Seattle Picks: LGBTQ
Annotation:Walter, a successful New York book editor, husband and father of two, has a clandestine affair with his chauffeur Barry that doesn’t stay a secret for long against a McCarthy-era backdrop of paranoia and homophobia.
Annotation:Award-winning author Boyne tells the tragic and poignant story of young World War I soldier Tristan Sadler and his intense relationship with fellow soldier and conscientious objector, Will Bancroft.
Annotation:As a young, white, gay man coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Toland Polk grapples with the turbulent racial politics of his Southern hometown and his growing awareness of his sexuality in this classic graphic novel.
Annotation:Courtroom drama surrounding a scandalous divorce in Victorian England stirs up a friendship between the adulterous wife and her trailblazing feminist friend in this engrossing historical novel.
Annotation:Darcy Bright leaves Australia to meet his half-sister Fin in the Soviet Union in 1984. Darcy’s stay gets complicated when he has an affair with the son of a high-ranking official.
Annotation:There are some literal and figurative wildfires in the Santa Ana suburbs where a man’s secret daughter shows up pregnant and a lesbian couple find succor together when their children are reclaimed by their ex-husbands.
Annotation:During the 1974 desegregation of Boston schools, Ann, an African-American teenager, finds that her crush on her French teacher and her relationship with a white girl place her in the middle of a conflagration of racial and sexual politics.
Annotation:Olivia, a runaway who disappears, is the thread that connects a transgendered woman, a lesbian plastic surgeon and the woman who kidnapped Olivia as a baby and raised her as her own.
Annotation:Long-term couple Pat and Stu leave their fast-paced, swinging life in Manhattan to start a family using a surrogate mother and artificial insemination; a decision that ultimately tests the limits of their relationship.
Annotation:Boston couple Richard and his partner Conrad have each other, but they also have lovers on the side. Richard’s other “husband,” Ben, is a married man. Are these others really so insignificant?
Annotation:Catholic policeman Duffy is chasing a serial killer targeting gay men in this fast-paced, gritty, action-packed tale set in the chaos of 1980s Northern Ireland on the verge of war. Book one of a trilogy.
Annotation:When her gay flight attendant brother disappears with a suspected terrorist in the wake of a bombing in Hong Kong, Megan finds herself embroiled in a deadly race for the truth.
Annotation:TV soap opera producer Steven had a bad breakup, but he’s still determined to find Potential Relationship Material. Will he let his mom and friends’ advice and opinions get in the way of finding “the one”?
Annotation:When John Sherkston accidentally travels back in time to 1986 he decides to make some changes: giving himself relationship advice, trying to save a family member’s life and preventing George W. Bush from becoming President.
Annotation:When high school senior Robert Westfall’s father is diagnosed with terminal cancer he has nowhere to turn for support – until he finds solace in a deepening, and risky, relationship with his math teacher, Andrew.
Annotation:In this sensual fantasy, four travelers make their way to Palimpsest, a place accessible only to those who have the passport, a tattoo you can receive only after having sex with one who also bears the mark.
Annotation:Winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award, “Zippermouth” tells the gritty, unflinching story of a young lesbian tortured by unrequited love and addled by drugs and alcohol, living in New York City in the 1980s.
Annotation:National Book Critics Circle award winner White traces the complex journey of Jack Holmes and Will Wright through a decades-long friendship complicated by unrequited love, adultery, and, eventually, AIDS.
Annotation:In this absorbing tale of self-discovery, public defender Rachel Stein’s life is changed by her involvement in the legal case of a battered woman who killed her husband.
Annotation:Near-future scientist Billie Crusoe travels across different times and planets, exploring humankind’s obsession with physical perfection even as it despoils the environment, and finds love with a “Robo sapien,” Spike.