Under Consideration for July 2018

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


Fox, Harper. Underhill. Smashwords Edition, 2017.

Frank, Ella. Confessions: Julien. Self-published, 2018.

Kennedy, Sloane. Locked in Silence. Self-published, 2018.

Lain, Tara. Case of the Sexy Shakespearean. Dreamspinner PR, 2018.

Lance, Naomi. Chance in Time. Bella Books, 2018.

McCauley, Stephen. My Ex-Life. Flatiron Books, 2018.

Perri, Camille. When Katie Met Cassidy. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018.

Winman, Sarah. Tin Man. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018.



Airton, Lee. Gender: Your Guide. Adams Media Corporation, 2018.

de la Tierra, Tatiana. For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology. A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2018.

Faderman, Lillian. Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death. London Yale University Press, 2018.

Hurley, Natasha. Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

Kim-Kort, Mihee. Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith. Fortress Press, 2018.

Moore, Darnell L. No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. PublicAffairs, 2018.

Richardson, Lance. House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row. Crown Archetype, 2018.

Sedaris, David. Calypso. Little, Brown and Company, 2018.


Under Consideration for June 2018

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


Bongiovanni, Archie & Jimerson, Tristan. A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns. Limerence Press, 2018.

Fieseler, Robert W. Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Liveright Publishing, 2018.

Welbon, Yvonne & Juhasz, Alexandra. Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media- Making. Durham Duke University Press, 2018.

Fiction and Literature

Frank, Ella. Confessions: Robbie. Self-published, 2018.

Hart, Ellen. A Whisper of Bones: A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur Books, 2018.

Lennox, Lucy. Wilde Fire. Self-published, 2018.

Lennox, Lucy & Kennedy, Sloane. Safe and Sound. Self-published, 2017.

Maclean, Dal. Object of Desire. Blind Eye Books, 2018.


Under Consideration for May 2018

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

Fiction and Literature

Gore, Ariel. We Were Witches. Feminist Press, 2017.

Harmon, S.E. Blueprint. Dreamspinner, 2018.

Kane, Ashlyn. His Leading Man. Dreamspinner, 2018.

Lennox, Lucy. Facing West. Self-published, 2017.

Lennox, Lucy. Felix and the Prince. Self-published, 2017.

McLellan, Erin. Life of Bliss. Self-published, 2018.

Pico, Tommy. Junk. Tin House Books, 2018.

Symington, Sabrina. First Year Out: A Transition Story. Singing Dragon, 2018.


Enszer, Julie R. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989. A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2018. 

Griffith, R Marie. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017.

Konstantinos Eleftheriadis. Queer Festivals: Challenging Collective Identities in a Transnational Europe. Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

Shears, Jake. Boys Keep Swinging. Omnibus Press, 2018.

Yim, Sung. What About the Rest of Your Life. Perfect Day Publishing, 2017.


Under Consideration for April 2018

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


Branum, Guy. My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture. Atria Books, 2018.

Craggs, Charlie. To My Trans Sisters. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.

Cuevas, T Jackqueline. Post-borderlandia: Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique. Rutgers University Press, 2018.

Fogarty, Alison Ash and Zheng, Lily. Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace: Transgender and Gender- Diverse Discrimination. Praeger, 2018.

Gaines, Malik. Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible. New York University Press, 2017.

Hallberg, David. A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back. Touchstone, 2017.

Hudson, Genevieve. A Little in Love With Everyone: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. Fiction Advocate, 2018.

Patterson, Kevin A. Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities. Thorntree Press, 2018.

White, Edmund. The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading. Bloomsbury USA, 2018.


Banis, Victor J. Killing Time in LA. DSP Publications, 2018.

Dawn, Amber. Sodom Road Exit. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018.

Emezi, Akwaeke. Freshwater. Grove/Atlantic, Inc, 2018.

Franklin, Tee. Bingo Love. Diamond Comic Distributors, 2018.

Greer, Andrew Sean. Less. Lee Boudreaux Books, 2018.

Hale, Ginn. The Long Past and Other Stories. Blind Eye Books, 2017.

Knecht, Rosalie. Who Is Vera Kelly? Tin House Books, 2018.

Koelb, Tadzio. Trenton Makes. Atlantic Books, 2018.

Lanyon, Josh. Murder Takes The High Road. Carina Press, 2018.

Lara, Ana-Maurine. Kohnjehr Woman. RedBone Press, 2017.

Leigh, Garrett. Soul To Keep. Riptide, 2018.

Makkai, Rebecca. The Great Believers. Penguin, 2018.

Morgan, North. Into? Flatiron Books, 2018.

Nathan, Patrick. Some Hell. Graywolf Press, 2018.

Parrish, Roan. The Remaking of Corbin Wale. Riptide, 2017.

Solomon, Rivers. An Unkindness of Ghosts. Akashic Books, 2017.

Soto, Christopher. Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color. Nightboat Books, 2018.

Whitehead, Joshua. Full-Metal Indigiqueer. Talonbooks, 2017.

Whitehead, Joshua. Jonny Appleseed. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018.


Under Consideration for March 2018

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

Fiction and Literature

Anderson, Quinn. Cam Boy. Riptide Publishing, 2018.

Beecroft, Alex. Contraband Hearts. Riptide Publishing, 2018.

Bell, Barbara. Cutie Pies. Riptide Publishing, 2018.

Bloom, Amy. White Houses. Random House, 2018.

Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Anchor Canada, 2018.

Burgess, Doug. Fogland Point. Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.

Fielding, Kim. Little Library. Riptide Publishing, 2018.

Gayle, Stephanie. Idyll Fears: A Thomas Lynch Novel. Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books, 2017.

Gordon, G.B.. Operation Green Card. Riptide Publishing, 2017.

