LGBTQIA Book Recs

This page is dedicated to discovering and celebrating LGBTQIA narratives.  Books featured here aim to foster awareness of LGBTQIA issues and acceptance of diverse communities.  These books are based either on careful research, or on the author’s personal experience as an Own Voices creator.  

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LGBTQIA Fiction (That I’ve Read)

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera ★★★★★ (young adult, gay and Latino protagonist, depression and suicide)

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas ★★★★★ (gay Greek-Australian protagonist, homosexuality in sport industry)

For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu ★★★★☆ (Chinese-American trans protagonist)

George by Alex Gino ★★★★☆ (junior fiction, trans protagonist, bullying)

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson ★★★☆☆ (young adult, trans protagonists, bullying)

Symptoms of Being Normal by Jeff Garvin ★★☆☆ (young adult, gender fluid protagonist, depression and suicide)

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera ★★★★★ (young adult, gay protagonist, grief and loss)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★☆ (young adult, gay protagonist)

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ★★★★☆ (young adult, trans protagonist)

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LGBTQIA Fiction (On my TBR)

Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (junior short fiction anthology, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books)

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LGBTQIA Nonfiction (That I’ve Read)

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law ★★★★★ (exploration of LGBTQIA life in different Asian cultures)

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation edited by Kate Bernstein & S. Bear Bergman ★★★★★ (essays, comic art, conversations from trans-spectrum creators)

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out edited and photographed by Susan Kuklin ★★★★★ (memoir anthology from trans-spectrum teens)

Fun Home: A Family Traginomic by Alison Bechdel ★★★★☆ (adult graphic memoir, lesbian author)

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson ★★☆☆ (lesbian author, religion)

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson ★★★☆☆ (memoir of marriage to gender-fluid partner)

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LGBTQIA Nonfiction (On my TBR)

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill & Rachel Pepper (guide for parents and professionals for accepting and supporting transgender children)

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews (memoir, trans author)

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstien Sycamore (essay collection, socio-cultural norms surrounding gender conformity)

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On the Web

We Need Diverse Books (organisation dedicated to diverse children’s literature)

Alex Gino On Debut Novel, George, and the Importance of Transgender Voices in the Kid Lit World (interview for School Library Journal)

Rise of the Gender Novel (article by Casey Plett for The Walrus)

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