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Florida School Districts Removed 300 Books Last School Year

Red, White and Royal Blue: Film vs. the Book

Teacher Fired for Reading Gender-Inclusive Book to Students
LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up
Here's the First Look at DC Comics' 2023 Pride Anthology
Texas Judge Orders LGBTQ Books Returned to Public Libraries
Queer and Feminist Books Coming Out Winter 2023

Trans Books By Trans Authors in 2023

New Book by NPR's Ari Shapiro
Best Queer Books of 2022

LGBTQ Books Banned In Schools in 2022
 

 

American Library Association's Queer President: How to Fight Book Bans
Nation's Oldest LGBTQ Bookstore Is Ready for 50 More Years
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Law Targeting Books and Librarians

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Law Banning Drag Reading Events
LGBTQ Writers Create Ultimate Pride Reading List
Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars
Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books

Queer Book Sagas to Lose Yourself In

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

The Pairing by Casey McQuiston

Low Hanging Fruit by Randy Rainbow

Just Happy To Be Here by Naomi Kanakia
Cupid’s Revenge by Wibke Brueggemann
Don’t Want You Like A Best Friend by Emma R. Alban
Escaping Mr. Rochester by L.L. McKinney
Not In The Plan by Dana Hawkins

The Christmas Catch by Clare Lydon

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Last Call Chicago by Rick Karlin and St Sukie de la Croix

Talking to My Angels by Melissa Etheridge

The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett

Queer Here, Queer There, We're Not Going Anywhere by J. Katherine Quartararo
Karma: My Autobiography by Boy George
LGBTQIA+ Books for Children and Teens by Kathleen Breitenbach

Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

Page Boy by Elliott Page

Nobody Needs to Know by Pidgeon Pagonis

Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives by Amelia Possanza
Joy to the World by Kai Shappley and Lisa Bunker

Then Comes Marriage by Roberta Kaplan and Lisa Dickey
Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko

Moby Dyke by Krista Burton

 

Growing Demand for LGBTQ Fiction is Transforming the Book World
Transgender Man and Former Athlete Opens Up About What It Means to Be ‘A Real Man’
A Renaissance of Gay Literature Marks a Turning Point for Publishing
Best Classic LGBTQ Novels of All Time
Author Louisa May Alcott: Transgender Man?
Conservatives are Attacking LGBTQ Books
School Bans on LGBTQ Books Escalating Dramatically

Untangling the Contradictions of Crime Novelist Patricia Highsmith
Looking For Lesbians at ONE Archives Explores Lesbian Pulp Fiction
Spark Unmasked: Comic Book with LGBTQ Focus

 

 

Georgia Teacher Fired for Reading Gender-Inclusive Book

 Teacher Katie Rinderle testified that she believes there is nothing inappropriate or sensitive about My Shadow is Purple

After administrators alleged that she violated the district’s regulations by reading a book about gender fluidity to her students, a Georgia public school teacher attempted to reverse her dismissal by speaking at a hearing concerning the matter in August 2023.

After teaching for a decade, Katie Rinderle got in trouble in March 2023 after reading My Shadow Is Purple, a picture book for children, to her fifth-grade students at Due West Elementary School in Cobb County, in the Atlanta metroplex. She was eventually fired.

 


 

Georgia Teacher Fired for Reading Gender-Inclusive Book to Students

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up

Florida School Districts Removed 300 Books Last School Year

Texas Judge Orders LGBTQ Books Be Returned to Public Libraries
LGBTQ Books Banned In Schools in 2022
Conservatives are Attacking LGBTQ Books
School Bans on LGBTQ Books Escalating Dramatically

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Law Targeting Books and Librarians

Conservative Group Wants to Pass Law to Jail Librarians Who Give LGBTQ Books to Kids


In light of a nationwide conservative assault on LGBTQ-themed books and school lessons, this case has gained considerable attention due to its concern with teachers’ teaching abilities, the control of school systems over teachers, and whether or not some parents should have a say in the public curriculum. “This termination is unrelated to education,” Rinderle’s lawyer argued. “It exists to create political scapegoats for the elected leadership of this district. Reading a children’s book to children is not against the law.”

Cobb County officials say Rinderle broke school rules by teaching controversial subjects, and parents complained, leading to Rinderle’s termination. Cobb County is the second-largest school district in Georgia. “Introducing the topic of gender identity and gender fluidity into a class of elementary grade students was inappropriate and violated the school district policies,” argued the school district’s counsel.

But Rinderle disagreed. The fact that Rinderle read the book wasn’t wrong, she said, because she found it “appropriate” and not a sensitive topic. She argued that the book conveys a message to students about their many interests and the desire to be free to choose and explore them all.


Following Georgia Republican lawmakers’ ban on “divisive concepts” in the classroom and creating a bill of rights for parents in 2022, Cobb County adopted a rule prohibiting teaching controversial issues. Divisive concepts law prohibits teachers from “espousing personal political beliefs.” By law, parents have “the right to direct the upbringing and the moral or religious training of his or her minor child.”  According to Georgia law, teachers cannot be fired without cause. Three retired school principals will review Rinderle’s case and recommend whether to fire or retain her, but ultimately the school board will decide the educator’s fate.