Graley, Sarah. Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings. Oni Press, 2018.

Holiday, Jenny. Infamous. Riptide Publishing, 2017.

Hollinghurst, Alan. The Sparsholt Affair. Knopf, 2018. 

Horrigan, Patrick. Pennsylvania Station. Lethe Press, 2018.

Iweala, Uzodinma. Speak No Evil. Harper, 2018. 

Joffre, Ruth. Night Beast: And Other Stories. Black Cat, 2018.

Killjoy, Margaret. The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion. Tor, 2017.

Lansburgh, Matthew. Outside is the Ocean. University of Iowa Press, 2017. 

Lawlor, Andrew. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Rescue Press, 2017.

Nations, Eric. Gumballs. Top Shelf Productions, 2018.

Newlevant, Hazel. Sugar Town. Newlevant Comix, 2017. 

Obono, Trifonia Melibea. La Bastarda. Feminist Press, 2018. 

Oputa, Ife-Chudeni A. Rummage: Poems. Little A, 2017. 

Ortberg, Mallory. The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror. Holt, 2018. 

Pallasvuo, Jaakko. Retreat. 2D Cloud, 2018. 

Pickens, Steve. Sinister Justice. Bold Strokes Books, 2018.

Plett, Casey. Little Fish. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018.

Price, Jordan Castillo. Agent Bayne : PsyCop, #9. JCP Books LLC, 2018.

Round, Jeffrey. The God Game – A Dan Sharp Mystery. Dundurn, 2018.

Sgambati, Vince. Most Precious Blood. Guernica, 2018. 

Wade, Julie Marie. Same-Sexy Marriage. A Midsummer Nights PR, 2018. 

Whitehall, Alex. Magic Runs Deep. Riptide Publishing, 2018.



Ackroyd, Peter. Queer City – Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day. Abrams Press, 2018.  

Bullock, Darryl W. David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music. Bloomsbury, 2017. 

Cavalcante, Andre. Struggling for Ordinary: Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life. New York University Press, 2018. 

Chee, Alexander. How To Write an Autobiographical Novel – Essays. Mariner Books, 2018. 

Finkelstein, Avram. After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images. University of California Press, 2018. 

Gurba, Myriam. Mean. Coffee House Press, 2017. 

Heaney, Katie. Would You Rather?: A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out. Ballantine Books, 2018. 

Krasnostein, Sarah. Trauma Cleaner : One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster. St. Martin’s Press, 2018. 

McBride, Sarah. Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality. Crown Archetype, 2018. 

Nuttbrock, Larry A. Transgender Sex Work and Society. Harrington Park Press, 2018. 

Prower, Tomás. Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World. Llewellyn Publications, 2018. 

Roche, Juno. Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018. 

Salamon, Gayle. Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia. New York University Press, 2018. 

Sharma, Parvez. Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim’s Hajj of Defiance. BenBella Books, 2017. 

Spacey, Ashton. Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction: Essays on Power, Consent and the Body. McFarland, 2017. 

Stein, Arlene. Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity. Pantheon, 2018. 

Tea, Michelle. Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticism. Feminist Press, 2018.



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.



Over The Rainbow Press Release ALAMW 2018

DENVER – The Over the Rainbow committee of ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) considered 223 books, with a wide range of diversity among topics and coming from both first-time and established authors.  From these we carefully examined all of the titles; 122 in the catergory of literature and 101 in nonfiction. After much reading and deliberation, we chose 39 titles in the category of literature and 42 in non-fiction to be included in the complete 2018 Over the Rainbow list.  This year, due to the increase in GLBT publishing, we are presenting two top ten lists one for non-fiction, and one for literature.

This year, the titles were more varied in terms of cultural diversity, and genres such as mystery and romance. The stories told were a mix of histories, memoir, academic, and popular books, presenting viewpoints across the gender spectrum – gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and trans lives. Themes were wide and varied, from current issues, such as practice in teaching, coming out, hidden history, civil rights, HIV/AIDS, grief, and research that uncovered and reclaimed history from the nineteenth century until the twenty-first century.


The top 12 titles in the category of literature are:


The Angel of History. Rabih Alameddine. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.


Christadora. Tim Murphy. Grove, 2017


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


Long Black Veil.  Jennifer Finney Boylan. Crown Publishing (Penguin Random House), 2017.


Marriage of a Thousand Lies. Sindu, SJ. Soho, 2017.


My Cat Yugoslavia. Statovci, Pajtim, translated by David Hackston.Pantheon, 2017.


No One Can Pronounce My Name.  Rakesh Satyal. Picador, 2017.


Notes of a Crocodile. Qiu Miaojin. New York Review Books, 2017.


Ruin of a Rake. Cat Sebastian. Avon Impulse, 2017.


Seven Suspects. Renee James. Oceanview, 2017.


This Is How It Always Is. Laurie Frankel. Flatiron Books, 2017.


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


The top 11 titles in non-fiction are:


The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker with drawings by Éric Liberge and text by Arnaud Delalande. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.  


Doll Parts.  Amanda Lepore and Thomas Flannery. Regan Arts, 2017.


Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York.  Donald Albrecht. Skira Rizzoli, 2016.


Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me. Bill Hayes. Bloomsbury USA, 2017.


Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Rosalind Rosenberg. Oxford University Press, 2017.


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


Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey. Ila Jane Borders & Jean Hastings Ardell. Univ of Nebraska Press, 2017.


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


Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Janet Mock. Atria Books, 2017.


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


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




2018 Literature Titles

2018 Over the Rainbow Literature Titles


The Angel of History. Rabih Alameddine. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
Jacob is hallucinating in the waiting room of a mental health clinic. He looks back on the events of his life and imagines it reviewed by Death and Satan. We are taken on a journey from the Middle East to San Francisco at the height of the AIDs crisis.  Jacob survives while too many of his loved ones succumb to the disease.


