LGBTQ+ An International Reading List

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by , Friday September 13, 2019
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LGBTQ+ An International Reading List

LGBTQ+ ~ An International Reading List

Here's some LGBTQ+ books that offer a wider perspective of this world...

 

I thought for the theme of this blog and following the same vein as the Pride Parade held at the beginning of this month here in Copenhagen that I’d go and look beyond the usual gay romance (which more often than not is centered around white or black muscled men) and see what’s out there that I’ve been missing out all these years.

‘Lo and behold! My research bore fruits!

So here are the LGBTQ+ books that will definitely be on my physical shelf in the near future:

 

Lie With Me

by Philippe Besson

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at the relationship he’s never forgotten, a hidden affair with a gorgeous boy named Thomas during their last year of high school. Without ever acknowledging they know each other in the halls, they steal time to meet in secret, carrying on a passionate, world-altering affair.

I’m starting my short list with this book because it is described as Brokeback Mountain meet Call Me By Your Name both of which I saw the movie of. I know, the movie can never be compared to the book (*coughs* unless we talk about Good Omens, in which case let me disagree with you there). But in my defense, I watched Brokeback Mountain without any prior knowledge of it. Imagine the impact this movie had on me at the end.

 

La Bastarda

by Trifonia Melibea Obono

The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of “mysterious” girls reveling in their so-called indecency. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling in love with their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.

It’s a short one, only 112 pages, but the fact that offers insight into a culture we (or at least I) know nothing about makes me want to give it a try. 

 

Kitchen

by Banana Yoshimoto

Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart.

I don’t know you, but I feel like when you think or say LGBTQ books, you instantly think ‘gay’ and ‘lesbians’— and almost without meaning to, you disregard non-binary (or enby) and transgender. This story seems to take a closer look at the later, and I am interested because even though I’ve seen transgenders— it is still a mysterious world to me.

 

Jonny Appleseed

by Joshua Whitehead

Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the “rez,” and his former life, to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The next seven days are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny’s world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages—and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life.

Okay, I am hella interested in this book. Like just drop Indigenous, queer, and Two Spirit (which the author explained as “a celebration of the fluidity of gender, sex, sexuality, and identities, one that is firmly grounded within Nêhiyawêwin (the Cree language) and Nêhiyaw worldviews.”) and I’m listening.

So what did you think about this collection of LGBTQ+ books? Diverse, right? I tend to stray from the widely popular white American LGBTQ books and see what else is in the world, because apart from the queerness of them, they also explore identity and self and culture. 

What are your to-be-read-ASAP LGBTQ books this year? I’m always on the lookout for new, gripping stories!

 

Thank you to DeeundDrang for authoring this blog post :)

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