Sugestões de Livros LGBTQIA+

Aproxima-se o mês LGBTQIA+ do desafio literário Ler a Diferença e, como tal, reuni uma lista de sugestões de livros que se debruçam sobre o tema que podem ler para o desafio. A lista está dividida por géneros literários e apresenta opções tanto em inglês como em português.

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A sessão zoom para discutir as leituras deste mês irá realizar-se dia 3 de julho e podes inscrever-te aqui.


Fantasia/Ficção Científica

1. “Black Wings Beating” de Alex London

«The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer–while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.»

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2. “Beyond the Black Door” de A. M. Strickland e AdriAnne Strickland

«Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen…

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom…»

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3. “Cloaked in Shadow” de Ben Alderson

«Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.»

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4. “Infinity Son” de Adam Silvera

«Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.»

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5. “Carry On” de Rainbow Rowell

«Na famosa Escola de Magia de Watford, Simon desempenha um papel especial: ele é o Escolhido, aquele que irá salvar todos do Mal. Mas a verdade é que, metade das vezes, Simon não consegue fazer a sua varinha funcionar, e, na outra metade, pega fogo a tudo. O seu mentor evita-o, a sua namorada deixou-o, e existe um monstro que se alimenta de magia e que utiliza o rosto de Simon. Para piorar as coisas, Baz, a némesis irritante de Simon, desapareceu. Só pode estar a preparar alguma!

Carry On – A História de Simon Snow está repleto de fantasmas, amor, mistérios. Tem exatamente a quantidade de beijos e de conversa que seria de esperar numa história de Rainbow Rowell – mas muito, muito mais monstros.

Esta é a história de Simon Snow, a personagem fictícia que povoava a vida e imaginação de Cath em Fangirl, o fabuloso romance de Rainbow Rowell.»

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6. “Captive Prince” de C. S. Pacat

«Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…»

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7. “From Under the Mountain” de C. M. Spivey

«As the second child of the Aridan imperial family, nineteen-year-old Guerline knows exactly what is expected of her: be unobtrusive, be compliant, and do not fall in love with her low-born companion, Eva. She has succeeded at only two of those.

But before her feelings for Eva can become a point of contention for the royal house, Guerline’s calm and narrow life is ripped away from her—in the course of a single night—and she is abruptly cast in the role of empress.

Faced with a council that aggressively fears the four witch clans charged with protecting Arido and believes they are, in fact, waging war against the humans, Guerline struggles to maintain order. As her control over the land crumbles, she learns that the war is rooted in a conflict much older than she realized—one centuries in the making, which is now crawling from under the mountain and into the light. With the fate of Arido hanging in the balance, Guerline must decide who to trust when even her closest councilors seem to have an agenda.»

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8. “These Witches Don’t Burn” de Isabel Sterling

«Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.»

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9. “Once & Future” de Amy Rose Capetta e Cory McCarthy

«I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.»

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10. “This Golden Flame” de Emily Victoria

«Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father—their nation’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.»

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11. “O Canto de Aquiles” de Madeline Miller

«Aquiles, «o melhor dos gregos», filho da cruel deusa Tétis e do lendário rei Peleu, é forte, veloz e belo – irresistível a todos aqueles que o conhecem. Pátroclo é um jovem príncipe desajeitado, exilado na sequência de um ato de grande violência. Criados juntos por uma questão de circunstâncias, formam uma ligação inseparável, mas arriscam a ira divina.
São treinados pelo centauro Quíron nas artes da guerra e da medicina, mas quando chegam os rumores de que Helena de Esparta foi raptada, todos os heróis da Grécia são convocados para cercarem a cidade de Troia. Seduzido pela promessa de um destino glorioso, Aquiles junta-se à sua causa e Pátroclo, dividido entre o medo e o amor pelo seu amigo, segue-o.
Mas sabem eles que as cruéis Moiras os haverão de testar como nunca antes e deles exigir um terrível sacrifício.»

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1. “The Woman Who Made Me Feel Strange” de Anna Ferrara

«In 2030, Lane Thompson, a ‘nobody’, sat on the edge of a rooftop in New York and smoked a cigarette. Moments after, her body was found on the concrete fifty floors below, broken and soaking in blood.

Three years later, Lane wakes up at the Wonderdrug Psychiatric Centre, fully recovered. Her doctor doesn’t allow her to leave because she doesn’t remember wanting to kill herself and she doesn’t even mind because she thinks living at the Centre for free is way better than struggling financially on the outside.

Her plan to stay there forever is thwarted when Paul, a woman and fellow patient, manipulates her into leaving. Paul insists the Centre is not what it pretends to be and drags Lane through the underbelly of New York as she tries to prove that they are so much more than just mere ‘nobodies’.

Paul’s unique method of acquiring money allows Lane the luxury of not having to work for a living so Lane spends her time trying to reconnect with her former lover—actress Arden Villeneuve—instead.

What she soon discovers makes her question everything she thought was true. Problem is, how do you find out what’s really going on when you can’t trust anything anybody says?»

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2. “The Spinster and the Madman” de K. J. Stewart

«Probationary Constable Gina Palumbo is looking forward to an impromptu trip to the Blue Mountains, which was organized by her girlfriend; it’s a chance to unwind before reporting for her first day of duty.

Her plans are thrown into chaos after a strange and unsettling encounter with their friends’ next-door neighbor. The elderly lady introduces herself as Sylvia, the only child of Daryl Jacob Thompson, a notorious murderer who tortured and killed eight young women in the 1970s, burying them in his orchard in country Victoria.

Gina soon finds herself enmeshed in the story of Sylvia’s horrific past, until she begins to question the potential impact of such violence and terror on a person’s psyche.

As Sylvia’s tale races toward its deadly conclusion, Gina must draw on all her internal resources to discover the truth before it is too late.»

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3. “Collide-O-Scope” de Andrea Bramhall

«When Gina Temple decides to go Christmas shopping for her girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon, in the Norfolk town of King’s Lynn, it seems like an easy enough task.

If only life were that simple.

A split-second event, months in the planning, tips their safe world upside-down.

In this twisting lesbian thriller, Kate’s subsequent investigation leads her down the rabbit hole, where innocent people are targets, and has repercussions that will reverberate for a long, long time.

Meanwhile, as the two women grow closer, things get even more complicated. Life seems determined to throw obstacles in their path.

Will things ever feel normal again?»

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4. “A Kind of Justice” de Renee James

«Against all odds, Bobbi Logan, a statuesque transgender woman, has become one of Chicago’s most celebrated hair stylists and the owner of one of the city’s poshest salons. She is finally comfortable with who she is, widely admired in her community, about to enjoy the success she deserves.

Then her impossibly perfect life falls apart.

In the space of a few weeks, the Great Recession drags her business to the brink of failure, her beloved ex-wife needs help in facing a terrible tragedy, and a hateful police detective storms back into her life, determined to convict her of the five-year-old murder of John Strand pillar of the community and a sexual predator.

As the detective builds an ever more convincing case against her, both of them will be shaken by revelations about themselves, about their own deeply held secrets, and about the bizarre ritual murder of John Strand.»

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5. “Fadeout” de Joseph Hansen

«Fadeout is the first of Joseph Hansen’s twelve classic mysteries featuring rugged Dave Brandstetter, an insurance investigator who is contentedly gay. When entertainer Fox Olson’s car plunges off a bridge in a storm, a death claim is filed, but where is Olson’s body? As Brandstetter questions family, fans, and detractors, he grows certain Olson is still alive and that Dave must find him before the would-be killer does. Suspenseful and wry, shrewd and deeply felt, Fadeout remains as fresh today as when it startled readers more than thirty years ago.»

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1. “Red, White & Royal Blue” de Casey McQuiston

«First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?»

