After decades of being relegated to the "queer" section of the bookstore, usually on a dusty bottom shelf in a dark back corner, more and more LGBTQ writers are having their work recognized and enjoyed by mainstream audiences.
Today, these writers are seeing their words reach the tops of bestsellers lists, be optioned for TV series and movies, and celebrated with the world's most prestigious literary prizes.
We've compiled a short roundup of some of our more prideful writers for pride season--some newcomers, some more established--who are making an impact in the literary world and serving as a voice for generations of queer people.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is a non-binary Dutch writer whose bestselling debut novel The Discomfort of Evening, translated by Michele Hutchison, is nominated for the 2020 International Booker Prize.
Celebrated by critics, the novel is inspired partly by the death of Rijneveld’s brother, who died when Rijneveld was three, and offers a rare glimpse of rural and religious life in the Netherlands, where Marieke suffered bullying and abuse.
Speaking to the New York Times in April 2020 about their non-binary identity, 29-year-old Rijneveld said:
I asked myself if I wanted to be a boy, a girl, or something in between. I decided I wanted to be in between.