Celebrating Pride can take many forms—from exploring the history of literary legends to discovering untold struggles of activist trailblazers, to diving into irresistible novels filled with intrigue, scandal, and romance. This list of LGBTQIA+ reads spans the gamut from celeb stories to intimate essays, heart-pounding thrillers to dazzling historical fiction. No matter what your taste, these reads are guaranteed to entertain, enlighten, and provoke fascinating discussions about love, acceptance, and more.
I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein
A poignant and hilarious memoir from the four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, offering readers an intimate look at his fabled career on screen and stage, as well as his personal journey through addiction, romance, and activism.
Oscar Wilde by Matthew Sturgis
From the acclaimed biographer comes the fullest, most accurate, and most human look at Oscar Wilde’s unique life, drawn from extensive new research and newly discovered materials, including Wilde’s personal letters, transcripts of his first trial, and papers about his early romantic escapades and the two-year prison term that shattered his life.
App Kid by Michael Sayman
Michael Sayman is one of Silicon Valley’s youngest entrepreneurs—and also is a second-generation Latino Immigrant who taught himself to code. Here is his own story of business successes and failures, personal highs and lows, and how he learned to march to the beat of his own drum.
Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough
The New York Times bestselling collection of searing and extremely personal essays exploring Lauren Hough’s remarkable journey from child member of a cult to U.S. Air Force airman, cable guy, and bouncer in a gay club. A sharp, brave, and often very funny look at survival, identity, and what it means to live freely.
Billie Jean King’s tennis career—six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, thirty-nine grand-slam titles, and her defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes”—is the stuff of legends. But in her New York Times bestselling autobiography, King lets fans behind the scenes of her struggles in the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, and, eventually, the LGBTQIA+ rights movement.
Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon
Oliver Park, a recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he’s ever wanted: sobriety, a loving, wealthy partner, and a perfect life. But when Oliver’s curiosity about Haus, a gay bathhouse, crosses a line, everything goes terribly, terribly wrong. A scintillating thriller that packs an emotional punch.
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
The award-winning author of The Gods of Tango presents a genre-defining portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the human spirit, as she explores the lives of five women escaping political unrest in Uruguay at an isolated cape they claim as their secret sanctuary.
The Verifiers by Jane Pek
Meet Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth who verifies people’s online lives—and lies—for a dating detective agency in New York City. But when a client vanishes, Claudia finds herself caught up in a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. A clever and incisive debut exploring technology and romantic love in the digital age.
The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert
A sexy, stylish novel set in Paris on the eve of World War II, where Clementine, a queer American ex-pat, is drawn out of retirement for one last scam. Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris.