25 Great LGBTIQ Reads

Looking for a great book to read? We asked activist Aram Hosie, film reviewer Lezly Herbert, poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Graeme Watson and Sophie Joske what their favourite books were.

Fun HomeFun Home 
by Alison Bechdel (2006)

This graphic autobiography tells the story of how Bechdel’s closeted gay father killed himself weeks after she came out as a lesbian. This tale of family secrets, identity and sexuality is honestly and elegantly told through illustration and storytelling interwoven with literary references that make this a stunning portrayal of coming out and dealing with loss. – Sophie Joske


Hidden from HistoryHidden From History
edited by Martin Duberman, Martha Vivinus and George Chauncey (1989)

Thirty contributors put together biographies and accounts of oppression and resistance that span from the ancient world to the middle of the twentieth century. At last…a compendium to make up for the abysmal lack of historical documentation and reclaim at least some of the gay and lesbian past. – Lezly Herbert


Chemical PalaceChemical Palace
by Fiona McGregor (2002)

I first discovered this book in my early 20s and read it over and over again. Aside from it making me desperately wish that I’d lived in Sydney in the early 90s and been able to be part of the underground queer party scene there when it was at its height, I really liked the structure of the writing itself and the way McGregor really made me feel transported into the lives and experiences of the cast of characters in the book. – Aram Hosie


dan-savage_The_KidThe Kid
by Dan Savage (1999)

Subtitled ‘What happened after my boyfriend and I decided to go and get pregnant’, this autobiographical book charts the journey of sex-columnist Savage and his partner Terry Miller as they go through the process of adopting a child. The couple later funded the ‘It Gets Better’ project. When I read this book, not long after coming out, it totally changed my view on what being gay could be. – Graeme Watson


Lifting BellyLifting Belly
by Gertrude Stein (1953)

This is a queer love poem unlike any other. It alternates between the voice of two lovers who explore ideas of arousal and excitement, or causes them to have ‘lifting belly’ (a play on how an orgasm makes the body react). Read aloud – the book is only 68 pages – it is an erotic discourse of pleasure that leaves you feeling incredibly uplifted. – Scott-Patrick Mitchell


More Recommended Books

Missed Her
Ivan E. Coyote

Goodbye Berlin
Christopher Isherwood

Christos Tsiolkas

Pulling Taffy
Matt Bernstein Sycamore

The Powerbook
Jeanette Winterson

Wild Surmise
Dorothy Porter

Jeffrey Eugenides

Hate: A Romance
Tristan Garcia

Stone Butch Blues
Leslie Feinberg

Tales Of The City
Armistead Maupin

The Swimming-Pool Library
Alan Hollinghurst

The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse
edited by Alan Michael & Michael Parker & Mark Willhardt

The Farewell Symphony
Edmund White

Giovani’s Room
James Baldwin

Look Who’s Morphing
Tom Cho

Medea’s Children
Con Anemogianis

The Monkey’s Mask
Dorothy Porter

Out of the Box
edited by Michael Farrell & Jill Jones

Glove Puppet
Neal Drinnan

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
Benjamin Law

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