#5OnMyTBR: LGBTQ+ History

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: LGBTQ+ History (non-fiction or historical novels) ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t have five books for this week’s prompt on LGBTQ+ History (non-fiction or historical). I wanted to find two “random” books to add to my TBR but I thought I’d give some space for suggestions/recommendations from the book community, since I have no doubt that the community will have plenty of recommendations to share 😊 All the books below are non-fiction and I’ve got a love/hate relationship with NF but my yearly goal (every year!) is to read more of them! I don’t have any of these on my physical/ebook shelves though but I’d love to get The Stonewall Riots book on my physical shelf — look at that gorgeous cover 😍 🌈

*book covers linked to Goodreads pages*

This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement. 


World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.


The Mayor of Castro Street is Shilts’s acclaimed story of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the 1970s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

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I’d really love to hear any recommendations you might have for this topic down in the comments below! Have you read any of these?

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