Books for Lesbian Visibility Week

By Coll Rowe | April 19 2024 | LiteratureSociology

In honor of Lesbian Visibility Week, which takes place April 22nd – April 28th,  and Lesbian Visibility Day on April 26th, we are sharing books by and about lesbians, and their experiences and history.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
A Biomythography

Zami is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.”—Off Our Backs

$17.99 US
Jan 01, 1982
272 Pages
Crossing Press

Sister Outsider
Essays and Speeches
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in 20th-century literature. In this charged collection of 15 essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.
$17.99 US
Aug 01, 2007
192 Pages
Crossing Press


Cantoras is a revolutionary novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family.

$18.00 US
Jun 02, 2020
336 Pages

Lesbian Love Story
A Memoir In Archives

At the heart of this riveting, inventive history, Amelia Possanza asks: How could lesbian love help us reimagine care and community? What would our world look like if we replaced its foundation of misogyny with something new, with something distinctly lesbian?

$27.00 US
May 30, 2023
288 Pages

Hijab Butch Blues
A Memoir
A queer hijabi Muslim immigrant survives her coming-of-age by drawing strength and hope from stories in the Quran in this “raw and relatable memoir that challenges societal norms and expectations” (Linah Mohammad, NPR).
$18.00 US
Feb 06, 2024
336 Pages
Dial Press Trade Paperback

Forcing the Spring
Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

A groundbreaking work of reportage by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jo Becker, Forcing the Spring is the definitive account of five remarkable years in American civil rights history, when the United States experienced a tectonic shift on the issue of marriage equality.

$18.00 US
May 19, 2015
496 Pages
Penguin Books

On Being Different
What It Means to Be a Homosexual

Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller’s On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States.

$15.00 US
Sep 25, 2012
96 Pages
Penguin Classics

Black Girl, Call Home
A literary coming-of-age poetry collection, an ode to the places we call home, and a piercingly intimate deconstruction of daughterhood, Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.
$17.00 US
Mar 09, 2021
256 Pages

Legendary Children
The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

Legendary Children centers itself around the idea that not only is RuPaul’s Drag Race the queerest show in the history of television, but that RuPaul and company devised a show that serves as an actual museum of queer cultural and social history, drawing on queer traditions and the work of legendary figures going back nearly a century.

$18.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
288 Pages
Penguin Books

Words Will Break Cement
The Passion of Pussy Riot

From National Book Award winner Masha Gessen, the heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies.

$16.00 US
Jan 08, 2014
320 Pages
Riverhead Books