Hey and howdy 👋 We are nearing the end of Pride of Month and of course I have to do a pride related tag at some point this month so today I’m going to be doing the new LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura!
- Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
- Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
- (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (Text prompts are at the end of the tag if you’d prefer to use those)
- (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.
Sappho – Greek poet known for her lyric poetry which is believed to describe homoerotic feelings: A book of poetry (or written in verse).
Less a book of poetry, more a poet – Danez Smith, and LGBTQ+ poet whose works touch on their experience being queer and black. I was introduced to their poetry in my first couple of weeks of university and while we only studied one of their poems, I went on to read two of their collections: Don’t Call Us Dead and Homie.
Alan Turing – Mathematician known for cracking the Enigma code but who was persecuted for his homosexuality: A character who deserved better
I’m being a bit presumptuous here considering the third and final book isn’t even out yet but Matthew Fairchild from The Last Hours trilogy. I’m scared for this mans safety and happiness. I feel like he deserves a better ending than he’s going to get.
Gilbert Baker – Creator of the rainbow Pride Flag: The most colourful book you own
I’m looking around the bookshelves in my room and also trying to think of the books I had to leave behind at Uni and I’m noticing that all the physical books I own all seem to stick to one lane when it comes to colours.
I’ve decided to go with Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim and In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens which are both pastel but still really colourful. The covers are definitely what made me gravitate towards these books so it definitely fits.
Anne Lister – Landowner, industrialist and considered to be the first modern lesbian: A book written as a diary (or includes diary entries)
I’m trying to answer these questions with as many LGBTQ+ books as possible and I can’t think of any I’ve read over the last couple of years that include diary entries. I did recently read On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong which doesn’t feature diary entries but it is one long letter from son to mother kind of has the same vibe.
Marsha P. Johnson – Prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising and founder of several LGBTQ rights organisations: A character you’d would want fighting at your side
I take any and all opportunities to talk about my favourite character in the world, Nico di Angelo. This boy is great with a sword and has awesome death powers. Obviously I would want him fighting by my side.
Alfred Kinsey – Creator of the Kinsey scale: A book set in academia
I mean A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee is literally set in a boarding school and follows two girls investigating their schools history of witches and magic and on top of that it has a paranormal + dark academia vibe to it.
Lucy Hicks Anderson – First trans woman to defend her identity in court: A book where a major scene takes place in court
The first scene that came to mind was from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t know if I’d call this scene “major” but, like I said, it’s the first one that came to mind so we’re rolling with it.
I think it was Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but the first scene that came to mind is when Adam has to testify against his father and Gansey and Ronan burst into the court room and it’s pointed out that Ronan is actually wearing his tie straight. In the grand scheme of the entire series this is such a minor detail but clearly it had an impact on me.
Open Prompt – Your choice: A book that inspires you
I’m currently reading Loveless by Alice Oseman and it’s just hitting different you know. Not only that but I feel like Alice put a lot of themselves in this book which in and of itself is inspiring.
I had a lot of fun with this tag. Make sure to check out Laura’s original! I’m not tagging anyone cause I wasn’t tag and also I’m meant to be meeting friends in five minutes so I just don’t have time but if you do decide to do this tag, leave it linked below!!