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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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Leslea Newman at Mid-Manhattan on June 21

Thanks for the great reading list! Leslea Newman, author of September Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, is speaking at the Mid-Manhattan Library on June 21.

Thanks for the tip Leslea!

Thanks for the tip!

Heather Has Two Mommies

We need books that teach our kids the values of acceptance and tolerance. One question worth considering: couldn't it be harmful if our kids are taught that they don't need a mom and a dad?

I think a family comes in all

I think a family comes in all forms as long as there is love all will be well.

No. What they need is

No. What they need is parents, more specifically their love and acceptance. It does not necessarily have to be a man and a woman.


Every heard of Nixzmary Brown? Harm begins with thoughts and words . Then actions. Love is love. Hate its Hate.

Thank you

This is a fantastic list of LGBTQ titles, and I've been surprised by how many of them are NOT held in the collection of the library I work at. I'll be suggesting we acquire a number of them. Thanks again!

Glad to hear you'll be

Glad to hear you'll be suggesting these titles to your local library!

LGBTQ titles

This is a great list and I will pass it along. Are you putting together a list of titles for the AIDS and Activism exhibit this fall? I would love to have that to add to my blog. I'm trying to locate the exhibit curators, as I have a new book out on losing friends to AIDS. The important theme is that friends (like ACT UP) made all the difference. Any suggestions?

Thank you Victoria. I am

Thank you Victoria. I am planning on putting together a list of titles for when we have our exhibit, “Why We Fight: AIDS Activism and American Culture,” scheduled for October 4, 2013 through April 6, 2014. Jean S. Ashton is the curator for the New York Historical Society's current exhibit. I am unclear who is will be in charge for the NYPL's exhibit but I will check further into this for you.

forthcoming NYPL exhibit on AIDS activism

To answer your question, Jason Baumann is the curator of the NYPL exhibit on AIDS Activism, "Why We Fight," that will open this fall. Terrific reading list!

LGBTQ Books for All Ages

Thanks for this list. I'll be sharing it with others.

You're welcome Jeri. Glad to

You're welcome Jeri. Glad to hear you'll be passing it along.

Some more good ones for young

Some more good ones for young adults: My Tiki Girl, Far from Xanadu, Geography club. And for middle grades to middle school, the great new book: Better Nate than Ever. There need to be more books for kids about kids who are learning they might be gay. There are plenty of books for middle grades about first crushes on the opposite sex.

Thanks for the suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions and I couldn't agree more.

"Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin" John D'Emilio. If you're going to have a biography of Barney Frank on here, you should not leave out Rustin! (Although most people do, to be fair.) Especially in light of Supreme Court decisions from the last couple of days - repealing a part of the Voting Rights Act (a key piece of Civil Rights Movement-era legislation) and the overturning of DOMA - highlighting Rustin and his work/influence/ideas would be fantastic. As a Black, gay, Quaker, pacifist Civil Rights Movement leader, he was committed to furthering justice and equality for all in the United States. Furthermore, D'Emilio's book is excellent and thoroughly researched, providing lots of context regarding LGBT history (a discipline he essentially helped to found) as well as the Civil Rights Movement. You get the idea. This list as it is, though, is fantastic! I just think it would be interesting to put something from a non-white figure on here as well, as the Black community has its own experience of homosexuality.

Thanks for the

Thanks for the suggestion! You can find the title here in the NYPL catalog:


Where in the world is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin???

James Baldwin is mentioned a

James Baldwin is mentioned a fair amount in "Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America" by Christopher Bram.

"Zami: A New Spelling of My Name" by Audre Lorde

That would be excellent as well.

That title can be found here:

That title can be found here:,_a_new_spelling_of_my_name Thanks for the suggestion!

LGBT visibility in writing

I believe Becoming A Visible Man by Jamison Green would be amongst great company on this list. Jamison brings transitioning love to raw depths in his account of love life and breaking the boundaries gender ideals.

Thank you for the suggestion

Thank you for the suggestion Jessica! The title can be found here in our catolog:
recommending transgender author toni newman and her memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman honored by Wake Forest University and being read by over 50 universities in transgender studies.

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