo: Russo is an award-winning author and LGTQ+ activist. Her award-winning debut novel, If I Was Your Girl, won the Stonewall Award and honors for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award. Her work has covered a variety of topics from nonfiction, to dystopian cyberpunk, to the stories of transgender women.
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George M. Johnson: Johnson is an award-winning journalist, author, and LGBTQ activist from New York. Their work covers themes of gender, sex, race, and culture. Johnson is well known for their YA memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, which features stories from their life growing up as a queer Black teen.
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Aliette de Bodard: de Bodard is a fantasy & science fiction author from France. She is a three-time winner of the Nebula Award, which recognizes the best works of science fiction & fantasy. She is well-known for her sapphic romantic fantasy Fireheart Tiger and Hugo-award nominated series The Universe of Xuya.
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Kacen Callender: Calendar is the bestselling author of novels for children, young adults, and adults, including Felix Ever After and King and the Dragonflies. Their debut novel Hurricane Child, received the Stonewall Book Award in 2019.
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Nic Stone: Stone is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Since she grew up with a diverse range of backgrounds, religions, and cultures, Stone brings the influences alive in her work. Her work Dear Martin was awarded the William C. Morris Debut YA Award in 2018.
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L.C. Rosen: Rosen writes books for people of all ages and his work is frequently featured on “Best of the Year” lists, including that of Forbes, Elle, and The Today Show. His most recent work Camp is a Lambda finalist and an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten.
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CB Lee: Lee is a writer of young adult science fiction and was nominated for a Lambda award. Her work frequently features stories centered around queer teens, magic, and superheroes. She is best known for her series Sidekick Squad.
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Abdi Nazemian: Nazemian is an Iranian-American author, producer, and screenwriter. His novel The Walk In Closet, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. He was a producer on several films including Call Me By Your Name and Little Woods.
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Akwaeke Emezi: Emezi is a a writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Their debut autobiographical novel Freshwater, won the 2019 Otherwise Award, and they were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader.
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