Happy Pageboy: A Memoir by Elliot Page release day! Fittingly for the first week of Pride month, there are lots of exciting new releases out today. Also, as usual, June means a whole lot more links!
Speaking of Pride, today, I wanted to highlight the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which fights for the rights of Black trans people. You can find out more on their website, and you can help at their donation page.
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Autistic, Queer and Here all Year Wooden Pin by NeuroDivers
Today’s theme is books about queer autistic teens, so this pin was the perfect fit! $12
And Then He Sang a Lullaby by Ani Kayode (Queer Fiction)
This is the first book to come out of the new Roxane Gay imprint, which is reason enough for me to want to pick it up! This is about a Nigerian man in his 20s, August, who falls for Segun, an openly gay university student. Their relationship is complicated already, with August still in the closet, but when new anti-gay legislation passes in Nigeria, they have to survive in a violently homophobic environment.
Boys Weekend by Mattie Lubchansky (Transfemme Horror Graphic Novel)
Sammie has been out as trans for a year when they get an invitation from an old friend to be his “best man” and join the bachelor party at El Campo, a hedonistic island retreat. Against their better judgment, they accept — and endure misgendering from the other guests. Sammie also seems to be the only who notices the bloodthirsty cult sacrificing people at their hotel…
Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Hunt Down The Last Remaining Lesbian Bars In America by Krista Burton (Lesbian Nonfiction)
There are only about 20 lesbian bars across the U.S., down from 200 in the ’80s. So Krista Burton makes it her mission to visit and write about every one of them. I loved this! Krista Burton’s writing style feels like a friend recounting her adventures, and the discussion of maintaining queer (and specifically lesbian) spaces was fascinating. You can hear my full thoughts on today’s All the Books episode.
The Road to Dalton by Shannon Bowring (Queer Fiction)
Countries of Origin by Javier Fuentes (M/M Fiction)
Dreaming Home by Lucian Childs (Queer Fiction)
Open Throat by Henry Hoke (Queer Fiction)
Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall (F/F Historical Fantasy Romance)
Shadows of the Lost by Maxym M. Martineau (M/M Fantasy Romance)
Indigiqueerness: A Conversation about Storytelling by Joshua Whitehead and Angie Abdou (Indigiqueer Essays)
TransElectric: My Life as a Cosmic Rock Star by Cidny Bullens (Trans Memoir)
Pageboy: A Memoir by Elliot Page (Trans Memoir)
Transpoethicalbody: A Book of Black Trans* Erotic Poetry by Tiely Santos (Trans Poetry)
Freedom House by KB Brookins (Queer and Trans Poetry)
Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong (Queer Poetry) (Paperback Rerelease)
And Don’t F&%k It Up: An Oral History of RuPaul’s Drag Race (The First Ten Years) by Maria Elena Fernandez (Drag Nonfiction)
Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins–Mollymauk Tealeaf by Jody Houser, Taliesin Jaffe, Matthew Mercer, Hunter Severn Bonyun, Cathy Le, and Ariana Maher (Queer Fantasy Graphic Novel)
Turning Japanese: Expanded Edition by MariNaomi (Bisexual Graphic Memoir)
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I’ve noticed a few different queer middle grade and YA books out this year with autistic main characters! This is an intersection that’s sorely underrepresented in books, especially as ableism and homophobia/transphobia combine in toxic ways, making it difficult to access gender-affirming care for trans autistic people and isolating and closeting queer autistic people.
This isn’t a complete list! Margo Zimmerman Gets the Girl by Sara Waxelbaum and Brianna R. Shrum is another 2023 YA release with a queer autistic main character, for one.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any fiction (regardless of age category or release date) with an autistic and trans main character, though there are some nonfiction books on the subject. If you know of any, please pass them along to me, and I’d love to feature them next time!
Izzy at the End of the World by K.A. Reynolds
Izzy is a bisexual autistic 14 year old whose mom just died, and it feels like the end of the world. Then, everyone else disappears over night, and it might literally be the end of the world — just Izzy and her dog against the grey monsters taking over. She’s also getting cryptic messages that seem to be from her mother, somehow.
The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes
Ari is autistic and has selective mutism. Her silence means people project a lot onto her — including, in Luis Ortega’s case, consent. When she’s pressured into sex at a party, she isn’t sure how to feel. That’s when the Luis Ortega Survival Club reaches out, who are determined to stop him from hurting anyone else. But Ari wasn’t expecting to fall for one of the girls in the club.