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5 Books To Celebrate LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month was instituted to honor LGBT icons and teach about the achievements and milestones that have brought about the legalization of same-sex marriage among other triumphs. Throughout October, we celebrate the hard fought battles and courageousness that many have endured to ensure equal rights for all. As the fight for equality continues, don't miss these five touching stories about risking it all for happiness.

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You Can't Buy Love Like That by Carol E. Anderson

An uplifting story about living an authentic life, Carol E. Anderson's memoir You Can't Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties will take you back to a time when being LGBT was against all social mores and even the law. From false relationships with men to hiding her feelings for women, Carol's story takes you through the decades, describing both her struggles and victories. This beautifully written book reveals the importance of finding and accepting your true self, which is the most important love of all.

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

From the writer of the bestselling Tales of the Cities series comes a fascinating and delightful memoir about cherishing both biological and "logical" family. From the jungles of Vietnam to newsrooms in San Francisco, Armistead Maupin reflects on his profound experiences and the people that held deep meaning in his life. With candid humor and compassion, Maupin illuminates the man who had a monumental influence in the gay rights movement.

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones came to San Francisco in the 1970s, and it was there that he found the community and momentum that would move him to become an advocate for gay rights and AIDS. Not just a tale about the battles and triumphs of the movement, Jones intertwines personal stories full of hilarious and crazy moments. With its thought provoking and insightful retelling of a momentous time in history, this memoir is the perfect read for LGBT History Month.

Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity by Gregory Coles

Is it possible to pledge Christianity and be gay at the same time? Gregory Coles argues yes in his intensely personal memoir Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity. Throughout his life, Coles has always blurred the lines, never quite fitting into Christianity and always leaving his LGBT peers perplexed by his choices. This memoir is a testament to how being true to yourself can be exponentially rewarding, even if others may not agree with you.

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace

To this day, LGBT individuals are subjected to prejudice, hate and discriminatory laws. In her book Tranny, Laura Jane Grace details her decision to live as a woman after years of performing as a man in the punk-rock band Against Me! Through pain, struggle and bravery, her tale is a powerful reminder that it's never too late to be true to yourself.

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