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2. “Heartstopper – Volume 1” de Alice Oseman

«Charlie e Nick estão na mesma escola, mas nunca se conheceram… até ao dia em que são obrigados a sentar-se lado a lado. Eles rapidamente se tornam amigos, e Charlie começa a apaixonar-se por Nick, embora ache que não tenha qualquer oportunidade.
Mas o amor funciona de maneiras surpreendentes e, por vezes, coisas boas estão mesmo ao nosso lado…

Este é o primeiro volume de Heartstopper, a banda desenhada premiada (Goodreads Choice Awards 2020) de Alice Oseman.»

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3. “Summer Bird Blue” de Akemi Dawn Bowman

«Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.»

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4. “Rapariga, Mulher, Outra” de Bernardine Evaristo

«As doze personagens centrais deste romance a várias vozes levam vidas muito diferentes: desde Amma, uma dramaturga cujo trabalho artístico frequentemente explora a sua identidade lésbica negra, à sua amiga de infância, Shirley, professora, exausta de décadas de trabalho nas escolas subfinanciadas de Londres; a Carole, uma das ex-alunas de Shirley, agora uma bem-sucedida gestora de fundos de investimento, ou a mãe desta, Bummi, uma empregada doméstica que se preocupa com o renegar das raízes africanas por parte da filha.

Quase todas elas mulheres, negras e, de uma maneira ou de outra, resultado do legado do império colonial britânico. As suas histórias, a das suas famílias, amigos e amantes, compõem um retrato multifacetado e realista dos nossos dias, de uma sociedade multicultural que se confronta com a herança do seu passado e luta contra as contradições do presente.

Um romance atual, brilhantemente escrito, que repensa as questões de identidade, género e classe com o pano de fundo do colonialismo, da emigração e da diáspora.»

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5. “She Drives Me Crazy” de Kelly Quindlen

«After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.»

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6. “E Se Formos Nós” de Adam Silvera e Becky Albertalli

«Não sei se somos uma história de amor ou se o nosso amor é uma história.

Arthur só vai ficar em Nova Iorque durante o verão, mas ele acredita que isso não é impedimento para conhecer o grande amor da sua vida. Tal como entoam os musicais da Broadway de que Arthur tanto gosta, o universo pode fazer surgir uma paixão a qualquer momento, quando menos se espera…

Ben não acredita no amor. Ele só quer distância das conspirações do universo e dos seus planos secretos. Porque se o universo fosse realmente seu aliado, ele ainda estaria numa relação e não no posto dos correios para devolver todos os pertences do seu ex-namorado.

Um dia, Arthur e Ben cruzam-se. Um encontro aparentemente banal dá início a uma história de amor cheia de emoções fortes, percalços, contrariedades e desafios. Mas, afinal, o que terá o universo reservado para estas duas almas apaixonadas? Talvez nada. Talvez Tudo!»

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7. “No Final, Morrem os Dois” de Adam Silvera

«Sem morte, não há vida. Sem perda, não há amor.

Pouco depois da meia-noite, Mateo e Rufus, dois completos estranhos, recebem a notícia de que vão morrer dentro de 24 horas. Neste último dia que lhes resta, ambos anseiam por fazer um amigo.

A boa notícia é que existe uma aplicação para isso. Chama-se Último Amigo e, através dela, estes dois jovens encontram-se para uma derradeira e intensa aventura: viver toda uma vida num só dia.

Para nos lembrarmos de que todos os dias contam.»

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8. “Less” de Andrew Sean Greer

«Arthur Less está a chegar aos cinquenta anos. É um homem de boa índole e que tem uma carreira de escritor discreta e demasiado mediana. Muitos anos antes, fora o jovem amante de um génio da literatura e aprendera a ocupar um lugar de irrelevância ou periferia. Agora, luta com as suas dúvidas e inseguranças, e tenta sobreviver num meio de egos devoradores. Um dia é convidado para um casamento que descobre ser o do seu ex-namorado com outra pessoa.

