It is summer and I am feeling hot and puckish, so here is a list of multi-genre nonfiction queer writers because I celebrate Pride in books. I am interested in how queer people are writing about queerness. Are we past the “coming out” story? Who gets to be past that subgenre?
Hunger by Roxane Gay — I love her unapologetic self and I know this book will hit home for me. As a fat femme I am interested in stories about how others have navigated this world spatially.
Transposes by Dylan NDR Edwards — It is a graphic collection of queer trans men’s experiences as they navigate sexuality, gender, and everyday life. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear these amazing stories that are so often silenced, even in literature?
Where Am I Now by Mara Wilson — Her Twitter page is fire and I legit want to know what happened to the child actress who played Matilda in my favorite kids movie.
Theft by Finding: Diaries by David Sedaris — There has not been near enough campiness in my life this summer. I always make sure to read his work and soak up as much of his storytelling process because Sedaris didn’t begin as a writer—he began as a speaker. His writing style fascinates me and causes me to read things in his endearingly cranky voice.
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel — I re-read this comic collection every summer to remind myself to stay in touch with my queer community. It reminds me that the safest spaces for queer people will always be with other queer people and that I am really privileged to be “out” in a time where safe spaces are growing.