What books should be required reading for the budding LGBT bibliophile? In honor of gay pride month, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis, writing for the website The Good Men Project, surveyed some of the country’s top LGBT authors to get the answer.
I wish someone had given me a list of required gay reading when I was coming out. Gay men gave me a lot of things back then (porn, theater tickets, crabs), but no one gave me book titles. As a young gay man, I could have used a literary roadmap to help me put my experiences—and my feelings—in some historical and sociological context. As a young writer, I could have used being better read. Why didn’t anyone tell me that I needed to know who Paul Monette was?
Denizet-Lewis’s article offers a much needed “reading list” corrective. He asked an assortment of literary stars–Randall Kenan, Kate Bornstein, Edmund White and many others–to suggest five queer-themed books that every LGBT person such read. The authors’ choices are illuminating, fascinating, and yes, required. To read the article in its entirety click here.