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Diverse Voices


A mix of fiction and nonfiction, the authors in this list explore issues of romance, sexuality, self-discovery, empowerment, and discrimination from a Black LGBT perspective.  

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
"Girl, Woman, Other" is a celebration of the diversity of Black British experience. Moving, hopeful, and inventive, this extraordinary novel is a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.

I Can't Date Jesus : Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux
This collection of humorous and contemplative essays from one of today's boldest writers on social issues discusses coming out to his mother, growing up in Houston, fire ants, fleas and being approached to join the priesthood.

Lot : Stories by Bryan Washington
Coming of age in his family's Houston restaurant, a mixed-heritage teen navigates bullying, his newly discovered sexual orientation, and the ripple effects of a disadvantaged community.

Niya : Rainbow Dreams by Fabiola Joseph
Niya is just coming to terms with being a lesbian when she falls for her straight neighbor Jamilla, but when Jamilla starts to succumb to the sexual tension between them, the two embark on the road to self-discovery together.

Real Life by Brandon (Brandon L. G.) Taylor
Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree. An introverted young man from Alabama, black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood.

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
At once a searing indictment of a racist, patriarchal society and a manual for claiming an intersectional identity, "Sister Outsider" is a comprehensive collection of the lauded poet and writer Audre Lorde's most famous and influential works of nonfiction prose.


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