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Pride Month Reading List

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In honor of Pride Month, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite LGBTQIA+ fiction and nonfiction books. Whether you want to brush up on your civil rights history or read a heartwarming story about love, we have books and movies for every color of the rainbow.

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David Bowie Made Me Gay by Darryl W. Bullock

The Gay Revolution: the Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman

Love Wins: the Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

Queer America: a People's GLBT History of the United States by Vicki L. Eaklor

Stand by Me: the Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs

Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by CN Lester

Charity and Sylvia: a Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves

Tinderbox: the Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler

Tomorrow Will be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

Flagrant Conduct: the Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans by Dale Carpenter


Biography/Personal Stories

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Mean by Myriam Gurba

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore  

In The Dream House: a Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace 

Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love by Michelle LeClair and Robin Gaby Fisher

To My Trans Sisters edited by Charlie Craggs

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown with Jancee Dunn

My Butch Career: a Memoir by Esther Newton

The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres

Boy Erased: a Memoir by Garrard Conley

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock
Sissy: a Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

The Bold World: a Memoir of Family and Transformation by Jodie Patterson

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux

Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How it Can Revitalize Christianity by Elizabeth Edman

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen

Soar, Adam, Soar by Rick Prashaw

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death by Lillian Faderman



Angels in America: a Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner
Love in a Dark Time and Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature by Colm Tóibín

"You Can Tell Just by Looking": and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, Michael Amico
A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples by Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
Raising Ryland: our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached by Hillary Whittington
It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile
Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition by Elijah C. Nealy

The Pride Guide: a Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth by Jo Langford

Is It a Choice?: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People by Eric Marcus

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller


Adult Fiction

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Jilted by Lilah Suzanne

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing
A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan
Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

Unfit to Print by KJ Charles
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
Idlewild by Jude Sierra
Slam! by JL Merrow

Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

Hide by Matthew Griffin

This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

White Houses by Amy Bloom



Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver

The Dime by Kathleen Kent

The Elephant of Surprise by Joe R. Lansdale

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Murder Games by James Patterson

The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco

A Kind of Justice by Renee James

Night Work by Laurie R. King

Hold Tight by Christopher Bram

Flight Dreams by Michael Craft

Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon  


Graphic Novels

Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani

Heartstopper. Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Check, Please! Book 1, #Hockey! by Ngozi Ukazu

Dream Daddy: a Dad Dating Comic Book by Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw

10 Dance #1 by Inouesatoh
My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame

Hitorijime My Hero by Memeco Arii
Cannonball by Kesley Wroten

Star Collector Vol 1 by Sophie Schonhammer

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Exit Stage Left: the Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell

Flocks by L Nichols

Forward by Lisa Maas

Fence by CS Pacat

Bitch Planet, Book 1, Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Motor Crush, Volume 1 by Brenden Fletcher


Teen Titles

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Jack of Hearts by Lev AC Rosen

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Drag Teen: a Tale of Angst and Wigs by Jeffery Self

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

What if It’s Us by Becky Albertalli

The Pride Guide: a Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth by Jo Langford

Honor Girl: a Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee



Pain and Glory


Her Smell

Stonewall Uprising

Giant Little Ones

Boy Erased

Love, Simon

Call Me by Your Name


The Birdcage


The Normal Heart


The Imitation Game

Grace and Frankie


Blue is the Warmest Color

The Kids are All Right

Brokeback Mountain

The Danish Girl



Boys Don’t Cry


Love is Strange

Dallas Buyer’s Club

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