Story Tags

The warmth of other suns

Home is Where the Hatred is

Stories of Brutality at the Hands of Your Own Country

We often think of bigotry in terms of individual failings. We shame individuals who perpetuate racism and homophobia as people separate from a well-meaning whole. Instead, we should think of them as members of society that allows such attitudes to continue. These books explore how societies are very much complicit in the veils we claim to reject.


The Great Oscar Nominee Book Swap

Like this movie? Try reading this...

Who doesn’t love a great story? Whether it’s told on the page or on the screen, there’s nothing quite like curling up under a fuzzy blanket, popping some popcorn and falling into a well-told tale. Or sharing an epic cinematic experience in a dark movie theater. The best movies can inspire a fervent passion for similar storytelling and luckily, this year’s most buzzworthy films have plenty of read-alikes out there, whether you’re craving more guerrilla journalism, World War II heroism, or the awkward bumblings of life and love as a teenager.


Soon to be Seen on the Silver Screen

Upcoming Book-to-Film Adaptations

'Tis the season for Oscar bait and awards chatter and what’s a tried and true strategy for catching the eye of the Academy? Literary adaptations, of course! And we all know it’s better to read the book first, so here are a few big name adaptations coming soon to a theater near you - and one soon-to-be-dropped on Netflix.   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #20: Read an LGBTQ+ Romance Novel

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. This read feed will address the twentieth challenge, to read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. LBGTQ+ romance is a genre that is growing.

Washington Blade 1980s cover, December 29, 1989

Welcome to the '80s!

Washington Blade digitized archives 1969-1989 online

We've got the '80s covered -- The Washington Blade newspaper 1969 to 1989 is all now online! Work to digitize all of the nation's oldest still-publishing LGBT newspaper's archives by DC Public Library, Special Collections are ongoing.

Real Sisters Pretend

Celebrate LBGTQ Literature

Looking for picture books featuring diverse types of families? DC Public Library System has inclusive reads for everyone!

Queer Capital _ cover

Capital Pride

Books about LGBTQ Life and Experience in Washington, D.C.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Although New York City is often associated with the birth of the Gay Rights Movement there is a considerable resonance of LGBT advocacy and history right here in our city.   

A Cup of Water Under My Bed

Retro Gay Lit

LGBTQ narratives set in the 'gay times' of yesteryear

Here is your chance to read fiction, biographies and historical selections set in gay times long gone. As you read them, rack up your nostalgia by listening to the lyrics of Fela Kuti and La Sonora Matancera or the sounds of Banjo music and Violin Blues by African American fiddlers. The combination will surely transport you to another time.

book cover for "Rubyfruit Jungle" by Rita Mae Brown.


“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

book cover for "the blind date" by delaney diamond.

Real Love

"You see I'm searching for a real love and I don't know where to go. Been around the world and high and low and still I'll never know.  How it feels to have a real love 'cause it seems it's not around. Gotta end it in this way because it seems he can't be found." - Mary J. Blige