LGBTQ Book List

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Celebrate the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride this month by reading selections from our new book list! Compiled by Reader Advisor Kathryn Patrick, the list features an extensive array of fiction and non fiction for youth and adults to enjoy and learn from.

DB073809 A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster Wendy Moffat Examines the life and career of the author through the lens of his homosexuality and social context. 2010 Biography, English Literature, Sociology, Gay Interest
DB077816 We Are Water Wally Lamb A lesbian reexamines her life as family and friends gather for her wedding to a gallery owner. 2013 Bestseller, Lesbian Interest
DB078334 Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Tim Federle Sequel to Better Nate than Ever finds Nate on Broadway as a second understudy for E.T. 2014 Juvenile Fiction grades 5-8, Friendship, Family 
DB068035 Fellow Travelers Thomas Mallon D.C. 1950s- A devout Catholic begins his first gay affair with an older State Dept. official while McCarthy crusades against communists and deviants. 2007 Historical Fiction, Gay Interst 
DB073552 It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living Terry Miller 100+ essays and testimonials from the It Gets Better Project to support LGBTQ youth.  Young Adult Non Fiction, Sociology, Gay Interest
DB060709 Hot Target Suzanne Brockmann A producer receives death threats due to her film about gay WWII soldiers. 2005 Mystery, Romance, Gay Interest
DB078523 Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Susan Kuklin 6 interviews with transgender teens. Includes resources and advice from clinical director of health outreach program. 2014 Young Adult Non Fiction, Sociology, Gay Interest
DB073152 Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation Simon LeVay Neuroscientist explains sexual orientation, family demographics, testosterone in fetuses, and genes. 2011 Non Fiction, Health, Science, Gay Interest
DB072563 The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography Selina Hastings Biography of the English author conflicted by his homosexuality. 2010 Biography, Gay Interest, English Literature
DB078206 Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival Sean O'Brien Strub Gay rights and AIDS activist discusses childhood, abuse, politics and activism, and the impact of AIDS. 2014 Autobiography, Gay Interest, Sociology, Health, Politics
DB079849 Afterworlds Scott Westerfeld Chapters alternate between an 18 yr old author and the heroine of her novel, who navigates the Afterwold to survive a terrorist attack. 2014 Young Adult, Lesbian Interest, Romance, Fantasy
DB079918 The Paying Guests Sarah Waters A spinster and her mother take in lodgers to deal with debt in the 1920s, and a love affair with a married woman ensues. 2014 Bestseller, Lesbian Interest, Historical Fiction
DB069840 Dark Reflections Samuel Delany A disillusioned, gay, black poet reviews his life, including life in the East Village in the 1950s. 2007 Gay Interest, African-American Interest, Historical Fiction
DB078820 For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey Richard Blanco Poet chronicles his childhood as Cuban exile, sexuality, and career (inaugural poet for Obama). 2013 Autobiography, Poetry, Gay Interest
DB077543 A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity across the World R.B. Parkinson  Surveys the history of LGBTQ representation in art, history, and material culture. 2013 Non Fiction, Fine Art, History, Sociology, Gay Interest
DB072576 Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain Portia De Rossi Actress reveals her life, including eating disorder and homosexuality. 2010 Autobiography, Lesbian Interest, Fine Arts, Health
DB072531 Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans Philip Gambone Interviews with gay activists and artists. 2010 Biography, Gay Interest, Sociology, Travel
DB080057 Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Neil Patrick Harris Actor discusses childhood, career, and sexuality. Narrated by author. 2014 Bestseller, Autobiography, Gay Interest
DB052940 Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay Nancy Milford Biography of bisexual poet and first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. 2001 Bestseller, Biography, Poetry, Gay Interest
DB076159 In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood Michael Sadowski Professor profiles six young adults he interviewed in prior LGBTQ research studies. 2013 Young Adult Non Fiction, Sociology, Gay Interest
DB073022 Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering Meredith Baxter Actress recounts her personal life, including raising 5 kids with abusive husband and coming out as gay. 2011 Autobiography, Lesbian Interest
DB072494 Ash Malinda Lo A modern take on Cinderella. 2009 Young Adult, Lesbian Interest, Fantasy
DB075066 The Difference between You and Me Madeleine George A high school loner's secret affair with a popular girl is threatened when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue. 2009 Young Adult, Lesbian Interest, Romance
DB068234 Gay America: Struggle for Equality Linas Alsenas Examines the history and milestones of homosexuality in America in the twentieth century. 2008 Young Adult, Non Fiction, History, Sociology, Politics, Gay Interest
DB073355 Pink Lili Wilkinson A young girl struggles with identity, and ends up hurting her friends when she tries out a new personality at a new school. 2009 Young Adult, Romance, Gay Interest
DB067070 River of Heaven Lee Martin An aging gay man's solitary small-town life is disrupted by befriending two brothers. 2008 Gay Interest
DB080595 Razor Wire Lauren Gallagher 2 female cops are drawn together after a terrible crime. 2014 Romance, Lesbian Interest
DB079854 Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Kirstin Cronn-Mills Gabe's radio show gains popularity, while he struggles to come out as transgendered. 2014 Young Adult, Award Winning, Gender Interest
DB080626 The Autumn Balloon Kenny Porpora Examines his abusive childhood, friendships, and sexuality.  Autobiography, Gay Interest 
DB074201 Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens Kathy Belge Advice and support for teens questioning their sexuality. 2011 Young Adult Non Fiction, Sociology, Gay Interest
