Meet the Logo30: Roxane Gay

The prolific writer and editor talks Pride, community, and LGBTQ literary icons she admires.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

The only thing more iconic than Roxane Gay’s tweets about her unnamed nemeses is her incredible body of work. As an out writer, essayist, and editor, Gay has left her mark on the literary world with works like Hunger, Bad Feminist, and Ayiti, giving a voice to women, people of color, survivors of sexual violence, and more. She’s joined the “World of Wakanda,” too, working with Marvel Comics to bring the Black Panther universe to life.

As for LGBTQ literary greats she’d recommend? Gay sings the praises of Leslie Feinberg, whose seminal novel, Stone Butch Blues, garnered international acclaim and inspired the likes of Alison Bechdel (Fun Home, Dyke to Watch Our For). “It wasn’t about having to agree with everything Feinberg says,” Gay tells Logo. “I just have never forgotten Stone Butch Blues.”

Watch Logo’s full interview with Gay below.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.