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20 books that are essential reading this Pride Month

June is Pride Month, a time to not only commemorate the Stonewall uprising that helped launch the LGBTQ+ movement in June 1969 but also to celebrate and recognize LGBTQ+ communities.

In honor of the month, we’ve rounded up 20 books, including new releases and classics, memoirs and fiction, journalistic accounts and collections of essays. From bestselling memoirs to Pulitzer Prize-winning novels to historical accounts, these Pride Month-themed selections offer insight to the LGBTQ+ experience.

Read on for essential books to add to your list during Pride Month and beyond.

‘The Prophets’ by Roger Jones, Jr. (starting at $14.99;

'The Prophets' by Roger Jones Jr.

Jones’ bestselling debut novel features the lyrical story of Isaiah and Samuel, two enslaved men on a plantation in Mississippi who find refuge in their love for one another in the face of violence and unimaginable cruelty.

‘Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993’ by Sarah Schulman (starting at $19.99;

'Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993' by Sarah Schulman

Written over a 20-year span and involving 200-plus interviews, Schulman chronicles the achievements, conflicts and legacy of ACT UP, New York, an AIDS activism coalition that confronted the AIDS crisis head-on. At nearly 700

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