ELIXHER came across this queer-tastic list of LGBTQ authors of color. We pulled out some of the books by Black lesbian, bi and trans women. Happy Reading! (What authors and books would you add to the list?!)

  • Octavia E. Butler, FledglingKindredBloodchild and Other StoriesDawnAdulthood RitesImago, many others. Highly recommended.
  • Staceyann Chin, The Other Side of Paradise. Memoir about growing up poor, half-black and half-Chinese, and lesbian in Jamaica.
  • Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun (play). To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. The very talented Hansberry identified as a lesbian, but after her death her ex-husband/literary executor did a lot to obscure the fact.
  • June Jordan, Soldier: A Poet’s Memoir. And her poetry too, obviously.
  • Jackie Kay, Trumpet (a novel about a black trans jazz musician), Other Lovers (poetry) and many collections of poetry. Also Bessie Smith, her biography of the blues singer.
  • Linda Villarosa, Passing for Black. Fun, fluffy story about a black middle-class woman coming out. Warning for attempts to be a trans ally that fall short.
  • Alice Walker, The Color PurpleAnything We Love Can Be SavedThe Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart, many other novels and short stories.
  • Rebecca Walker, Black White and Jewish and Baby Love. Author identifies as bisexual. Warning for much less talent than her mother.
  • Jewelle Gomez, The Gilda Stories. Black lesbian vampire lives through much of American history. Fascinating remaking of vampire mythology and a key text of 1970s lesbian lit. Warning for biphobic stereotypes.
  • Angelina Weld Grimké, Selected Works of Angelina Weld Grimké. Like Nugent below, Grimké wrote about erotic attractions to both women and men during the Harlem Renaissance, but homophobia kept her from publishing during her lifetime.

Major props to zahrawithaz for compiling this. Check out the full list here.

2 Responses

  1. Zem

    this is great! thanks so much!! interested to know why Angelina Weld Grimke and Jewelle Gomez were not pulled from the original list into this one?


      Great catch, Zem. They’ve been added to this list! Thank you!

      Anyone else we missed? Any additions?

      -ELIXHER Team


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