On September 6, in a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court overturned its previous order on Section 377 and decriminalised gay sex. Even though many celebrated the move, some found it hard to relate to for their limited or lack of interaction with the LGBT+ community. No matter what your orientation is, if you are looking to get a deeper understanding, then here are a few books you should definitely add to your reading list.
‘Disoriental’ by Negar Djavadi
Negar Djavadi has beautifully penned down the story of a 25-year-old Kimia Sadr who had fled Iran along with her mother and sisters to live with her father in France. The story that begins at a fertility clinic takes us on a rollercoaster ride and highlights everything that she is been dealing with and how she is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors.
‘Speak No Evil’ by Uzodinma Iweala
A revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences. On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer—an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents.
‘So lucky’ by Nicola Griffith
This new novel by Nicola Griffith is a profoundly personal and emphatically political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in a single week her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
‘Little Fish’ by Casey Plett
Little Fish is the stunning debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love. It’s the dead of winter in Winnipeg and Wendy Reimer, a thirty-year-old trans woman, feels like her life is frozen in place. When her Oma passes away, Wendy receives an unexpected phone call from a distant family friend with a startling secret: Wendy’s Opa (grandfather) — a devout Mennonite farmer might have been transgender himself.
‘Paper is White’ by Hilary Zaid
When Holocaust oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen’s search for a blessing leads her into a complicated relationship with a wily survivor of the Kaunas Ghetto, a woman in search of a blessing of her own. Set in the ’90s, Paper is White is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the words we must find to make ourselves whole.