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LGBT Literature Recommendations For You

Posted on: January 18, 2016

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Literature has not treated the woman-loving woman kindly, historically. It’s not always easy to find lesbian romances actually written for women, let alone lesbians and bisexual women in nonfiction, and literary narratives. So, since this winter promises to be a rainy one and rainy seasons are great for holing up with a book or five, here are a few recommendations in alphabetical order by author.

 

Lillian Faderman’s Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America. The subtitle says it all. Faderman ferrets out the women left out of your history books and is a great source for the various historical contexts of women’s sexuality in the last century. Her bibliography is a recommended reading list all its own.

 

Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. A novel based partially on the author’s own life, it’s a butch’s coming of age story set in Buffalo New York. Touches a little too lightly on transgender issues as well. This one’s very firmly out of print, but you can download a PDF from the author’s site.

 

Karla Jay’s Tales of the Lavender Menace. This one’s a memoir, and Jay’s life is a fascinating read about 70s feminism and the fight for feminism to include gay rights. Bonus: Her wry humor is beautiful.

 

Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. 15 essays analyzing sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia and classism. This collection is 31 years old and could have been written today. Heavy, compelling reading.

 

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Ed. Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa. From 1981, this is still one of the most powerful works of women of color feminism. Art, essays, stories, and interviews – it has it all. Not all of the narratives are non-straight, but the focus is on intersections of liberation.

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