Black-Lit

Its amazing to hear why white people don’t like Beyoncé’s new video. They say its too ghetto or they don’t feel included.

Literally everything is created to satisfy white people, everything is centered on the white experience, white people are in everything, but now that Beyoncé wants to be proud of her blackness, its a problem? But it doesn’t matter because who gives a fuck about white feelings tbh lmao

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BEYONCE IS GETTING SUED, Y’ALLLLL..

diversifying your queer reads: 2013 books featuring queer people of color

It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of only reading white authors. In 2013, I made a conscious effort to read more books by and about POC, but still, only ~30% of the books I read featured main characters of color and only ~22% were by authors of color. Here’s a list of books published in 2013 about QPOC - let’s celebrate these works and resolve to read more diversely.

There’s no way this list is exhaustive, or even close. These are also not personal recommendations, just every title I could find. If I was unsure about a book’s contents (that is, if I was unsure if the queer characters were prominent, or if I thought the book might be exploitative), I tended to give weight to who the author is (that is, I was more likely to include books I know were written by people of color). Of course, I’ll be happy to add books to the list if you have any suggestions that fit the theme! Here’s what I found, arranged by genre:

Fiction

  • Abandoned Property by Kai Mann
  • The Butterfly Lady by Danny M. Hoey Jr.
  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri
  • Corona by Busha Rehman
  • Full Circle by Skyy
  • Harlem Boyz by Mr. Armani Williams
  • K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood by LaToya Hankins
  • Midnight Rumba by Eduardo Santiago
  • Monarch Season by Mario López-Cordero
  • My Education by Susan Choi
  • On the Come Up by Hannah Weye


Romance

  • Broken in Soft Places by Fiona Zedde
  • The Exchange by Nikki Rashan
  • Flawless by Cat Grant
  • Hersband Material by C. Wash
  • Turn Me Out by T. Ariez
  • Wallflower by Heidi Belleau


Mystery

  • How to Greet Strangers by Joyce Thompson
  • The Odd Fellows by Guillermo Luna
  • The Scottish Banker of Surabaya by Ian Hamilton


Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror

  • Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi
  • Hungry Ghost by Alison Moon
  • Midnight Comes with the Dawn: The Vampyir Plague by Darlene Burns
  • Selume Proferre by E.E. Ottoman
  • Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson


Young Adult

  • Adamant by Kieran Wisser
  • Afuera: A Young Latino’s Journey by Marcelino Rosas
  • The Culling by Steven Dos Santos
  • Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures edited by Mitali Perkins
  • Proxy by Alex London
  • The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
  • Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson


Middle Grade

  • Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz


Comics

  • #Gezi Park by Beldan Sezen
  • Lunita by Xavier Morrell and Sergi San Julian
  • Mara by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle
  • Wandering Son Vol. 5 by Shimura Takako and Matt Thorn


Memoir

  • Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography by Richard Rodriguez
  • Domestically Cursed: A Story on Partnership Violence by Renair Amin
  • Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side by Rayya Elias
  • Making Mr. Wright: Memoirs of a Black Female-To-Male Transsexual by Reno Prestige Wright
  • They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth by Daniel Hernandez and Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Trauma Queen by Lovemmee Corazon


Nonfiction/Queer Studies

  • Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family by Katie L. Acosta
  • Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh by Thomas Glave
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, by Shiri Eisner
  • Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias by Eng-Beng Lim
  • Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Gerald H. Gaskin
  • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle
  • Oye Loca! From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami by Susana Pena
  • A People Stronger: The Collectivization of MSM and TG groups in India by Suneeta Singh
  • Professed Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran by Afsaneh Najmabadi
  • Queer African Reader by Sokari Ekine
  • Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollentions of Consciousness and Coming Out edited by Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibran Guido
  • Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith by Afdhere Jama
  • Queer Migration Politics by Karma Chavez
  • Queer Narratives of the Caribbean Diaspora by Zoran Pecics
  • An UnSpoken Compromise: A Spiritual Guide for LGBT People of Faith by Rizi Xavier Timane Ph.D


Short Stories

  • Dykin 2 by Neledi Tafari
  • Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman
  • Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
  • Mundo Cruel by Luis Negron
  • Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba
  • Sistagirl by Anondra Williams


Poetry

  • Alternative Medicine by Rafael Campo
  • Autogeography by Reginald Harris
  • Brown Femme Survivor by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  • Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives by Veronica Reyes
  • Proxy by R. Erika Doyle
  • She Has a Name by Kamilah Aisha Moon
  • Sinuous by Lydia Kwa
  • Wanting in Arabic: Second Edition by Trish Salah
  • We Come Elemental by Tamiko Beyer
  • A Word for the Open Mouth by Kenyata C. Garner
  • The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers by Alice Walker


Many thanks to Sistahs on the Shelves, Lambda Literary, and everyone that reads, reviews & tags queer books on tumblr and goodreads - without whom this list would be much more difficult to compile! Last year’s list can be found here.