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Day 11: Your favorite LGBT book (or one you’d like to read)
July 3, 2010, 10:06 pm
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  • The Children’s Hour, a play by Lillian Hellman. I stayed up until absolutely ungodly hours one night watching the film version on television and I cried my eyes out. Two women run a girls’ school together, and one vindictive little girl starts the Gay Rumor. As entrepreneurs, they’re ruined. As individuals, they’re heartbroken. Audrey Hepburn is totally bewildered, and Shirley MacLaine, well.
  • Freak Show by James St. James is pretty precious, actually. Billy Bloom’s an absolute queen. He’s a little young for me, but I love him anyway. Lady GaGa meets Johnny Weir meets Adam Lambert meets uberconservative private school? Oh, the drama. Every once in a while I just need a big exaggeration.
  • As You Like It by Shakespeare. All right, I haven’t got any concrete PROOF, but I see Celia as gay. There’s the whole Rosalind’s-a-crossdresser aspect, yes, but she seems straight to me. Every time I read it, I become more and more convinced that Celia’s struggling to balance her more-than-cousinly love for Rosalind with practicality and hopes for Rosalind’s happiness, and Rosalind’s just oblivious to the whooooole five hundred extra layers of tension.
  • someday this pain will be useful to you, by Peter Cameron. James is a really, really beautiful person. In many ways, he’s the person I want to meet but haven’t yet.
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf. A WILD RIDE, the end. Okay, not the end. Can I just say, I really love Woolf. I have a bit of an obsession with this book, so it deserves a place on this list.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. OoOoOoOoOo, gayness AND opium dens!
Wanna read:
  • The God Box, by Alex Sanchez
  • A Map of Home, by Randa Jarrar
  • Love is the Higher Law, by David Levithan
  • Aye, and Gomorrah, by Samuel R. Delaney
  • A Clergyman’s Daughter, by George Orwell
  • Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall, by Neil Bartlett
  • Surprising Myself, by Christopher Bray
  • Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
  • Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Boys on the Rock, by John Fox
  • The Ladies, by Doris Grumbach
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
  • The Girl With the Golden Eyes, by Honoré Balzac
  • In Transit, by Brigid Brophy
  • Bend, Don’t Shatter: Poets on the Beginning of Desire
  • Claudine, by Collette
  • Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay, by Aaron Fricke
  • Thinking Straight, by Robin Reardon
  • The Getting of Wisdom, by Henry Handel Richardson
  • Deliver Us From Evie, by M.E. Kerr
  • Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia T. Warner
  • My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely, by Kate Bornstein
  • A Boy Named Phyllis, by Frank DeCaro
  • Hero, by Perry Moore
  • If You Believe in Mermaids…Don’t Tell, by A.A. Philips
  • Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities, edited by David Levithan & Billy Merrell
  • Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, by Judd Winick
  • Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Vintage, by Steve Berman
  • Androgynous Murder House Party, by Steven Rigolosi
  • Sprout, by Dale Peck
  • Hidden Voices, by Pat Lowery Collins
  • He Forgot to Say Goodbye, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • The Misfits, by James Howe
  • Evil?, by Timothy Carter
  • The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green & David Levithan
  • Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
  • My Invented Life, by Lauren Bjorkman
  • Freaks and Revelations, by Davida Wills Hurwin
  • Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins
  • King of the Screwups, by K.L. Going
  • Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd
  • M+O 4EVR, by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
  • Gravity, by Leanne Lieberman
  • Absolutely Maybe, by Lisa Yee
  • Absolute Brightness, by James Lecesne
  • Icarus in Flight, by Hayden Thorne
Um, I read far too many word-up-to-the-librarians blogs for my own good.

You can read the full challenge here on Fuck Yeah LGBT. :)
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