What to Read: A Gay Books Primer

BY Advocate.com Editors

April 17 2010 2:20 PM ET

FAVORITE LGBT BOOKS 13 X390 (COURTESY) | ADVOCATE.COM

Faggots by Larry Kramer (published in 1978)

Intensely graphic, Kramer’s novel about the sexual exploits of gay men in 1970s New York, which I’ve often thought of as our equivalent of Portnoy’s Complaint, retains its power to shock all these years later. Yet what really makes the novel a favorite is the way Kramer’s often-unappreciated sense of humor spills into his prose.

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