Courtyard, Marrakech, Morocco
photo via india

Amerie and her mother in Hanboks ^^ 


  • Remember that starting is the hardest

Once you get into it, you’ll be on a roll. I often procrastinate for hours and then when I finally panic enough to start doing work, it’s not nearly as bad as I expect and I’m always annoyed that I didn’t start 3 hours ago gdi

  • Get your…


It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of only reading white authors. In 2013, I made a conscious effort to read more books by and about POC, but still, only ~30% of the books I read featured main characters of color and only ~22% were by authors of color. Here’s a list of books published in 2013 about QPOC - let’s celebrate these works and resolve to read more diversely.

There’s no way this list is exhaustive, or even close. These are also not personal recommendations, just every title I could find. If I was unsure about a book’s contents (that is, if I was unsure if the queer characters were prominent, or if I thought the book might be exploitative), I tended to give weight to who the author is (that is, I was more likely to include books I know were written by people of color). Of course, I’ll be happy to add books to the list if you have any suggestions that fit the theme! Here’s what I found, arranged by genre:


  • Abandoned Property by Kai Mann
  • The Butterfly Lady by Danny M. Hoey Jr.
  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri
  • Corona by Busha Rehman
  • Full Circle by Skyy
  • Harlem Boyz by Mr. Armani Williams
  • K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood by LaToya Hankins
  • Midnight Rumba by Eduardo Santiago
  • Monarch Season by Mario López-Cordero
  • My Education by Susan Choi
  • On the Come Up by Hannah Weye


  • Broken in Soft Places by Fiona Zedde
  • The Exchange by Nikki Rashan
  • Flawless by Cat Grant
  • Hersband Material by C. Wash
  • Turn Me Out by T. Ariez
  • Wallflower by Heidi Belleau


  • How to Greet Strangers by Joyce Thompson
  • The Odd Fellows by Guillermo Luna
  • The Scottish Banker of Surabaya by Ian Hamilton


  • Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi
  • Hungry Ghost by Alison Moon
  • Midnight Comes with the Dawn: The Vampyir Plague by Darlene Burns
  • Selume Proferre by E.E. Ottoman
  • Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

Young Adult

  • Adamant by Kieran Wisser
  • Afuera: A Young Latino’s Journey by Marcelino Rosas
  • The Culling by Steven Dos Santos
  • Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures edited by Mitali Perkins
  • Proxy by Alex London
  • The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
  • Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Middle Grade

  • Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz


  • #Gezi Park by Beldan Sezen
  • Lunita by Xavier Morrell and Sergi San Julian
  • Mara by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle
  • Wandering Son Vol. 5 by Shimura Takako and Matt Thorn


  • Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography by Richard Rodriguez
  • Domestically Cursed: A Story on Partnership Violence by Renair Amin
  • Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side by Rayya Elias
  • Making Mr. Wright: Memoirs of a Black Female-To-Male Transsexual by Reno Prestige Wright
  • They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth by Daniel Hernandez and Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Trauma Queen by Lovemmee Corazon

Nonfiction/Queer Studies

  • Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family by Katie L. Acosta
  • Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh by Thomas Glave
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, by Shiri Eisner
  • Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias by Eng-Beng Lim
  • Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Gerald H. Gaskin
  • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle
  • Oye Loca! From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami by Susana Pena
  • A People Stronger: The Collectivization of MSM and TG groups in India by Suneeta Singh
  • Professed Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran by Afsaneh Najmabadi
  • Queer African Reader by Sokari Ekine
  • Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollentions of Consciousness and Coming Out edited by Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibran Guido
  • Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith by Afdhere Jama
  • Queer Migration Politics by Karma Chavez
  • Queer Narratives of the Caribbean Diaspora by Zoran Pecics
  • An UnSpoken Compromise: A Spiritual Guide for LGBT People of Faith by Rizi Xavier Timane Ph.D

Short Stories

  • Dykin 2 by Neledi Tafari
  • Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman
  • Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
  • Mundo Cruel by Luis Negron
  • Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba
  • Sistagirl by Anondra Williams


  • Alternative Medicine by Rafael Campo
  • Autogeography by Reginald Harris
  • Brown Femme Survivor by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  • Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives by Veronica Reyes
  • Proxy by R. Erika Doyle
  • She Has a Name by Kamilah Aisha Moon
  • Sinuous by Lydia Kwa
  • Wanting in Arabic: Second Edition by Trish Salah
  • We Come Elemental by Tamiko Beyer
  • A Word for the Open Mouth by Kenyata C. Garner
  • The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers by Alice Walker

Many thanks to Sistahs on the Shelves, Lambda Literary, and everyone that reads, reviews & tags queer books on tumblr and goodreads - without whom this list would be much more difficult to compile! Last year’s list can be found here.



~ladybug queen~


i chopped my hair to shoulder length!!! a strand of my hair was literally 2 feet long before but bcs it was curly it didn’t seem like so much length BUT IT WAS
and I feel so ready to face my life head on and I’m glad I have who I have by my side and MY HAIR LOOKS C UTE

sorry I drank coffee


i like everything about this pic

Washington loves the green | by: [Kennett Mohrman] 

coastal light, part three by manyfires on Flickr.

by Ieva Mukaitė