Keeping Up with the Montagues

Fans of the Montague siblings have a good deal to look forward to in the near future.  Not only is there a film adaptation of the first book in production, but there will also be a third installment of the…

What The Left Hand of Darkness Means Today

Graphic by Kit This past March marked the 50th anniversary of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel, The Left Hand of Darkness. Originally published in 1969, this work of science-fiction follows Genly Ai, an envoy from Earth whose mission lies in…

Top 5 Queer Books I Read This Summer

Graphic by Carmen Ngo  1. “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera Let’s address the elephant in the room: Yes, this is a sad book.  No, it does not get a happy resolution. Just glancing at the title,…

Let’s Talk About Love Review

While I cannot remember where I first heard about the book Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, as soon as I learned what it is about—a Black college student navigating her biromantic, asexual identity—I added it to my reading…

Trans Characters in Fiction

In my experience as a reader on the lookout for transgender characters in works of fiction, the quintessential novel features a gloomy high school protagonist, who leads a pained existence and is often verbally and/or sexually assaulted by the end…

Kingdom in the Dark – Crystal Boys Book Review

Have you ever wondered where you actually belong, or where your heart leads you? Everyone deserves a place that they feel comfortable in, but if you’re still feeling lost and seeking that sense of belonging, Crystal Boys might be your…

Vanilla: Book Review

As an avid reader and a queer person, it means more than words can convey each time I see myself represented well in a published novel.  The book’s very existence seems to offer a confirmation: “Your identity is valid and…

OutWrite’s Queer Lit Column: Desire, Dream and Magic in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

  This review of Zami is the first in our series of investigating classic queer literature, forming an OutWrite Archive of novels, poetry, and memoir that our staff believes everyone should read.      In the acknowledgements, Audre Lorde tells the reader…

The Ten Best Queer Horror Books Ever

Sink your teeth into characters who finally get your blood pumping… and the back of your neck tingling. Sure, we all know queer classics like Carmilla, or transphobic thrillers like Silence of the Lambs. But what about horror that doesn’t…

Queer Your Reading List: The Well of Loneliness

Women getting it on. With each other.

Even today, this premise strikes a chord with audiences. Imagine in 1928, when The Well of Loneliness was first published in England and America. Obscenity trials tried to ban the novel. Still the book sold 100,000 copies in its first year on the shelves. The Well was one of the first lesbian novels ever published, written by Radclyffe Hall, an English author and gay lady. The novel tells the story of Stephen Gordon, an English woman living at the turn of the century discovering and coming to terms with her sexuality.