Assim começa o longo périplo que antecede o seu quinquagésimo aniversário: tentando fugir ao casamento, Less começa a aceitar todo o tipo de convites para participar em leituras, festivais literários, palestras um pouco por todo o mundo.

De França à Índia, da Alemanha ao Japão, do México a Itália, Arthur Less quase se apaixona, quase desiste, quase morre, mas acaba por encontrar o seu caminho de regresso a casa e à vida. Um romance satírico sobre o amor, o avanço da idade, o desencontro e as profundezas do coração humano.»

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9. “Eu Dou-te o Sol” de Jandy Nelson

«Jude e o seu irmão gémeo Noah são inseparáveis. Aos 13 anos, Noah é um jovem tímido e solitário que adora desenhar. Jude, pelo contrário, é extrovertida, tagarela e sociável. Três anos mais tarde, tudo se altera. Jude e Noah mal falam um com o outro. Um trágico acontecimento afetou os gémeos de forma dramática… Até que Jude conhece Guillermo Garcia na Escola das Artes, um escultor ousado e bem-parecido que vai ter um papel determinante na vida dos irmãos. O que os gémeos não sabem é que cada um deles conhece somente metade da história das suas vidas e, se conseguirem reaproximar-se, terão a oportunidade de reconstruir o seu mundo. Este livro fulgurante da aclamada e premiada autora, Jandy Nelson, deixará o leitor sem fôlego, com lágrimas nos olhos e um sorriso nos lábios… tudo ao mesmo tempo.»

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10. “O Coração de Simon Contra o Mundo” de Becky Albertalli

«Simon Spier tem 16 anos e os únicos momentos em que se sente ele próprio são vividos atrás do computador.

Quando Simon se esquece de desligar a sessão no computador da escola e os seus emails pessoais ficam expostos a um dos colegas, este ameaça revelar os seus segredos diante de toda a escola.

Simon vê-se, assim, obrigado a enfrentar as suas emoções e a assumir quem verdadeiramente é perante o mundo inteiro.»

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1. “O Quarto de Giovanni” de James Baldwin

«David, um jovem nova-iorquino, vive ao sabor dos dias em Paris, cidade onde procura tomas rédeas da vida enquanto a noiva passa uma temporada em Espanha. Numa noite de farra num bar clandestino, David conhece Giovanni, um barman italiano, luminoso, sedutor, impertinente, e sente-se irremediavelmente atraído. Os dois homens entregam-se a uma relação intensa, confinada ao quarto de Giovanni, com a nuvem do retorno iminente de Hella a pairar sobre os amantes.
Um postal anuncia o inevitável: a noiva estará de volta a Paris. O regresso exige que David escolha entre a normalidade de uma vida segura com Hella e a incerteza de um futuro ao lado de Giovanni, todo ele coração, força e instinto. A decisão do americano culminará numa tragédia inimaginável.»

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2. “Orlando” de Virginia Woolf

«Nova tradução, fiel ao texto original, que repropõe a essência deste e recupera as suas ilustrações.

“Mal Orlando abriu a janela, o seu rosto ficou iluminado apenas pelo próprio Sol, e decerto teria sido impossível encontrar outro que fosse tão sincero — ou tão melancólico. Feliz a mãe que gera um filho assim e mais feliz ainda a biógrafa que lhe narra a vida! Porque jamais terá de se preocupar e ir pedir ajuda a um poeta ou a um romancista. A um tal biografado, basta ir de façanha em façanha, de triunfo em triunfo, de cargo em cargo, e o escriba apenas tem de o seguir, e ambos alcançarão as alturas que desejam!”

“Escrevi este livro com mais rapidez do que qualquer outro, e é uma grande piada; acho, apesar disso, que é uma leitura alegre e fácil: umas férias de ser escritora.”

São estas as palavras que se podem encontrar numa das entradas dos diários de Virginia Woolf, datada de 18 de Março de 1928, e com as quais a autora se refere ao seu então recém-terminado Orlando: um livro escrito de um só fôlego — no breve espaço de cinco meses —, que se quis leve, divertido, absolutamente satírico e, acima de tudo, livre.

