Under Consideration

Under Consideration for February 2018

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:


Ausiello, Michael. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Loss, Love, and Other Four-Letter Words. Atria Books, 2017.

Fiction and Literature

Cassara, Joseph. The House of Impossible Beauties. Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018.

Johnson, Chelsey. Stray City. Custom House, 2018.

Kingsbridge, Cordelia. Trick Roller. Riptide, 2018.

Machado, Carmen Maria. Her Body and Other Parties. Graywolf Press, 2017.



Under Consideration for December 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:


Adamczyk, Amy. Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the Globe. University of California Press, 2017.

Brown, Arch. A Pornographer. Chelsea Station Editions, 2017.

Crimp, Douglas. Before Pictures. University of Chicago Press, 2016.

LeVay, Simon. Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Liete, David. Notes On a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression. Dey Street, 2016.

Maupin, Armistead. Logical Family: A Memoir. Harper Collins, 2017.

Meneghetti, Monica. What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging. Dagger Editions, 2017.

Morris, Bonnie J. The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture. State University of New York Press, 2016.

Murtaugh, Daniel J. Good Night, Beloved Comrade: The Letters of Denton Welch to Eric Oliver. University of Wisconsin Press, 2017.

Pfeffer, Carla A. Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men. Oxford Universtiy Press, 2017.

Road, Cristy C. Indestructible: Growing Up Queer, Cuban, and Punk in Miami. Microcosm Publishing, 2017.

Ruberg, Bonnie. Queer Game Studies. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Ruti, Mari. The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer Theory’s Defiant Subjects. Columbia University Press, 2017.

Schreiber, Michael. One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin. Bruno Gmünder, 2016.

Solomon, Jeff. So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Snorton, C. Riley. Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Stellar, Stanley. Into the Light: Photographs of the NYC Pride Parade from 1970 till Today. Bruno Gmuender, 2017.

Passet, Joanne. Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier. Bella Books, 2016.

Rupp, Leila J. Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. University of Wisconsin Press, 2017.

Viloria, Hida. Born Both: An Intersex Life. Hachette, 2017.

Waite, Stacey. Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.


Fiction and Literature

Arndt, Jess. Large Animals. Catapult, 2017.

Bryant, Kris. Forget Me Not. Bold Strokes Books, 2017.

Davis, Theresa. Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016.

Dennis-Benn, Nicole. Here Comes the Sun. Norton/Liveright, 2016.

Donnelly, Lara Elena. Amberlough. Tor, 2017.

Frank, Ella. Tease. EverAfter Romance, 2017.

Hassell, Santino. Insight. Riptide Publishing, 2017.

Kingsbridge, Cordelia. Kill Game. Riptide Publishing, 2017.

Long, JC. Hearts in Ireland. Dreamspinner Press, 2017.

Lynch, Lee. Rainbow Gap. Bold Strokes Books, 2017.

Plakcy, Neil S. The Next One Will Kill You. Diversion Books, 2016.

Purnell, Brontez. Since I Laid My Burden Down. Feminist Pres, 2017.

White, Arisa. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. Augury Books, 2017.

Wilson, Jon. Club Arcana: Operation Janus. Bold Strokes Books, 2017.

Wilson, Kai Ashante. Taste of Honey. TOR, 2016.


Under Consideration for November 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:


Gaines, Steven. One of These Things First. Delphinium, 2017.

Mock, Janet. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Bloomsbury USA, 2017.


Fiction and Literature

Louis, Édouard. The End of Eddy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.


Under Consideration for October 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Literature

Brown, Rita Mae. Cakewalk. Bantam Books, 2016.

Lain, Tara. Return of the Chauffeur’s Son. Dreamspinner Press, 2017.



Ortleb, Charles. Truth to Power: New York Native 1980-1997. Rubicon Media, 2016.


Under Consideration for September 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Literature

Argent, Sam. Witches for Hire. DSP Publications, 2017

Crocker, Eva. Barreling Forward: Stories. Astoria/House of Anansi Press, 2017.

Kudisch, Erica. Don’t Feed the Trolls. Riptide Publishing, 2017.

Madison, Sarah. Unspeakable Words. Dreamspinner Press, 2017.

North, Vanessa. Summer Stock. Riptide Publishing, 2016.

Statovci, Pajtim. My Cat Yugoslavia: A Novel. Pantheon, 2018.

Sebastian, Cat. The Lawrence Browne Affair. Avon Impulse/Harper Collins, 2017.

Smith, Danez. Don’t Call Us Dead. Graywolf Press, 2017.

