Pride month is here! Celebrate by checking out some graphic novels and comics featuring LGBT themes and main characters that are part of the LGBT community. Since June is the sixth month of the year and also Pride month here are six of the best LGBT graphic novels and comics.
Transposes by Dylan Edwards
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Edwards’ graphic novel focuses on a series of six true in-depth stories of men who identify as queer and transgender. These stories draw a line between gender and sexuality. The book highlights how relationships can become difficult and how it can be complicated to label yourself when you don’t what your label is yet.
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by A.K. Summers
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Femininity and pregnancy are, in society’s eyes, inextricably linked, but Teek Thomasson explores masculinity and pregnancy in this book, in which the protagonist is a masculine woman. Summers provides an underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy through her own smart and detailed illustrations and powerful voice in her graphic memoir.
Adrian and the Tree of Secrets by Hubert
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A shy Catholic schoolboy named Adrian lives with his strict mother in a small conservative town where his principal thinks he might be ‘ill’ because there are rumors that he is gay. Adrian has a crush on Jeremy, a boy who doesn’t see Adrian as ‘sick’. Jeremy takes Adrian on scooter trips and the two end up making out in Jeremy’s secret treehouse. Adrian starts to fall in love with him until Jeremy’s girlfriend finds out about Jeremy’s secret and outs him. Hubert’s novel shows the struggles of a closeted gay teenager in a closed-minded community and reveals how LGBT youth still face harassment for who they are.
Midnighter and Apollo by Steve Orlando
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Orlando teams up with artist Fernando Blanco and Romulo Fajardo Jr. to tell the story of the superhero ex-couple that are impossible to keep apart. The story focuses on the teammates/lovers who must face their most dangerous battle yet with Henry Bendix, a villainous man who created Midnighter and wants to destroy him. Bendix knows that to defeat Midnighter he must steal the man he loves. This story shows the power of love when Midnighter must save Apollo from the underworld and defeat any demon that threatens to destroy their love. This story is a follow-on from the Midnighter series which has been nominated for a GLAAD award.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
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Fun Home is Bechdel’s memoir of her early life, up until her twenties, including her coming out in her late teens. This gothically illustrated book depitcs Bechdel’s discovery of her own sexuality, her realization that her father, with whom she has a complicated relationship, has suppressed his own sexuality. The book is filled with Bechdel’s thoughtful analysis of her life, as well as a ton of literary references and ia classic graphic novel. Fun Home was adapted into a play that has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards and has won five of them including for Best Musical so it is safe to say that this is definitely a good read.
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
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Honor Girl takes place in the heart of Appalachia at an all-girls sleep-away camp and tells the story of fifteen-year-old Maggie Thrash and how her once quiet and peaceful summer suddenly changes. When a quick moment of physical contact occurs between her and an older counselor Erin she soon develops an attraction to her. When Maggie discovers that Erin might feel the same way about her it is almost too much for both Maggie to understand. This novel shows the sweetness of summer love and how summer camps can be seen a place separate from time and reality. Definitely a good story of finding yourself and the importance of taking chances.
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