After not being able to celebrate in person last year, I know we are all eager to enjoy Pride and June’s month-long celebrations as safely and enthusiastically as we can. To prepare yourself for the approaching festivities, pick up some new reading material from June’s most anticipated LGBTQ literature.
Akwaeke Emezi’s Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir is an illuminating account of storytelling, self, and survival. This bestselling fiction author invites readers into their own life through candid letters between friends, lovers, and family. Their story follows transformative decisions about their gender and body, how creative spirit takes power in the human world, and the turmoil of relationships to create a book that is both tender and brutal.
For short story lovers, crack open Filthy Animalsby Brandon Taylor, a series of linked stories about young creatives in the American Midwest. If it’s a novel you want, try Kristen Arnett’s With Teeth, where the dream of a picture-perfect queer family falls apart and shows us just how delicate the fabric of family can be.
Take a look back on Emanuel Xavier’s poetry in his new collection, Selected Poems of Emanuel Xavier. One of the first openly queer Nuyorican poets of the 1990s, Xavier’s work explores life as a gay man with evocative language and a fearless gaze.
Travel to another dimension in Future Feelingby Joss Lake. After Penfield R. Henderson has an unfulfilling meeting with his trans celebrity crush Aiden Chase, Penfield and his friends place a hex on Aiden. However, the hex bypasses Aiden and sends another trans man to the dreaded Shadowlands. Penfield and Aiden then must team up to bring him back, learning lessons about family, human connection, and the trans community all along the way.
Remember to take time to celebrate yourself this month. Be loud, be brave, and be yourself. Whether you accomplish that through reading one of June’s most anticipated LGBTQ books or marching in full regalia, that’s up to you. Just know you are heard, you are seen, and you are supported.
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