Bestiary: Poems. Donika Kelly. Introduction by Nikky Finney. Graywolf Press, 2016.

A bestiary can be either a fighter of beasts in ancient Rome or a medieval book of natural history. Donika Kelly’s fantastical collection fits both definitions. Battles with and descriptions of mythical beasts; minotaurs, griffins, mingle with dogs, hawks, and barrow birds in these intensely personal, tender, and sometimes, violent poems. Kelly’s first collection was the winner of the prestigious Cave Canem Poetry Prize.


Bitter Legacy. Dal Maclean. One Block Empire, 2016.

2017 Finalist Lambda Literary Awards: Mystery. Dal Maclean’s debut is an engaging police procedural set in London’s Metropolitan Police. It involves Detective Sergeant James Henderson, an up-and-coming detective on the fast track to become an inspector, in his first murder investigation of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte. During the course of the investigation, James comes across a group of men who intrigue and tempt him to join their circle. One man, in particular, photographer Ben Morgan dares him to embrace a carefree, promiscuous lifestyle. In spite of his best efforts, the investigation balloons into a spate of cruelty and wickedness. As the body count rises and disturbing secrets are revealed, James finds his personal and professional lives threatened by a bitter legacy from the past.


Cakewalk. Rita Mae Brown. Bantam, 2016.

Part of a series of novels set in the fictional town of Runnymede this latest story of nostalgic fun is set at the end of World War I.  Celeste prepares for her pregnant lover’s marriage to her brother while her housekeeper Dora’s teenage daughters Louise and Julia adjust to growing up in a small town while fighting expectations and rivalries. This multigenerational tale is filled with eccentric characters and demonstrates the lengths we will go to protect those we consider family.


Christodora. Tim Murphy. Grove, 2017.

An epic tale revolving around residents of the iconic Christodora building in New York’s Lower East Side. Spanning decades, we witness the intertwining stories of these characters as they battle depression, drug abuse, the AIDS crisis, and heartbreak. From ACT UP meetings to the disco to the art scene and all the way to a California halfway home, Murphy’s novel is an instant classic.


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

Magic is afoot, and no one is who they seem to be, when librarian Angus McAslan secretly writes a book that echoes a twisted reality.  Creatures of dream and nightmare come to life, relatives turn out to be witches and life-stealers, unexpected romance and peril confront him at every turn… in the end, nothing is as he thought it was, as he fights for his life and his love against the treachery of trusted ones and the summoning of an ancient god.


Death Goes Overboard. David S. Pederson. Bold Stroke Books, 2017.

Death Goes Overboard is the second in a mystery series set in 1947 Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Detective Heath Barrington is getting prepared to go on a “fishing trip” with his partner, police officer Alan Keyes. Alas, duty calls, and Detective Barrington has to go on a lake cruise to tail gangster Gregor Slavinsky. During the course of the cruise, Slavinsky goes missing, presumed murdered. But was he? Pederson takes a lot of the tropes of mysteries and utilizes them to the fullest, giving the story a knowable form. However, the unique characters and accurate portrayal of the struggles of gay relationships in 1940s America make this an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.


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

A heartbreaking and beautiful collection of poetry dealing with the intersection of being gay, black, and HIV+.


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

Daphne has won a gaming novelization contest that should be a highlight of her life… then the trolls attack, filling her inbox with torrents of hateful abuse.  In real life, she’s ‘too masculine’ for the dance parts she auditions for, and in her online life, other players are attacking because she’s ‘a girl.’ Trying to survive the stress, sie comes to realizations about hir own gender identity, the new girl online sie’s falling hard for, and the convulsions of hatred and revolt in hir gaming life.  Hir friends, from hir drag queen roommate to the knight sie would rather didn’t defend hir, lend hir strength and help hir find hirself.  The happily-ever-after is as satisfying as it is unconventional.


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From http://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/

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

A poetry collection to savor from an openly queer black woman. Her explorations of race and sexuality, feminism and love, are eloquent and leave a lasting impression. She opens by invoking her muses – Frida, Medusa, and Eve – and closes with the death of her father, with a stunning array of experiences in between.


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

Louis’ novel begins in the late 1990s and is loosely based on his life experience. The story investigates what it is like to grow up in a small working class town in France where Eddy is challenged with conforming to traditional concepts of masculinity and finds hope in an opportunity to attend boarding school.


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

The novel follows Paolo’s desires as a youth in Italy to his relationships as an adult who goes by Paul. Aciman explores the fluid sexuality of his main character and develops a rich interior life for him in a way that does not always fall into sync with the other characters.


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

A hilarious and tongue-in-cheek collection of highly original stories about gay men searching for love at any cost. From dating a ghost to breaking up on YouTube, the stories are fused with neuroses and humour while shining a light on the shallow and self-centered.


Fever in the Dark. Ellen Hart. Minotaur Books, 2017.

A clever, compelling mystery following a lesbian couple turned media sensations and their friend, Jane Lawless, private investigator and Hart’s serial protagonist. Hart’s writing is rich and heavy on character, lending a delightful humanity to the subjects of her world.Clever, both playful, and riveting, to be enjoyed by fans of Rita Mae Brown and those already immersed in the world of gay mysteries.


Forget Me Not. Kris Bryant. Bold Strokes Books, 2016.
Grace inherits a flower shop in Ireland from a Great Aunt she barely knew.  This contemporary romance finds its protagonist eager to return to her life in Dallas but falling in love with both the Emerald Isle and the woman trying to help her sell the shop.


