Matador Network editors Matt Hershberger, Ana Bulnes, and Morgane Croissant rounded up 6 books about being LGBTQ+ that will help you understand and celebrate the sexual and gender diversity of the world we live in.
The Mirror of Love by Alan Moore
When the parliament in the United Kingdom passed the Local Government Act of 1988, they included an infamous clause known as Section 28. Section 28 said that the local governments of England, Scotland, and Wales “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.” At the time, Alan Moore, the visionary comics writer behind Watchmen, From Hell, and V for Vendetta, was in a relationship with his wife and their girlfriend. So, he started a group called “Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia,” or “AARGH!” for short. The group released a comics anthology from artists all over the country. Easily the most moving entry was Moore’s epic poem, The Mirror of Love, which serves as a history of the LGBTQ movement from ancient times till now. Section 28 was repealed in 2003, and Moore released the poem as its own book in 2004. –Matt Hershberger