By Lauren and Lília

It’s Pride Month, celebrated every June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, when the gay community protested against its treatment by police. These days, June is a month of celebration and awareness about the LGBTQ+ community worldwide, but it’s especially marked in the US.

As a company with tight connections to the US, and one which opened Amsterdam’s first gay bookstore back in 1975, ABC always highlights books written by authors from the community—both to raise awareness about the writers and the themes they address. If you’d like to know more about it and the opening of Wild Ride, please read this article.

We have a great newsletter archive from the time we still had printed versions and just came across a 1999 New York Times article with its list of the 100 greatest gay novels of all time. It includes such classics as:

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Sita by Kate Millett (Out of Print – only available from our Antiquary/Second-Hand supplier)

Since then, The New York Times has added a slew of Young Adult (YA) gay books not to be missed, including:

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
Gay Club! by Simon James Green
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches by Kate Scelsa
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
We Are Totally Normal by Naomi Kanakia

Of course we also have our own list of popular LGBTQ+ titles, which includes:

To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

This is just a small sample, so for a more comprehensive list, check our LGBTQ+ highlights list here, or come visit us for a chat and to browse our stock!