Obra virada para a modernidade, para o futuro, Orlando é um dos raros momentos em que a literatura, rompendo barreiras e o pudor de uma época, alcança a intemporalidade, para nunca mais se sentir datada ou ultrapassada na sua coragem, beleza e estilo. Recuperando o espírito com que foi escrita — ser leitura e divertimento —, a Cavalo de Ferro repropõe, com nova tradução fiel ao texto e ilustrações originais, um dos grandes romances de Virginia Woolf, sacudindo o pó e o peso do seu estatuto na história da Literatura.»

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3. “Maurice” de E. M. Forster

«Maurice is heartbroken over unrequited love, which opened his heart and mind to his own sexual identity. In order to be true to himself, he goes against the grain of society’s often unspoken rules of class, wealth, and politics.

Forster understood that his homage to same-sex love, if published when he completed it in 1914, would probably end his career. Thus, Maurice languished in a drawer for fifty-seven years, the author requesting it be published only after his death (along with his stories about homosexuality later collected in The Life to Come).

Since its release in 1971, Maurice has been widely read and praised. It has been, and continues to be, adapted for major stage productions, including the 1987 Oscar-nominated film adaptation starring Hugh Grant and James Wilby.»

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4. “Tales of the City” de Armistead Maupin

«San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous—unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.»

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5. “A Boy’s Own Story” de Edmund White

«Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White’s trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy’s Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book’s unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with powerful evocations of shame and yearning, this is an American literary treasure.»

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6. “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” de Jeanette Winterson

«This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts.

At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.»


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7. “City of Night” de John Rechy

«When John Rechy’s explosive first novel, City of Night, was first published in 1963, it became a national bestseller and ushered in a new era of gay fiction. Bold and inventive in his account of the urban underworld of male prostitution, Rechy is equally unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling “Youngman” and his restless search for self-knowledge. As the narrator careens from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter, we get an unforgettable look at a neon-lit life on the edge. Said James Baldwin of the author, “Rechy is the most arresting young writer I’ve read in a very long time. His tone rings absolutely true, is absolutely his own; and he has the kind of discipline which allows him a rare and beautiful reckless.”»


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1. “Histórias da Noite Gay de Lisboa” de Rui Oliveira Marques

«A abertura da discoteca Trumps em pleno Príncipe Real, no início dos anos 80, foi decisiva a que este bairro de Lisboa se tornasse no epicentro da noite LGBT em Portugal. Conheça as histórias da geração de 80, os primeiros anos da sida, o percurso de António Variações, Lydia Barloff, Ruth Bryden, Wanda Stuart e Vanessa Silva, o nascimento do Arraial Pride e o crime que abalou a noite gay.»


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2. “The Stonewall Reader” da Biblioteca Pública de Nova Iorque

«For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White.

June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.»

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3. “Good as You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain” de Paul Flynn

«In 1984 the pulsing electronics and soft vocals of Smalltown Boy would become an anthem uniting gay men. A month later, an aggressive virus, HIV, would be identified and a climate of panic and fear would spread across the nation, marginalising an already ostracised community. Yet, out of this terror would come tenderness and 30 years later, the long road to gay equality would climax with the passing of same sex marriage.

Paul Flynn charts this astonishing pop cultural and societal U-turn via the cultural milestones that effected change—from Manchester’s self-selection as Britain’s gay capital to the real-time romance of Elton John and David Furnish’s eventual marriage. Including candid interviews from major protagonists, such as Kylie, Russell T Davies, Will Young, Holly Johnson and Lord Chris Smith, as well as the relative unknowns crucial to the gay community, we see how an unlikely group of bedfellows fought for equality both front of stage and in the wings.

This is the story of Britain’s brothers, cousins and sons. Sometimes it is the story of their fathers and husbands. It is one of public outrage and personal loss, the (not always legal) highs and the desperate lows, and the final collective victory as gay men were final recognised, as Good As You.»