[Source: Christopher Wiggins, Advocate, August 2023]

 

Transgender Man and Former Athlete Opens Up About What It Means to Be ‘A Real Man’

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

New Book for Parents of Newly Out LGBTQ Kids

Pride of Our Lives: LGBTQ Book Recommendations

New Young Adult Novel: Terror and Thrill of Same-Sex Prom Date
Advocate Books: Having a Gay Kid Isn't Easy

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

Conservative Group Wants to Pass Law to Jail Librarians Who Give LGBTQ Books to Kids
Pageboy: Elliot Page Releases Memoir About Transness, Love, and Hollywood

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up

Alice Oseman is Helping Author a Brighter Future for LGBTQ Youth

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

He/She/They by Schuyler Bailar

Kings of B'More by R. Eric Thomas

My Shadow is Purple by Scott Stuart
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
Door by Door: How Sarah McBride Became America's First Openly Transgender Senator by Meeg Pincus
This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us by Katherine Locke
ABC Pride by Louie Stowell
You Need to Chill!: A Story of Love and Family by Juno Dawson
Different Kinds of Fruit by Kyle Lukoff

The Shattered Lands by Brenna Nation

Stars Collide by Rachel Lacey

Take Your Own Advice by Jeffrey Marsh

Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

 

Growing Demand for LGBTQ Fiction is Transforming the Book World

LGBTQ Books Banned In Schools in 2022

Calvin: Children's Book Shows How a Community Can Embrace a Trans Child's Identity
Chasten Buttigieg: New Book is Frank Discussion of Growing Up Gay

Advocate: LGBTQ Books You Absolutely Need to Read

Interview With Brandi Carlile About Her New Book

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters
Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

Jenny Boylan: Best Selling Trans Author

Molly Knox Ostertag Talks Queer YA Visibility in The Girl From the Sea

PFLAG: Coming Out Books

 

David Sedaris: Author and Humorist
 

David Raymond Sedaris (born 1956) is a gay American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "Santaland Diaries”. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. His next book, Naked (1997), became his first of a series of New York Times Bestsellers, and his 2000 collection Me Talk Pretty One Day won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

 

David Sedaris' list of published works include: "Barrel Fever" (1994), "Naked" (1997), "Holidays on Ice" (1997), "Me Talk Pretty One Day" (2000), "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" (2004), "Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules" (2005), "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" (2008), "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary" (2010), "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" (2013), "Theft by Finding: Diaries" (2017), "Calypso" (2018), "Happy-Go-Lucky" (2022).

 


 

David Sedaris: Biographical Notes
USA Today Interview with David Sedaris
David Sedaris: Having a Hoot Getting Dressed
The Funny Life of David Sedaris
David Sedaris on Jimmy Kimmel Show

Essay: Walking and Talking With My Friend Dawn By David Sedaris

Much of Sedaris's humor is ostensibly autobiographical and self-deprecating and often concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, and obsessive behaviors, as well as his life in France, London, New York, and the South Downs in England. He is the brother and writing collaborator of actress Amy Sedaris.  In 2019, Sedaris was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Sedaris was born in Johnson City, New York.  The Sedaris family moved when David was young, and he grew up in a suburban area of Raleigh, the second oldest child of six. Among his siblings, many people would recognize Amy from film and TV fame and Paul ("the Rooster") whom he mentions in his stand-up comedy routines.

 

 

Sedaris briefly attended Western Carolina University before transferring to, and dropping out of, Kent State University in 1977. In his teens and twenties, David dabbled in visual and performance art. He describes his lack of success in several of his essays.  He moved to Chicago in 1983, and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987.

As of 2019, Sedaris lives in Rackham, West Sussex, England with his longtime partner, painter and set designer Hugh Hamrick. Sedaris mentions Hamrick in a number of his stories, and describes the two of them as the "sort of couple who wouldn't get married."
 

Conservative Group Wants to Pass Law to Jail Librarians Who Give LGBTQ Books to Kids
Pageboy: Elliot Page Releases Memoir About Transness, Love, and Hollywood

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up

Alice Oseman is Helping Author a Brighter Future for LGBTQ Youth
LGBTQ Books That Are Banned In Schools in 2022

Calvin: Children's Book Shows How a Community Can Embrace a Trans Child's Identity
Chasten Buttigieg: New Book is Frank Discussion of Growing Up Gay

Advocate: LGBTQ Books You Absolutely Need to Read

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

This Book Is So Gay: Motivational Coloring Book for Grown Ups with Affirmations, Stress Relief & Relaxation by Natalie & CoCo

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
Who Could Love You, Astor Price? by Amy Jane Lehan
The Best Strangers in the World by Ari Shapiro

Planning Perfect by Haley Neil

What's The T? by Juno Dawson

The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Journey Through Bootcamp to Manhood by Greg Cope White

For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Glassworks by Olivia Wolfgang-Smith
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney

She And Her Pretty Friend: Hidden History of Australian Women Who Love Women by Danielle Scrimshaw

Margo Zimmerman Gets the Girl by Sara Waxelbaum and Brianna R. Shrum

Friday I'm in Love by Camryn Garrett

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammond
After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz
My First Pride by Aida H Dee

 

Growing Demand for LGBTQ Fiction is Transforming the Book World

Interview With Brandi Carlile About Her New Book

Transgender Man and Former Athlete Opens Up About What It Means to Be ‘A Real Man’

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters
Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

Jenny Boylan: Best Selling Trans Author

Molly Knox Ostertag Talks Queer YA Visibility in The Girl From the Sea

PFLAG: Coming Out Books

A Renaissance of Gay Literature Marks a Turning Point for Publishing

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Rowan Ellis: Interview with LGBTQ Book Authors

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events

LGBTQ Nation: Top Ten Books on Trans Issues

 

 

Poet Mary Oliver

 

"Instructions for life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it."