Thom, Kai Cheng. A Place Called No Homeland. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017.


Mayo, Cris. Gay-Straight Alliances and Associations Among Youth in Schools. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.



Under Consideration for August 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Literature

Aciman, André. Enigma Variations. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2017.

Dempsey, Joan. This Is How It Begins. She Writes Press, 2017.
Frankel, Laurie. This Is How It Always Is: A Novel. Flatiron Books (Macmillan Books), 2017.
James, Renee. Seven Suspects. Oceanview Publishing, 2017.
Miaojin, Qui. Notes of a Crocodile. New York Review Books, 2017.
Raisin, Ross. A Natural. Random House, 2017.
Satyal, Rakesh. No One Can Pronounce My Name. Picador/Macmillan, 2017.
Sebastian, Cat. Ruin of a Rake. Avon Impulse/Harper Collins, 2017.
Wilde, Jen. Queens of Geek. Swoon Reads, 2017.
Albrecht, Donald. Gay Gotham:  Art and Underground Culture in New York. Rizzoli/Skira, 2017.
Borders, Ila Jane and Ardel, Jean Hastings. Making my Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey. University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
Halley, Jean and Eshleman, Amy. Seeing Straight:  An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privelege. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
Lawson, Wenn B. and Beatrice M. Transitioning Together:  One Couple’s Journey of Gender and Identity Discovery. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017.
Humann, Heather Duerre. Gender Bending Detective Fiction: A Critical Analysis of Selected Works. McFarland and Company, 2017.
Rosenberg, Rosalind. Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Oxford University Press, 2017.
Sedaris, David. Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). Little, Brown, and Company, 2017.


Under Consideration for July 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Literature

Boylan, Jennifer Finney.  Long Black Veil:  A Novel. Crown, 2017.
Hart, Ellen.  Fever in the Dark:  A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur Books, 2017.
Pederson, David S.  Death Goes Overboard.  Bold Strokes Books, 2017.

Evans, Andrew.  The Black Penguin.  University of Wisconsin Press, 2017.


Under Consideration for June 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Literature

Alameddine, Rabih. The Angel of History. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.

Beck, Christian. The Last Enemy. DSP Publications, 2016.

Chen Chen. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities. BOA Editions, Ltd., 2017.

Eubanks, Tom. Ghosts of St. Vincent’s. TOMUS Publishing, 2017.

Irani, Anosh. The Parcel. Knopf Canada, 2016.

Murphy, Tim. Christadora: A Novel. Grove Press, 2016.

Woods, Chavisa. Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country and Other Stories. Seven Stories Press, 2017.

Zomparelli, Daniel. Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017.


Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life. Duke University Press, 2017.

Bell, Matt, Editor. The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics. Wayne State University Press, 2016.

Edwards, Chris. Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some. Greenleaf, 2016.

Johnson, Fenton. Everywhere Home: a Life in Essays. Sarabande Books, 2017.

Levy, Ariel. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir. Random House, 2017.

Sharman, Zena. The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.


Under Consideration for May 2017

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Literature

Banias, Ari.  Anybody: Poems. W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.

D’abo, Christine. Working It: A Ringside Romance. Riptide Publishing, 2017.

Kelly, Donika. Bestiary. Graywolf Press, 2016.

Lennox, Cass. Blank Spaces. Riptide Publishing, 2016.

Luce, Ed. Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal. Fantagraphics Books, 2016.

Maclean, Dal. Bitter Legacy. Blind Eye Books, 2016.

Martinez, Angel. Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists. Mischief Corner Books, 2017.

Mehta, Rahul. No Other World:  A Novel.  HarperCollins, 2017.

Nava, Michael. Lay Your Sleeping Head: A Henry Rios Mystery. Kórima Press, 2016.

Sater, Richard Compson. Rank. Bold Strokes Books, 2016.

Style of Attack Report. Metropolarity, 2017.

Walker, Philip Dean. At Danceteria and Other Stories. Squares & Rebels, 2016.


Coyote, Ivan E.  Tomboy Survival Guide.  Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.

Clare, Eli. Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure. Duke University Press, 2017.

Grace, Laura Jane. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Hachette Books, 2017.

Harrison, B. F., & Michelson, M. R.  Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Hayes, Bill. Insomniac City:  NY, Oliver and Me. Bloomsbury, 2017.

Jones, Cleve. When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Hachette Books, 2016.

Lepore, Amanda. Doll Parts. Regan Arts, 2017.

Liberge, E., Delalande, A., & Homel, D. The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Code Breaker. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.

Patterson, Pat. Accepted:  How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE. ECW Press, 2016.

