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4 Memorable LGBT Books Selected by Garrard Conley, author of BOY ERASED

  1. 1

    Rubyfruit Jungle

    Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle remains one of the seminal texts of the coming out genre for the daring early portrayal of its protagonist’s inherent dignity. Also, when have you heard a better euphemism for female genitalia?

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  2. 2

    How to be both

    Playful and queer, this mixed-genre story follows the lives of a contemporary sixteen-year-old girl and an Italian renaissance painter. You’ve never read anything like it. The language is electric.

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  3. 3

    A Boy’s Own Story

    This is the book that took the literary world by storm. Tracing the unnamed narrator’s coming-of-age in the 1950s, White’s prose is lyrical and humorous. An absolute classic of queer literature.

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  4. 4

    Becoming Nicole

    Becoming Nicole is the true story of two adopted twin boys, one of which is trans. As the family discovers Nicole’s true identity, they decide to grapple with their notions of gender and sexuality and ultimately welcome their new daughter into the world.

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