10 Filipino LGBTQ+ Literature Available as E-books

It’s Pride Month and what better way to celebrate being yourself than delving into a good book that made significant contribution in the gay literature in the country? In this list, Anvil Publishing recommends a set of LGBTQ+ e-books that is readily available to read now. Meaning, you don’t have to wait for late deliveries, and you don’t have to deal with the rainy weather outside.

Pull out your e-reading devices and start delving into these good reads:

Don’t Tell My Mother
by Brigitte Bautista

With an overly zealous mother as her guide, 19-year-old Sam has never had problems navigating through Christian suburbia before. But, all that changes when she befriends and becomes intrigued with Clara, her widowed neighbor and the village’s social outcast. When their friendship grows into the “unnatural,” Sam is forced to examine her upbringing and come to terms with who she really is.

Ladlad: An Anthology of Philippine Gay Writing
Edited by Danton Remoto and J. Neil C. Garcia

Being gay is not a choice. It is really detrimental for someone living in a third-world country. How do gays cope up with society’s constraints? How do they live their lives to the fullest?

Edited by J. Neil Garcia and Danton Remoto, Ladlad: An Anthology of Philippine Gay Writing, is an anthology of poems, stories, essays, and plays about gay experience in the Philippines. It is a collective effort made by Filipino members of LGBT to celebrate being their true selves.

Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut
by Ian Rosales Casocot and Shakira Andrea Sison

If sex remains taboo in the Philippines, gay and lesbian sex is still even more unspoken. “How do you do it?” is still the most common question queer Pinoys get. Even after that question is answered, there is still the popular notion that only heterosexual sex is “the real thing,” and anything else is just a deviation or an attempt to replicate the male-female dynamic of human contact.

This book makes up for this history of invalidation. An unprecedented dirty dozen, Sison’s and Casocot’s stories are direct and unflinching. They make no qualms or apologies about the nature of sex between two men or between two women. They explore courtship and contact between same-gender partners with humor, hesitation and obsession, and eventually take the reader with them as they reel from heartbreak.

Whether you consider straight sex “the real thing,” or are among the LGBTQ community that is hungry for a true account of Filipino gay and lesbian loving, one thing this collection and its characters do, over and over without exhaustion, is to keep on trying.

Happy Na, Gay Pa
by Danton Remoto

Katabi mo nga si Vivian sa Grade One classroom ninyo, pero bakit panay ang tingin mo kay Bobby?

Paano nagse-celebrate ng Valentine’s Day ang gay lovers?

Nagka-jowa ka na ba na afam—at binalak mo itong pakasalan?

Keri lahat ng mga ‘yan sa latest book ni Danton Remoto, founder ng Ladlad Party List (renamed LGBT Party List), TV5 at Radyo Singko host, at bekisor (bekingdinosaur) ng lesbians, gays, bisexuals, at transgender sa ating baran-gay.

He’s Dating the Transgender
by Art Sta. Ana

Nakilala ni Art si Trixie anim na taon na ang nakalipas. Nagsuyuan, nagmahalan, at nagplano para sa kinabukasan, ngunit dahil lumaki sa magkaibang mundo, sinubukan ng dalawa na itago ang isang napakaliit ngunit tila napakahalagang detalye sa pagkatao ni Trixie. Alamin ang mga eksenang magpapasaya, magpapaluha, at magpapatotoo na ang pag-ibig ay walang kinikilala.

Riverrun: A Novel
by Danton Remoto

Riverrun is a rite-of-passage novel in the life of a young gay man growing up in a colorful and chaotic dictatorship. Shaped in the form of a memoir, it glides from childhood to young adulthood in chapters written like flash fiction and vignettes, along with a recipe, a feature article, excerpts from poems, and vivid songs.

Closet Queeries
by J. Neil C. Garcia

Can a person be gay and Catholic?
Is homosexuality inborn or learned?
Are there gays in the military?
Was Rizal a homosexual?
What should a beginning gay writer do?
Why do fathers beat up their swishy sons?
Why are there no happy gay stories?
Are all gays inborn volleybelles?
How do gays feel about growing old?
Why are gays promiscuous?

These are some of the queer queries that people normally ask in private (in other words, inside the closet) and that J. Neil C. Garcia boldly attempts to provide answers for in Closet Queeries.

Ladlad 2: An Anthology of Philippine Gay Writing
Edited by Danton Remoto and J. Neil C. Garcia

With the release of Ladlad I, editors J. Neil C. Garcia and Danton Remoto have challenged oppressive and homophobic ideologies. Now on its second installment, Ladlad II delivers more insights about gay life in the Philippines. It delves deeper on the closeted lives of gays—finding lifelong partner, seeking happiness, and accepting one’s true self.

Ladlad 3: An Anthology of Philippine Gay Writing
Edited by Danton Remoto and J. Neil C. Garcia

The success of the Ladlad I and Ladlad II gave leeway for editors J. Neil Garcia and Danton Remoto to collect more captivating gay stories across the country. Now on its third anthology, Ladlad III gives new light and angle to gay writing in the Philippines.

Packed with diverse stories, poems, and essays, this new companion to the series brings reimagination and modernity.

Bright, Catholic and Gay
by Danton Remoto

A collection of award-winning writer and activist Danton Remoto’s short essays on popular culture, politics, and other important and controversial national issues.

Remoto has taught English and Literature for more than twenty years and is a multimedia personality: as host of a radio and a TV show and a columnist for a daily and an online news portal. He founded the Ladlad Party List in 2003, whose accreditation was refused by the Commission on Elections.

This led to the historic decision affirming the equality of LGBT rights and opening the door to representation in Philippine Congress.

These e-books are available for purchase on Amazon, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play Books.

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