LGBT Books That Will Make Your Heart Full
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This list of heartwarming LGBT books is intended as a way to keep the spirit of Pride alive throughout the year. It's wonderful to have a month dedicated to honoring LGBTQ history, activism, and people, but I'm of the firm opinion that not celebrating ourselves (or if you're an ally, celebrating your LGBTQ friends and family) through small acts throughout the year makes it seem as if it's only okay to be LGBTQ once a year.
I wanted to focus on books that are happy and heartwarming because many of us either experience or know people who experience too much strife. It's wonderful to escape that and know that strife isn't the only story out there for us and our loved ones. We're allowed to have the happy endings too.
1. Heart Block by Melissa Brayden
Sarah Matamoros has a pretty good life. In Melissa Brayden's Heart Block, Sarah immigrated from Mexico as a child and now lives in San Diego with her eight-year-old daughter, Grace, and works for her mother's housecleaning service. Emory Owen was always taught she had to be the best, that success was everything in life. She may have had money, but not much else. After her mother dies, Emory meets Sarah when she's hired to help sort through her mother's things. They may come from very different worlds, but the spark between them is undeniable.
2. Be My Queen by RayeAnn Carter
Be My Queen by RayeAnn Carter is a love story between a trans woman named Lavender and a bisexual man named Diego. Lavender is reluctant to welcome love into her life. So many men are cruel, or worse, to trans women, and that's a risk she's not willing to take. Then she meets Diego, a man in Los Angeles for just a week. Lavender figures she can enjoy a little attention from a sweet guy for a few days. She never meant to fall in love with him.
3. Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann is a book I keep returning to. It's about a Black biromantic asexual girl named Alice who knew exactly how she was going to spend her summer. TV marathons with her best friends, complete with snacks, working at the library when she needed to, and spending a lot of time with her girlfriend. Only Alice's girlfriend ended things when Alice told her she's ace. She vows to give up on dating, which is of course when she meets Takumi at the library.
4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is the perfect mashup of friendship, geekiness, fandom, and love! The book is about three best friends - Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie - as they go to SupaCon. Charlie is a bisexual YouTube vlogger and is promoting her first movie, and trying to show her fans she's very over her breakup with her co-star. Alyssa Huntington, a fellow YouTuber, ends up being a surprise guest and it seems Charlie's crush on her may not be one-sided. Meanwhile, Taylor is Autistic and has anxiety and really struggles with meeting new people. Still, she wants to break out of her shell, just in time for things to start heating up with Jamie.
5. Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera
Trying to choose just one novel in Adriana Herrera's Dreamers series was impossible, so I picked all three! The third book isn't even out yet, but it's guaranteed to be as great as the others! Owner of a popular food truck, Nesto Vasquez finds love with Jude Fuller in American Dreamer, social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs and mega-rich businessman Thomas Hughes fall in love in American Fairytale, and professor and activist Patrice Denis and assistant district attorney Easton Archer get their happily-ever-after in American Love Story.
6. Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
What's great about Charlotte Reagan's Just Juliet is that it just feels incredibly authentic. With her football player boyfriend and cheerleader best friend, Lena Newman appears to have her life totally sorted. Then she meets new girl Juliet, and they become fast friends. Juliet is so confident and beautiful. She's also a lesbian and has Lena questioning everything she's known about herself until now.
7. Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
If you're in the mood for an adorable, geeky novella, then check out Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans! The book is about Jalen, a genderqueer person who loves B-grade sci-fi. While in a coffee shop, they meet P, a trans man who is also a fan of cheesy sci-fi. P invites Jalen to see a sci-fi double feature. Before too long, Jalen wonders if they're dating or not or if they're even on the same page. Both Jalen and P are disabled too!
8. The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
In The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding, Abby Ives has gotten used to playing sidekick to her sister and friends. It's okay because she's content to work on her plus-size fashion blog, which ultimately gets her an internship at her favorite boutique. Abby falls for fellow intern, Jordi Perez, the girl she's competing against (and now dating) for a job at the end of the internship. Abby somehow also befriends Jax, a lacrosse player who enlists her help to find LA's best burger. She finally feels like she's coming into her own when Jordi's photography thrusts her into the spotlight, leaving Abby feeling betrayed. Will Abby be able to reconcile her current self image with the one others have of her?
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