Hearts in Ireland. J. C. Long. Dreamspinner, 2017.

Long’s latest novella begins with grief but leads to a satisfactory resolution. Ronan Walker’s beloved Irish mother dies and, deeply grieving and depressed and over his loss and the state of his life, he is persuaded to leave America to visit Ireland and his mother’s family. Once there, Ronan stays with his relatives and eventually meets Fergal Walsh, who works at his aunt’s bookstore. Sparks fly. Will Ronan finally be led by his heart rather than his head?  The loving, supportive interactions between Ronan and his family are inspiring. The humor of the book make for an enjoyable read.


Here Comes the Sun.  Nicole Dennis-Benn. Liveright, 2017.

Three strong women in Jamaica deal with life the best way they know how. The mother haggles and bargains her way through, while pinning all hopes and dreams on her youngest daughter, who is obsessed with lightening her skin. The eldest daughter embraces both the sex trade and a lesbian lover, in the hopes of getting out of the Jamaican slums in which they live. A family saga with twists and turns at every corner.


Kill Game. Cordelia Kingsbridge.  Riptide Pub, 2017.  

Detective Levi Abrams is on shaky ground, at work and in his love life.  It just gets worse when a serial killer is loose on the streets of Las Vegas.  On top of that, he has to deal with bounty hunter Dominic Russo, who gets under his skin, professionally and personally. The unlikely duo have sizzling chemistry, the plot is twisty and compelling, and the ending is a cliffhanger that sets up strong expectations for the next book.  It’s a police procedural, a thriller, and a romance… a great beginning to what will be a multi-book series.


Large Animals.  Jess Arndt. Catapult, 2017.

At turns hallucinatory and thoroughly grounded, Arndt’s debut short story collection crackles with dark humor, body horror and astute observations on identity. Equal parts Maggie Nelson and William Burroughs, Arndt’s work is a must-have for fans of short fiction and transgressive literature.


Lay Your Sleeping Head. Michael Nava.  Korima Pr, 2016.  

This is much more than a rewrite of Nava’s The Little Death.  True, the sex is new, but the writing is deeper as well.  Henry Rios is a lawyer burnt by the system, on his way to alcoholism, in love with a white boy with big problems.  When his lover dies of an overdose, Henry finds a new purpose, determined to prove it was murder.  1980s America was a place of racism, homophobia, and the powerful protecting themselves at the cost of everyone else, and Nava brings the reader right into the middle of it. This story is as timely now as when it was originally written decades ago.


Long Black Veil.  Jennifer Finney Boylan. Crown Publishing (Penguin Random House), 2017.

An intriguing mystery that evolves from a fateful night when a group of college friends become locked in an abandoned prison. The event results in a murder that becomes a cold case reopened years later. Judith Carrigan is the key to the main suspect’s innocence, but she must be willing to give up some deeply guarded secrets that could destroy her family in order to serve as an alibi.


Marriage of a Thousand Lies. Sindu, SJ. Soho, 2017.

Hoping to placate their traditional South Asian immigrant parents, two college friends, Lucky (Lakshmi), a lesbian, and Kris, a gay man, enter into a marriage of convenience. Lucky’s family life becomes complicated when she returns home to care for her grandmother. SJ Sindu’s novel is a study of love lost, understanding, and family that is both sensitive and dryly humorous.


My Cat Yugoslavia. Statovci, Pajtim, translated by David Hackston.Pantheon, 2017.

Statovici’s novel is really two stories entwined by family. His protagonist, Bekim, a gay man who immigrated with his family to Helsinki from Kosovo as a child, and the story of Bekim’s mother, Emine, a Muslim woman in an arranged marriage. Bekim inhabits a fantasy world of bigoted talking cats, while his mother’s story of abuse and war is told more conventionally. Both mother and son are outcasts in a difficult family in a changing world.


No One Can Pronounce My Name.  Rakesh Satyal. Picador, 2017.

Three Indian immigrants, Harit, a lonely gay man, Ranjana, a receptionist whose dream is to be an author of vampire fiction, and her son, Prashant, who tries to be anything but the Indian college kid who is good at math are the three intersecting characters in this sensitive novel of outsiders looking for a place to belong in their families and in their new country.


No Other World. Rahul Mehta. Harper, 2017.

Twelve year old, Kiran Shah, born in suburban Massachusetts to Indian immigrant parents finds himself drawn to the typically white American, and incidentally handsome father of a school friend. As he struggles with these nameless feelings, an older sister is betrayed, his parents cope with their arranged marriage, immigrant life, and family at home in India. The novel is lyrical, the characters beautifully drawn so realistic you will miss them when you’ve finished reading the novel.


Notes of a Crocodile. Qiu Miaojin. New York Review Books, 2017.

Beautifully written novel about a lesbian university student, her entertainingly diverse social circle, and her failed loves. Set in the 1990s in Taipei, she imagines herself a crocodile in a human suit as she navigates the relationships that create her story. Recently translated from Chinese.


Rainbow Gap. Lee Lynch. Bold Strokes Books, 2016.
Jaudon and Berry have been together since they were childhood best friends in backcountry Florida swamps. This book follows the two women on their journey through the 1960s as teenagers through the 1970s and how the changing world and its conflicts, including the Vietnam War and feminism, impacts their lives. Their love is illegal and dangerous but their bond is strong.

Rank. Richard Compson Sater. Bold Strokes Books, 2016.
A military romance set just after the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Second Lieutenant Harris Mitchell is out and proud but not everyone is ready to step out of the closet. Though the military’s stance has officially changed, the transition is rocky and there are still barriers to overcome.


The Ruin of a Rake. Cat Sebastian. Avon Impulse, 2017.

