CFFP’s Pride Reading List

CFFP’s Pride Reading List

Hey there! Every year, June is all about celebrating Pride Month – we commemorate Human Rights Defenders and Queer pioneers throughout history, thanking them for their activism and resilience, and for their achievements which have paved the way for LGBTQI+ communities worldwide to flourish and celebrate together.

This year, we’ve curated a wide collection of LGBTQ+ media for you, and we have so much more we’d like to share! So if you’re looking for LGBTQ+ reading recommendations, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) team have put together a fantastic collection of books written by and for LGBTQ+ individuals, ranging from biographies, to non-fiction, to children’s books, to political essays, and everything in between. We’ve also added TV shows, documentaries and movies, so that you can explore some incredible representations and stay informed on the diverse histories and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.

We hope you enjoy diving into the world of LGBTQ+ literature, shows, and movies! Happy reading/watching!

CFFP’s favourites:

  1. Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation – Sophie Lewis
  2. An Arab Melancholia – Abdallah Taïa
  3. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity – José Esteban Muñoz
  4. Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies – Joanne Barker
  5. Dear Senthuran – Akwaeke Emezi
  6. Decolonizing trans/gender 101 – B Binaohan
  7. Ezili’s Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Genders – Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
  8. Exhale: African queer anthology – Nakhane
  9. Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a modern identity – Robert Beachy
  10. Gender Diversity in Indonesia: Sexuality, Islam and Queer Selves – Sharyn Graham Davies
  11. Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, C.1850-1900 – Jessica Hinchy
  12. Guapa – Saleem Haddad
  13. Homophobic Violence in Armed Conflict and Political Transition – José Fernando Serrano Amaya
  14. Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between – Amrou Al-Kadhi
  15. Our Lives Our Words: Telling Aravani Life Stories – A. Revathi
  16. Queer Lovers and Hateful Others Regenerating Violent Times and Places – Jin Haritaworn
  17. The Clothesline Swing – Danny Ramadan
  18. The Death of Vijek Oki – Akwaeke Emezi
  19. The Last One – Fatima Daas
  20. The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps – Heinz Heger
  21. The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers – Mark Gevisser
  22. The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice – Shon Faye
  23. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times – Jasbir K. Punar
  24. This Arab is Queer: An Anthology by LGBTQ+ Arab Writers – 18 Arab authors
  25. Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals – Saidiya Hartman
  26. Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity – Afsaneh Najmabadi
  27. Young Mongo – Douglas Stuart

Children’s books:

  1. Der Katze ist es ganz egal – Franz Orghandl, Theresa Strozyk
  2. Teddy Tilly – Jessica Walton
  3. Zwei Papas für Tango – Schreiber-Wicke und Carola Holland

Here are some of our TV and movie recommendations:

  • A Fantastic Woman (2017)
  • Badhaai Do (2022)
  • Fast Trip, Long Drop (1993)
  • Paris is Burning (1990)
  • Rafiki (2018)
  • Salvation Army (2013)
  • Sense8 (2015)
  • The life and death of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
  • Tongues Untied (1989)

Places we can suggest people buy books as opposed to Amazon:

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