December’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature

I always think of December as such a month of the cusp. We are looking to the future, but we are also reflecting on the past. We are making plans and hopes for 2023, but this year is still pressing on us.

In that spirit, we have some amazing books in December that encompass this important month so well. The Rust of History features stunning poems by Sotero Rivera Avilés, but an extra special part of this translation is that the translator is his grandson, Lambda Literary Award winner in Transgender Poetry Raquel Salas Rivera. And almost exactly a hundred years after the monumental Bloomsbury Group was formed, Nino Strachey bring us a more comprehensive examination as to how that changed the future for so many young queer people in Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Redefined Love, Freedom, and Self-Expression in 1920s England

For many of us, it’s also winter break. If you’re looking for your next read to continue the conversations around queerness, renowned theorist Lee Edleman takes a look at queer theory and what we can learn from our past ideas in Bad Education: Why Queer Theory Teaches Us Nothing. Or if, like me, you are looking to escape in beautiful writing and new worlds, check out Lambda Literary fellow I Know You’re Out There Somewhere by Joe Baumann. 

No matter what you read this month, I hope December brings you hope and healing. As usual, if you have a book coming out soon, email us at for consideration in our upcoming lists.




LGBTQ Studies




Young Adult Literature

Children’s/Middle Grade Literature


Comics/Graphic Novels