Category: queer

autostraddle:We’re celebrating how great it is to be gay by…

autostraddle:

We’re celebrating how great it is to be gay by offering 20% off in the Autostraddle Merch Store with code GR82BGAY and! A free sticker with every order. You can pick which of these stickers you’d most like to slap on your butt / surface / puppy or whatever to celebrate how great you are most of the time.

Christmas presents for all your queermo friends?

Lez-be spooky

marcellahartwell:

It’s the perfect time of year for thrills, chills, and things that go bump in the night. Let’s get to reading!

I went a-googling and here are some lists of halloween and horror themed books, in absolutely no particular order

Lesbrary Tag Archives – Halloween
http://lesbrary.com/tag/halloween/ 

Lesbrary Tag Archives – Horror
http://lesbrary.com/tag/horror/

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian – 5 Spooky Queer Woman Halloween Reads
https://caseythecanadianlesbrarian.com/2017/09/28/5-spooky-queer-womens-halloween-reads/

The Lesbian Review – Horror Archive
http://www.thelesbianreview.com/genres/horror/ 

The Lesbian Talk Show – It’s a Halloween Mix-up
https://thelesbiantalkshow.podbean.com/e/les-do-books-its-a-halloween-mix-up/

BookRiot – Lesbian & Queer Women Halloween Reads
https://bookriot.com/2015/10/21/lesbian-queer-women-halloween-reads/ 

YLVA Publishing – Halloween Archives
https://www.ylva-publishing.com/product-category/themes/halloween/

Halloween book recommendations for LGBT Young Adults


https://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/halloween-book-recommendations-lgbt-young#.WdD512hSw2w

LGBTQ Reads – Fave Five: Queer Halloween Reads
https://lgbtqreads.com/2016/10/31/fave-five-queer-halloween-reads/

Goodreads – Lesbian Horror
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/30065.Lesbian_Horror 

Outwrite – The Ten Best Queer Horror Books Ever
https://outwritenewsmag.org/2014/10/the-ten-best-queer-horror-books-ever/

sansasttvrk:I’m about to go looking on my own, but I figured I’d ask here: does anyone have any…

sansasttvrk:

I’m about to go looking on my own, but I figured I’d ask here: does anyone have any recommendations for wlw romances, preferably a historical romance? It doesn’t have to be, and I’ll pretty much read any genre with different age groups in mind (YA, new adult, adult), but that’s what I’m mostly after at this time. Thanks in advance!

I don’t read historicals really, but here are some of my recent fav wlws

  • Storm Season by Pene Henson. Trapped in the Australian wilderness together!  My review.
  • Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan– if you are at all looking for something spooky for the season? My review.
  • Bridget Essex’s fantasy romance featuring lady knights and werewolves. My review.
  • Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox. Like a wlw Under the Tuscan Sun. My review

Here’s a Goodread’s list for Lesbian Historical Fiction.

Here’s the Lesbrary’s Historical Fiction tag archive.

If you find something good, tell me about it!

fuckyeahlesbianliterature: bibliosapphic: Romance tropes in…

fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

bibliosapphic:

Romance tropes in Sapphic books! I posted a little rec list for people who like to read specific romance tropes. Do you have more recs or tropes not mentioned here? Let me know!

[image description: a graphic reading 1 Trope = 1 Book]

tropes for queer women romance!

If you’re comfortable doing so, could you please expand on what it’s like being a lesbian and reading het romances? For a long time now I feel like I’ve been desperately repressing the feeling that I’m actually gay and rn the thing that’s stopping me from exploring that is I’m scared I’ll lose that connection with my favourite romance novels (well it’s probably more the crushing heteronormativity of society in general but this is the thing that I articulate it as consciously).

You know, I totally get you. Sometimes I look around at all the het romance I read/consume and think, what the fuck am I doing? I’m not supporting queer, independent press so I’m letting the queer community down and I’m letting myself down and I’m not measuring up to what it means to be gay and and and..

These kind of looping, self destructive thoughts are something my brain is really good at doing. Cutting myself down, undermining my own sense of self, until I’m nothing, worthless, alone. Maybe your brain is good at it too.

I didn’t really understand how gay I was until I got into my first serious relationship with a woman in my mid-twenties. I spent years and years thinking I was just pretending or fooling myself or making it all up. Being in a relationship, it was like I “qualified”. I had status. But even then I used to joke that I was only 65% gay. Because I had a history of dating men. Because I could never be a gold star lesbian. Because I didn’t feel like I measured up or belonged. 

It’s not a sudden realization or an “aha!” kind of moment. I just gradually recognized that I am as gay as I am ever going to be. And that it’s mine. You and I, we’re big fat homos. Regardless of whether we’re bisexual, or lesbian, or pansexual, or queer, or whatever. We’re gay. No one can take your queerness away from you. No one can judge it or rank it or make you less than what you really are. Even yourself! Maybe even especially yourself! 

I can read and enjoy romance novels because I am super gay! It doesn’t change. I loved romance novels when I struggled with my sexuality, I loved them when I was engaged to marry a woman, I loved them when we broke up, I loved them then and I still love them now.

I love the fantasy of romance. First kisses and falling in love, make ups and breakups, secret babies and second chances and alpha heroes, all of it! When I read, I get to travel to magnificent, magical lands where love solves all problems and makes people better. 

People say “love is love” and I actually kind of scoff, because in the real world, love doesn’t stop abuse or hatred or discrimination. And sometimes, for me, reading a gay romance novel hits too close to home– the fantasy gets too close to reality, the magic is gone. So I read straight romance because it transports me someplace really beautiful, not necessarily because I’m attracted to or identify with either the heroine or the hero, but because it soothes and settles me. And because no one, not one single person, not even me on a really bad day, can take away or lessen my queerness. It is woven into the fabric of my being.

Anyway, I totally support you reading romance novels and being as gay as you are. And I really thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about it.

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reallytrying: legrandcirque: Stan Wayman, A lesbian couple…

reallytrying:

legrandcirque:

Stan Wayman, A lesbian couple strolling through the woods after their wedding, 1950s.

this is really the most romantic image i’ve ever seen