LGBT South Asian Reading List

Find below our recommended reading list of LGBT South Asian books, exploring family, sexuality, gender and love. 

Mohanaswamy by Es Vasudhēndra

Mohanaswamy dreams of living a simple, dignified life. A life that will allow him to leave, even forget, the humiliation and fears of adolescence, the slurs his mind still carries around - gandu sule, hennu huli - and the despair that made him crave to conform.

My Father's Garden by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Spanning half a life, My Father's Garden tells the story of a young doctor--the unnamed narrator--as he negotiates love and sexuality, his need for companionship, and the burdens of memory and familial expectation.

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

In the world of his large family – affluent Tamils living in Colombo, Sri Lanka – Arjie is an oddity, a 'funny boy' who prefers dressing as a girl to playing cricket with his brother. Arjie comes to terms with his own homo-sexuality and with the racism of the society in which he lives.

The Truth About Me: A Hijra Life Story by Rēvati

Revathi was born a boy, but felt and behaved like a girl. In telling her life story, Revathi evokes marvellously the deep unease of being in the wrong body that plagued her from childhood.

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

An exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes Samra to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not.

Moving Truths by Aparajeeta Duttchoudhury

Bringing conversations about gender and sexuality home to family and community. To serve ourselves and our families and communities in better understanding our truths and together move toward a place of respect.

The Devourers by Indra Das

On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story.

She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya

Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.

The World That Belongs To Us by  Akhil Katyal and Aditi Angiras

This first-of-its-kind anthology brings together the best of contemporary queer poetry from South Asia, both from the subcontinent and its many diasporas.

My Chacha is Gay by Eiynah

Ahmed's uncle is gay, but Ahmed doesn't love him any less and undertands that the way his mother and father love each other is the same way his uncle loves his boyfriend Faheem.

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