A new take in the Regency Romance genre, Sebastian’s third in a series offers readers a fun, fast, erudite read. With a reputation ruined by rumors and salacious talk, Lord Courtenay did not take much stock by his label as a libertine. However, when a new publication comes out, reportedly detailing his amorous pursuits of the past, Courtenay is shunned from all society and he is barred from seeing his beloved nephew. On the other hand, Julian Medlock has spent a lifetime cultivating an image of perfect decorum and taste. When Julian’s sister enlists his help to improve Courtenay’s reputation, Julian is beside himself. Julian has mixed emotions about Courtenay. He loathes him, but longs for him. Cat Sebastian plays with perceptions and the opposites-attract trope in this romance.


Seven Suspects. Renee James. Oceanview Publishing, 2017.

James’ third novel in her Bobbi Logan series, a hard-boiled thriller with an unapologetic yet empathetic trans protagonist in a genre where trans women’s bodies are still all too often used as evidence or plot device. A solidly compelling suspense novel for fans of the genre and a fun, if brutal, read for those who crave trans-centered narratives beyond “coming out”.


Since I Laid My Burden Down. Brontez Purnell. Amethyst Editions, 2017.
Queer zinester Purnell’s hilarious, affectionate punk pseudo-memoir style has been a highlight of rock magazines and basement performances for over a decade. His latest is no different, following unabashedly gay protagonist DeShawn returning to his Alabama hometown for a funeral with both razor wit and poignant reflections on masculinity, blackness and love. This slim little novel is a gem in its own right, and it’s a delight to have his work accessible to a larger audience.


Summer Stock. Vanessa North. Riptide, 2017.

A visiting television star and a local handyman hook up for one drunken night. Vanessa North’s Summer Stock begins with that basic romance story trope and goes forth from there. Driven away by tabloid scandals, Ryan Hertzog, tv star, returns to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to do summer stock for his cousin. One tequila-filled night, he hooks up with local handyman Trey Donovan and while extricating himself from the fling, he ends up being photographed stark naked. The development of the relationship between these two is passionate and heartfelt. Equally important, the discussion about abusive relationships and the complex nature of the friendships make for an interesting read.


Things to Do When You Are Goth in the Country. Chavisa Woods. Seven Stories Press, 2017.

A collection of 8 stories about queer folks, both in the LGBTQIA sense and in the strange and unusual sense. Rural America is made bizarre and hilarious by Woods, her magical realist style, and the well developed characters she has created. Darkly comedic and plausible, even when the plots veer off into the impossible – glowing green gas alien orbs?


This Is How It Always Is. Laurie Frankel. Flatiron Books, 2017.

Detailed exploration of what it means to have a gender non-conforming child sharing a story of a couple deeply in love and with a series of 5 sons, though Claude, their youngest, doesn’t see herself that way. Through loving family relationships and ordinary challenges of growing up, Claude is able to develop into the person they are.


This is How it Begins. Joan Dempsey. She Writes Press, 2017.
A timely novel of a family with secrets.  Ludka hid Jews from Nazis in Poland and is still traumatized by her past. Settled in Massachusetts as an art history teacher with her husband Izaak, she is horrified to find her gay son Tommy accused of discriminating against his Christian high school students.


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

Chen’s book of poetry explores his life as a queer Chinese immigrant to the United States. His poems investigate relationships, sexuality, and family using wonderful imagery that invokes various feelings that are sometimes funny, romantic, and sad.


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

This cross genre book of love, power, and desire takes angst-ridden characters, world-building, and magic and sticks in a pot and lets it brew for awhile. A difficult, but enjoyable read with changing narrators throughout and feeling like one is starting in the middle of a series, this book leaves one hungry for more.  Jeremy Ragsdale, recovering drug addict and witch, wants to get on to the next job without any further debacles. Alas, his temp agency assigns him to work with a motley group of misfits.  Jeremy dodges his co-workers as best as he can, until the crew find a conspiracy to kill the magic superstar Desmond the Great.  Jeremy has lots of secrets. Eventually, everything has to come out into the open, but will Jeremy survive the ramifications of his actions?


Working it: A Ringside Romance. Christine D’Abo. Riptide, 2017.

A contemporary, M/M office romance set in Toronto, Working it is the first in a new series. Nolan Carmichael is trying to start anew after a terrible car accident scarred him mentally and physically. Zack Anderson, his new boss and the CTO at the company, has an ability to run away all four of his previous assistants.  With office politics and personal shortcomings to overcome, both find that they are mutually attracted to each other. The  story that captures the intensity of a forbidden romance and the sensitivity of having to work through one’s personal issues to find a satisfactory resolution.


You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. Arisa White. Augury Books, 2016.

A gorgeous, intelligent poetry collection from Lambda Literary Award-nominated White. These poems burst with emotion, soaring to ecstatically loving highs and capturing the sorrows of longing and black lesbian life in a vicious world. A beautifully realized and joyful read that deserves a place in poetry collections and the canon of lesbian literature.


2018 Nonfiction Titles

2018 Over the Rainbow Nonfiction Titles


Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE. Pat Patterson. ECW Press, 2016.
A no holds barred memoir about being gay in the world of professional wrestling, as told by veteran superstar wrestler Pat Patterson. He chronicles his humble beginnings working in the wrestling circuits of the 1960s all the way up to becoming a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer, all while dealing with his sexuality, coming out, and finding love.


Balls: It Takes Some To Get Some. Chris Edwards. Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2016.
A witty and refreshing memoir about transitioning, as told by Chris Edwards who corrects his gender from female to male. With a voice that is brave and bold, Edwards details his journey as a trans man living in a time before the term “transgender” even existed. He uses his marketing background to rebrand himself and in doing so, finds support from coworkers, friends, and family alike. This is an encouraging, entertaining, brazen, and moving memoir of someone who chooses to live as his true self.


