Proud to be Proud

The history is murky, but I think the first London Gay Pride march took place in November 1970, when 150 people gathered in Highbury Fields. The first official rally took place in 1972, with 2000 participants. These days, it’s one of the biggest LGBT+ events in the world, with up to half a million people meeting up to celebrate the diversity of this extraordinary city. Join the merry throng in the week running up to the big parade on 7 July, and check out our booklist of favourite lesbian, gay and trans titles here.

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

Claire recommends:

I promise you, there hasn't been a book quite like this before. Maggie Nelson discusses her relationship, motherhood, art and gender fluidity in this queer-theory-cum-memoir ...

Our Young Man

Edmund White

From the publisher:

‘Has everyone always been in love with you? Of course they have, who am I kidding? What did they say about Helen of Troy? That her face launched a thousand ships? That’s ...

Rubyfruit Jungle

Rita Mae Brown

From the publisher:

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RITA MAE BROWNMolly Bolt is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures out at a young age that she will have to be ...

The Swimming Pool Library

Alan Hollinghurst

From the publisher:

Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience ...

Queer: A Graphic History

Meg John Barker

Claire recommends:

If you, like me, feel you don't know nearly enough about queer theory but you want to, then Queer: A Graphic History is a serious but accessible introduction; ideal for ...

Queer Wars

Dennis Altman

From the publisher:

The claim that LGBT rights are human rights’ encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world, as governments and religious leaders have used resistance toLGBT ...