In celebration of Pride Month, today I’m going to be doing the Pride Flag Book Tag. This looks like such a creative, fun and colourful tag! I’m excited to do it and to share some of my favourite LGBTQIA+ books with you all that I may not have had the opportunity to speak about until now.
This tag was originally developed by Common Spence on YouTube.
Red – Life
A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!
Black Flamingo – Dean Atta
Black Flamingo is a heart-warming story of pride and celebrating who you are. The protagonist Michael goes on a journey of self discovery and although he faces struggles along the way, he remains true to himself and isn’t afraid to stand up and be his most authentic self. His sense of identity and unwillingness to compromise himself based on the judgement or prejudice of others is inspiring.
Orange – Healing
A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.
Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender
Felix Ever After is a YA tale about a young trans guy called Felix. He questions his gender and sexuality throughout the story as he attempts to find the labels that best reflect his identity and to understand himself better. His process of exploring his identity and finding himself resonated with me on a personal level and helped me to better understand myself. This book will always be special to me because it was the key to finally opening me up to my own queerness.
Yellow – Sunshine
A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – Olivia Waite
A wonderful, fluffy and romantic WLW story which gave me all the feels. The dynamic between the two main characters, Lucy and Catherine, is refreshing. Their relationship is honest, passionate and tender. I love that both women have their own dreams and insecurities and that they support and encourage each other to reach their dreams and overcome their insecurities. They develop hugely from meeting each other and reading their journey will never fail to warm my heart.
Green – Nature
A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.
This is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
I’ve spoken about this book at least twice in previous posts, but I will never stop talking about it, because it’s so AWESOME. This story is so other-worldly, from the language to the setting and the overall story. Readng this book is like falling into an abstract dream that you feel but cannot quite see or touch. It has the added bonus of a wonderful queer romance which takes the enemies to lovers trope and executes it with breathtaking results.
Blue – Peace
A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.
The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
The Passion is a recent read for me but I fell in love with it. One of the main protagonist’s, Villanelle, is a queer young girl who goes on one hell of a journey. She has to come to terms with multiple difficult truths throughout regarding loss and the injustices of the world. Her resillience and determination is admirable and I deeply connected to her character and journey.
Purple – Spirit
A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.
Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
Under the Udala Trees tells the harrowing and emotional experience of Ijeoma’s experience as a gay woman living in Nigeria. Throughout Ijeoma battles against the illegality of homosexually and the conflict between her mother’s Christian faith and her sexuality. It’s not an easy read, but an unforgettable and powerful story nonetheless.
I wanted to share some LGBTQIA+ charities you can donate to in the UK, if you would like to:
- LGBT Foundation
- MindOut: LGBTQ Mental Health
- Rainbow Migration
- UK Black Pride
- Albert Kennedy Trust
- Black Trans Alliance
This is not an extensive list. If you would like to donate, I would recommend doing your own research to find a charity that aligns with your ethics and does the work that you feel most passionately about.
Happy Pride Month ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜
Stay safe, my lovelies and keep reading.