Wright, iO Tillet. Darling Days: A Memoir. HarperCollins, 2016.




2017 Over the Rainbow Fiction/Literature Nominees

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. HarperCollins, 2016. For August, friendship was everything. It was the 1970s in Brooklyn. She and her three best girlfriends lived confident of their talents, dreaming of the future. But their Brooklyn was a dangerous place, where dreams were fleeting, and growing up female was not easy.  Woodson’s latest novel is an epic poem, honoring memories of girlhood, fragile community, and fate.

Beijing Comrades by Bei Tong. Translated by Scott E. Myers, forward by Petrus Liu. Feminist Press, 2016. This classic forbidden love story has a modern twist, beginning shortly before the protests in Tiananmen Square. A businessman in China makes contact with a younger man over the internet and the romance that follows changes his life in ways that hold a mirror up to the tumult occurring in his country.

Call Me By My Other Name by Valerie Wetlaufer. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016. A true story of a transgender man in the 1890s, his short incarceration, and discovery as a biological female, his wife, the people around him who react to the discovery of his gender assigned at birth, and a modern response to a tale that has repeated for over a century. The language reads like truth carved in whispers and blood on the heart.

The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman. Feminist Press, 2016. Schulman tells a story of neighbors: Earl, a closeted, black gay man, and Bette, a middle-aged lesbian. She evokes the time and the atmosphere of midcentury Greenwich Village. Their thirty-year friendship is the story of chosen families, as well as the history of a city where they, and queer people arriving from around the United States, tried to be themselves.

Dig by Bryan Borland. Stillhouse, 2016. This slim collection of poetry from Borland, the 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry, rings of painful and joyful truth. From incisive views on his family’s acceptance of his husband (Easter in Your Hometown) to quiet personal moments of pain (My Cat) to life and death (The Jumpers) to love and loss (Gold and Silver Mixed to One), his voice is clear, fierce, and lingers in the reader’s mind.

God in Pink by Hasan Namir. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015. The story follows Ramy, a devout Muslim college student in Iraq in 2003, who copes with being gay in the context of war, family tragedy, state-sanctioned murder, torture, and rape. He struggles with faith and sectarian violence, before finding enlightenment and peace in a strange weaving of the real and the metaphysical worlds.

Guapa by Saleem Haddad. Other Press, 2016. The strength of the characters in this debut novel makes up for a few small problems in the execution of the plot. One day in the life of a gay man in today’s Middle East, grounded in personal history after his grandmother discovers him with his male lover and his life implodes.

If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There by Dave Madden. Break Away Books, 2016. A variety of short stories that Madden brings to life with relatable specificity and subtleness of everyday life that make the stories feel real. The stories range from a young woman struggling to gain independence to a man choosing faith over love.

The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Purvis, Abrams Comic Arts, 2016. A realistic, imaginative, well-drawn graphic novel exploring the life and death of the great mathematician and pioneer of artificial intelligence and computer science,  Alan Turing. His incredible feats during and after WWII were overshadowed by his prosecution for being homosexual. As Ottaviani notes, “I wish I lived in a world that benefited from decades more of Alan Turing alive and well, thinking and discovering.”

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Riverdale Avenue Books, 2016. The coming-of-age story of a young woman learning what it is to be who she is.  Lesbian, Puerto Rican, New Yorker Juliet is running to something that isn’t what she expected and running from problems that follow along with her. A great story for anyone who has ever felt that love can’t replace understanding, that understanding comes in ways you never expected, and that heroes are what you make of them.

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón. Translated by Victoria Cribb. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. In 1918, Reykjavik, Iceland was still an isolated place, but its isolation ended in a war to the south and with the arrival in the port of a Danish ship of the deadly Spanish Flu.  Moonstone is a miniature epic about isolation, both geographic and personal. Its protagonist, Máni, lives and survives on silent films, fantasy, and sexual adventures with men met in the shadows.

Our Young Man by Edmund White. Bloomsbury, 2016. A late 20th century Dorian Gray, Guy arrives from small-town France into the world of modeling. His looks are so perfect he demands top fees well into his 30s. White tells his story and the story of the vapid world of fashion at the beginning of the AIDS crisis with a wry sensibility that makes him part of the “gay canon.”

A Thin, Bright Line by Lucy Jane Bledsoe. University of Wisconsin Press, 2016. A fictionalized reimagining of the life of the author’s aunt, Lucybelle Bledsoe is a scientist working during the Cold War. While her skills and knowledge offer her a promising career, her private life as a lesbian may not hold up to government scrutiny.