Reading for LGBT Month

June, now more than half gone, is LGBT Pride Month (shown here are the mannequins now in the windows of Bloomingdales Soho in Manhattan). 

LGBT Pride received the imprimatur of President Obama via proclamation, but Obama’s record on gay rights—what he and his administration do, rather than what they say—is weak at best, and only attained that measure by virtue of the executive memorandum issued on Wednesday, granting some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.  

Here are some new and forthcoming titles that the White House library should consider aquiring. 

 The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Tranformed, by Matthew Shepard’s mother Judy, is due out in August and has a starred review in LJ’s Xpress reviews online. I interviewed Judy Shepard for LJXpress last month. 

Martha Cornog, in LJ’s BookSmack for June 4th, gives the rundown on some good graphic novels with gay and lesbian themes, many–but not all–of which will have YA appeal,  while LJ reviewer Richard Violette, in LJXpress this week, assesses the pieces in this month’s Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, ed. by Tommi A. Mecca.  

And for travel reading at summer’s end, there will be Something To Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing, ed. by Gillian Kendall (Terrace Books: Univ. of Wisconsin), coming in September, a good addition to that press’s earlier collections,  Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing and Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing. Readers can contemplate the question that LJ‘s reviewer raised with those books (and I paraphrase): is the fact of a travel writer being gay a tenuous thread by which to bind a collection–or not?

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Margaret Heilbrun is a former Senior Editor, Library Journal Book Review.