June 2019 Pride LGBTQ Release Challenge

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June is Pride month around the world. Today, in some countries, Pride month is recognized with a festival celebrating sexual and gender diversity, but Pride actually started as a protest, and in many countries Pride month is still marked with activism. https://en.wikipedia.org/---/Gay_pride

50 years ago, the Stonewall Riots took place in New York City as LGBTQ people spontaneously rioted for days following a police raid on a gay bar. The first pride march took place the following year. https://www.nps.gov/---/stonewall-national-monument.htm

For this challenge, I'm asking you to release any book, fiction or non-fiction, that has gay themes, characters, or sub-text. Releases can be wild or controlled. Themed releases and cross-challenge releases encouraged!

Since this is a PRIDE challenge, please keep any non-fiction releases PRO-gay, no ANTI-gay books (such as religion books that suggest LGBTQ persons are unacceptable) will be allowed for this challenge.

I'd like to keep this primarily gay-themed, but will also allow books with a rainbow or rainbow flag colors on the cover or RAINBOW in the title, as well as the word PRIDE in the title.

Since this is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and New York City is commemorating this with a month-long schedule of activities, I will also accept any books about activism, or containing the words "ACTIVIST," "ACTIVISM," or "ANNIVERSARY" and any words applicable to NYC and/or the Stonewall Inn bar: "NEW YORK," "GREENWICH," "VILLAGE," "STONEWALL," "CHRISTOPHER," "51," "53," etc. https://2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org

I'll also accept books that don't contain gay themes, but are written by openly gay, known or assumed gay authors: Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, E.M. Forster, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Rita Mae Brown, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Armistead Maupin, Audre Lorde, Michael Cunningham, Sylvia Plath, David Sedaris, Gore Vidal, Bret Easton Ellis, Sarah Waters, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Henry James, Patricia Cornwell, Mary Renault, Dorothy Allison, Thornton Wilder, Christoper Rice.....

At the risk of getting overly sterotypical I will also accept books that aren't specifically gay, but are likely of interest to queer persons. For instance, books about musical theatre or Bette Davis might appeal to gay men. A book about the WNBA might appeal to lesbians. (((YES, I realize this is totally superficial and stereotyping, so use your best judgment. If Will & Grace would make a joke about it, it's fair game!)))

Please keep in mind the spirit of the challenge when releasing books, and please leave a release note linking to this challenge and/or stating that you are releasing this book for PRIDE Month to celebrate inclusion and diversity.

Thanks, and Happy Releasing!

**I also have a prize or two to giveaway at the end of the challenge. Bookcrossing supplies (bookplates and "free book" sticky notes") or wings for a month.


53 (51-53 is the address of the Stonewall Inn)
christopher (Christopher St. is the location of the Stonewall Riots)
drag (most of the uprising was lead by the most marginalized gays, like drag queens)
greenwich village
new york
queen (most of the uprising was lead by the most marginalized gays, like drag queens)
queer (this formerly derogatory word has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ community)


Dorothy Allison
James Baldwin
Clive Barker
Rita Mae Brown
Truman Capote
Patricia Cornwell
Michael Cunningham
Emily Dickinson
Bret Easton Ellis
E.M. Forster
Alan Ginsburg
Langston Hughes
Henry James
Audre Lorde
Armistead Maupin
Chuck Palahniuk
Sylvia Plath
Mary Renault
Christoper Rice
David Sedaris
Gertrude Stein
Gore Vidal
Alice Walker
Sarah Waters
Walt Whitman
Oscar Wilde
Thornton Wilder
Tennessee Williams
Virginia Woolf



So glad to be living in New Zealand where I can be openly married to my wife. - For anyone interested, I've just posted a 'Lesbian-themed fiction Sweepstake' in the (Not So) Random Acts of Kindness forums. I know it sounds exclusive to lesbians, but the only prerequisite is that the fiction you offer up for the sweepstake has at least one lesbian character in it, and you don't have to be a lesbian to enjoy lesbian literature. I'm hoping to inspire more of these themed events wherever we can because though I do love some of that het literature, sometimes I just want to read more of what feels like me!


wingsakirmowing 2 mos ago
I'm in
Plan to release at least one themed book at Helsinki Pride but, hopefully with the new list of acceptable words & authors I'll find a few more.


Planning on releasing these books somewhere during Pride this weekend. Not sure if I'll release them along the streetcar line or at the park where the festival is taking place. Will update with release photos after I actually wild release them.

1. Deliver Us From Evie - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15528653/
This Young Adult book from the mid-90's is from a boy's perspective, but is about his older, lesbian sister. Set in a farming community, Evie is obviously different from other girls. This doesn't bother Evie, but seems to bother everyone around her. Surprisingly still relate-able 25 years after being written. The emotions and family relationships in this book will feel familiar, especially if you are from a small town.

2. Closet Case - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15338882/
An old school coming out novel that feels dated. A humorous blast from the past.

3. My Most Excellent Year - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15528890
Teen fiction about 3 best friends and the year in their life they remember most fondly. Full of new relationships and mild adventure. This is a lovely book about true friendship with characters that are super charming and likable. One of the few "gay best friend" books where there is no confusing, straight-ish, love triangle drama.

4. My Point...and I Do Have One - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9958581/
Ellen DeGeneres' first humor book/memoir.


1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15527186 ), wild release, photo.


