Reading List: Pride Month

As part of of our calendar celebrating national heritage months and observances, explore these selected works that speak to the month of Pride.


The oil painting "Girlfriends" by Edouard Zelenine. This expressionist painting shows a woman in a red dress sitting on another woman's lap. The two figures take up most of the frame, and the background is black with faint dashes of color.

Edouard Zelenine, Girlfriends, 1984. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.




  • In “Home” by Celeste Mohammed (Issue 21), two young women in Barbados navigate an increasingly complicated romantic and sexual relationship against a backdrop of family conflict and trauma.
  • Lyuba Boys by Sophie Crocker follows a young trans man and his best friend as they go to Alaska to dive for mammoth bones. It is a commentary on young love, masculinity, and gender relations. 
  • Ben Shattuck’s Pushcart Prize-winning story “The History of Sound” (Issue 16) tells of the love between two young musicians in early twentieth century New England.
  • In Emma Copley Eisenberg’s “Forty-Four Thousand Pounds” (Issue 15), a young Appalachian woman remembers a home—and a love—she left behind.
  • In “Anguilla Rostrata: American EelCallum Angus writes the story of the last eel of the Rio Grande.


  • In “Cadenza,” Isabel Meyers explores family history, the publishing industry, and bringing queer stories to the page. 
  • In “Fragments of Shame and PrideRaed Rafei explores queerness and chronicles the recent history of the LGBTQIA+ movement in Lebanon through personal reflections.
  • David Weinstein’s essay “Linnahall” recounts a day tour of Tallinn, Estonia that spurs reflections on loneliness and wandering.


Reading List: Pride Month