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LGBTQ+ Resources: Books

FICTION - click the cover to view

This Is How It Always Is

A family, a transgender child, and change. A best novel of the year in 10 lists.

Zami - A New Spelling of My Name

Autobiographical fiction


Hispanic American gay poetry

Gender Outlaws

Essays, commentary, comic art, and conversation from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people

Two Boys Kissing

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

Autobiography of My Hungers - YA

This book takes a second piercing look at the author's past through a startling new lens: hunger. The need for sustenance originating in childhood poverty, the adolescent emotional need for solace and comfort, the adult desire for a larger world, another lover, a different body. 113 pages.

She's Not There: a life in two genders

Exuberant memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny

Fun Home

Told in a heartbreaking and fiercely funny way, about Alison and her brothers growing up in a funeral home. The book focuses on Allison's complex relationship with her father and the process of coming out to her family in late adolescence. 232 pages.

As the Crow Flies

A queer, black teenager finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp 272 pages.


I know I'm not gay. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They're mean, and scary, and they're always destroying something or saying something dumb or both.I hate that word. Gay. It makes me feel . . . unsafe.

Cemetery Boys

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave.

NON-FICTION - click the cover to view

Tinderbox: the untold story of the Up Stairs Lounge fire and the rise of gay liberation

This event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement.

Gender Outlaws

Essays, commentary, comic art, and conversation from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people

Beyond Magenta

Interviews of 6 young adults which discuss joys and heartbreak of transition to their true selves

Straight: the surprisingly short history of heterosexuality

Explores the contemporary psyche of sexual orientation, and shows how culture creates and manipulates thoughts and experiences of desire, love, and relationships. Tells the story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that is all too often assumed to be an irreducible fact of biology

The Fate of Gender: nature, nuture, and the human future

Linking science to culture and behavior,

A Queer History of the United States

Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, the book takes the reader through the centuries

Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement

Before the movement from1500-1940 to the era of queer activism beyond the 90s.

The 57 bus : a true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives

Two teenagers growing up in Oakland, California. One, Sasha, was born male but identifies as agender, wears skirts and attends a private school. The other, Richard, is an African American from a poor part of Oakland who attends a rough public school. They have no reason to meet, except for eight minutes every day, they catch the same bus home. 

Gender: Your Guide

The days of two genders--male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink--are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. More people than ever before are openly living their lives as transgender men or women, and many transgender people are coming out as neither men nor women, instead living outside of the binary. Gender is changing, and this change is gaining momentum. 

The Stonewall Reader

28 June 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising - the most significant event in the gay liberation movement and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. 

Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth

This book draws upon a queer literacy framework to map out examples for teaching literacy across pre-K-12 schooling

Gay Life and Culture

In the years since Stonewall, the world has witnessed an outpouring of research, critical inquiry, and re-interpretation of gay life and culture. This book draws on groundbreaking new material to present a comprehensive survey of all things gay, stretching back to ancient Sumeria and ranging to the present day. 

Kids Books - click the cover to view

And Tango Makes Three

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

I Am Jazz

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way.

Julián Is a Mermaid

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? 

Heather Has Two Mommies

Heather's parents are the same gender.

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