20 Books That Changed The Way We Felt About Ourselves As LGBT People

20 Books That Changed The Way We Felt About Ourselves As LGBT People

The Huffington Post asked their readers to name the books that shaped the way they felt about themselves as LGBT people. While this is by no means a definitive literary list, the responses they received on Facebook and Twitter reflect the community’s wit, strength and overall diversity.

I’m so honored to be included on this list!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/21/books-lgbt-authors-_n_6357548.html

  1. TALES OF THE CITY by Armistead Maupin
  2. STONE BUTCH BLUES by Leslie Feinberg
  3. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
  4. MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides
  5. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde
  6. ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris
  7. RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE by Rita Mae Brown
  8. THE BEST LITTLE BOY IN THE WORLD, by Andrew Tobias
  9. COMING OUT: AN ACT OF LOVE by Rob Eichberg
  10. MAN ALIVE by Thomas Page McBee
  11. GAY SOUL by Mark Thompson
  12. STRANGER AT THE GATE by Mel White
  13. THE BOY WHO PICKED THE BULLETS UP by Charles Nelson
  14. BECOMING A MAN: HALF A LIFE STORY by Paul Monette
  15. THE FRONT RUNNER by Patricia Nell Warren
  16. LIKE PEOPLE IN HISTORY: A GAY AMERICAN EPIC by Felice Picano
  17. OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS by Truman Capote
  18. THE SOUL BENEATH THE SKIN by David Nimmons
  19. BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan
  20. THE SWIMMING POOL LIBRARY by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Randy Skretvedt

    Congratulations to Mel and to all the authors here. I would add Laura Z. Hobson’s “Consenting Adult,” a novel which takes place from 1960 to 1973 and has the rise of the gay-liberation movement as part of its story, and “Rainbow Boys,” a young-adult novel by Alex Sanchez about three teenage gay boys in different stages of acceptance (there are also two sequels, “Rainbow High” and “Rainbow Road”). All were very helpful to me, even though in the case of the latter three books I read them when I was long past high school age.