For this week’s Freedom Friday, Walker’s Legacy cultivated a list of LGBTQIA authors of color to keep an eye out for and feel inspired by. You can show your support for queer people of color by amplifying their voices and by purchasing literature where they are positively reflected in the world around them.
It is important to keep in mind that during these times, minority owned queer businesses are even more vulnerable during this present state of unpredictability. Support your local creatives this pride month, and help advance their economic empowerment every day of the year! Here are five authors to keep on your radar this Pride, and new books to add to your reading list:
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa
Rooted in Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume challenge how we think about identity. “Borderlands / La Frontera remaps our understanding of what a “border” is, presenting it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.”
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The famous science fiction author, Octavia E. Butler, wrote the dystopian futuristic novel, “Parable of the Sower” in 1994. Her book, “imagines an America where the government has collapsed and a once civil society reverts to violence and chaos due to scarcity created by climate change, unimaginable poverty and rapid drug use.” The book has now been turned into an opera and is a renowned text to add to your collection.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
This is a collection of fifteen essays and speeches, by the incredible Audre Lorde, takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Lorde writes from her identity as a cancer survivor, black women, lesbian mother navigataging her life.
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
This is the story of Christine Jorgensen, “America’s first prominent trans person, and famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. “ This well written text talks about the their erasure from trans history despite her celebrity recognition, and the multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present day struggles in legislation and anti-racist policy.
Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization
Scott Lauria Morgensen analyzes the “intricate linkages, appropriations, and productions around discourses of Native and non-Native queer movements of indigeneity and national belonging.” The book analyzes queer subjects among Native communities and non-Natives by engaging the difference indigenous culture makes within a settler society.