6 LGBT Books You Should Read for Pride Month
In case you don't know, June isn't just the sixth month of the year—it's also Pride Month! So if you've been seeing rainbow reacts on Facebook, or colorful captions on Instagram—well, you now know why. This is a significant period of time as it celebrates LGBT+ rights. Although people are more accepting nowadays, there's still a stigma that surrounds people who aren't straight—all the reason for us to promote Pride Month.
Pride Month is not just about attending gay pride marches or protesting for same-sex marriage (though you can do those, if you want). What really matters to the LGBT+ community is your awareness and knowledge in this issue—especially with the lack of representation for gay people. So here are 6 books perfect for you to understand Pride Month and the LGBT+ movement.
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Two of our favorite authors take turns in writing alternating chapters. Odd number chapters are told by quiet heterosexual Will Grayson 1, and even number chapters are narrated by depressed homosexual will grayson 2. Featuring both LGBT+ protagonists and supporting characters, this book soon meshes into a cohesive storyline that shows us all we need in this world is love and unity—no matter what sexuality you are.
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
When Griffin's ex-boyfriend Theo dies in an accident, his world ends. Sure, Theo moved away and started dating some guy named Jackson, but Theo was still his first love. What's infinitely worse is that the only person who understands his heartbreak is Jackson. But the more they open up to each other, the more Griffin plummets into an OCD-induced depression. Can Griffin put his heart back together again?
- We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
Marin left everything in her old life in California behind—and she hasn't spoken to a single soul from her past ever since. No one knows the truth about what happened—not even her best friend, Mabel. But even on the other side of the country in an empty New York college dorm, Marin still cannot let go of her past. With Mabel coming to visit for winter break, Marin must face all the pain she's been struggling to hide in her heart.
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This novel (which, ICYDK, is being turned into a movie starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford) focuses on gay Simon Spier, a sixteen-year-old who has yet to come out to any of his family or friends. As he strikes up an online relationship with another anonymous gay in school, he forgets to log out of his account and is blackmailed by his classmate Martin. Can Simon accept who he really is, and can he find his mystery man?
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This tearjerking and critically-acclaimed book focuses on two boys: Aristotle, an angry teenager whose brother is in jail, and Dante, a know-it-all who has a unique way of viewing the world. From their first meeting, it seems like they have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending more time together, they learn that it is only the power of their friendship that allows them to finally true to themselves.
- Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for the longest time—that is, until her religious radio evangelist of a father remarries, and they move from openminded Atlanta to conservative Rome, Georgia. To save his reputation, her dad asks her to keep her sexuality to herself. Though pretending to be straight makes the adjustment easier, Georgia finds herself falling for the oh-so-tempting Mary Carlson, the sister of a schoolmate. Can Jo find love while staying true to herself?
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.