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In 1928, Radclyffe Hall‘s The Well of Loneliness was published and subsequently banned in the UK because of its depiction of “unnatural practices between women.” As someone who considered herself “sexually inverted,” Hall is one of the first queer women in history to publish a lesbian-themed novel. U.S. courts eventually decided that a novel could not “corrupt” young minds. It remained unpublished in the UK until 1949, though it was easily accessible in other countries (such as France).

As anyone who has read The Well of Loneliness can attest, it’s not overtly sexual or offensive in any way. It’s just very sad. And if you haven’t read the rite of passage novel, this is a great week to give it a go because it’s Banned Books Week. This week, we celebrate published pieces of work that schools, libraries or other authorities once deemed unworthy of reading because they were considered offensive, explicit or unsuitable in some way.

Below are a few lesbian-themed books that you could read for Banned Books Week.

The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

Heather Has Two Mommies (Leslea Newman )

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Gertrude Stein )

Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence (Marion Diane Bauer)

Holly’s Secret (Nancy Garden)

Luv Ya Bunches(Lauren Myracle)

Stuck in the Middle(Ariel Schrag)

The Whole Lesbian Sex Book (Felice Newman)

What’s your favorite banned book?

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