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This month is Pride Month! To honor LGBTQ authors, artists, creators, and stories, we've compiled a list of books to help you consume more LGBTQ authors, artists, creators, and stories in June and beyond. These 5 finest LGBTQ novels, deal with issues of gender and sexual identity.

This is the list for you if you're seeking for a decent LGBTQ book to read.

1. The One Woman by Laura May

Julie, a graphic designer, manipulates what the eye cannot detect in Laura May's debut novel, The One Woman. Julie's life and her relationship with her partner Mark are mundane in every way. Until she meets Ann, that is. Ann is both a businesswoman and a sweet and loving individual. Julie is unable to deny that their chance encounter ended in attraction. The spark is uncontrolled as their past and present intersect once more in Barcelona. When misfortune strikes, Julie must choose between her love for Ann and her loyalty to Mark. Is pure love capable of withstanding the passage of time?

2. We All Loved Cowboys by Carol Bensimon

Julia, a quiet, restrained woman, and Cora, a bisexual fashion student, had a peaceful romance before it fizzled out. Years later, the two twentysomethings finally decide to take the road trip they've always wanted to do, a rambling and aimless journey around Brazil. It's a sapphic tale, a road trip tale, and a coming-of-age tale all rolled into one neat package. Bensimon writes on adolescent rebellion and the gradual realization of one's true desires throughout adulthood.

3. So Happy for You by Celia Laskey

Since childhood, Robin and Ellie have been best friends. Ellie was watching for Robin when she came out. When Ellie's father passed away, Robin was there for her. Robin, on the other hand, is hesitant when Ellie asks her to be her maid of honor. Robin, a gay professor, is skeptical of the lavish wedding rituals that are currently sweeping the country and go far beyond champagne toasts and bouquet tosses. But Robin accepts because of her loyalty.

As the wedding weekend approaches, however, a sequence of frightening events cause Robin to reconsider her decision. Everyone in the bridal party appears to be out to get her. Ellie herself, perhaps.

4. The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran

The anonymous narrator is a gay man who relocated to Florida during the height of the AIDS crisis to care for his aging parents and has been unable to leave after their deaths. He recalls the indignities of getting old in a tiny town with grim humor.

The narrative of his friendship with Earl, whom he met while cruising at the local boat launch, lies at the heart of the book. He's been visiting Earl for the past two decades, watching great films with him and critiquing his neighbors. Earl is the only person in town who allows him to be completely himself. Earl's health is deteriorating, and our ever cynical narrator must face the idea that he will be alone once Earl passes away.

5. Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

"Come home." Vera's mother phoned her, and Vera complied. Despite their long separation, despite the memories, she has returned to the home of a serial killer. Back to confronting her father's love for her and the bodies he'd buried beneath the house he'd constructed for his family.

Vera has a difficult time returning home, and to make matters worse, she and her mother aren't alone. Vera's upbringing is being methodically stripped for spare parts by a parasite artist who has moved into the guest house out back. He swears that he isn't the one who has been putting notes in her father's handwriting throughout the house... Who else could it be, though?

What are your favorite adult LGBTQ reads?