5 LGBTQIA Writers and Poets to Read This June

Happy Pride! This month, as in years past, I’ve had the privilege of standing as an ally alongside my LGBTQIA brothers and sisters in celebration of Pride month. The love, support, encouragement, and loud cheers of freedom I hear all month long are so beautiful and overwhelming, even for me—and it means the world to me that I’m able to attend these hard-fought moments. 

In honor of Pride month this year, I strongly encourage you to learn more about some of the world’s brave, fierce LGBTQIA writers. Here are just five of the many who have transformed my worldview: 

Felicia Luna Lemus

“I knew she’d leave me. I figure we might as well go somewhere to fall apart.” 
Like Son

James Baldwin

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.” 
The Fire Next Time

Lorraine Hansberry

“[I am] A fool who believes that death is waste and love is sweet and that the earth turns and men change every day and that rivers run and that people wanna be better than they are and that flowers smell good and that I hurt terribly today, and that hurt is desperation and desperation is—energy and energy can move things...” 
The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window

Stacyann Chin

“If only out of vanity/
I have wondered what kind of woman I will be/
when I am well past the summer of my raging youth/”
“If Only Out of Vanity”

Allen Ginsberg

"O victory forget your underwear we’re free”
“Howl”