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LGTBQ+ Voices

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

by Jeanette Winterson

Fiction
The coming-of-age story of Jess, the adopted daughter of a deeply religious woman, who grows up isolated and insulated in the north of England in the 1960’s. Jess meets Melanie, and the two teenagers fall in love, greatly upsetting Jess’s mother and her congregation.

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Love Around the World

by Fleur Pierets

Nonfiction
Inspired by a true story, Love Around the World is the beautiful and heartwarming adventure of two women’s journey to marry each other in every country where same-sex marriage is legal.

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Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic

by Alison Bechdel

Nonfiction
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.

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Rick

by Alex Gino

Fiction
Rick Ramsey now in middle school he discovers the Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities can express themselves–and maybe among them he can find new friends and discover his own identity, which may just be to opt-out of sex altogether. (chapter book)

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Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity

by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

Nonfiction
This illustrated book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5-8. Using clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression, and our identity. (picture book)

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You Should See Me in a Crown

by Leah Johnson

Fiction
A Black, underprivileged misfit from a wealthy, prom-obsessed midwestern community carefully plans to attend a prestigious medical college before the unexpected loss of her financial aid forces her to compete for her school’s prom-queen scholarship

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Felix Ever After

by Kacen Callender

Fiction
Felix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend.

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Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from 19th Century France

by Rachel Mesch

Nonfiction
This biographical study of three late nineteenth-century French writers looks at how transgender identities were expressed and understood before the modern category of transgender existed.

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You Be You!: The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family

by Jonathan Branfman

Nonfiction
This is an illustrated children’s book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, sexual orientation, and family diversity easy to explain to children. (picture book)

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Julián Is A Mermaid

by Jessica Love

Fiction
On the subway with his abuela, Julián sees women fabulously dressed as mermaids. When Julián gets home he makes his own mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about how Julián sees himself? (picture book)

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Maiden & Princess

by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo

Fiction
When a maiden reluctantly attends a ball for her friend, the prince, everyone considers her his perfect match until she surprises them–and herself–by finding true love with someone else. (picture book)

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Like a Love Story

by Abdi Nazemian

Fiction
An Iranian youth who hides his sexual orientation from his family, a gay photographer and an aspiring fashion designer with an HIV-positive uncle fall in love and find their voices during the AIDS crisis in NYC.

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The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth

by Jo Langford

Nonfiction
Jo Langford offers a complete guide to sexual and social development, safety, and health for LGBTQ youth and those who love and support them.

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Trans Mission: My Quest to A Beard

by Alex Bertie

Nonfiction
A brave firsthand account of author Alex Bertie’s life, struggles, and victories as a transgender teen, and a guide for transitioning teens.

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Birthday

by Meredith Russo

Fiction
Born in the same hospital on the same day, Morgan and Eric grow up to become best friends before they drift apart, reunite, fall in love and ultimately discover what fate has in store for them.

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Red, White and Royal Blue

by Casey McQuiston

Fiction
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond.

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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

by Randy Shilts

Nonfiction
An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts’ expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80’s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years.

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Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens

by AKathy Belge and Marke Bieschke

Nonfiction
Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest guide for LGBTQ teens. This completely revised and updated edition is a must-read for any teen who thinks they might be queer or knows someone who is.

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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/them Pronouns

by Archie Bongiovanni

Nonfiction
A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns.

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My Princess Boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis

Fiction
Shows a family’s acceptance and support of their son who likes to dress up as a princess. (picture book)

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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

by Saeed Jones

Nonfiction
Written from the crossroads of sex, race, and power in America, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir and a haunting reflection of the nation as a whole

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Princess Princess. Ever After

by Katie O’Neill

Fiction
Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what “happily ever after” really means and how they can find it with each other. (graphic novel)

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The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are

by Kelly Storck

Nonfiction
The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids offers fun, age-appropriate activities to help your child explore their identity and discover unique ways to navigate gender expression at home, in school, and with friends.

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A Queer History of the United States for Young People

by Michael Bronski

Nonfiction
Queer history didn’t start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.

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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

by Alyssa Zaczek

Fiction
Seventh-grader Martin McLean has trouble expressing himself except at Mathletes competitions and, now, as a female impersonator but his first-ever drag show falls on the same night as an important Mathletes tournament. (chapter book)

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The Black Flamingo

by Dean Atta

Fiction
A fierce coming-of-age novel about identity and the liberating power of drag follows the experiences of a mixed-race teen in London who struggles to connect with his heritage before coming out and establishing his place in Drag Society.

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Gender Queer

by Maia Kobabe

Nonfiction
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here.

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The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

by Gayle E. Pitman

Nonfiction
The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ Movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time.

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

by Janet Mock

Nonfiction
Redefining Realness offers a bold new perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged and transgender in America.

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To Night Owl from Dogfish

by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

Fiction
Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. (chapter book)

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Darius the Great is not Okay

by Adib Khorram

Fiction
Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

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Tales of the City

by Armistead Maupin

Fiction
A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat lotharios and cutthroat debutantes.

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Better Nate Than Never

by Tim Federle

Fiction
An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.” (chapter book)

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

by Ashley Herring Blake

Fiction
Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed in a tornado and her family of six is displaced and her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing. (chapter book)

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Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You

by Kathryn Gonzales

Nonfiction
An all-inclusive, uncensored guide for teens who are transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, or gender-fluid. TRANS+ answers questions about gender, mental health, physical health and reproduction, transitioning, relationships, sex, and life as a trans or nonbinary individual.

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The Price of Salt

by Patricia Highsmith

Fiction
Trapped in a dead-end day job in a department store, stage designer Therese Belivet finds her life forever changed when she encounters–and falls in love with–Carol Aird, a suburban housewife in the midst of a divorce.

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We Set the Dark on Fire

by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Fiction
Dani must question everything she’s worked for as she learns about the corruption of the Median government.

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I Am Jazz

by Jessica Herthel

Fiction Nonfiction
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere. (picture book)

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Pages for You

by Sylvia Brownrigg

Fiction
In a steam-filled diner in a college town, Flannery Jansen catches sight of something more beautiful than she’s ever seen: a graduate student, reading. The seventeen-year-old, new to evrything around her–college, the East Coast, bodies of literature, and the sexual flurries of student life–is shocked by her desire to follow this wherever it will take her.

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Bingo Love

by Tee Franklin

Fiction
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at firstsight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Fiction
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence.

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Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas

Fiction
Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school’s bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

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I Wish You All the Best

by Mason Deaver

Fiction
After coming out as nonbinary, Ben must leave home and goes to live with a sister and her husband to finish the last year of high school.

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In One Person

by John Irving

Fiction
Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award, A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled lovetormented, funny, and affecting and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences.

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The Witch Boy

by Molly Knox Ostertag

Fiction
In Aster’s family, girls are witches, while boys are shapeshifters. Anyone who crosses those lines is exiled. Aster is fascinated by witchcraft. Will he have the courage to save his family and be truly himself. (graphic novel)

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Love Is Love

by Michael Genhart

Fiction
Teased for having two fathers, a boy views his friend’s traditional family as similar to his own and realizes he can counter the ridicule by taking pride in his fathers and the love that makes them a family. (picture book)

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