Gay stories and gay books are very important – they can provide support, comedy, education and of course romance.
The majority of books that we read when we were younger would rarely, if ever, feature a gay character or couple.
Being able to delve into a gay book or gay story that you can relate to on a personal level can be quite powerful.
We have put together a shortlist of gay stories and gay books covering everything from lifestyle, to pride, ones based on a film and of course a couple of erotic gays stories for good measure!
Take a look and pick one for your next vacation.
Lifestyle Gay Stories and Gay Books
1) This Book is Gay
This gay book was one of The Guardians Best Books of the Year.
This book is aimed at absolutely everyone, no matter what sexuality or gender. It plays on the joke that once you come out, you should receive an instruction manual and that is exactly what this book claims to be!
Expect entertainment, life lessons and everything from sex, to politics and hooking up.
“The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL.” ―Patrick Ness, bestselling author
Pick up a copy of this gay book here.
2) Yay! You’re Gay! Now What?: A Gay Boy’s Guide to Life
Youtuber and LGBT activist Riyadh Khalaf has written his own personal go-to guide for young queer guys.
He shares his own personal stories as well as plenty of gay stories from other guys all around the world and even some advice from the likes of Stephen Fry, Clark Moore, and James Kavanagh.
This gay book is packed full with hilarity and covers:
- Labels—what does it mean to be gay, bi, trans, or queer?
- Coming out
- First crushes, first kisses, and first times
- Dealing with bullies and homophobia
- Learning to love your body
- Sex ed for gay guys
- Healing heartbreak
- Finding your tribe
Get your copy here.
3) Pray the Gay Away
Have you heard of the Zakar twins? These guys have been using their voices to speak out against generations, particularly within the Iraqi culture, who look down on being gay.
Pray the Gay Away follows the twins as they face awkward sexual encounters, drug-fueled escapades, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom.
Described as hilarious yet poignant, this gay book explores what its like for the twins growing up in modern America.
Pick up a copy on amazon.com.
Gay Books that have been made into films
4) Call Me by your Name
Call Me By your Name was the basis for the Oscar winning film of the same name.
This is a romantic gay story of a building and unexpected romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ home on the Italian Riviera.
Each is taken by surprise and the build up of tension between the two characters is palpable. If you are looking for a heartwarming romantic gay story, this might be the one for you.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, you can find Call Me by your Name here.
5) Holding The Man
This film made us both cry and the book takes this gay story to another level.
The book (and film) is based on a true story about a male high school drama student who falls in love with the captain of the football team.
The story follows their life together through joy, sadness and pain. It’s quite the roller-coaster but one everyone should read.
Take a look and order your copy of this top gay book!
Gay Stories and Gay Books about Pride & LGBTQ+ Education
6) The Prince and the Frog (& many other titles)
Olly Pike is a UK author and LGBTQ+ activist who creates educational books based on LGBTQ+ themes for young people, he is doing an incredible job and we were lucky enough to meet during our time in Slovenia!
If you have any young family members we highly recommend getting the full set!
Click any of the images below to buy.
7) PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times
We should never forget the importance of Pride and all the work that has precluded where we are today.
This book has put together 5 decades of parades, protests and the history of the LGBTQ rights movement that everyone should know, learn and be grateful for.
Of course, there is still the ongoing struggle and much to be done for true equality, but this book does a great job of showcasing all that has come before.
Check out this iconic Lgbt book here.
8) The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
Similar to #6, The Book Of Pride follows the development of the pride movement over the years using interviews with those that lead, supported and lived through that era.
Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased, inspiring us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, community, and, most importantly, pride.
You can get a copy of The Book of Pride here.
Gay Erotic Stories and Gay Books
9) The Back Passage
Moving on from pride and onto some light-hearted reading.
This was one of the first gay stories we read and it surprised us both.
The Back Passage masterfully combines comedy and murder mystery with some seriously steamy and explicit encounters throughout.
What surprised us most was the story itself, it was a solid murder mystery that kept us guessing!
Get your copy here.
10) Bossy Bottom
This 80k word standalone novel follows the relationship between Luke and Adam. Adam is an older man who sweeps Luke, a submissive guy with anxiety, off his feet.
Expect to be taken on a romantic and adventurous adventure.
Check out the full description and get a copy here.
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