9 Books About The Latino LGBT Experience

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated every June, as the LGBT community and their supporters take to the streets for a month of parades, parties, picnics, and concerts. If you need a break from the revelry, take a moment this month to read one of these nine books by Latino authors about the LGBT experience:  

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1. LGBT Books: 1

In this coming-of-age novel, Aristotle — angry, confused and alone — befriends Dante at a swimming pool. They spent the summer together, and soon discover they have a special bond that will last a lifetime. The friendship (and romance?) between the two boys will leave you guessing until the very end. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, $5.92, Amazon

2. LGBT Books: 2

Daisy Hernandez, the former editor of Colorlines magazine, beautifully and honestly details her experience as a Cuban-Colombian woman coming to terms with her identity as a bisexual woman and her identity as a writer. 

A Cup Of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez, $18.60, Amazon

3. LGBT Books: 3

Reinaldo Arenas takes readers into the heads of a young couple at a beach resort. The wife laments her loss of identity and suspects her husband of cheating on her with a handsome teenaged boy; her husband, meanwhile, grapples with the frustration of living as a closet homosexual in a macho world. 

Farewell To The Sea by Reinaldo Arenas, $15.47, Amazon

4. LGBT Books: 4

In this collection of seven stories, Achy Obejas tells the tales of people living on the margins, those struggling for identity and love, those often overlooked in society: immigrants, Latina lesbians, people with AIDS, addicts, and more. 

We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? by Achy Obejas, $16.95, Amazon

5. LGBT Books: 5

Kiss Of The Spider Woman — the most acclaimed work by Manuel Puig — recounts the story of an effeminate gay man and a revolutionary who become friends — and lovers — while trapped in prison together. 

Kiss Of The Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, $13.59, Amazon

6. LGBT Books: 6

In Chulito, Charles Rice-Gonzalez tells the story of Chulito, a tough kid from the South Bronx who suppresses his feelings for his gay best friend, Carlos. As he grapples with what it means to be a man and what it means to be macho, he also learns what it means to be in love. 

Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez, $14.92, Amazon

7. LGBT Books: 7

This collection of stories edited by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Charles Vazquez takes readers to Guatemala, Mexico, the South Bronx, Los Angeles, Kansas, Puerto Rico and many places in between to explore the stories of LGBT Latinos throughout the world. 

From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction edited by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Charles Vasquez, $23.75, Amazon

8. LGBT Books: 8

In Boyfriends With Girlfriends, Alex Sanchez weaves together the stories of four teenagers — two boys and two girls — as they attempt to find their place in the world, explore their sexuality, and discover the meaning of love.

Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez, $8.89, Amazon

9. LGBT Books: 9

Renowned lesbian activist Jeanne Córdova penned When We Were Outlaws about her personal experience during the early struggle for LGBT rights: from her work at the L.A. Free Press to the creation of The Lesbian Tide, the first national lesbian newspaper, and everything in between. 

 When We Were Outlaws by Jeanne Cordova, $11.90, Amazon