Top 10 LGBTQIA+ Books To Read in 2022

There are so many fantastic LGBTQIA+ books out there, many of them discussing the challenges that face the community and lots of them are written by LGBTQIA+ authors across the world.

In this post, we will consider some of these fantastic books. If you are new to the LGBTQIA+ community or you are hoping to learn more about this community, these books are an excellent place to start this year.

From old texts to present-day stories, these books can enlighten us about the beauty of the diverse world we live in today!

1) Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

The Tales of the City series of books follow a group of friends out in San Francisco during the 1980s and 1990s. Among these friends are members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies, and the books follow their lives as they navigate friendships, relationships, love and life!

These books are light-hearted and fun, but they also tell the serious story of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Tales of the City books are a great choice for your next LGBTQIA+ read, and they discuss the struggles of the community.

2) Zami by Audre Lorde

Zami tells the story of a young black girl from the West Indies who is a lesbian, and she faces a lot of racism while growing up and going to Catholic school.

This wonderful book by Audre Lorde reflects the rejections many of us face based on sexuality, gender and race by society and her personal experience with sexuality. Even in adulthood, she continues to find herself detached from the world.

Zami by Audre Lorde, an LGBTQIA+ book to read in 2022

Zami also illustrates the main character’s relationships with various women throughout her life and it is a fantastic insight into the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.

This is a thought-provoking insight into one woman’s life, and it is well-worth a read this year.

3) Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Rubyfruit Jungle is an insightful tale of an adolescent girl, Molly Bolt, who is coming to terms with her sexuality while she grows up in 1940s America.

The author discusses LGBTQIA+ struggles at a time when many readers would not know about this community, and she shines a light on what it is like to grow up and come of age while battling with your sexuality.

This is one of the best LGBTQIA+ books to read in 2022, and it is a must read for the LGBTQIA+ community and supportive allies.

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4) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This book is a heartwarming coming of age young adult novel about two Mexican-American teenagers.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe follows these two friends as they navigate their identity, sexuality and family relationships- as well as discussing their growing friendship and feelings for each other.

This is a great LGBTQIA+ book to try this 2022, and it is a touching read for teens and adults alike.

5) Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Many people across the world have watched the Heartstopper Netflix series, and it quickly shot up to the top of Netflix’s most watched shows of 2022!

This graphic novel tells the story of two boys growing up together, grappling with their sexual identity.

Graphic from Heartstopper, an LGBTQIA+ book to read in 2022

Alice Oseman beautifully tells their story, perfectly capturing that sense of love, heartache, excitement and heartbreak that is so central to the teenage experience. It’s a wholesome but important read this 2022.

6) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the story of Cameron, a young woman living in 1990s America. She begins to realise that she is attracted to women and the story follows her tentative relationships and friendships with other women as she grows up and understands herself.

This book is a fantastic insight into 1990s views on homosexuality. It tells the important story of life in gay conversion therapy and why it is a harmful practice that needs to be stopped.

7) Orlando by Virginia Woolf

This is a fictional biography of the sixteenth century by Virginia Woolf, and it is one of the most popular novels depicting the LGBTQIA+ community and literary history.

The story revolves around the principal character, Orlando. He is a young and attractive boy from a noble family, and he is a poet and author like Virginia herself.

His forefathers fought in wars, and while he wants to live up to their expectations- he knows he is different to them.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf, an LGBTQI+ book to read in 2022

During the novel, Woolf changes his gender from male to female, and she draws important comparisons between the thought processes of men and women across different eras- and how each gender is treated differently.

It’s a fantastic, thought-provoking and interesting read!

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8) The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

The Price of Salt is a lesbian romance novel from the 1950s, and it’s an early exploration of lesbianism.

The novel discusses and details LGBTQIA+ struggles at this time and reflects on the difficulties faced by the two main characters, Therese Belivet and Carole Aird.

Therese is a young and lonely woman who feels a sense of abandonment due to her father’s death and a mother who sent her to boarding school at a young age.

She is attracted to a thirty-year-old, beautiful and sophisticated woman called Carol who is also lonely and the two of them become emotionally attached in this beautiful exploration of sexuality and loneliness.

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9) The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This prize-winning novel by Alice Walker was published in 1982.

The Color Purple depicts the trauma and self-realisation of growing up.

Celie is the main character of this novel, and she is a poor African-American teenager who lives in rural Georgia. In the book, she writes a letter to God about her father’s sexual and domestic abuse.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, an LGBTQIA+ book to read in 2022

The Color Purple teaches us that being a victim is nothing to be ashamed of. The story aims to address gender equality and Alice Walker is held up as a feminist and LGBTQIA+ icon.

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10) Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a young adult novel about Simon Spier, a closeted boy in high school who is forced to come out after someone discovers emails that he has written to a classmate.

Simon has fallen in love with this classmate and this book discusses the struggles of growing up in the LGBTQIA+ community, in particular the issue of coming out and living with a secret.

Do you have any LGBTQIA+ books on your reading list for 2022?

Let us know all your book recommendations for this year!

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