The Appalachian Pride 2023 Reading List is Live!
By: Marcus J. Hopkins
June 1st, 2023
The Appalachian Learning Initiative is kicking off #Pride2023 with its second annual Pride Reading List.
This year, we're focusing the list on works by #LGBTQ+ #Appalachian authors and books about LGBTQ life in #Appalachia, featuring books and essays from Carter Sickels, Lee Mandelo, Mesha Maren, David Brendan Hopes, and other phenomenal authors from across the region.
With each reading list we curate, APPLI attempts to highlight a variety of voices, perspectives, and lived experiences from across the Appalachian Region, including those from persons of trans experience and gay, lesbian, and bisexual orientations. We also try to center the voices of indigenous communities and communities of color to ensure that our readers are able to appreciate the truly diverse cultures and cultural histories hidden within Appalachia's bucolic mountainscapes.
One particular work of note is Qwo-Li Driskill's Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory, a book that examines themes of gender and sexuality in Cherokee cultural memory, drawing from oral histories and archival documents.
Every purchase made from our Pride 2023 Reading List page contributes a very small amount to APPLI through Amazon's Affiliate Program, so please consider purchasing using the links provided therein.
We truly hope that you have a safe and joyous Pride Month and can find at least one great read to start off your summer in our latest list.