The best LGBTQIA+ books to pick up this February

Dust off and turn on your beloved e-reader as we run down the best LGBTQIA+ books.

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Now that we’re coming to the end of LGBT History Month, we’ve put together a list of the best LGBTQIA+ books to add to your collection – to read this February and beyond.

We’ve included a lot of different titles, covering many genres and eras.

If you’re into something more classic, we have popped in some popular reads from Virginia Woolf and James Baldwin. Believe it or not, we’ve featured a graphic novel – if you’re willing to give one a go. Illustrator Alison Bechdel’s memoir, which inspired the hit musical, Fun Home, is a hilarious read.

Mesmerising alternative titles like the punk Tell Me I’m Worthless and the Japanese best-seller Kitchen have also been included in our list of the best LGBTQIA+ books.

We've also featured some award winners like Bernadine Evaristo’s vibrant 2019 novel Girl, Woman, Other and Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer-winning The Hours.

We've picked some great titles for you.

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If your New Year’s promise to yourself of picking up reading is getting side-tracked, this list is guaranteed to get you back in the game. Or perhaps, you are a devoted reader – with a shopping cart brimming, and you need some new picks to add to your already-full bookshelf.

You’re in luck.

We've selected such a diverse list of titles. Though much of the list is made up of fiction novels, we suggest you don’t give the non-fiction titles a pass. Non-fiction can be just as rewarding as a novel, trust us.

Get ready: dust off and turn on your beloved e-reader – or if you’re old school, dig out a bookmark because these books are marvellous.

FAQs

What is LGBTQIA+ month?

Founded in 1994, LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Why is it important to observe?

LGBTQIA+ History Month provides a platform to remember the progress that LGBTQIA+ people have made and serves as a reminder to uplift these voices. Though we have witnessed some progress, LGBTQIA+ people still face discrimination today. In fact, hate crimes have been on the rise.

By making sure we support and amplify marginalised voices, we’re creating a fairer world with solidarity and understanding; a world where everybody feels heard, valued and respected.

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