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Pride Month: Lesbians in Literature

Miller Nichols Library, 1st Floor

For LGBT Pride Month we've compiled a display highlighting lesbians in literature! 

This was a very personal project for library staff member and display curator Liz Johnson. In the display, Johnson recounts struggling with coming out and finding her voice as a young girl growing up in a small conservative town. 

She found refuge in the words of the brave lesbian and queer-identifying women that came before her; Alison Bechdel, in particular. “I was so nervous about checking [Bechdel’s books] out because I was terrified that the person behind the circulation desk would know that I was gay!” 

Today Liz is a proud and out lesbian, and now she's the person working behind the circulation desk (fear of judgement not included). Visit the display to read more of her story and get inspired from our full list of “50 Lesbian Authors to Read.”

Reading List

This collection of authors is just a small list of women who dared to be different and live out loud, often when it was frowned upon or dangerous for them to do so. Pick one up today!

Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Audrey Lord, A Burst of Light
Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt
Alison Bechdel, Dykes to Watch Out For 
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
Patricia Cornwell, Red Mist
Maria Irene Fornés, Letters From Cuba
Emma Donoghue, Landing
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun 
Emily Dickinson, Acts of Light, Emily Dickenson: Poems
Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life
Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness
Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
Angelina Weld Grimke, Rachel
Lisa Kron, In the Wake

Posted: June 11, 2019