Out of the closet and into bookshops: where are all the queer books? by Maisie Lawrence
This article has been published in The Bookseller. It begins:
I came of queer age on a steady diet of lesbian films, purchased covertly at university, and hidden under my bed when back home. Films with brilliant titles such as “The Itty Bitty Titty Committee”, “Watermelon”, “I Can’t Think Straight” and “Better Than Chocolate” (yes, it is what you think) taught me a huge amount about what it meant to be a queer woman. These films weren’t always easy to come by - this was before Netflix, before Sandi Toksvig was on TV, before “Orange Is the New Black” and “Moonlight”. The lesbian and queer pickings were slim, and predominantly featured white characters. I watched everything I could get my hands on - films about each letter of the LGBTQ spectrum - wanting to understand the breadth and depth of the new community I’d joined. But eventually the internet’s well of queer films ran dry.