LGBTQ+ Literature “Top Ten” List… Newbies Welcome!
With the great diversity and value of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer-Plus (LGBTQ+) Literature, this Top 10 is just one starting point. The following works range from classical poetry to some of today’s best drama, comedy, and non-fiction. Enjoy!
- Faderman, Lillian, editor – Chloe Plus Olivia: Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present – Thematically-arranged lesbian poetry, fiction, drama, and essays, featuring dozens of authors from five centuries; 1995
- Fone, Byrne R.S., editor – Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature: Readings from Western Antiquity to the Present Day – Almost five thousand years of gay male fiction, poetry, drama, and memoirs, with concise historical and literary commentary (outline of the book); 1998
- Forster, E.M. – Maurice – A young gay man challenges social, and personal, prejudice to find happiness; 1913
- Katz, Jonathan Ned, editor – Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. – 400 years of LGBTQs in America, revealed through original historical documents and illuminating commentaries; 1976. (Also recommended: Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, edited by Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus, & George Chauncey — essays on LGBTQs throughout both world and US history; 1990)
- Kushner, Tony – Angels in America – Fantastic, romantic, political, hilarious, and deeply moving. Is this multi-award-winning two-part epic the best play of the last 50 years? You decide! 1992–1994
- Lorde, Audre – Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Powerful “biomythography” (memoir) of growing up in 1950s Harlem and becoming, in her own words, a “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet;” 1982
- Marlowe, Christopher – Edward II [free online] – Mesmerizing verse drama about the connections between politics, sex and power, as seen through the rise and fall of the historical English king (1284–1327) and his male lover; 1592
- Monette, Paul – Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story – Intense, inspiring story of how the author came out, and learned to love; 1992
- Saslow, James M. – Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts – Landmark survey of LGBTQ+ art, and social life, from antiquity to the present; 1999
- Woolf, Virginia – Orlando – S/he lives for centuries, changing genders along the way; 1928
* LGBTQ+ Literature Resources
Begun 1997 / Updated March 10, 2021