Before Pictures. Douglas Crimp. Dancing Foxes and University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Art Historian and critic, Douglas Crimp has written more than a memoir. It is a chronology of the author’s life lived in a variety of New York addresses, a collection of art and anecdotes from his experiences on the burgeoning Gay Liberation years of New York gay scene, as well as a book of art criticism spanning 1967-1977. These 10 years are his life before Pictures, an influential exhibition he curated in 1977. Crimp seamlessly moves from memoir to criticism. The book is beautifully designed. It is a remarkable work.


The Black Penguin. Andrew Evans. University of Wisconsin Press, 2017.
Andrew Evans pitches an idea for an article for National Geographic to travel primarily by bus from Washington, D.C. to Antarctica and live tweet his experience along the way. He meets various characters and has a few nail-biting travel experiences. Evans alternates between telling us about his bus journey and the challenges of accepting himself despite his experiences growing up as a gay Mormon.


The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics. Edited by Matt Bell. Wayne State University Press, 2016.
In this collection of academic essays, the groundbreaking 1970 film The Boys in The Band (based on Matt Crowley’s off-Broadway play) is thoroughly examined. Fans of the film and students of queer cinema will rejoice at the multitude of issues explored, including gender, race, film theory, queer theory, alcoholism, politics, New York City, and gay love. It’s a perfect companion piece to the film, initiating debate, inviting sociological perspectives, and providing intellectual discussion.


The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker with drawings by Éric Liberge and text by Arnaud Delalande. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.
A moving look into the life of Alan Turing who is famous for creating a machine capable of decrypting German messages during World War II. The graphic novel flashes between Turing’s struggle with his sexuality, workplace challenges, and visualizes his thought processes in a captivating way.


The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Cultures. Bonnie J Morris. SUNY University Press, 2017.
Morris chronicles three decades of women-only concerns, festivals, bookstores, and support spaces, as a backstory to the culture lost to mainstreaming and assimilation. This insider story is an important piece of the cultural history of the lesbian-feminist era. As a veteran participant of women’s music festivals, Morris uses her own experience and interviews with older activists to document this history.


Doll Parts: A Memoir. Amanda Lepore and Thomas Flannery. Regan Arts, 2017.
This coffee table book is almost as gorgeous as its subject. Amanda Lepore is one of the most famous transgender women in the world, having modelled for famous photographers and becoming a staple of the New York City’s Club Kids scene in the 80s & 90s. Acting, singing, and just being seen, Lepore is instantly recognizable with her numerous plastic surgery procedures to look like a living doll. This book flaunts her fabulousness with beautiful photographs, unbelievable tales, and choice words of wisdom on how to live life to the fullest.


The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer Theory’s Defiant Subjects. Mari Ruti. Columbia University Press, 2017.
Ruti uses some queer theorists’ rejection of gay marriage as a building block to explore “opting out” of normative narratives. She uses the influences of Jacques Lacan, a French psychoanalyst, to explore contemporary queer theory and its underpinnings.


Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays. Fenton Johnson. Sarabande Books, 2017.
Harper’s Magazine contributor, Fenton Johnson’s collection spans the years 1989-2016. His roots are in the Kentucky mountains, but his home is writing as evident in this eclectic selection with themes ranging from boyhood, his sexuality, loss of his partner to AIDS, and politics to name a few. The writing is erudite and graceful, peppered with literary allusions and history. It will leave the reader searching back issues of Harper’s for more.


Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York. Donald Albrecht. Skira Rizzoli, 2016.
An accessible look into the history of queer art culture in New York City with beautiful photographs and artwork that ranges from 1910-1992. Albrecht provides a unique look into how New York artists have struggled with oppression, asserted their identities, and employed art to find strength.


Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation, 2nd ed. Simon LeVay. Oxford University Press, 2017.
LeVay is a neuroscientist who breaks down the science of sexuality into layman’s terms. In this edition, LeVay covers various studies on sexuality and includes chapters on traits during childhood, genes, and the body. The book is a solid introduction and collection of research on sexual orientation that acknowledges the limitations of research in this area.


Gay-Straight Alliances and Associations Among Youth in Schools. Cris Mayo. Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.
In this series of studies, Mayo examines the creation of school-sanctioned and informal Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). GSAs provide examples and case studies of intersectionality, opportunity, new ways of approaching political action, new ways of knowing and new subjectivities. Such alliances generally focus on a single facet of identity, neglecting others, but still give young people ways to reach out for connection across sexualities, genders, races, and other differences. The book examines the youths’ experiences as a process of “negotiation across and within differences in a particular institutional context,” showing the fractures in the process and the creative and individual ways they find commonality within division, form connection despite barriers, and express the desire to change what is for what can be.


Gender Bending Detective Fiction: A Critical Analysis of Selected Works. Heather Duerre Humann. McFarland & Co Inc Pub, 2017.
Literary criticism of the American mystery genre has become richer with the addition of Humann’s thoughtful, readable, layered analyses. She highlights books from Spillane’s I, the Jury to James’ Transition to Murder and beyond, over seventy years of cultural change and shifting attitudes toward gender and sexuality. By focusing on how gender is shown, concealed, transformed, criminalized, punished or rewarded since World War II, she traces threads of social transgression, personal loss, and struggle via close examination of specific scenes and overall themes. An outstanding contribution to the critical interpretation of the genre.

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me. Bill Hayes. Bloomsbury USA, 2017.
Grieving the death of his lover, Hayes uproots his life and moves to New York City where he finds healing through street photography and an unexpected romance. Entering into a second act of his life, Hayes falls in love with renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, who ends up battling and losing his fight with cancer. This is an homage to Sacks – a celebration of his life, and the love that he and Hayes shared together.


