Ewan Forbes was born to a wealthy, landowning family, holders of a baronetcy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1912. Assigned female at birth, his true identity was nevertheless clear even in childhood-and so, with the support of his mother, he was taken to European specialists and eventually treated with early preparations of synthetic testosterone. Raised as a boy at home but socially obliged to present himself as a girl in public until his official coming out to the Queen, Ewan grew up, became a doctor, and got married. (This required him to change the sex on his birth certificate, which was possible at that time without much fuss.) For decades, he lived a quiet life as a husband, doctor, and a pillar of the local community.
But in 1965, Ewan's older brother died unexpectedly-meaning that Ewan was set to inherit the baronetcy. His title could only be inherited by the next oldest man in the family and when his cousin John-spurred on by Ewan's sister-contested the inheritance he was forced to defend his male status in Scotland's supreme civil court, where he prevailed.
This hugely important case would have changed the lives of trans people across the world-if it hadn't been hidden.
In a stunning marriage of research and imagination, Tóibín explores the heart and mind of Thomas Mann, a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire.
This novel set in the glittering nightlife of Seoul, South Korea was an absolute runaway bestseller there. It tells the story of a young gay man and his best friend, a young woman, as they party their way to happiness that they eventually must find within themselves first. It's a wonderful portrait of millennial loneliness as well as the abundant joys of queer life.
By National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award finalist for An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine, comes a transporting new novel about an Arab American trans woman's journey among Syrian refugees on Lesbos island. Wonderfully rich, multi-faceted story.
From the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing.
Andrea Gibson is a true pioneer of performance poetry. Her books have won numerous awards and sold over 120, 000 copies. You Better Be Lightning is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection. Someone love knows their work and would love this newest collection.
This one was a surprise runaway bestseller when it came out in hardcover. Now available in paperback, Torrey Peters' novel is a whipsmart debut about three women-transgender and cisgender-whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex.
Bryan Washington's first novel, Lot, was up for and won numerous literary awards. His latest brings all the same talent to the page with a funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you're supposed to be, and the limits of love.
The book is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and the American AIDS crisis. It is based on over 200 interviews conducted over twenty years and offers a long-overdue reassessment of the coalition's inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture.
"Sarah Schulman is one of the finest thinkers of our times." - Kris Kleindienst, owner, Left Bank Books
This is a super interesting history of a little known woman who was an out lesbian decades before Stonewall.
Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Eve Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912,took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran lesbian-and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled Lesbian Love.
"Fantastic read!" - Kris Kleindienst, owner, Left Bank Books
The Breaks celebrates queer family-making, communal living, and Brown girlhood, complicating the stark binaries that shape contemporary U.S. discourse with nuance and generosity.
"For decades, Peter Staley's name has been synonymous with brave, determined activism on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Now, for the first time, he's telling the story of his journey from closeted Wall Street bond trader to political powerhouse." Hilary Rodham Clinton
"A cleareyed, hard-earned, even affectionate recollection of a valiant fight against AIDS and bigotry." - Kirkus Reviews
Permafrost's no-bullshit lesbian narrator is an uninhibited lover and a wickedly funny observer of modern life. Desperate to get out of Barcelona, she goes to Brussels, 'because a city whose symbol is a little boy pissing was a city I knew I would like'; as an au pair in Scotland, she develops a hatred of the color green. And everywhere she goes, she tries to break out of the roles set for her by family and society, chasing escape wherever it can be found.
Critically acclaimed in the original French, The Fifth offers a refreshing take on sexuality and desire. Alice, Gayle, Camille and Simon live together in a polyamorous relationship, affectionately referred to as the Family. Camille, a trans woman, and Gayle are lovers; Simon is in a relationship with Alice; and Alice is in a relationship with everyone. But when Alice invites her seemingly straight ex-boyfriend Eloy to move into their Sherbrooke, Quebec apartment-albeit temporarily-the Family's dynamic begins to change in unexpected ways.
In the booming 1920s, William Andrews Clark Jr. was one of the richest, most respected men in Los Angeles. The son of the mining tycoon known as "The Copper King of Montana," Clark launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic and helped create the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a man with secrets, including a lover named Harrison Post.
From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.
(This book cannot be returned.)
Jed-young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago-flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin.
From the author of High Cotton here is the the story of a young African American man in divided Berlin: "The novel is full of wondrous things" (James Wood, The New Yorker).
This is a wonderful queer romance that plays on the one night stand and workplace romance tropes. A trans woman flirts with a man at a bar who falls for her, despite her determination not o ever get serious.
When it comes to offering happily-ever-afters for all, the romance genre often fails the trans community. But Penny Aimes, making her literary debut with the steamy For the Love of April French, is part of a wave of writers changing that.
The women in these portraits were some of the first dykes I ever laid eyes on, and the book feels like a lost family album. -Alison Bechdel
In 1979, JEB self-published her first book, Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians. In a work that was revolutionary for its era, JEB made photographs of lesbians from different ages and backgrounds in their everyday lives-working, playing, raising families, and striving to remake their worlds. The photographs were accompanied by writings from acclaimed authors including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Joan Nestle, and others. Various women pictured in the book also shared their personal stories. Eye to Eye signaled a radical new way of seeing-moving lesbian lives from the margins to the center, and reversing a history of invisibility. More than just a book, it was an affirmation of the existence of lesbians that helped to propel a political movement. Reprinted for the first time in forty years, Eye to Eye is a faithful reproduction of a work that still resonates today. This edition features additional essays from artist and writer Tee Corinne, former World Cup soccer player Lori Lindsey, and photographer Lola Flash.