10 of the Best Books of LGBTQIA+ History

Queer history encompasses hundreds (thousands!) of fascinating people, places, movements, events, and ideas. It’s full of heartbreaking stories and inspiring ones. It’s so rich and varied, in fact, that no list of queer history books will ever be representative of all the experiences of queer people throughout time. But if you’re looking for some fantastic LGBTQIA+ books to read this Pride month (or any time), these ten are a great place to start. Some of these are especially great Pride books because they deal directly with the activist movements that led to Pride as we know it today. Others delve into lesser-known aspects of queer history. All of them celebrate queer culture, and highlight the contributions LGBTQIA+ people have made to art, literature, science, politics, and so much else.