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  • The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs the United States of America, by Eric Cervini, 2020
    The history of Frank Kameny’s tenacious and courageous battle with the federal government to secure respect, dignity and equality for gays and lesbians.
  • The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World, by Mason Funk, 2019
    “…captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen.”
  • What is the Grass, Mark Doty
    Doty’s memoir is not only an exaltation of America’s troubadour (Walt Whitman), but also a celebration of gay manhood, queerness, and the power and elasticity of poetry.
  • Becoming Nicole: The Inspiring Story of Transgender Actor-activist Nicole Maines and Her Extraordinary Family, Amy Ellis Nutt.
  • The Deviant’s War, The Homosexual vs. the United States of America, Eric Cervini
    An account of a scientist turned gay rights activist and the movement he helped to found.
  • The Absolutist, John Boyne
    “A moving and deeply felt tribute to a love that dared to speak its name once—or maybe twice—and then forever held its tongue. We suffer in silence, we love in silence, and we regret and learn to live our unlived lives in silence as well.”
    —André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name
  • Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to be different, by Lisa Selin Davis, Hachette Go Press, 2020
    “[A] thorough and engrossing investigation… Davis’s persuasive and deeply personal argument for moving beyond the gender binary will resonate with those curious about child rearing free of normative expectations.”
    ―Publishers Weekly
  • The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. G.P Putnam’s Sons, 2021
    “[A] scintillating portrait of Black queerness and a bleak account of slavery in the antebellum South, captured in Jones’ lyrical yet incisive prose.” –TIME
  • Gay Bar, by Jeremy Atherton Lin, Little. Brown and Co., 2021
    “A beautiful, lyrical memoir…Atherton Lin has a five-octave, Mariah Carey-esque range for discussing gay sex.”
    ―New York Times Book Review
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir Manifesto by George M. Johnson
    In a series of personal essays, this memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. Amazon Best Book of the Year. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 2020

  • Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green
    Celadon, 2021
    Restoring dignity and detail to the lives of four gay men murdered in the 1990’s by a serial killer who chose gay men as his victims, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis and widespread homophobia.

  • The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage by Sasha Issenberg
    Pantheon, June 1, 2021
    The riveting story of the conflict over same-sex marriage in the US – the most significant civil rights breakthrough of the new millennium.

  • Unprotected by Billy Porter, Abrams Publishers, October 2021
    From the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing

  • When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan…. is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history―a great forgetting.
    St. Martin’s Press, March 2019