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New Book for Parents of Newly Out LGBTQ Kids

Advocate Books: Having a Gay Kid Isn't Easy

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

New Book: Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

Library Refuses to Move Gay Kids Book After "Family" Group Complains

Timeline: 20 Years of LGBTQ Literature

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Gay Authors

LGBTQ Reading List: General Topics


Mom, Dad, I’m Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out by Ritch C. Savin-Williams (American Psychological Association, 2001)
Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences by C.W. Griffin, M.J. Wirth, & A.J. Wirth (1986)

Youth in Crisis: What Everyone Should Know About Growing Up Gay by Mitchell Gold & Mindy Drucker

The Big Gay Book by John Preston (Editor)
Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Gays and Lesbians by Eric Marcus
The Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men: The Basic ACLU Guide to a Gay Person’s Rights by Nan Hunter, E. Machaelson, & B. Stoddard
Beyond Tolerance: Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals on Campus by Nancy Evans and Vernon Wall, (American College Personnel Association)
Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price by Warren Blumfeld (Editor, 1998)
 

 

In Search of Gay America: Women and Men in a Time of Change by Neil Miller (1989)
Loving Someone Gay (New Edition) by Don Clark (1987)
Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life by Betty Berzon (Editor)
Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents by May Borhek (1983)
Now That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality (New Edition) by Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by L. Hutching & L. Kaahumanu (Editors, 1991)
The Final Closet: The Gay Parent Guide for Coming Out to Their Children by Rip Corley (1990)
The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook by April Martin
Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship by Kath Weston
Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the US Military (Vietnam to the Persian Gulf) by Randy Shilts
And the Band Played On (Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic) by Randy Shilts

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples by H. Curry & D. Clifford
Toward Acceptance: Sexual Orientation Issues on Campus by Vernon A. Wall & Nancy J. Evans (Editors, 2000)
Out & About Campus by Kim Howard & Annie Stevens (Editor, 2000)
Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Students: A Handbook for Faculty and Administrators by Ronni L. Sanlo (1998)
Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity by Shane L. Windmeyer (Editor, 1998)
Poisoned Ivy: Lesbian and Gay Academics Confronting Homophobia by Toni A. H. McNaron (1997)
Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia by Steve Hogan and Lee Hudson (1998)
The Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Students’ Guide to Colleges, Universities, and Graduate Schools by Jan Mitchell Sherrill and Craig Hardesty (1994)
Gay Men and Women Who Enriched the World by Thomas Cowan (1988)
 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

 

Maiden Voyage

A new queer fairytale for kids is in the works, centering around the lesbian love story of a fisherman’s daughter who inherits a treasure map and goes on an adventure at sea. Maiden Voyage is from the team behind Promised Land, a groundbreaking fairytale where a farmer’s son falls in love with a prince. Like their previous book, co-authors Chaz Harris and Jaimee Poipoi say much of the impetus behind creating Maiden Voyage was to provide kids with a queer utopian fantasy world to lose themselves inside of.

″We believe everyone deserves to live happily ever after and so we set out to tell more stories to prove that in our universe, where all are equal no matter their gender, who they love or what they look like. Also, as with the first book, we want to avoid the damsels in distress tropes and be inclusive of people of color because these are also areas sorely lacking in children’s literature. Girls should grow up knowing they can be a powerful queen, a brave sea captain or anything else they set their minds to.”
 

[Source: Huffington Post Queer Voices]

 

New Children's Book: Lesbian Love Story

The Princes and the Treasure: Gay Adventure Story
 

 

 

The Princes and the Treasure

Teamwork, hard work, prejudice, and living happily ever after are all themes of a great new same-sex children’s book, The Princes and The Treasure, written by Sacramento author Dr. Jeffrey A. Miles.

Published by Handsome Prince Publishing in February 2014, “The Princes and The Treasure” is the story of undefeated champion Gallant and shy bookworm Earnest and their adventure together to rescue Princess Elena. Along their journey they find a real treasure.

Miles is a Professor of Management at the University of the Pacific in the Eberhardt School of Business and this is his first children’s book. He was inspired to write it while watching a live-action show at an amusement park that featured a prince and princesses. “I smiled as I remembered reading fairy tale stories as a young boy, Miles reminisced. He then suddenly wondered, "Why aren’t there any gay princes or lesbian princesses? Why can’t the handsome prince marry another handsome prince? Why can’t the damsel in distress be rescued by a beautiful princess?”