Into the Light: Photographs of the NYC Gay Pride Day from the 70’s till today. Stanley Stellar. Bruno Gmünder, 2017.
Stanley Stellar is one of the seminal photographers who documented the early days of Gay Liberation in New York. This collection of black and white and color photographs of the parades and street scenes captures the mood of each decade: the hedonistic 70s, the AIDS crisis, to the era of marriage equality. His book is a worthy document of GLBTQ history.


Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Rosalind Rosenberg. Oxford University Press, 2017.
This thorough and deeply researched investigation of African American lawyer and activist Pauli Murray, documents the way in which Murray pursued an intersectional activism. Born in 1910 in the JIm Crow south, Murray fought the interconnection of race, gender and economic inequality throughout her life and ultimately altered the course of civil rights and women’s rights.


Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights. Brian F. Harrison & Melissa R. Michelson. Oxford University Press, 2017.
This book examines the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ rights by individuals within social groups, and how the attitudes of perceived leaders of the group influence individual attitudes. The authors posit a Theory of Dissonant Identity Priming which they tested in four social groups (sports fans, members of religious groups, persons by self-identified racial groups, and political partisanship. Findings indicate individuals are more apt to support queer rights if leaders of their social group do, particularly if such support is unexpected. The take-away is that “political communication that primes a social identity can change attitudes” in unexpected, substantive, and positive ways.


Living a Feminist Life. Sara Ahmed. Duke University Press, 2017.
An accessible primer on feminism that explores what it means on a practical level. Ahmed intersperses her views about what it means to be feminist with anecdotes from her personal and academic life. In addition to having two conclusions, Ahmed’s text features three sections: Becoming Feminist, Diversity Work, Living the Consequences.


Logical Family: A Memoir. Armistead Maupin. Harper, 2017.
This is a long overdue memoir by the acclaimed author of the modern-day classic series Tales of the City. Armistead Maupin invites us into his childhood in the American South during the mid-century, then takes us onto a wild ride through his adventures serving in the Vietnam War, and finally lands in 1970s San Francisco, where gay liberation would shape this young man into being one of the biggest influences on gay culture and literature today.


Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey. Ila Jane Borders and Jean Hastings Ardell. Univ of Nebraska Press, 2017.
This memoir is the story of the first woman to win a men’s college baseball game. A pioneer for women in professional baseball, Jane Borders endured stalkers and death threats in an isolating environment as she also struggled with her sexual orientation while playing with a minor league team. This inspiring account is an important sports and LGBTQ memoir.


Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression. David Leite. Dey Street Books, 2017.
An entertaining memoir that details Leite’s life growing up in a Portuguese family and his struggle with mental health, career, and coming to terms with his sexuality. Leite takes an unexpected path as his study of acting eventually gives way to his very successful career as a food writer.


One Of These Things First. Steven Gaines. Delphinium, 2016.
Gaines’ memoir of growing up gay and Jewish in midcentury New York is brimming with both wit and compassion even in its grittiest moments. From his family’s girdle store on the streets of Brooklyn to the Manhattan psychiatric hospital where he was hospitalized for a suicide attempt, Gaines’ narration is textural and effusive, capturing both love and pain without veering into seediness.


One Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin. Michael Schreiber. Bruno Gmünder, 2016.
One Man Show is an oral history as well as a retrospective of the life and work of a 20th century American artist who lived his life as an out gay man in the years before and after WWII. The author transcribes interviews made in the last years of Perlin’s life. Perlin’s career began in 1942 with Office of War Information drawing posters that are famous today. His style used elements of magical realism. Schreiber’s work is compelling and will make more people aware of the work of this talented artist.


A Pornographer: A Memoir. Arch Brown. Chelsea Station, 2017.
Arch Brown’s memoir was found in a desk after his death in 2012. In 1967, he was an out gay man in New York with a 16mm camera who discovered men and some women were eager to pose and perform on film. What began as a hobby became a career when Brown began working in the 1970’s hardcore scene. This is a fascinating story of an insightful filmmaker and a history of the pornographic film industry in the 1960s and 70s.


Queer Game Studies. Bonnie Ruberg. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
This anthology centers on “exploring difference in games and exploring games as different”. Essays explore the intersection of gaming and queerness far beyond only representation and inclusion, challenging the stereotype both within and outside game studies and queer theory. Gender play, hybridity, mythology, policing, empathy games, technical and cultural systemic bias, role play, hostility faced by female gamers, the ‘bendiness’ of genre, the queerness in game design, play, and community, and more all covered in this extensive beginning of an expansion in how the queer in gaming, and the game in queerness, may be explored.


A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout. Edited by Marilyn Schuster. University of British Columbia Press, 2017.
This rich compilation of fifteen years of correspondence between the older lesbian public figure, Rule, and the gay male AIDS activist columnist, Bébout, chronicles the pressing queer social and political issues of the time; pornography, bath house raids, censorship, youth sexuality, public sex, and AIDS. Beyond the issues, the letters document a love of writing and a deep friendship.


Queering Families. Carla A. Pfeffer. Oxford University Press, 2016.
A nuanced and well-researched study of the common and sometimes controversial phenomenon of relationships and family-building between cisgender women and transgender men. Pfeffer traces the connections between butch and femme, cis and trans, lesbian identification and identity “border wars” with compassion and thorough methodology. A substantial close read on expanding concepts of family and identity. Excellent for academic and queer theory collections.


The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir. Ariel Levy. Random House, 2017.
Levy’s deeply personal memoir invites us to understand how she charts her own path, found her way into a marriage with an alcoholic wife and struggles to make her relationship work. In addition, Levy gives insight to her miscarriage that causes those around her to question her choices and forces her to find the strength to move forward.


Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege. Jean Halley, Amy Eshleman. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
An accessible and optimistic primer on concepts of sexuality, gender, privilege and power written as an entry point for those who may not be familiar with intra-community language. Without defensiveness and using real life examples, Halley and Eshleman have written a necessary text comparable to “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. Highly recommended for general collections.


So Famous and So Gay: the Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein. Jeff Solomon. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
A dense analysis of the careers of authors Gertrude Stein and Truman Capote, two queer icons in literature. Solomon compares and contrasts their careers as contemporaries, albeit in different countries and entirely opposing styles. The focus is on their works and how they, as authors and public figures, navigated the social mores and prevailing homophobia of their era.


Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Janet Mock. Atria Books, 2017.
This is the inspiring account of a young trans woman of color who reflects back on the trials and tribulations of her twenties and the lessons learned. Attending school by day and stripping by night, Mock winds up falling for one of her customers and discovering that she is worthy of love and more. Like any new adult, Mock navigates her 20s holding on to her secret, learning whom she can trust, and breaking hearts (including her own) along the way.


Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. Stacey Waite. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.
In this text, Waite, “…explore(s) the terrain where queer theory, writing, and pedagogy overlap, intersect, and move into one another.” In addition to employing queer theory, Waite shares practical experiences teaching a first-year writing course and includes insightful responses from her students.


Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977 – 2002). David Sedaris. Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
In Part One of two volumes, this collection of diary entries traces back the musings and observations of funnyman David Sedaris, who uses his entries as fodder for future writings that would eventually establish him as a comedic literary giant. Dating back to his youth, we witness his journey from high school dropout to drug user to the start of his literary career. Not the usual Sedaris book, but not an outright autobiography either. Some entries will depress you, shock you, and even offend you. It’s David Sedaris on display, the good, bad, and the ugly, but entertaining all the way through.


Tomboy Survival Guide. Ivan E. Coyote. Arsenal Pulp, 2016.
Prolific writer, storyteller, and performer, Ivan E. Coyote’s memoir of a childhood in the Canadian Yukon is both joyous and bittersweet. They invite the reader into a personal, yet often uncomfortable place by recounting daily stresses of not fitting in their body or community while simultaneously dispensing sage advice for teens coming out. The book is illustrated with drawings of machines and tools and their instructions, as would be included in a conventional survival guide.


Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Laura Jane Grace with Dan Ozzi. Hachette Books, 2016.
Laura Jane Grace is the lead singer of the punk band, Against Me!, which came together in the mid 1990s. Grace describes her experience struggling to make her band successful and trying to reconcile her gender dysphoria. The memoir takes us through two marriages and band conflicts before Grace finds some peace by transitioning to live as a woman.


Transitioning Together: One Couple’s Journey of Gender and Identity Discovery. Wenn B. Lawson and Beatrice M. Lawson. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017.
Autism researcher and writer Wenn Lawson is joined by his wife Beatrice in this conversational, loving memoir about their relationship. The two explore aging, changing sexuality, gender transition and living with autism with both joy and honesty. An illuminating view into the lives of queer people on the autism spectrum from a standpoint of clarity and autonomy.


Truth to Power: The New York Native 1980-1997. Charles Ortleb. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
An engaging read revolving around the small independent gay newspaper The New York Native and its role during the AIDS crisis during the early 80s. Publisher Charles Ortleb helped to sound the alarm about AIDS and its relationship to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with ruthless research and reporting. While trying to fight the good fight, he also dealt with the medical community trying to shut his paper down in order to quiet him. This is a riveting and important read that adds to the legacy of resistance and survival of the LGBTQ+ community and their history.


Understanding and Teaching US Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. 2nd ed. Edited by Leila J. Rupp and Susan K Freeman. Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2017.
A volume of superb essays, tying LGBT content to the broader goals of teaching history, social sciences, and LGBT studies. Over twenty-five scholars offer classroom strategies and experiences.This second edition updates essays on the Supreme Court, samesex marriage, the Right, and trans history, with new material and references.


What the Mouth Wants: a Memoir of Food, Love, and Belonging. Monica Meneghetti. Caitlin Press, 2017.
Growing up in an Italian-Catholic immigrant family as the baby, Meneghetti explores sensuality in all aspects of her life, diving into meals and romances with equal gusto. This memoir is a series of vignettes strung together to create a whole picture of her experience growing up and coming out, her bisexuality and polyamory. A delightful quick read that will stoke the appetite.


When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Cleve Jones. Hachette Books, 2016.
Mandatory reading for anyone who is LGBTQ+ is what this book should be. It is the personal account of major gay rights pioneer, Cleve Jones. Not only does he describe his fight for the queer movement, but he also shares memories of his time working alongside another community icon, Harvey Milk. San Francisco in the 70s serves as the backdrop for this important history lesson, and Jones finds himself in the middle of it all. When the AIDS crisis arrives in the 80s, the call to action continues to certify Jones as one of the leading gay activists of our time.


Women and Gay Men in The Postwar Period. John Portmann. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.
This study of the historical affinity between woman and gay men explores an oft-misunderstood phenomenon in public and private spheres with clarity and affection. Portmann makes it clear his work is “suggestive, not inclusive, and allusive, rather than empirical”. Despite his disclaimer, Portmann delivers an illuminating and accessible reflection on intimacies and solidarities throughout the mid-to-late 20th century. Highly recommended.


“You’re In The Wrong Bathroom!” And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People. Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R. Beacon Press, 2017.
In a well-researched and annotated compilation, 21 common misunderstandings about transgender or gender non-conforming individuals are explored and debunked. A solid introduction for folks about different aspects of the experience of transgender people.


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.