This Pride month we’re celebrating the beauty of self-expression and human connection with six pieces that champion the loves and lives of the LGBTQ+ community. In his poem “No One Knows the Way to Heaven,” Ocean Vuong writes, “When you get here, I’ll tell you everything.” We can’t think of a better invitation to read these stunning works.
She knew, before her daughter did, that they would need a different body.
‘I’ll be gone by the time they get here.’ I kiss her hand.
2015 Narrative Prize Winner
2019 MacArthur Fellow
Because when a man & a man walk hand in hand into a bar the joke’s on us.
Iris had never danced with another girl, except to practice.
Two boys are in bed on a Tuesday afternoon & neither knows the other’s name.
I was taught as an American to trust my independence and my individuality.