Richard, the hero of James Gregor’s captivating debut novel, “Going Dutch” (Simon & Schuster, 2019), is a queer, 20-something graduate student pursuing a PhD in medieval Italian literature. Richard suffers from crippling writer’s block and, as a result, is in peril of losing his funding.

Twenty years ago, Philadelphia native Tony Sawicki crafted, wrote and produced “Under the Pink Carpet,” one of the first weekly television news programs to highlight LGBTQ-plus arts, nightlife and culture.

For a lot of our younger readers, summer involves free time. At least we hope. So when better to catch up on recreational reading. Luckily, there are a wealth of queer young-adult titles waiting on the shelves at Philly’s local independent bookstores, just waiting to be discovered.

We reached out to Philly’s histroic LGBTQ bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St., for recommendations on interesting queer YA reads. For more information, visit

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