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Best LGBTQ Books

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Fun Home
A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel - 2007-06-05 (first published in 2006)
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In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her fathe...
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz - 2014-04-01
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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, th...
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Giovanni's Room
James Baldwin - 2013-01-01 (first published in 1956)
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Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken ...
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Sissy
A Coming-of-Gender Story
Jacob Tobia - 2020-03-03 (first published in 2019)
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THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Transformative ... If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds." --The New York Times Book ReviewA heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all ...
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Call Me by Your Name
A Novel
André Aciman - 2008-01-22 (first published in 2007)
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Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.  During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground betwe...
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And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson - 2015-06-02
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In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo....
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli - 2016-06-07
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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. ...
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This Day in June
Gayle E. Pitman - 2014-05-05 (first published in 2013)
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Named one of the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018 by American Library Association (joined by Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Judy Sherman Alexie, Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Captain...
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Real Queer America
LGBT Stories from Red States
Samantha Allen - 2020-06-16 (first published in 2019)
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A transgender reporter's "powerful, profoundly moving" (New York Times Book Review) narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America. Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a GLAAD Award-winning journalist...
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In the Dream House
A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado - 2019-11-05
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For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to creat...
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel
Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa NewmanBoard book by
George by Alex Gino
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
All Out by Saundra Mitchell
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa NewmanBoard book by Lesléa Newman
The Stonewall Reader by New York Public Library
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Donovan's Big Day by Leslea Newman
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
The Price of Salt, or Carol by Patricia Highsmith
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
City of Night by John Rechy
Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Zami by Audre Lorde
How to Survive a Plague by David France
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Red by Michael Hall
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco
Pride by Rob Sanders
Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
Transgender History, second edition by Susan Stryker
Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. le Guin
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Everywhere Babies by Susan Marla, Meyers Frazee
We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
The Gay Revolution by Lillian Faderman
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg
Crip Theory by Robert McRuer
Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Lot by Bryan Washington
Fairest by Meredith Talusan
Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender
Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Once & Future by Cori McCarthy