-Mary Oliver

 

Mary Jane Oliver (1935-2019) was an lesbian American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is inspired by nature, rather than the human world, stemming from her lifelong passion for solitary walks in the wild. It is characterized by a sincere wonderment at the impact of natural imagery, conveyed in unadorned language. In 2007, she was declared to be the country's best-selling poet.

Mary Oliver was born to Edward William and Helen M. (Vlasak) Oliver in Maple Heights, Ohio, a semi-rural suburb of Cleveland. Her father was a social studies teacher and an athletics coach in the Cleveland public schools. As a child, she spent a great deal of time outside where she enjoyed going on walks or reading. Oliver described her family as dysfunctional, adding that though her childhood was very hard, writing helped her create her own world. Oliver revealed that she had been sexually abused as a child and had experienced recurring nightmares.

 

Mary Oliver: Biographical Notes

Poetry Foundation: Mary Oliver

Academy of American Poets: Mary Oliver

Books and Bio: Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver: Collection of Her Poems

Mary Oliver: Lesbian Poet, Mystic of Nature

 



Oliver began writing poetry at the age of 14. She graduated from the local high school in Maple Heights. In the summer of 1951 at the age of 15 she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, now known as Interlochen Arts Camp, where she was in the percussion section of the National High School Orchestra. At 17 she visited the home of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, in Austerlitz, New York, where she then formed a friendship with the late poet's sister Norma. Oliver and Norma spent the next six to seven years at the estate organizing Edna St. Vincent Millay's papers.

Oliver studied at The Ohio State University and Vassar College in the mid-1950s, but did not receive a degree at either college.

On a visit to Austerlitz in the late 1950s, Oliver met photographer Molly Malone Cook, who would become her partner for over forty years. In Our World, a book of Cook's photos and journal excerpts Oliver compiled after Cook's death, Oliver writes, "I took one look at Cook and fell, hook and tumble." Cook was Oliver's literary agent. They made their home largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook's death in 2005, and where Oliver continued to live until relocating to Florida.

Oliver valued her privacy and gave very few interviews, saying she preferred for her writing to speak for itself. In 2012, Oliver was diagnosed with lung cancer, but was treated and given a "clean bill of health." Oliver died of lymphoma on January 2019, at the age of 83.
 

A Renaissance of Gay Literature Marks a Turning Point for Publishing

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books

Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message

Lesbian Author Marijane Meaker Dies at 95
Best Classic LGBTQ Novels of All Time
Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Black LGBTQ Book Recommendations

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Let's Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
You Gotta Be You by Brandon Kyle Goodman
Just By Looking at Him by Ryan O'Connell
The One You Want to Marry by Sophie Santos
Working Girls by Trixie and Katya
This Time For Me by Alexandra Billings

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
The Tensorate Series by Neon Yang
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson
The You Kind of Kind by Nina west
Our Lonesome Nights Together by O.S. Smith

Our Short Eternity by O.S. Smith

She and Her Pretty Friend by Danielle Scrimshaw

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Queer Advantage by Andrew Gelwicks

The Family Outing by Jessi Hempel

You Better Be Lightning by Andrea Gibson
Fire on the Island by Timothy Jay Smith

 

Essential Books About the AIDS Epidemic You Need to Read

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up

Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Memoirs of 2019

Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters

Amazon: Pride Month Book List

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Epic Reads: Youth Adult Books with Bisexual Characters

 

 

LGBTQ Publishers
 

Blind Eye Books
Bold Strokes Books
Dreamspinner Press
Pride Publishing
Bella Books
Cleis Press
Bywater Books
NineStar Press

Second Story Press
Affinity Rainbow
Arsenal Pulp Press
Desert Palm Press
Interlude Press
Sapphire Books
Ylva publishing
Annick Press

Aunt Lute Books
Bookouture
Zed Books
Arktoi Books
Dagger Editions
Extasy Books
Ink
Jms Books

Florida School Districts Removed 300 Books Last School Year

Red, White and Royal Blue: Film vs. the Book

Georgia Teacher Fired for Reading Gender-Inclusive Book to Students
LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up
Here's the First Look at DC Comics' 2023 Pride Anthology
Texas Judge Orders LGBTQ Books Be Returned to Public Libraries
Queer and Feminist Books Coming Out Winter 2023

Trans Books By Trans Authors in 2023

New Book by NPR's Ari Shapiro
Best Queer Books of 2022

LGBTQ Books Banned In Schools in 2022

 

 

DC Comics Unveils Special Edition Pride Month 2023 Anthology

The 2023 edition features the release of a 104-page DC Pride special with four different covers created by LGBTQ designers. The annual anthology will feature all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQ fan favorites.

The special edition features stories based on new trans and non-binary superhero, Circuit Breaker, as well as Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Crush and Tim Drake and Connor Hawke. The comic features an introduction by Phil Jimenez, a main cover by Mateus Manhanini as well as additional covers by Gabriel Picolo (wraparound), Jen Bartel (spot foil), and Oscar Vega (cardstock). The anthology also includes a five-page preview of an upcoming Dreamer story by Nicole Maines and Rye Hickman.

 

 
 

DC Comics Unveils Special Edition Pride Month 2023 Covers
Here's the First Look at DC Comics' 2023 Pride Anthology


Maines previously made history as the first person to portray a trans superhero on television in the role of Nia Nal on The CW’s Supergirl, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Also released to mark Pride Month is The DC Book of Pride, a new character encyclopedia by Jadzia Axelrod. The hardback book features profiles on more than 50 LGBTQ characters including Batwoman, Aquaman, Jon Kent and Nubia and will be released on 16 May via Amazon. They’ve also dive into the archives with three out-of-print comics being released in a new special edition comic book, DC Pride: Through the Years #1.

