Literature always makes for great gifts. The arts have always led the way when it comes to pushing boundaries and ideas, and it makes sense that we often find the most diversity and representation of LGBTQ+ people in books.

The GaySA Radio Book Club has compiled a list of books that are perfect for curling up with this festive season. Most of these were featured on #BookClubTuesday on GaySA Radio’s Rainbow Talk.

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Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Through an institutionalised twelve-step programme, Garrad Conley was supposed to emerge heterosexual. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

The essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer, Audre Lorde. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.

On Being Different by Merle Miller

On Being Different by Merle Miller was originally published in 1971, and takes a look at being homosexual in the US.

“Forty years after Miller’s article and book his eloquent voice is still poignant, still relevant to the ongoing struggle, our struggle for dignity and equal rights.” – Jonathan Ned Katz, Founder, Co-Director, OutHistory.org

Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave

Holding the Man is a 1995 memoir by Australian writer, actor, and activist Timothy Conigrave. It is the winner of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-fiction. The book tells the story of Tim’s life, and centrally of his relationship with his husband and love of fifteen years, John Caleo.

Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger

“A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart.” – Goodreads

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

“Ashleigh Walker is a mediocre student with an assortment of friends, a sort-of boyfriend, and no plans for the future. Then a straight-from-college English teacher, Miss Murray, takes over Ash’s class and changes everything.” – Penguin

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend – he’s barely ever had a girlfriend – but maybe it’s time to think again.

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

“Last week I cut my hair, bought some boys’ clothes and shoes, wrapped a large ACE bandage around my chest to flatten my fortunately-not-large breasts, and began looking for a new name.”

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

“Niru has a painful secret: he is queer – an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders.”