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4. “O Amor do Avesso” de Luisgé Martín

«O Amor do Avesso é a autobiografia de um rapaz que, ao chegar à adolescência, descobre que o seu coração está a apodrecer devido a uma «doença» maligna: a homossexualidade.

“Em 1977, aos quinze anos, quando tive a certeza definitiva de que era homossexual, jurei a mim mesmo, aterrado, que nunca ninguém o saberia. Foi, tal como a de Scarlett O’Hara em E Tudo o Vento Levou, uma promessa solene. Todavia, em 2006 casei-me com um homem, numa cerimónia civil, perante cento e cinquenta convidados, entre os quais se encontravam os meus amigos de infância, os meus companheiros de escola, os meus colegas de trabalho e toda a minha família. Nesses vinte e nove anos que haviam decorrido entre uma data e a outra, eu sofrera uma metamorfose contrária à de Gregor Samsa: deixara de ser uma barata e fora-me convertendo, pouco a pouco, num ser humano.”»

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5. “Homossexualidade e Resistência no Estado Novo” de Raquel Afonso

«Nesta investigação, que cruza uma recolha exaustiva de testemunhos reais a um sólido trabalho científico, aborda-se a visão da homossexualidade durante o salazarismo. Numa síntese perfeita de História e Antropologia, visitamos o Estado Novo nos seus parâmetros estatais, a partir de três eixos centrais e que fazem o seu fundo científico: a diferença de tratamento devido à classe social; o eixo do não-dito, e a visão da sexualidade a partir da referência do masculino.

Diz a autora, Raquel Afonso, investigadora integrada do IHC-NOVA e doutoranda em Estudos de Género (ISCSP/NOVA-FCSH/NOVA-FD:

“Este é um estudo que pretende ligar a investigação académica à sociedade e aos movimentos cívicos. Este é um livro de memórias. Procurou-se dar voz a quem não conseguia expressar-se. Procurou-se compreender uma parte da Ditadura que tem sido muitas vezes relegada para a sombra. Aqui, procurou-se desconstruir um tempo pretérito, do qual pouco se sabe e pouco se fala em Portugal. Não porque se queira ficar «agarrado» à história, porque há futuro, mas porque é necessário conhecer o que está para trás para se poder caminhar para a frente.”

O prefácio é assinado pela Dra. Paula Godinho, docente de Antropologia na Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa e investigadora do Instituto de História Contemporânea.»

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6. “Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples” de Rodger Streitmatter

«For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.

In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.»

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7. “Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation” de Jim Downs

«From a prominent young historian, the untold story of the rich variety of gay life in America in the 1970s.

Despite the tremendous gains of the LGBT movement in recent years, the history of gay life in this country remains poorly understood. According to conventional wisdom, gay liberation started with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969. The 1970s represented a moment of triumph — both political and sexual — before the AIDS crisis in the subsequent decade, which, in the view of many, exposed the problems inherent in the so-called “gay lifestyle”.

In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970s, arguing that the decade was about much more than sex and marching in the streets. Drawing on a vast trove of untapped records at LGBT community centers in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, Downs tells moving, revelatory stories of gay people who stood together — as friends, fellow believers, and colleagues — to create a sense of community among people who felt alienated from mainstream American life.

As Downs shows, gay people found one another in the Metropolitan Community Church, a nationwide gay religious group; in the pages of the Body Politic, a newspaper that encouraged its readers to think of their sexuality as a political identity; at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore, the hub of gay literary life in New York City; and at theaters putting on “Gay American History,” a play that brought to the surface the enduring problem of gay oppression.

These and many other achievements would be largely forgotten after the arrival in the early 1980s of HIV/AIDS, which allowed critics to claim that sex was the defining feature of gay liberation. This reductive narrative set back the cause of gay rights and has shaped the identities of gay people for decades.

An essential act of historical recovery, Stand by Me shines a bright light on a triumphant moment, and will transform how we think about gay life in America from the 1970s into the present day.»

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