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Recommended Fiction

The following texts represent only a small number of the excellent LGBTQ fiction that is available. An effort has been made to highlight writing by authors of color, as they have often been left out of the LGBTQ literary canon. Much work needs to be done to continue building up lists such as this one. If you have recommendations for additions to the bibliography, please contact us. 

African-American and Diasporic LGBTQ Literature:

James Baldwin—Giovanni’s Room

Becky Birtha—The Forbidden Poems

Cheryl Clarke—Living as a Lesbian

Anita Cornwell—Black Lesbian in White America (available in I-Share)

Countee Cullen—My Soul’s High Song: The Collected Writings of Countee Cullen, Voice of the Harlem Renaissance

Samuel Delany—The Einstein Intersection

Melvin Dixon—Vanishing Rooms

Alice Dunbar-Nelson—The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Larry Duplechan—Blackbird

Jewelle Gomez—The Gilda Stories

Angelina Weld Grimke—Selected Works of Angelina Weld Grimke

E. Lynn Harris— Invisible Life

Essex Hemphill—Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men

Langston Hughes—The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

June Jordan—Kissing God Goodbye: Poems, 1991-1997

Jackie Kay—Trumpet 

Randall Kenan—Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories

Nella Larson—An Intimation of Things Distant: the Collected Fiction of Nella Larsen

Alain Locke—The Works of Alain Locke

Audre Lorde: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name; Sister Outsider

Claude McKay—Selected Poems of Claude McKay

Cherry Muhanji—Her

Bruce MorrowAn Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of Arican Descent

Pat Parker—Movement in Black: the Collected Poetry of Pat Parker, 1961-1978

Carl Phillips—Pastoral Poems

Assotto Saint—Spells of a Voodoo Doll: The Poems, Fiction, Essays and Plays of Assotto Saint

Ntozake Shange—For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

Ann Allen Shockley—Loving Her

Barbara Smith—Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Wallace Thurman—The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman: A Harlem Renaissance Reader

Alice Walker—The Color Purple


Asian and Asian-American LGBTQ Literature:

Justin Chin—Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms

Lawrence Chua—Gold by the Inch

David Henry-Hwang—M. Butterfly

Alice Hom—Q & A: Queer in Asian America

Lonny Kaneko—Coming Home from Camp

Willyce Kim—Dancer Dawkins and the California Kid

Quentin Lee—Dress Like a Boy

Yukio Mishima—Confessions of a Mask

Barbara Noda—Strawberries

Dwight Okita—Crossing with the Light

Han Ong—The Disinherited

Shyam SelvaduriFunny Boy: A Novel

Kitty Tsui—Breathless: Erotica

Norman Wong—Cultural Revolution: Stories

Merle Woo—Yellow Woman Speaks

Chea Villanueva—Bulletproof Butches


Latino/Latina LGBTQ Literature: 

Ana Castillo—Loverboys: Stories

Gil Cuadros—City of God

Arturo Islas—The Rain God: A Desert Tale

Jaime Manrique—Twilight at the Equator

Carmen de Monteflores—Possessions

Cherrie Moraga—Heroes and Saints and Other Plays

Michael Nava—The Little Death

Terri de la Pena—Margins

Juanita Ramos—Compañeras: Latina Lesbians: an anthology

John Rechy—City of Night

Sheila Ortiz Taylor—Faultline 

Carla Trujillo—What Night Brings


Native North American LGBTQ Literature:

Paula Gunn Allen—The Woman Who Owned the Shadows

Beth Brant—Writing as Witness: Essay and Talk

Chrystos—Not Vanishing

Janice Gould—Beneath My Heart  (on order)

Maurice Kenny—Backward to Forward: Prose Pieces

Terri Meyette and Anita Valerio—A Gathering of Spirit: Writing and Art by North American Indian Women (anthology)

Vickie Sears—Simple Songs

Terry Tafoya—Native American Two-Spirit Men


North American and European Caucasian LGBTQ Literature: 

Richard Amory—Song of the Loon

Charlie Anders—Choir Boy

Ann Bannon—Beebo Brinker

Djuna Barnes—Nightwood

Alison Bechdel— Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Rita Mae Brown—Rubyfruit Jungle

William S. Burroughs—Naked Lunch

David Ebershoff—The Danish Girl

Leslie Feinberg—Stone Butch Blues

E.M. Forster— Maurice

Nancy Garden— Annie on My Mind

Jean Genet— Our Lady of the Flowers

Allen Ginsberg—Howl (in Collected Poems, 1947-1997)

Radclyffe Hall—The Well of Loneliness

Patricia Highsmith—The Price of Salt

Thea Hillman—Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word)

Christopher Isherwood—A Single Man

Mark Marlis— American Studies

Pat McCabe—Breakfast on Pluto 

Vin Packer—Spring Fire

Annie Proulx—Brokeback Mountain

Jane Rule—Desert of the Heart

Sappho—Sappho: A New Translation

Hubert Selby Jr.—"The Queen Is Dead" in Last Exit to Brooklyn

Colm Toibin— The Master

Gore Vidal—The City and the Pillar  

Sarah Waters— Tipping the Velvet 

Edmund White—A Boy’s Own Story

Zoe Whittall—Holding Still for As Long As Possible

Kathleen Winter—Annabel

Jeanette Winterson—Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Virginia WoolfOrlando

Content Creator

This research guide was created by Elizabeth Hermans during a Practicum at the John T. Richardson Library in 2013.  Elizabeth received a PhD in English at Purdue University with a focus on American women’s and lesbian-themed literature 1880-present.  She also holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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