DB073442 The Perfect Family Kathryn Shay A young boy deals with the aftermath of coming out to his family. 2010 Young Adult, Gay Interest, Family
DB075306 Amateur City: A Kate Delafield Mystery Katherine Forrest A woman finds her boss dead on her 2nd day of the job, and befriends the female detective investigating. 1984 Mystery, Lesbian Interest
DB075845 Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality John Schwartz Journalist discusses  raising his gay son and also gay rights. 2012 Gay Interest, Sociology, Family
DB071583 Bad Chili Joe Lansdale A man works to clear his friend's name after the man who stole his ex is murdered. 1994 Mystery, Gay Interest
DB072862 Sing You Home  Jodi Picoult A woman fights her ex husband to use embryos to start a family with her new wife. 2011 Bestseller, Gay Interest
DB073227 Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People Joan Roughgarden Evolutionary biologist analyzes gender and sexual diversity through culture, history, and religion, and proposes a new theory of social selection. 2004 Non Fiction, Science, Sociology, Health, Religion, Gay Interest
DB080237 Forcing the Spring:  Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality Jo Becker Pulitzer Prize winner explores the history and personalities involved in the court battles over California Proposition 8 which outlawed gay marriage. 2014 Non Fiction, Sociology, Law, History, Gay Interest
DB078943 Replica Jenna Black A young girl lives a priviledged life in the Corporate States until her betrothed is murdered. 2013 Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Interest
DB054934 Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides A hermaphrodite examines the rare genetic mutation that caused his gender change, as well as his Greek heritage and growing up in Detroit. 2002 Bestseller, Modern Fiction, Gender Identity, Download Only
DB074545 Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson Author recounts her search for love and happiness, including abusive childhood, sexual orientation, and career. 2011 Bestseller, Autobiography, Lesbian Interest, English Literature
DB073789 Happy Accidents Jane Lynch Actress discusses her career, drinking, anxiety, and relationship with her wife. 2011 Bestseller, Autobiography, Lesbian Interest, Fine Arts
DB073891 Wildthorn Jane Eagland A young girl falls in love in an insane asylum in 19th century England. 2009 Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Lesbian Interest
DB079944 I'll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson Twins struggle to repair their relationship and lives after a tragedy. 2014 Young Adult, Gay Interest, Family
DB071874 My Queer War James Lord Author describes his experience as a gay soldier during WWII. 2010 Non Fiction, History, War, Gay Interest
DB076885 I'm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond Geri Jewell Actress, comedian, author details life with cerebral palsy, career, drug addiction, and sexuality. 2011 Autobiography, Lesbian Interest, Fine Arts, Health
DB079323 Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 Francine Prose Letters and excerpts paint a portrait of a cross-dressing lesbian and her associates. 2014 Bestseller, Gender Interest, Historical Fiction
DB076399 What If? Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian Eric Marcus Teen guide to sexuality answers difficult questions. Includes resources and chapter for parents. 2007 Young Adult Non Fiction, Sociology, Family, Gay Interest
DB077271 Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish David Rakoff Novel in verse, following an artist struggling with his sexuality and characters linked by generosity or cruelty. 2013  Bestseller, Modern Fiction, Gay Interest
DB078286 Two Boys Kissing David Levithan A chorus of men who died of AIDS observe yount teens as they navigate life. 2013 Young Adult, Gay Interest
DB080122 The Two Hotel Francforts David Leavitt 1940- A couple fleeing Paris wait in Lisbon for a ship home, but meeting another couple changes their relationship. 2013 Historical Fiction, Gay Interst 
DB067538 The Nineteenth Wife David Ebershoff A gay youth, exiled from his fundamentalist polygimist sect, attempts to uncover the truth of his father's murder. 2008 Bestseller, Mystery, Gay Interest
DB080241 The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Dana Alison Levy 2 fathers, 4 boys, and a lot of pets make their way through a school year and deal with a grumpy neighbor. 2014 Juvenile Fiction grades 3-6, Family, Humor
DB076827 Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas;
How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans
Dale Carpenter Account of the arrest of two men in Houston, 1998, for same-sex violation, following their case through the Supreme Court Case in 1993. 2012 Non Fiction, Crime, Law, Gay Interest
DB073791 The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach A college baseball star's life goes awry, and his gay roommate has an affair with the school president. 2011 Bestseller, Gay Interest, Baseball
DB071450 The Red Tree Caitlin Kiernan A writer becomes obsessed with a manuscript about a supernatural oak tree after her girlfriend's suicide. 2009 Psychological Fiction, Lesbian Interest
DB077101 Openly Straight Bill Konigsberg Rafe came out in 8th grade, but things get complicated when he transfers to a boarding school. 2013 Young Adult, Gay Interest
DB076122  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Salenz A young boy questions the world around him and falls in love with someone very different from him. 2012 Award Winning, Young Adult, Gay Interest
DB078276 The Days of Anna Madrigal Armistead Maupin A 92 year old woman heads to Burning Man and reflects on growing up as a boy during the Depression. 2014 Bestseller, Gender Interest, Historical Fiction
DB080531 Local Souls: Novellas Allan Gurganus 3 novellas set in North Carolina: 2 married men deepen their friendship, a girl disappears on a trip to Africa, and a woman seeks the child she gave up for adoption. 2013 Gay Interest
DB078383 Golden Boy Abigail Tarttelin A popular young intersex boy's world falls apart after he is raped. 2013 Award Winning, Young Adult, Gender Interest