Born and raised in a very conservative part of the Midwest, Miles knew from an early age that he was gay. “There weren’t any children’s books with gay characters at the time.” A fact that he, along with many others, found very frustrating.

The public reaction to the book has been overwhelmingly positive. The book, with illustrations by JL Phillips, has opened lines of communications for them to talk to their children about same-sex couples. Children of all ages have expressed to Miles that the story of Gallant and Earnest is one of their favorite stories.

“The Princes and The Treasure” is dedicated to his own prince of 10 years, Patrick Lastowski. They were legally married on the first day possible in California and have taken many adventures together.

[Source: Sandre L. Nelson, Out Word Magazine]

 

Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message

LGBTQ Books Do Not Endanger Kids
Wikipedia: List of Gay Characters in Literature
Good Reads: Books With Gay Characters

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Welcoming Schools: Books With LGBTQ and Bullying Topics

 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Academic Titles

True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism by Mildred Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley (1996)
Confessions of a Gender Defender: A Psychologist’s Reflections on Life among the Transgendered by Randi Ettner (1996)
Transgender Warriors from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg (1996)
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein (1994)
Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender by Riki Ann Wilchins (1997)
Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: Strategies that Work by James T. Sears and Walter L. Williams (1997)
Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society by Robert N. Minor (2003)
Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology by Bennett L. Singer (1994)
Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie (2000)
 

 

Banned Books: Challenged for Their LGBTQ Content

Since the 1990s, over 11,300 books have been challenged for everything from having what some deem too much sexual content to featuring "offensive language" and often titles that have LGBTQ themes or plots are targeted, too.

Titles of books with LGBTQ themes or plots include: "And Tango Makes Three" (About the two gay penguins in New York's Central Park Zoo), "Daddy's Roommate," "Heather Has Two Mommies," "It's Perfectly Normal," "Uncle Bobby's Wedding," and "Annie on my Mind."

Also included was "Maurice" (By E.M. Forster), "Howl" (A collection of poems by Allen Ginsberg), "Leaves of Grass" (By Walt Whitman), and "Naked Lunch" and "Running With Scissors" (Both by William S. Burroughs).

 

Huff Post: Banned LGBTQ Books
Queerty: Books That Are Way Too Gay to Read
Wikipedia: Banned LGBTQ Books

 

Classic Literature: LGBTQ Authors

Francis Bacon / English Statesman and Author
T.E. Lawrence / English Soldier and Author
Lord Byron / English Poet
Walt Whitman / US Poet and Author
Oscar Wilde / Irish Author
Marcel Proust / French Author
Gertrude Stein / US Poet and Author
Alice B. Toklas / US Author
James Baldwin / US Author
Herman Melville / US Author
Willa Cather / US Author
Langston Hughes / US Author

Jack Kerouac / US Author

 


E.M. Forster / English Author
Hans Christian Andersen / Danish Author
Ralph Waldo Emerson / US Author
Virginia Woolf / English Author
Tennessee Williams / US Playwright
Rainer Maria Rilke / German Poet
Edward Albee / US Playwright

Alice Walker / US Author
Armistead Maupin / US Writer
Rita Mae Brown / US Novelist
Mark Merlis / US Writer

Phillip Roth / US Writer

Gore Vidal / US Novelist
Allen Ginsberg / US Poet
W.H. Auden / English Poet
Truman Capote / US Author
Maurice Sendak / US Author and Illustrator

William S. Burroughs / US Author

 

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Business and Career

Gay Issues in the Workplace by Brian McNaught
Lavender Road to Success: Career Guide for the Gay Community by Kirk Snyder

The Gay Yellow Pages: The National Edition
Straight Jobs, Gay Lives by Annette Friskopp & Sharon Silverstein
100 Best Companies for Gay Men and Lesbians by Ed Mickens
Lesbian Lifestyles: Women's Work and the Politics of Sexuality by Gillian Dunne

Acts of Disclosure: Coming out Process of Contemporary Gay Men by Marc Vargo

Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace by Liz Winfeld

Pleasures and Perils of Coming Out on the Job by Richard Rasi

The G Quotient by Kirk Snyder

Your Career Career: Ultimate Career Guide for LGBTQ Job Seekers by Riley B. Folds III

