I haven’t read quite as many memoirs by LGBT people as I would like, but here are five that I’ve read and enjoyed and would recommend, depending on what you’re looking for.
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
- Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
- My Husband’s a Woman Now: A Shared Journey of Transition and Love by Leslie Hilburn Fabian
- Fragments of Gender by Lisa Lees
I know I’ve already recommended some of these a few times this year, but they’re good and applicable in more than one place. People are more than one thing and I’d rather recommend them for everything I can than pigeon hole a whole person to just one category of their being. As a group, these women represent a bit of the diversity that exists in the LGBT community. There’s a black Haitian lesbian whose identity seems to be the least of her problems, a woman figuring out what the gender binary means to her, a woman who knows what it means and is not dealing with what she’s told she must be, a woman whose husband transitioned to a wife and not sure what it makes her and a person with a feminine name that is so done with the gender binary.
Links go to a blog review or one on Goodreads.