If you don’t know, June is a very special month: it’s pride month. As a cis straight woman (who still is demisexual), I do not feel as if I belong into the LGBTQIA+ community but I still wanted to write a blog post about it because diversity in today’s literature is very important and should be talked about more, especially online in the book community itself.
I decided to ask people who belong to the book community and the LGBTQIA+ one to recommend me some books with a great rep and which mattered to them in some ways. It was very important for me to let the community talks by itself.
Some of them decided to stay anonymous but they all agreed to tell me their sexuality and gender. I only shared five of them for now, but if you like it I’ll write another blog post about it later on.
X is a cisgender bisexual girl. The last book that really mattered to her was The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde. About it she says, “It has a great representation and carries a very important message, with bisexual, pansexual and gender queer characters.“
Rep: gender queer, nonbinary, questioning, bisexual and pansexual.
Gabi is a cisgender asexual aboromantic with homoromantic tendencies girl. She recommends Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee,
Radio Silence by Alice Osman
and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.
Rep: asexual (Tash HeartsTolstoy), demisexual, bisexual, homosexual (Radio Silence) and homoromantic (Everything Leads To You).
Zoé is a cisgender bisexual girl. She recommends the Six of Crows duology. About it, she says, “Nina wasn’t only openly bi and never shamed for it – she was also thick/fat and yet her storyline never resolved around her losing weight. That’s why this duology has an amazing bi rep, because it’s about a bi girl who’s happy and confident with her body and sexuality.“
Isa is genderfluid and panromantic asexual. They recommend Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. About it, they say, “I could relate to a lot of the things Charlie was going through, even though it’s not the focus of the story at all.“
Rep: gender queer.
Nadège is a cisgender bisexual girl. She recommends The Seven Husbands of Evenlyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
More books for pride month…
If you are interrested in reading more books with LGBTQIA+ character but doesn’t have a lot of money, Riveted allows you to read some titles from their collection for free if you follow this link.
I hope that this blog post was useful to you! Please, always remind yourself that you matter, that you are valid and that you are loved. This blog, and my bookstagram account as well, is a safe place for everyone, regardless of your sexuality, gender, origins and more. You are you and I love you that way.