Queer Black Voices

The 1969 Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in America, and was largely started and led by queer Black men and women. But queer Black Americans still live at the intersection of racism, homophobia, and transphobia, and face the most risk and discrimination within the LGBTQIA+ community. These stories aim to highlight some of the many inequalities faced by queer Black folks, while simultaneously acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of the queer Black experience.

Black Boy Out of Time

An eloquent, restless, and enlightening memoir by one of the most thought-provoking journalists today about growing up Black and queer in America, reuniting with the past, and coming of age their own way....

Honey Girl

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, 28-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know...until she does exactly that....

The Prophets

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence....

Rainbow Milk

An essential and revelatory coming-of-age narrative from a thrilling new voice, Rainbow Milk follows 19-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of his Jehovah's Witness upbringing....

No Ashes in the Fire

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave memoir. When Darnell Moore was 14, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teen who not only survived, but found his calling....

Don't Call Us Dead

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police....

Unapologetic

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist....

You Should See Me in a Crown

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small Midwestern town. But it’s okay - Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor....

Redefining Realness

Narrated by the author herself, Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness is meant to be heard. In the memoir, Mock, a transgender activist, details her progression from coming out as gay to coming out later in life as transgender. What makes the book so powerful is that Mock’s story and path, while unique, is universally empowering. In an era when gay rights are advancing, it’s all the more important to listen to the stories and voices that remain on the fringe, notably within the LGBTQ community itself, across racial and gender identities.

Giovanni's Room

In this classic novel by literary great James Baldwin, David is a young American man living in Paris whose girlfriend has just left for Spain, where she plans to contemplate whether or not she wants to marry him. Meanwhile, David takes up an affair with an Italian man named Giovanni, and must reckon with his attraction to both sexes and his personal history while navigating his own desires and his family’s expectations for him. Giovanni's Room is a classic LGBTQIA+ novel, with a sensitive performance by narrator Dan Butler.

Freshwater

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side"....

All Boys Aren't Blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia....

Native Country of the Heart

Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherrie Moraga's love letter to her "unlettered" mother. It begins with her mother, Elvira Isabel Moraga, who as a child, along with her siblings, was hired out by her own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley....

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South....

MotherStruck!

Meet. Love. Break. Recover. That’s been the routine of Staceyann Chin’s romantic life. But at 35, after yet another devastating breakup and overcome by an urgent and all-consuming desire to have a child, Chin realizes she’s running out of time....

How We Fight for Our Lives

In this moving memoir, award-winning poet Saeed Jones tells of his childhood in the South and his coming of age as a gay Black man. Full of vignettes from his life, this memoir covers everything from his contentious relationship with his mother to his travels across the country. At its heart, Jones’s personal story is about the lengths we go to discover who we really are and then fight to be ourselves. Jones narrates his memoir, which is only appropriate—it’s powerful to hear his words in his own voice.

Black Boy Out of Time

An eloquent, restless, and enlightening memoir by one of the most thought-provoking journalists today about growing up Black and queer in America, reuniting with the past, and coming of age their own way....

Honey Girl

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, 28-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know...until she does exactly that....

The Prophets

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence....

Rainbow Milk

An essential and revelatory coming-of-age narrative from a thrilling new voice, Rainbow Milk follows 19-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of his Jehovah's Witness upbringing....

No Ashes in the Fire

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave memoir. When Darnell Moore was 14, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teen who not only survived, but found his calling....

Don't Call Us Dead

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police....

Unapologetic

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist....

You Should See Me in a Crown

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small Midwestern town. But it’s okay - Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor....

Redefining Realness

Narrated by the author herself, Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness is meant to be heard. In the memoir, Mock, a transgender activist, details her progression from coming out as gay to coming out later in life as transgender. What makes the book so powerful is that Mock’s story and path, while unique, is universally empowering. In an era when gay rights are advancing, it’s all the more important to listen to the stories and voices that remain on the fringe, notably within the LGBTQ community itself, across racial and gender identities.

Giovanni's Room

In this classic novel by literary great James Baldwin, David is a young American man living in Paris whose girlfriend has just left for Spain, where she plans to contemplate whether or not she wants to marry him. Meanwhile, David takes up an affair with an Italian man named Giovanni, and must reckon with his attraction to both sexes and his personal history while navigating his own desires and his family’s expectations for him. Giovanni's Room is a classic LGBTQIA+ novel, with a sensitive performance by narrator Dan Butler.

Freshwater

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side"....

All Boys Aren't Blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia....

Native Country of the Heart

Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherrie Moraga's love letter to her "unlettered" mother. It begins with her mother, Elvira Isabel Moraga, who as a child, along with her siblings, was hired out by her own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley....

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South....

MotherStruck!

Meet. Love. Break. Recover. That’s been the routine of Staceyann Chin’s romantic life. But at 35, after yet another devastating breakup and overcome by an urgent and all-consuming desire to have a child, Chin realizes she’s running out of time....

How We Fight for Our Lives

In this moving memoir, award-winning poet Saeed Jones tells of his childhood in the South and his coming of age as a gay Black man. Full of vignettes from his life, this memoir covers everything from his contentious relationship with his mother to his travels across the country. At its heart, Jones’s personal story is about the lengths we go to discover who we really are and then fight to be ourselves. Jones narrates his memoir, which is only appropriate—it’s powerful to hear his words in his own voice.

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