Pre-1969 LGBTQ Literature

Description
In honor of Pride Month, our June List of the Month is dedicated to LGBTQ Literature written and/or published before 1969. Given the wealth of Pride reading lists that highlight some of the great books of today, we wanted to draw attention to LGBTQ books from an earlier period. Titles may be either fiction or nonfiction, but they must have an LGBTQ connection, and they must have been written before 1969, even if they were not published until after that date. Ten titles may be added per person. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme, or the parameters listed above.
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ablachly, queen_ypolita, DouglasAtEik, amanda4242, Heather39, Tosta, FleetSparrow
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amanda4242: Renault is best remembered for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece, but I really like this one set shortly after Dunkirk.
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richardderus, reesetee, ahef1963, tommi180744, quondame, FleetSparrow, jeancotchin, bonchcronch,karenb
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karenb : Published after 1969 (1973)
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Rtrace, mysanal, amanda4242, sturlington, aspirit, bonchcronch
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aspirit: Queer main character written by an openly gay author. Pub 1966.
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Aquila, mysanal, Dilara86, AbigailAdams26, jeancotchin, Bking150,themulhern
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themulhern : No internal or historical evidence that Sappho was actually gay. The sort of poetry she wrote was conventionally written by lyric poets of her time.
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Proclus, Stefcxjo
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hipdeep, -Pia-
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FAMeulstee, alex68
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pamelad, ahef1963
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hipdeep, gtross
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gtross: Probably the best known body of gay verse in any language. Not every poem in the "Complete" Cavafy is on a gay theme, but his homoerotic verse is justifiably famous.
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Aquila, susanbooks
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amanda4242, alex68
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hipdeep, reesetee
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hipdeep, quondame
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amanda4242, arachnepress,karenb
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karenb : Published after 1969 (2017)
amanda4242: Published in 1927.
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gtross
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gtross: Published 1934. Two of the stories ("The Roads Round Pisa" and "The Monkey") explicitly thematize queer sexualities, and most of the rest inventively treat the same.
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Proclus
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noveltea
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pamelad
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aspirit
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aspirit: Published a century later but ~2/3 of the book consists of the letters from 1890 into 1918
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amydross
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gtross
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gtross: Unrequited homosexual love story, between a male professor and his male student.
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aspirit
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aspirit: Originally published in 1928
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Rommert
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aspirit
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pamelad
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thorold
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