It celebrates landmark issues of days past but also tease new stories yet to come, including Alan Scott as Green Lantern. DC Comics also continues Pride-themed variant cover all-year round on series that feature queer characters in regular and lead roles. This includes Superman #5, Tim Drake: Robin #10, Nightwing #105 and Wonder Woman #800 to name a few.

 



To celebrate Pride in 2023 DC and Warner Bros. Discovery have confirmed partnerships with a number of nonprofit LGBTQ organizations. This includes Trans Lifeline, PFLAG National, The Trevor Project, Family Equality, Human Rights Campaign, and Athlete Ally.

[Source: Jonny Yates, Pink News, Mat 2023]

 

Inspiring LGBTQ Themed Children's Books

Black LGBTQ Book Recommendations

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events

Essential Books About the AIDS Epidemic You Need to Read

Timeline: 20 Years of LGBTQ Literature

Childrens Books That Feature LGBTQ Characters

Queer Unicorn: Queer Kids Stories

NBC News: More Than Half of Banned Books Challenged for LGBTQ Content

EW: Review of Dear Evan Hanson and More

Rowan Ellis: Interview with LGBTQ Book Authors

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Gay Authors

 

     

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister by Angela Steidele

Queertopia by Briden Schueren and Paul Richmond

Burn the Page by Danica Roem

Madoodle by Dr. Elijah Nichols

Little Ellen by Ellen DeGeneres

Naturally Tan by Tan France

Playing With Myself by Randy Rainbow

I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein

All In by Billie Jean King

Miss Memory Lane by Colton Haynes

Unprotected by Billy Porter

Touch of Romance (The Slippery Slope) by Merry Farmer
Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk
Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram

Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure by Lewis Hancox
The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson, Leo Espinosa
Antoni: Let's Do Dinner by Antoni Porowski
Girls Can Kiss Now: Essays by Jill Gutowitz
High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir by Edgar Gomez

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

 

 

Queer Stories Help Youth Heal and Build Bridges

Most Notable LGBTQ Books of 2021

Lambda Literary: Best LGBTQ Books of 2020

Books by Queer Black Authors

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
See Yourself, Be Yourself: Queer Celebs Join Panel on LGBTQ Visibility

Ultimate LGBTQ Pride Book List
Childrens Books That Feature LGBTQ Characters

 

GOP Ramps Up LGBTQ Book Banning Efforts

Republican officials in a number of states have ramped up efforts to ban books with LGBTQ themes from school libraries, along with books that discuss race, and books by women, NPR reported.

Those efforts have been particularly strenuous in Texas, where State Rep. Matt Krause, a "Texas lawmaker running for attorney general, identified a list of 850 books that he says should be questioned; many of those books are written by women, people of color and LGBTQ authors," NPR detailed.

Maia Kobabe's graphic novel memoir "Gender Queer: A Memoir" was targeted by Texas State Rep. Jeff Cason. The state's governor, Greg Abbott, "sent a letter to the state's school board association saying public schools shouldn't have pornographic or obscene material." NPR Abbott did not provide any specific examples of content.

 



But GOP officials in other states have also increased attacks on books they say are objectionable. In a recent article, The New York Times noted several titles that were yanked from school libraries in various places around the country, including "All Boys Aren't Blue," by gay Black author George M. Johnson and Alison Bechdel's graphic novel "Fun Home," a memoir of her own youth as a lesbian and her relationship with her father, who was closeted.  "Gender Queer" was also singled out by Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina, who called the memoir "pornographic."

The book-banning push is "part of a trend of conservative-led fights across the country over how schools can teach about issues of race, particularly systemic racism, as well as sex and gender, blurring the already-faint line between local and national politics," the Houston Chronicle said.

Though critical race theory is taught in colleges, and not in elementary, middle, or high schools, the term has been appropriated to indicate books in general that discuss issues of race in America, news reports said.

 



Books by writers of color have come under attack, with reports citing two Toni Morrison novels. "The Bluest Eye" and "Beloved" (the latter won the Pulitzer Prize) have faced challenges. The campaign of Glenn Youngkin, the Virginia gubernatorial candidate who defeated incumbent Terry McAuliffe, pointed at "Beloved" as an example of what should not be in schools. Youngkin made education a central plank of his campaign, and his campaign used a decade-old video in which a conservative activist attacks "Beloved" in its advertising.

Two members of a Virginia school board in Spotsylvania County called for books to be not only banned, but burned, NPR noted, quoting representative Rabih Abuismail as saying, "I think we should throw those books in a fire." Fellow school board member Kirk Twigg "said he wants to 'see the books before we burn them so we can identify within our community that we are eradicating this bad stuff,'" NPR added.

However, though critical race theory is loudly decried by Republican officials, it is books with LGBTQ content that the GOP is more focused on eradicating, at least in Texas, the Houston Chronicle said.

[Source: Kilian Melloy, Edge Media Network, Nov 2021]

 

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up
LGBTQ Books That Are Banned In Schools in 2022
School Bans on LGBTQ Books Escalating Dramatically
Sheriff Urges Library to Yank Books with LGBTQ Content
Filthy and Obscene: GOP Attacks Books About LGBTQ Kids and Racism
Mississippi Mayor Withholds $110k in Library Funds Over LGBTQ Books
Two Students Sue School District for Banning LGBTQ Books
Florida Senate Bill Could Ban Books With LGBTQ Characters
South Carolina Governor Calls for LGBTQ Book to be Banned in Schools
Tennessee GOP Wants to Ban Books that Promote LGBTQ Lifestyle

More Republican Leaders Try to Ban Books on LGBTQ Issues
School Board Bans Books on LGBTQ Issues and More
Tennessee Bill Would Ban Books that Mention LGBTQ People
 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles


The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I've Had) by Sophie Santos, Joey Soloway

This Time for Me by Alexandra Billings

Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall

No Way Renee by Renee Richards

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks
Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey

The Weddings by Alexander Chee

Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

Bloody Summer by Carmen Maria Machado

Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

Me by Elton John

My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart
She|He|They|Me: Interactive Guide to the Gender Binary by Robyn Ryle

Magical Boy by The Kao
Welcome to St. Hell by Lewis Hancox
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Loveless by Alice Oseman

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
Things We Couldn't Say by Jay Coles

All About Love by Bell Hooks
 

 

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Rowan Ellis: Interview with LGBTQ Book Authors

Florida School Districts Removed 300 Books Last School Year

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events

LGBTQ Nation: Top Ten Books on Trans Issues

Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message

Lesbian Author Marijane Meaker Dies at 95
Best Classic LGBTQ Novels of All Time
Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Black LGBTQ Book Recommendations

 

LGBTQ Reading List: General Topics

 

On Being Different: What it Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller

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, Transgender College Students: 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)
Gay, Lesbian, 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

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

New Book: Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
Library Refuses to Move Gay Kids Book After "Family" Group Complains

Timeline: 20 Years of LGBTQ Literature

Lesbian Book Review: We Have Always Been Here

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events

Same Sex Relationships Hidden in Classic Literature

Ursula K. LeGuin: On Being a Writer and a Man

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles


Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame by Vicky Beeching

Ready When You Are by Gary Lonesborough

Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor
Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Self Care Workbook for Non-Binary Teens by Michelle Mann

Calvin by JR and Vanessa Ford

My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are by Kodo Nishimura

Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son by Richie Jackson

Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile

Our Gay History in 50 States by Zaylore Stout

Here For It by R. Eric Thomas

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

 

Best Black Queer Books According to Black LGBTQ Leaders

Jacqueline Wilson: Children's Book Author Comes Out at Age 74

Superhero Diversity in Comic Books

Penguin Random House: Ultimate LGBTQ Pride Book List

Molly Knox Ostertag Talks Queer YA Visibility in The Girl From the Sea
Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Books of 2019

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Books for Gay Teens Who Have Just Come Out

 

 

Drag Queen Story Time
 

Local public libraries and bookstores may, from time to time, host drag queen story time (or drag story hour) events. Such activities feature storytellers using the art of drag to read books to kids. It is a very kid-friendly event during which a drag queen generally reads 3-4 children's books, sings children's songs, and leads children in a craft activity such as making crowns, wands, or paper bag puppets, or sometimes other activities like face painting or dress-up time.

Through a fun literary experience, drag story times center on learning and play, encouraging kids to celebrate gender diversity and all kinds of difference, while building confidence in expressing themselves. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves.

 

Children learn, grow, and mature best when they are playing and having fun. In pre-school and kindergarten, learning looks like play. Kids are the most engaged when they are playing games, singing songs, and expressing themselves in outrageous ways. They enjoy interactive and participatory exercises and they love to be entertained. They are amused by flamboyant, festive, fanciful personalities.  They love clowns, jesters, magicians, dancers, musicians, superheroes, princesses ...  and drag queens.

 

What is a drag queen? 

 

Drag is an artistic way of expressing yourself and showing the world who you are or who you want to be. Drag queens are generally male entertainers who often express their feminine sides or different aspects of their gender or personality through dressing up, performing in shows, marching in parades, and volunteering in their communities.




Do drag story time events promote an agenda?

Most librarians and their drag queen guests would say that their only agenda is that people of all ages should be free to express themselves however they want, free from the constraints of prescribed gender roles. Storytime activities teach children that there are many ways to express themselves and their gender, and they are all OK. Drag is an art form that is rooted in diverse LGBTQ communities, and they support equality, justice, and respect for all people. Given that LGBTQ people are present in every community, they believe that children deserve to be exposed to these aspects of our shared history and culture, in age appropriate ways. If there is an agenda, it could be described simply: To encourage diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and respect.  To promote empathy, creativity, imagination, and self-expression.  To prevent bullying, bigotry, prejudice, homophobia, and transphobia.
 

Drag Queen Storytime
Case of the Missing Carrot Cake: Read by Wanda Sykes
Read Aloud: Thelma the Unicorn

Harry the Dirty Dog: Read by Betty White

Drag Queen Story Hour: Spokane Public Library Joins National Trend

Green Eggs and Ham: Read by Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Keegan-Michael Key, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard
The Empty Pot: Read by Rami Malek
Drag Queens at Local Bookstore

The Tooth: Read by Annette Bening
Quackenstein Hatches a Family: Read by Kristen Bell
Drag Queens Reading To Kids in Libraries
Hula-Hoopin' Queen: Read by Oprah Winfrey
Arnie the Doughnut: Read by Chris O'Dowd
Drag Queen Story Hour Offers a Different Kind of Page-Turner
Drag Queen Story Hour: With Pickle the Drag Queen
To Be A Drum: Read by James Earl Jones
Drag Queens Reading To Kids in Libraries
New Book Teaches Kids How to Swish, Snap, and Twirl Like a Drag Queen

Drag Story Hour

 

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Happy Go Lucky by David Sedaris

Memorial by Bryan Washington
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Queer Anxieties: Of Young Adult Literature and Culture by Derritt Mason

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Don't Fucking Panic by Kelsey Darraugh

What Does a Princess Really Look Like? by Mark Loewen

The New Queer Conscience by Adam Eli

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Raising Them: Our Adventure in Gender Creative Parenting by Kyl Myers

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters

New Book: Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
Library Refuses to Move Gay Kids Book After "Family" Group Complains

Timeline: 20 Years of LGBTQ Literature

 

        

 

Books for Parents
 

This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Lifeby Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo
Is It a Choice?: Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People by Eric Marcus
Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings
Out of the Closet, Into Our Hearts by Laura Siegel and Nancy Lamkin Olson
Unconditional: Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen

Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences
Carolyn Welch Griffen

Now That You Know: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children by Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward
When Your Child is Gay by Davidson and Tobkes

Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Lesbian or Gay Child by Michael C. LaSala

Side by Side: On Having a Gay or Lesbian Sibling by Andrew R. Gottlieb
Love, Ellen: A Mother|Daughter Journey by Betty Degeneres
My Child Is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News by Bryce McDougall
Something to Tell You by Gilbert Herdt and Bruce Koff
Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Robert A. Bernstein, Robert MacNeil and Betty DeGeneres
Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger
Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians by Louise Rafkin
My Son Eric: A Mother Struggles to Accept Her Gay Son and Discovers Herself by Mary V. Borhek and Christine M. Smith
Finding Out: The ABC’s of Same Sex Relationships by Homer and Sue Spencer
The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out by Robb Forman Dew
Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms With the Suicide of Her Gay Son  by Leroy Aarons
 

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Gay Authors

Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Books of 2019

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Authors

Epic Reads: Youth Adult Books with Bisexual Characters

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

PFLAG NYC Book List

Inspiring LGBTQ Themed Children's Books

Childrens Books That Feature LGBTQ Characters

 

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

It's About Damn Time by Arlan Hamilton

Queer Love in Color by Jamal Jordan

Raising my Rainbow by Lori Duron

A Peacock Among Pigeons by Tyler Curry
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Too Much is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells

Deviants War by Dr. Eric Cervini

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row by Lance Richardson

I Have Something to Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg

Girl From the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
 

Best Classic LGBTQ Novels of All Time
Same Sex Relationships Hidden in Classic Literature

Samantha Irby: Black Bisexual Author

Book Review: Oranges are Not The Only Fruit

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

Epic Reads: Youth Adult Books with Bisexual Characters

Book Riot: Books for Parents of LGBTQ Kids

 

 

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)

 

Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Memoirs of 2019

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

The New Queer Conscience by Adam Eli

List of Books for Parents of Sexual Minority Youth

LGBTQ Books Do Not Endanger Kids

New Children's Book: Lesbian Love Story

The Princes and the Treasure: Gay Adventure Story

Wikipedia: List of Gay Characters in Literature
Good Reads: Books With Gay Characters

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Welcoming Schools: Books With LGBTQ and Bullying Topics

 

  

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

How to Be a Girl by Marlo Mack

The Guncle by Steven Rowley
The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus

For All Who Hunger by Emily M.D. Scott

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines

Like Streams to the Ocean by Jedidiah Jenkins

Good Things Happen Slowly by Fred Hersch

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
The Queen's English by Chloe Davis

Rainbow Rainbow by Lydia Conklin
Loveless by Alice Oseman
We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
Fairest by Meredith Talusan
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

 

Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Books of 2019

Walt Whitman: America's Poet as Queer Pioneer

New Book for Parents of Newly Out LGBTQ Kids

Jacqueline Wilson: Children's Book Author Comes Out at Age 74

Advocate Books: Having a Gay Kid Isn't Easy

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

The New Queer Conscience by Adam Eli

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Best Black Queer Books According to Black LGBTQ Leaders

 

 

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
NBC News: More Than Half of Banned Books Challenged for LGBTQ Content

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

 

 

Classic Literature: LGBTQ Authors

Francis Bacon -  British Statesman, Author
TE Lawrence -  British Soldier, Author
Lord Byron - British Poet
Walt Whitman - US Poet, Author
Oscar Wilde - Irish Author
Marcel Proust - French Author
Gertrude Stein - US Poet, 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

Christina Rosetti - English Poet

Susan Sontag - US Author

 


EM Forster -  British Author
Hans Christian Andersen - Danish Author
Ralph Waldo Emerson - US Author
Virginia Woolf - British 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
WH Auden - British Poet
Truman Capote - US Author
Maurice Sendak - US Author, Illustrator

William S Burroughs - US Author

Patricia Highsmith - US Novelist

Ursula K LeGuin - US Author

Oliver Sacks - British Author

Mary Oliver - US Poet

 

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Authors

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
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

 

 

LGBTQ Books Banned In Schools in 2022

Calvin: Children's Book Shows How a Community Can Embrace a Trans Child's Identity
Chasten Buttigieg: New Book is Frank Discussion of Growing Up Gay

Advocate: LGBTQ Books You Absolutely Need to Read

Interview With Brandi Carlile About Her New Book

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters
Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

Jenny Boylan: Best Selling Trans Author

Molly Knox Ostertag Talks Queer YA Visibility in The Girl From the Sea

PFLAG: Coming Out Books

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles
 

Stonewall by Martin Duberman
First Time for Everything by Henry Fry
Sissy by Jacob Tobia
Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez
Body Grammar by Jules Ohman
Our Colors by Gengoroh Tagame
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial by Kenji Yoshino

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman

Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood

Malice by Heather Walter

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

 

 

Books for Gay Teens
New Young Adult Novel: Terror and Thrill of Same-Sex Prom Date

Homosexuality In History: Annotated Bibliography

Jenny Boylan: Best Selling Trans Author

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Walt Whitman: America's Poet as Queer Pioneer

