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LGBTQ Books for All Ages


To commemorate the the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969, this month has been proclaimed as LGBT Pride Month. To celebrate, I compiled some lists of LGBTQ-themed books. Happy Pride Month everyone!

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Adult Fiction

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Correspondence Artist by Barbara Browning

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Maurice by E. M. Forster

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Adult Non-Fiction

Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram

A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger

Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-handed, Gay, Jewish, Congressman by Stuart E. Weisberg

Transparent Love: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Cris Beam

Gay Power: An American Revolution by David Eisenbach

She's Not There: A Life In Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

When We We're Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution by Jeanne Cordova

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring

Young Adult Fiction

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Boy Meet Boy by David Levithan

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Hero by Perry Moore

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan

Spark: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S. J. Adams

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Sprout by Dale Peck

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Hurwin

Young Adult Non-Fiction

October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard by Lesľa Newman

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves

Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas

Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology


And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesľa Newman

King & King by Linda de Haan

Molly's Family by Nancy Garden

Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite

Asha's Mums by Rosamund Elwin

In Our Mother's House by Patricia Polacco

Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude by Jonah Winter

All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

Graphic Novels

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Potential: The High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag by Ariel Schrag

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges

A + E 4Ever by Ilike Merey

Skim by Mariko Tamaki

Wondering Son Volume 1 by Takako Shimura

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel


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