Transgender Workplace Diversity by Jillian Weiss


Books for Gay Teens
Homosexuality In History: Annotated Bibliography

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Gay Authors

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Christopher Bram Discusses Mark Merlis

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Historical Perspective
 

Queer History in the United States by Michael Bronski

Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by James Boswell

The Men With the Pink Triangle: True Life and Death Story of Homosexuals in Nazi Death Camps by Heinz Heger

Wide-Open Town by Nan Alamilla Boyd

Historical Perspectives on Homosexuality: The Gay Past by SJ Licata & RP Petersen

The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism by Adrian Brooks

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 by George Chauncey

Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

A Strong Delusion by Joe Dallas

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America by Lillian Faderman

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Edited by Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua

Strapped for Cash by Mack Friedman

Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood

Queer London: Perils and Plesasures in the Sexual Metropolis by Matt Houlbrook

Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project Ten Years Later by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, Stephen Belber, and Members of Tectonic Theatre Project

 

Signature: Essential Books on the History of LGBTQ Rights in America

New Book for Parents of Newly Out LGBTQ Kids

Book Riot: Books About LGBTQ History

Advocate Books: Having a Gay Kid Isn't Easy

New Book: Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Gay Authors
 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Non-Fiction

Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms With the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons
The Truth Is by Melissa Etheridge
The Funny Thing Is by Ellen Degeneres
Passages of Pride: True Stories of Lesbian & Gay Teenagers by Kurt Chandler
Queer Street by James McCourt
Between Girlfriends by Elizabeth Dean
The Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of Gender by Kim Elizabeth Stuart
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles by Ann Bannon
All Families are Different by Sol Gordon
Ten Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives by Joe Kort
Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School & College Students by Kevin Jennings (Editor)
Gay Perspective by Toby Johnson
Beyond Acceptance by Griffin, Wirth & Wirth
The Homosexual Agenda by Alan Sears & Craig Osten
Christianity and Homosexuality by Gareth Moore
Bisexual Resource Guide by Robin Ochs (Editor)
The Whole Lesbian Sex Book by Felice Newman
Mom, Dad, I'm Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out by Ritch Savin-Williams
The Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein & Felice Picano
What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak
Coming Out: An Act of Love by Rob Eichberg
Awakening the Virgin by Nicole Foster
Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Youth & Their Allies by Bass & Kaufman
Dating the Greek Gods by Brad Gooch
Going the Other Way by Bill Bean w Chris Bull
The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in the Black Communities by Delroy Constantine-Simms (Editor)
Highsmith by Marjorie Meaker
Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians & Gay Men and Their Parents by Mary Borhek
 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Fiction


Angels in America by Tony Kushner

At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

Valencia by Michelle Tea

A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White

Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley

Breakfast on Pluto by Patrick McCabe

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal

City of Devi by Manil Suri

 

 

City of Night by John Rechy

Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Closer by Dennis Cooper

Dancer From the Dance by Andrew Holleran

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

Edinburgh by Alexander Chee

Empathy by Sarah Schulman

Faggots by Larry Kramer

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Hornito by Mike Albo

I'm Trying to Reach You by Barbara Browning

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

M. Butterfly by Henry David Hwang

Maurice by E.M. Forster

Metropolis Case by Matthew Galloway

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim

 

 

Narrow Rooms by James Purdy

Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Persian Boy by Mary Renault

Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein

Tramps Like Us by Joe Westmoreland

Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

 

[Source: Flavorwire, 50 Essential Works of LGBTQ Fiction, August 2013]

 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Religious Perspective

But Lord, They’re Gay by Rev. Sylvia Pennington
The Church and the Homosexual by John J. McNeill
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality by John Boswell
Good News for Modern Gays by Rev. Sylvia Pennington
Sex Positive by Larry J. Uhrig
Homosexuality and Religion by Richard Hasbany (Editor)
Living in Sin? by Bishop John Shelby Spong
What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel Helminiak
Openly Gay, Openly Christian by Rev. Samuel Kader
Steps To Recovery From Bible Abuse by Rembert Truluck
Jesus, The Bible and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church by Jack Rogers

 

Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message

LGBTQ Books Do Not Endanger Kids
Wikipedia: List of Gay Characters in Literature
Good Reads: Books With Gay Characters

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Welcoming Schools: Books With LGBTQ and Bullying Topics

New Book: Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

 

LGBTQ Related Topics: Children's Books

 