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

The New Queer Conscience by Adam Eli

Gay Authors

Ursula K. LeGuin: On Being a Writer and a Man

Adam Eli: New Queer Conscience and a New Set of Rules

About Life and Love: Books for LGBTQ Teens

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Epic Reads: Youth Adult Books with Bisexual Characters

Same Sex Relationships Hidden in Classic Literature

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

 

New Book: Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

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

Timeline: 20 Years of LGBTQ Literature

Lesbian Book Review: We Have Always Been Here

Same Sex Relationships Hidden in Classic Literature

Ursula K. LeGuin: On Being a Writer and a Man

NBC News: More Than Half of Banned Books Challenged for LGBTQ Content

Adam Eli: New Queer Conscience and a New Set of Rules

Essential Books About the AIDS Epidemic You Need to Read

EW: Review of Dear Evan Hanson and More

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Black LGBTQ Book Recommendations

Gay Authors
 

 

Queer Indigenous Books

Buffalo Is the New Buffalo by Chelsea Vowel
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
A Minor Chorus by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Rabbit Chase by Elizabeth LaPensée and KC Oster
Ask the Brindled by No’u Revilla
Màgòdiz by Gabe Calderón
Making Love with the Land by Joshua Whitehead
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Sovereign Erotics: Collection of Two-Spirit Literature by Qwo-Li Driskill
Wyrwood (The Way of Thorn and Thunder) by Daniel Heath Justice

After the Snow Melts by Maggie Blackbird
Lesbian Triptych by Jovette Marchessault
Two-Spirit Journey: Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby
Godly Heathens by H.E. Edgmon
Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist
Two Princes (When We Were Young) by Maggie Blackbird
Mohawk Trail by Beth Brant
This Wound Is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
My Woman Card Is Anti-Native and Other Two-Spirit Truths by Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul
Samoan Queer Lives by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Tied Up with a Bow by Maggie Blackbird
Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel
Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway
The Woman Who Owned the Shadows by Paula Gunn Allen
Living the Spirit: Gay American Indian Anthology by Will Roscoe

 

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

New Book for Parents of Newly Out LGBTQ Kids

Pride of Our Lives: LGBTQ Book Recommendations

New Young Adult Novel: Terror and Thrill of Same-Sex Prom Date
Advocate Books: Having a Gay Kid Isn't Easy

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

Conservative Group Wants to Pass Law to Jail Librarians Who Give LGBTQ Books to Kids
Pageboy: Elliot Page Releases Memoir About Transness, Love, and Hollywood

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up

Alice Oseman is Helping Author a Brighter Future for LGBTQ Youth

 

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Queer Virtue by Elizabeth Edman

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Boylan
Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

Agorafabulous by Sara Benincasa

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Lady Romeo: Radical, Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman by Tana Wojczuk

Gay Man's Guide to Life by Britt East

The 2000s Made Me Gay by Grace Perry

Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs the United States of America by Eric Cervini

I Have Always Been Me by Precious Brady Davis
Tom Boy Land by Melissa Faliveno and Joey Soloway
I'm in Seattle, Where Are You? by Mortada Gzar

Raising Them: Our Adventure in Gender Creative Parenting by Kyl Myers and Joey Soloway
 

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

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
About Life and Love: Books for LGBTQ Teens

Inspiring LGBTQ Themed Children's Books

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

 

Nation's Oldest LGBTQ Bookstore Is Ready for 50 More Years
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Law Targeting Books and Librarians

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events
LGBTQ Writers Create Ultimate Pride Reading List
Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars
Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books

Queer Book Sagas to Lose Yourself In
Untangling the Contradictions of Crime Novelist Patricia Highsmith
Looking For Lesbians at ONE Archives Explores Lesbian Pulp Fiction
Spark Unmasked: Comic Book with LGBTQ Focus

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

The First Next Time by James Baldwin

Black Boy Out of Time by Hari Ziyard
Before Her (The One) by Jacqueline Woodson
Love and Estrogen (The Real Thing) by Samantha Allen
Two Henrys (This Can't Be Happening) by Kevin Allison

Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

George by Alex Gino

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Large Fears by Myles Johnson

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson

Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes That Changed the World by Mason Funk

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary

Annie's Plaid Shirt by Stacy Davids

Donovan's Big Day by Leslea Newman

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill

Promised Land by Adam Reynolds

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution by Rob Sanders

Except When They Don't by Laura Gehl

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Authors

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

George by Alex Gino

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

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

 

 

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
Best Classic LGBTQ Novels of All Time
Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Authors

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

 

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

Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren

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

 

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Authors

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

 

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

 

 

100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels

Writer's Relief: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
Best Classic LGBTQ Novels of All Time
Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Authors

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Wikipedia: List of LGBTQ Characters in Modern Fiction

Ranker: Best Gay Authors

Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

 

   

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy by Alison Bechdel

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer

Novel Gazing by Eve Kosofsky

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Boylan

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Real Queer America by Samantha Allen

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman

 

Inspiring Children's Books With a Positive Message

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

LGBTQ Books Do Not Endanger Kids
Wikipedia: List of Gay Characters in Literature
Trans Books By Trans Authors in 2023
Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
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 Nation: Top Ten Books on Trans Issues  

 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Religious Perspective

Queer Virtue by Elizabeth Edman

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
Unashamed: Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians by Amber Cantorna

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
Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been by Jackie Hill Perry

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

 

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Books of 2019 LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Queer Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, Families

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Timeline: 20 Years of LGBTQ Literature

Recommended LGBTQ Books

Gay Authors

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman, Chris Case

Sister Outsider by Audre Lourde

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman

How We Fight for our Lives by Saeed Jones

The Stonewall Reader Edited by New York Public Library

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Biomythography) by Audre Lourde

