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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Apr 01, 2014
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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...
And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson - Jun 02, 2015
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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....
Sissy
A Coming-of-Gender Story
Jacob Tobia - Mar 03, 2020 (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 ...
Giovanni's Room
James Baldwin - Jan 01, 2013 (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 ...
This Day in June
Gayle E. Pitman - May 05, 2014 (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...
I Am Jazz
Jessica Herthel - Sep 04, 2014
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The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.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, ...
Tomorrow Will Be Different
Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
Sarah McBride - Mar 05, 2019
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"A brave, powerful memoir" (People) that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country, from the activist running to become the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history"The energy and vigor Sarah has brought to the fight for equality is ever present in this book."--Senator Kamala Harris, New York Times bestselli...
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children....
Real Queer America
LGBT Stories from Red States
Samantha Allen - Jun 16, 2020 (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. ...
The Prince and the Dressmaker
Jen Wang - Feb 13, 2018
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Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!Sebastian’s ...
Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Adib Khorram - Aug 20, 2019
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Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran.Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronicall...
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa NewmanBoard book by Lesléa Newman
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Donovan's Big Day by Leslea Newman
All Out by Saundra Mitchell
The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Red by Michael Hall
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Everywhere Babies by Susan Marla;Meyers Frazee
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
The Stonewall Reader by New York Public Library
In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco
Pride by Rob Sanders
When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan
Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang
A Wild and Precious Life by Joshua Lyon
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman
Missed Her by Ivan Coyote
Transgender History, second edition by Susan Stryker
Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Stonewall by Rob Sanders
Paper is White by Hilary Zaid
The Light Years by Chris Rush
Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton
A Great Unrecorded History by Wendy Moffat
Impossible Princess by Kevin Killian
P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
Life with Sudden Death by Michael Downing
Fairest by Meredith Talusan
Gender Outlaws by Kate Bornstein
Looking for Lorraine by Imani Perry
The Gay Revolution by Lillian Faderman
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
The House of Hades Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Four by Rick Riordan
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Crush by Richard Siken
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer
Another Country by James Baldwin
Zami by Audre Lorde
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Perfect Peace by Daniel Black
How to Survive a Plague by David France
Buffering by Hannah Hart
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
In Search of Lost Time Volume IV Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust
Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris
Lie With Me by Philippe Besson
Tranny by Laura Jane Grace
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat