Queer authors have brought a unique and authentic perspective to the world of literature in recent times. Such authors inspire and encourage readers to celebrate sexuality no matter what their identity is. As they have paved the way for many queer writers, these authors certainly deserve respect. The books that these authors have written often bring the struggles of queer people to light.
Most of their struggles involve some serious mental and physical trials. While depicting these difficulties, the authors are also able to tell fascinating stories of love and triumph. For those interested in queer literature, here are a few recommendations:
1. Breakaway by Avon Gale
A twenty-year old NHL affiliate, Lane Courtnall, is drafted to play for Jacksonville Sea Storm. His future seems bright, but he feels a certain awkwardness for being gay. His teammates in the minor league hockey team alienate him after hearing certain ‘awkward’ things from him. During a game, Courtnall throws off his gloves against Jared Shore. He is the enforcer for the rival team, Savannah Renegades.
Shore is a bisexual and was left devastated after his love affair came to an end. Lane Courtnall gets closer to Shore and reminds him why love might be worth taking the risk. They’re at different points in their respective careers. Now both of them need to decide what’s most valuable for them.
2. Birthday by Meredith Russo
Morgan and Eric had arrived into this world on the same day. Besides, they were born at the same time and in the same hospital. The two are sometimes close and sometimes apart as the years pass. The story reaches new heights as both of them begin embracing their true selves. This book definitely has a brutal honesty to it. Birthday also tells a heartwarming story that’s more about exploring one’s true identity.
3. Fairest by Meredith Talusan
This memoir of Meredith Talusan is based on his experiences as an adolescent and young adult. He was once a young boy from a rural village in the Philippines and had albinism. During his immigration to the United States, he passes as white. He then grows up in the country to become a woman.
She suffers from the strain of parental neglect. Then there’s this elusive promise of the country’s citizenship. Talusan navigates through the issues of race, sexuality, class, and her place in the LGBTQ community. Her reflections shift the perceptions of readers about love, gender, identity, and life’s fairness.
4. Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Emma and Jo are brought closer to each other by an unexpected situation. Jo, an actress, is photographed on the red carpet. Her assistant, Emma, has a good laugh. Soon, the rumors of their romance spread far and wide, threatening their individual careers.
Emma and Jo discover that they’re happier with each other. The rumors certainly have a hint of truth, after all. The friendship between Jo and Emma gets deeper and romance blossoms between them.
5. Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness
This memoir from Jonathan Van Ness reveals a more personal side. Jonathan Van Ness had to go through some dark days before the author became this shining individual today. The traumatic years and the many secrets that were deliberately hidden from the public are mentioned in the book. Although the book tells the tales of countless struggles, it also radiates with passion and positivity.