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Transgender Issues
 

Calvin by JR and Vanessa Ford

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah by The Lady Chablis Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg
Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency by Willy Wilkinson
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
 

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

Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books
About Life and Love: Books for LGBTQ Teens

Inspiring LGBTQ Themed Children's Books

Wikipedia: Gay Writers

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

Gay Authors

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Me Talk Pretty Some Day by David Sedaris

No Name in the Street by James Baldwin

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman

Ill Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Meaty by Samantha Irby

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

The Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore

 

Best Black Queer Books According to Black LGBTQ Leaders

Jacqueline Wilson: Children's Book Author Comes Out at Age 74

Superhero Diversity in Comic Books

Penguin Random House: Ultimate LGBTQ Pride Book List

Molly Knox Ostertag Talks Queer YA Visibility in The Girl From the Sea
Advocate Mag: Best LGBTQ Books of 2019

LGBTQ Writers Who Have Won the Pulitzer Prize

Books for Gay Teens Who Have Just Come Out

 

 

LGBTQ Reading List: Rural Issues

Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural Queer Studies by ML Gray, CR Johnson, BJ Gilley
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America by Mary L. Gray

Lesbian Land By Joyce Cheney

Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America by Colin R. Johnson

Real Queer America by Samantha Allen
Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life by Dianna Hunter

The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists and the Queer Literary Canon by Jamie Harker

Prairie Silence: A Rural Expatriate's Journey to Reconcile Love, Home, and Faith by Melanie Hoffert

Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music by Nadine Hubbs
Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same Sex Couples in Mississippi by John Marszalek

Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism  by Scott Herring

Coming Out and Coming Back: Rural Gay Migration and the City by Meredith Redlin, Alexis Annes

Gay Faulkner by Pip Gordon

Men Like That: A Southern Queer History by John Howard

Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism by Jerry Watkins III
Queer, Rural, American by Sarah Anne Strickley

 

Interview With Brandi Carlile About Her New Book

Novels Featuring Endearingly Messy Queer Characters
Wikipedia: Lesbian Writers

Jenny Boylan: Best Selling Trans Author

Molly Knox Ostertag Talks Queer YA Visibility in The Girl From the Sea

PFLAG: Coming Out Books

A Renaissance of Gay Literature Marks a Turning Point for Publishing

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Rowan Ellis: Interview with LGBTQ Book Authors

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events

LGBTQ Nation: Top Ten Books on Trans Issues

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Titles

 

Love and Resistance by Jason Baumann

This Day in June by Gayle Pitman

Better Nate Than Never by Tim Federle

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

We Are Everywhere by Matthew Reimer, Leighton Brown

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Pollacco

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Ash by Melinda Lo

When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris

 

Nation's Oldest LGBTQ Bookstore Is Ready for 50 More Years
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Law Targeting Books and Librarians

Trans Woman, Bookstore, Teacher Sue Over Montana Law Banning Drag Reading Events
LGBTQ Writers Create Ultimate Pride Reading List
Out100 2022: LGBTQ Literary and Publishing Stars
Book List: Amazing LGBTQ Children’s Books

Queer Book Sagas to Lose Yourself In
Untangling the Contradictions of Crime Novelist Patricia Highsmith
Looking For Lesbians at ONE Archives Explores Lesbian Pulp Fiction
Spark Unmasked: Comic Book with LGBTQ Focus

 

 

DC's New Superman, Jon Kent, Comes Out as Bisexual

The November 2021 Superman: Son of Kal-El, by writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms, presents Jon Kent as queer. DC Universe's new Superman and the son of Clark Kent, is coming out as bisexual in the new edition of the Superman comic book series.

"I've always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea," Taylor said in a statement to DC. "Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."

 



"We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms," DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee said. "We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously."

Jon Kent was created by Dan Jurgens and debuted in 2015's Convergence. The character is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and in the DC Rebirth era, he took up the mantle of Superboy. Several years later, he was aged up and became a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and in April 2021, it was announced that he'd take over as Superman with Superman: Son of Kal-El.

[Source: Jon Arvedon, Comic Book Resources, Oct 2021]
 

 

LGBTQ Comic Books

 

Marvel Voices: Pride Series
Book Riot: List of LGBTQ Comics and Graphic Novels

Paste: LGBTQ Inclusive Comics

Spark Unmasked

Superhero Diversity in Comic Books

Queer Representations in Anime

Autostraddle: Best LGBTQ Graphic Novels

Ranker: List of Queer Comic Books

Gay Times: Best LGBTQ Comics

Anime Planet: Best LGBTQ Themed Manga

Comicosity: Indie Comic Books for LGBTQ Fans

List of the Best Queer Comics

Comicosity: More Indie Comic Books for LGBTQ Fans

Mary Sue: Top Queer Voices in Anime and Manga

LGBTQ Themes in Comics

 

 

Conservative Group Wants to Pass Law to Jail Librarians Who Give LGBTQ Books to Kids
Pageboy: Elliot Page Releases Memoir About Transness, Love, and Hollywood

LGBTQ Authors Hit Back as US School Book Bans Pick Up

Alice Oseman is Helping Author a Brighter Future for LGBTQ Youth
LGBTQ Books That Are Banned In Schools in 2022

Calvin: Children's Book Shows How a Community Can Embrace a Trans Child's Identity
Chasten Buttigieg: New Book is Frank Discussion of Growing Up Gay

Advocate: LGBTQ Books You Absolutely Need to Read

 

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, Grade 2 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 by 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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