My First Queer Book? 'Curious Wine'

At seventeen, I had a penchant for cherry lip-gloss and making fun of dykes who wore boys’ clothes. Then a teacher lent me a worn green paperback. “Just read it,” she said. At three the next morning, I’d finished Katherine V. Forrest’s Curious Wine (The Naiad Press), and was sobbing on my floor. Loving another… read more

My First Queer Book? 'Ice Blues'

According to Tim Capehart: In 1987, Richard Stevenson’s Ice Blues came across the counter at the library where I worked the summer between freshman and sophomore years in college. I’d just started dating my first serious boyfriend, but none of my family or friends knew I was gay. I read it in secret and loved tough,… read more

My First Queer Book? 'The Other'

David Pratt: 1971, I read a book review about two boys: good twin, evil twin. My parents, unknowing, let me have it. An anonymous, insinuating voice, confined to a moldering house, told of a bully impaled on a pitchfork, a hermaphrodite, a stolen baby. I was angry enough to impale bullies, mesmerized by bodies of… read more

My First Queer Book? 'The Front Runner'

Rick Reed: So it’s probably a cliché, but my first LGBT book was Patricia Nell Warren’s iconic The Front Runner. I remember discovering it in the Waldenbooks at the Beaver Valley Mall in western Pennsylvania when I was about sixteen. I hid it from the friend I had come with and hid it when I… read more

My First Queer Book? 'Weetzie Bat'

It was Christmas in 2000, I was 16, and I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a girlfriend or a boyfriend. My uncle came over from New York with an armful of books, the most fascinating of which was Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block. Weetzie, a “skinny girl with a bleach-blonde flat-top”, falls in love… read more

My First Queer Book: 'A Density of Souls'

The first queer book I ever read was A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice. At the time of the reading, I was just about to turn fifteen and was growing increasingly frustrated with my sexuality. When I got on the bus and prepared for the ride ahead, I cracked the book open and began… read more