Best LGBT History Month books to read in 2023

people gathered near building holding Pride flag at daytime as we celebrate LGBT History Month.

LGBT History Month is a month of celebrating and recognising the hard fought battles won by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities which is why we’re looking at the best books. February marks the ongoing mission for equality among people of different sexualities and genders.

It is an observance of the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Whilst in the UK, it originated in 2004 by Schools OUT co-chairs, Paul Patrick and Professor Emeritus Sue Sanders. It was first celebrated in February 2005.

Here are some great book recommendations from PinkNews reporter Tijen Butler, Matthew Cornford, Managing Director of and Eleanor Medhurst, a lesbian fashion historian and founder of the Dressing Dykes blog.

Here are some of the best LGBT History Month books

Tijen Butler

📚 Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie and Kay Whitlock

📚 Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women (Intersections) by Leila J. Rupp

📚 Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

Matthew Cornford

📚 Trans Britain by Christine Burns

📚 The Red In The Rainbow by Hannah Dee

📚 Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Jules Scheele

📚 The Stonewall Reader by Jason Baumann

Eleanor Medhurst

📚 Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories, ed. by Jane Traies

📚 A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Women Since 1500 by Rebecca Jennings

📚 Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly J. Cogswell

Remember to check out some important conversations including how to be a good advocate and ally, as well as important books for International Transgender Day of Visibility. Also check out the best LGBT History Month books for 2022.

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Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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