I like your journal entry describing the book - sounds like a good one! I love books that do a good job writing about friendship. It's not as easy as writing a romance, I think.


originalslicey 2 mos ago
The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5966258

From an ancient bookbox - that GoryDetails was also a part of - finally off of my bookshelf!


2. The Tea Dragon Society ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15267062/ ), a lovely, gentle graphic-novel fable with diverse relationships.


1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304870/ Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc. by David Sedaris


3. A RAINBOW of Friends ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15536948 ), wild release, photo.


4. Out in the World: Gay and Lesbian Life from Buenos Aires to Bangkok ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15540368/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


5. Killing Me Softly ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15534671/ ), for several stories dealing with non-binary relationships - most notably Ursula K. Le Guin's; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305322/ Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15453658/ Latin Moon in Manhattan

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15540625/ Sniper's PRIDE: An Alaska Force Novel


6. Pedro and Me ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15544199/ ), a graphic-novel biography of Pedro Zamora; wild release, photo.


7. My Most Excellent Year ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15547581/ ), wild release, photo.


I LOVED this book! Just read it a month or so ago. While it was a little far-fetched that any teenagers would actually be like these three, all the characters in the book were just so darn *likeable* that it made me want to read more by this author. Too bad he hasn’t written anything new in decades. I would like to see a current LGBTQ teen book by him.


Controlled release

1. Love Is Love - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15432670

Looks like most of the other islands here do Pride in June...but Oahu does the parade in October. Go figure.


5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15453283/ Murder on the Prowl: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown

6 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13260126/ Cat on the Scent: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown


8. Trans Liberation ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15545096/ ), wild release, photo.


7 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14410507/ Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943603/ Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

9 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719121/ By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

10 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14432025/ Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writer's Manual by Rita Mae Brown


Released to LFLs, with photos:

9. My Brother's Husband ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15202615/ ), multiple challenges

10. Symptoms of Being Human ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15549169/ )

Controlled release:

11. Red, White and Royal Blue ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15547578/ )


I’m starting to think you and I should just start swapping all of our queer titles back and forth. 😉

Red, White & Royal Blue may need to be added to my wishlist.


I’m starting to think you and I should just start swapping all of our queer titles back and forth.



12. Stonewall ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15539263/ ), wild release, photo.


13. Princess Princess Ever After ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15399984/ ), wild release, photo.


11 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15557323/ RAINBOW Magic: The Weather Fairies # 1: Crystal the Snow Fairy

12 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469876/ Sure of You by Armistead Maupin

13 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14811927/ RAINBOW Magic # 5: Sky the Blue Fairy

14 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515142/ RAINBOW Magic: The Dance Fairies # 1: Bethany the Ballet Fairy


14. Queer Places ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15536881/ ), wild release, photo.


Released to LFLs, with photos:

15. China Mountain Zhang ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14709583/ ), gay main character; multiple challenges

16. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15033766/ )


1. Michael Cunningham: Tunnit

These will be released tomorrow at Helsinki Pride, but I'll be away for the next couple of weeks so the list is posted in advance.

2. OMG Queer
3. Jane Austen: Pride and prejudice
4. Barbara Wilson: Kaulapantamurhat


My city is holding its Pride Festival today, so I left some books along the Pride Parade route and others in Little Free Libraries nearby:

17. Our RAINBOW ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15549170/ ), wild release, photo

18. Relative Magic ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15564878/ ), by a gay author; several of the stories feature gay protagonists as well. Wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

19. Swish ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15383193/ ), memoir by a gay author; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

Released to LFLs, with photos:

20. A Taste of Honey ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15559240/ ), gay romance in a well-realized and unusual fantasy world. [Update: caught!]

21. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15565080/ ) - yes, another copy! Charming gay-romance/historical-novel/romp.

22. The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15566134/ ), by a gay author.


Released to LFLs, with photos:

23. Into the Drowning Deep ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15389856/ ), for several gay and bisexual characters who are key to the plot; multiple challenges.

24. Space Battle Lunchtime ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15510600/ ), for its Earth-girl/space-girl flirtation; multiple challenges.

And that's it for me; thanks for the challenge!


#6. Being Being Happy Being Gay:
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4890071 (LFL, photo)
It's an outdated book, but offers insight on how to be at peace with your sexuality, even for religious people. Released in this LFL outside a reconciling church. ♥

#7 On the Tongue https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4899079
Released outside a gay bar.


15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794074/ Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, David Javerbaum

16 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13260157/ Sleeping Bones: A Kate Delafield Mystery by Katherine V. Forrest

17 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15562174/ The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for LESBIANS: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Preconception Through Birth

18 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14410623/ Everything You Have Is Mine by Sandra Scoppettone


19 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305300/ Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell

20 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15224086/ Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life by Jillian Michaels

21 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15563150/ At Risk by Patricia Cornwell

22 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14410753/ Blow Fly: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

23 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14768282/ Whisker of Evil by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown

24 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14768249/ The Front by Patricia Cornwell

25 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15563154/ Dolley by Rita Mae Brown


26 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15453659/ The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

27 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515141/ Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

28 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718817/ My Point... And I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres

29 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14410478/ And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

30 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483180/ Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

31 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305131/ The Hours by Michael Cunningham

32 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15297067/ Becoming Nicole

33 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483455/ The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin

34 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515016/ Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

35 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15174583/ Blow Fly: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

~ the end ~

Thanks for a fun Challenge!


I was out of town most of the month so I didn't get to release as many books as anticipated, but thank you all for participating!



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