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Dialectica Guide: LGBTQ+ Literature and Cinematic Gems



June 20, 2023


Andriana Koilia
Marketing and Communications Senior Associate

June is the month of Pride, a time to honor and celebrate all LGBTQ+ members, their identity, and individuality while diving into the roots, cause, and artistic derivatives of the LGBTQ+ movement. Having this in mind, we asked members of our employee resource groups, the pride group and dialectica book club, to share their book and movie suggestions with the audience!

Ηeartstopper by Alice Oseman
Juliana Cortes, Public Relations & Communications Specialist

I highly recommend this book to anyone with kids or young people in their family, as this is a great introduction to the LGBTQ+ community, their members’ challenges, and ways to support anyone exploring their sexual orientation or identity. Heartstopper is an Inspiring, relatable and romantic story that discusses an evolving friendship between two athletic students that blossoms into romance between. My all time favorite character is Nick, because he goes through a journey of self-discovery while remaining positive, true to himself, and supportive of his friends and loved ones.

Red, White and Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
Elena Tsakiridou, Client Service, Associate Manager, and member of the book club

This book’s plot revolves around a forbidden love, as a prestigious prince of the UK falls in love with a well-known persona of the US. This book has gone viral on TikTok and this is one of the main reasons I discovered it. I would like someone to read it because it’s enjoyable,  gives you a better understanding of how different personalities react in specific situations and how love can challenge societal norms.

Special – Series on Netflix, 2018
Gabriel Dickson, B2B Surveys Associate 

This show depicts the superficial and harsh truth of the LGBTQ+ community, while breaking the stereotypes about disabilities-  being disabled does not mean that there’s a limitation for living your best self. These series are just simply hilarious, authentic, and challenging! I really loved Kim’s character, because she was owning her sexuality and exuded confidence and positivity.

Carol, 2005
Simone Georgiou, Client Protection Associate

If I had to describe this movie with 3 words, these would be: Unexpected, suspenseful, visually stunning. Carol is one of my favorite movies. It resonates with me on an emotional level, while successfully conveying the message that love is love: it has no age, no gender, nor societal barriers. The story takes place in the 50’s, where one married woman with a family meets one girl and falls in love with her. Their worlds intertwine and soon, the protagonist is facing a serious dilemma: will she choose true love or the facade of a seemingly happy life?



Discover our full Dialectica Guide:

Call me by your name, Andre Aciman
A Greater Music, Bae Suah
The color purple, Alice Walker
Heartstopper, Alice Oseman
Red, White and Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
In the DreamHouse: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Carol, 2005
Call me by your name, 2017
The way he looks, 2014
Weekend, 2011
Moonlight, 2016
Brokeback mountain, 2005
Pride, 2014
The rocky horror picture show, 1975
Paris is burning, 1990
The talented Mr Ripley, 2005
Blue is the warmest color, 2013
Velvet goldmine, 1998
The Danish girl , 2015
Pose – Series, 2018

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