You’ll find a mix of biographies and memoirs on this page but the recent reviews will lean more toward memoirs of everyday LGBT people (as opposed to sports figures, celebrities, and politicians) who have lived anything but ordinary lives. Their books make for some interesting reading too. Please note: There are some well known names from the LGBT community here – like Josh Kilmer Purcell and Alison Bechdel for example – whose celebrity is not so well known by “mainstream” readers.
Please click here to see listings of the biographies and memoirs of the gay and lesbian celebrities, athletes and politicians we all love to hear about.
“Regular People” LGBT Biographies and Memoirs I’ve reviewed:
Thoughts of a Tribal Elder: One Queerman’s Journey from the Ashes Risen by Roger Goodman. Please see my April 2nd, 2013 post for my review.
For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home by Keith Boykin. A collection of 44 essays by men of color (Black – African American, Jamaican, and Asian) about their lives as gay men of color. Please see my September 4th, 2012 post for my review.
Your Boyfriend and Other Guys I’ve Kissed: The Tails of Totally Tyler by, of course, Totally Tyler. Please see my June 28th, 2012 post for my review.
Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and Changing America’s Schools by Kevin Jennings who went from a dirt poor rural upbringing to the founding of GLSEN in a moving, emotional rags to riches story. Please see my June 6th, 2012 post for my review.
My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by YouTube viral sensation, Zach Wahls. Please see my May 15th, 2012 post for my review.
The Tricky Part: A boy’s story of sexual trespass, a man’s journey to forgiveness by Martin Moran. Please see my March 31st, 2012 post for my review.
Perking the Pansies – Jack and Liam move to Turkey by Jack Scott. Please see my February 23rd, 2012 post for my review of this memoir about two gay, British expats living and loving in Muslim Turkey.
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick. See my February 18th, 2012 post for my review. This is a memoir of the not quite a year that Judd Winick knew Pedro Zamora prior to his death from AIDS in 1994. Pedro and Judd met when they were both cast in the 1994 version of the The Real World 3 – San Francisco. Please also consider the movie about Pedro’s life, simply titled Pedro.
Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel by Bettina Aptheker. Please see my January 31st, 2012 post for my review.
Gourd Girls by Priscilla Wilson. This is a memoir of two people, Priscilla and her life partner Janice Lymburner but also a book about coming out in a small town and about building a business out of nothing except an offbeat idea. Please see my January 24th, 2012 post for my review.
All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C. by Craig Seymour. Please see my January 19th, 2012 post for my review.
HomoSteading at the 19th Parallel: One man’s adventures building his nightmare dream house on the Big Island of Hawaii by David Gilmore. Please see my January 17th, 2012 post for my review.
The Purple Golf Cart: Stories of an Unconventional Grandma by Ronnie Sanlo. Please see my January 11th, 2012 post for my review.
Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead by Joel Derfner. Please see my November 21st, 2011 post for my review.
DON’T SHOOT! I’m Coming Out ~ How to “Man-Up” and Set Heterosexuals “Straight” by Benn Setfrey. Please see my October 20th, 2011 post for my review.
You’re Not from Around Here, Are You?: A Lesbian in Small-Town America by Louise A. Blum. Please see my October 11th, 2011 post for my review.
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir (P.S.) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Please see my September 21st, 2011 post for my review.
Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend. Please see my September 20th, 2011 post for my review.
Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah by the Lady Chablis. Please see my August 15th, 2011 post for my review.
The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq by Bronson Lemer. Please see my August 14th, 2011 post for my review.
Living the Difference: an enlightening story revealed for people of all ages straight or gay by Joe Knudson. Please see my July 17th, 2011 post for my review.