Daddy and Me by Jeanne Moutous-Ashe / AIDS
Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner / Bullying
The Ant Bully / Bullying
Cory Coleman, Grade2 by Larry Dane Brimner / Bullying
How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson / Bullying
Bully by Judith Caseley / Bullying
Jake Drake: Bully Buster by Andrew Clements / Bullying
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes / Bullying
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes / Bullying
Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats / Bullying
Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying by Becky Ray McCain / Bullying
The King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds / Bullying
Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain / Bullying

 

 


Ashok By Any Other Name by Sandra S. Yamate / Cultural Acceptance
Why am I Different by Norma Simon / Differences
Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes / Differences
All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon / Families
People in My Family by Bobbie Kalman / Families
Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch / Families
Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman / Families
A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams / Families
The Hating Book by Charlotte Zolotow / Feelings, Friendship
Bill and Pete by Tomie de Paola / Friends
Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch / Gender Equity
William’s Doll by Charlotte Zotolow / Gender Equity, Gender Stereotypes

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert / Gender Equity, Gender Stereotypes

 


Mommies at Work by Eve Merriam / Gender Equity
Daddies at Work by Eve Merriam / Gender Equity
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson / Gender Equity

When Leonard Lost His Spots by Monique Costa / Gender Equity

Sarah, Plain and Tall / Gender Equity
The Music of Dolphins / Gender Equity
Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart / Gender Equity
Houses and Homes / Ann Morris / People Around the World
Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo / Racial Equity
Big Al by Andrew Clements / Racial Equity
Straight From the Heart: Children of the World by Ethan Hubbard / Racial Equity
Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of “Brave Bessie” Coleman by Reeve Lindbergh / Racial Equality
Sister Anne’s Hands by Marybeth Lorbieki / Racial Equality
Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller / Racial Equality
All The Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanska / Racial, Ethnic Diversity
All The Colors are We by Katie Kissinger / Racial, Ethnic Diversity
Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff / Racial, Ethnic Diversity
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman / Racial, Ethnic Diversity
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by EB Lewis / Racial, Gender Equality
The Other Side by Woodson / Racial, Ethnic Diversity

 


 

Paul and Sebastian by Ulises Wensell / Stereotypes, Exclusion of Groups
This is Our House by Michael Rosen / Stereotypes, Exclusion of Groups
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss / Stereotypes, Exclusion of Groups
Is Your Family Like Mine? by Lois Abramchik / Non-Traditional Families
Why are All Families Different? by Mary Atkinson / Non-Traditional Families
Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin by Susanne Bosche / Non-Traditional Families
ABC: A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs / Non-Traditional Families
123: A Family Counting Book by Bobbie Combs / Non-Traditional Families
Mama Eats Ants, Yuck by Barbara Lynn Edmonds / Non-Traditional Families
Asha’s Mums by Rosamund Elwin & Michele Paulse / Non-Traditional Families
The Sissy Ducklings by Harvey Fierstein / Non-Traditional Families
Jennifer has Two Daddies by Priscilla Galloway / Non-Traditional Families
Zack’s Story by Keith Elliot Greenberg / Non-Traditional Families
My House by Brenna and Vicki Harding / Non-Traditional Families
Celebrating Families by Rosemarie Hausherr / Non-Traditional Families
How Would You Feel if Your Dad was Gay? by Ann Heron & Meridith Maran / Non-Traditional Families
Best Best Colors by Eric Hoffman / Non-Traditional Families
Lucy Goes to the Country by Joseph Kennedy / Non-Traditional Families
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman / Non-Traditional Families
Saturday is Pattyday by Leslea Newman / Non-Traditional Families
Gloria Goes to Gay Pride by Leslea Newman / Non-Traditional Families
All Families are Special by Norma Simon / Non-Traditional Families
Who’s In a Family? by R. Skutch / Non-Traditional Families
What Kind of Family Do You Have? by Gretchen Super / Non-Traditional Families
My Two Uncles by Judith Vigna / Non-Traditional Families
Anna Day and the O-Ring by Elaine Wickens / Non-Traditional Families
Daddy’s Wedding by Michael Willhoite / Non-Traditional Families
Uncle What-Is-It is Coming to Visit! by Michael Willhoite / Non-Traditional Families
Daddy’s Roomate by Michael Willhoite / Non-Traditional Families
 

[Source: Dr. Kay Emfinger]

 

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