LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every year in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided a Greenwich Village bar that had a largely gay clientele. Patrons, who were angry about the frequent raids, fought back and soon a crowd of more than 400 people gathered in the streets. News of the event spread and inspired others to mobilize in support of gay rights.
The Westchester Library System has a growing collection of books with LGBT themes. For this post, I will spotlight three fiction writers who have made LGBT content an important part of their writing.
Sarah Waters writes historical fiction for adults:
The Paying Guests: In 1922 London, economics force a widow and her daughter Frances to take in lodgers . Their lives are profoundly changed after they rent to a young couple and Frances has a dangerous clandestine affair with the wife.
Fingersmith: Sue Trinity, an orphan raised by thieves, is recruited by a con man to help in his quest to marry Maude, a wealthy heiress. Sue agrees to pose as a maid to gain Maude’s confidence, but finds herself falling in love with her.
Tipping the Velvet: At a London music hall in 1887, a male impersonator falls in love with her dresser.
Affinity: Visiting a grim Victorian London prison as part of rehabilitative charity work, Margaret Prior, a woman recovering from a suicide attempt, is drawn in by an inmate who asks Margaret to help her escape.