bleg: suggestions for lgbtq lit

I’m the new faculty advisor for PRIDE, our U’s gay-straight alliance. October 11 is National Coming Out Day, and in addition to doing a big push with a “gay? fine by me.” t-shirt campaign, we’re doing a “Read Out.” The aim is for students, faculty, and staff to read selections from literature written by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (or generally queer) authors.

I’m still sorting out in my head what I’ll choose or suggest, but my list includes:

  • James Baldwin
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Oscar Wilde
  • John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
  • Jeanette Winterson

What about you, dear reader? Any suggestions?

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10 thoughts on “bleg: suggestions for lgbtq lit

  1. Quentin Crisp
    Early Rita Mae Brown
    Willa Cather
    Jim Carroll
    Sappho
    Herman Melville
    Walt Whitman
    Marcel Proust
    Colette
    Gertrude Stein
    E.M. Forster
    Virginia Woolf
    Tennessee Williams
    Yukio Mishima

    (I think I got a little carried away. Sorry about that.)

  2. Langston Hughes
    and Essex Hemphill–Ceremonies has some fantastic pieces–come immediately to mind.

    But really what I want to say is, can I please come up there and read some James Baldwin out loud? I so love Baldwin, and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to read any of his stuff out loud to actual listeners, just to myself.

  3. Come on up, Scriv. It’s only about a 150-minute drive for you.

    Thanks, everybody, for the suggestions. There are a few names I hadn’t thought of. Keep ’em comin’, please.

  4. when, when, WHEN is this happening? is this part of the gathering on the quad, 11-2?

    anne sexton, simone de bouvier, anias nin?

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