With the onset of the 51st Pride Month, Audible has come out with a special selection of stories from and about LGBTQIA+ creators. From tales of a gay man’s experiences in war-torn Afghanistan, to a chronicle of growing up as a transgender woman in India, Audible brings you these must-listen titles for Pride Month:
Written by Nemat Sadat and narrated by Abhishek Ajay Sharma, The Carpet Weaver is a sweeping tale of a young gay man’s struggle to come of age and find love in the face of brutal persecution. He is in the desperate search for a place to call home-and the fervent hope of reuniting with his beloved Maihan.
Novelist Shyam Selvadurai’s coming of age novel is a story of Arjie Chelvaratnam, a Tamil boy growing up in an extended family in Colombo, non-conforming to gender norms. As Arjie falls in love with a queer Sinhalese classmate, he’s forced to confront the hardening borders and violence of ethnic difference.
In this genre-defying book, narrator and author Parmesh Shahani – vice president at Godrej Industries Ltd – draws from his decade-long journey in the corporate world as an out and proud gay man to make a cogent case for LGBTQ inclusion and lay down a step-by-step guide to reshaping office culture in India.
The story, which has been adapted into a film, conjures a romance between two young men, Elio and Oliver, in an Italian seaside town. The book establishes Aciman as a poet of the drunken senses and the audiobook will sway you away with the sheer depth of Hammer’s voice.
This Vivek Teluja’s memoir about growing up as a gay man in the 1990s. He realised at the age of eight that he was but Anupam Kher’s stereotypical gay man’s character in the movie Mast Kalandar made him shy away from his identity. The story is funny, poignant, heartwarming, and heart-breaking all at once.
Red Lipstick is the story of Laxmi, born as a male, who quashes gender norms while experiencing the prejudices of femininity and masculinity. Racy, unapologetic, dark and exceptionally candid, her stories with men open a window to a brave new world.