5 Must-Read Latinx LGBTQIA2S Non-Fiction Books We Love
No matter what day, month or day – everyone must place a much-deserved spotlight on the LGBTQIA2S + community(ies). Like celebrating Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, and other official yearly celebrations, we should be celebrating LGBTQIA2S + lives, history, and culture(s) every day. Not just for Pride Month. A bookworm? Then add a Latinx LGBTQIA2S + book to your reading list!
A way to understand diverse and complex narratives of any community has always been by reading books penned by its members, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community is no different. While we love to highlight great fiction, nothing beats the raw realness of a nonfiction read. We get a glimpse into that author’s life experiences, knowledge and wisdom, and learn from their stories. Want to step inside of the lives of Latinx LGBTQIA2S + writers? Then you’ll definitely want to read these five nonfiction books and not just on Pride Month–but beyond.
Transmovimientos: Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies, and Spaces, by Ellie D. Hernández, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., and Magda García (editors)
Transmovimientos is an anthology which focuses on the migratory pattern of “queer, trans, and gender conforming communities.” These Latinx LGBTQIA2S + have to deal with the layered feelings and treatment regarding their physical location, gender identity, and race. This book is a window into their experiences, with chapters including “Vaqueeros,” “In Our Own Words,” and “Wonder Woman, Pancho Villa, and the Shifting Rio Grande.”
Available at the University of Nebraska Press, $30
Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons, by John Paul Brammer
Another Latinx LGBTQIA2S + book you should check out this month is John Paul Brammer’s Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons. It’s a memoir made up of essays on Brammer’s life as a gay biracial man growing up in the heartland of America, touching on topics like “How to Be a Real Mexican,” “How to Decide Who to Be,” and “How to Fall in and Out of Love.”
Available at Amazon, $17.99
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activisim, Uriel Quesada (editor)
Queer Brown Voices is a compilation of “essays and oral history interviews” that shine a light on 14 activists, from the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who fought for all LGBTQIA2S + and especially Latinx LGBTQIA2S + rights during the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Subjects you’ll be educated on include “The Queer Roots of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas;” “Latinas/os in the AIDS Treatment Advocacy Movement;” “All the Identities on the Table: Power, Feminism, and LGBT Activism in Puerto Rico;” and “Finding a Home in Transgender Activism in San Francisco.”
Available at Powell’s Books, $17.50
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Gloria E. Anzaldúa is a Latinx literary icon. The Chicana poet, writer, and scholar of queer, feminist, and cultural theory is known for the books This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, and Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. In the latter, she explores the various borders of her life through several essays and poems.
Available at SecondSale, $12.34
High-Risk Homosexual, by Edgar Gomez
The final book on this list of Latinx LGBTQIA2S + books to read to read any time, any day and any week of the year, is High-Risk Homosexual, by Edgar Gomez. The coming-of-age memoir follows the life of the Nicaraguan and Puerto Rican writer, as he balances being gay in cultures that lean heavily into machismo. You’ll see through Edgar’s life filter, in settings as diverse as Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a drag queen convention in L.A., and a cockfighting ring in Nicaragua.
Available at Soft Skull Press, $16.95