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Recommended Books For LGBTQ Youth

Here is an extensive list of suggested book and movie titles for LGBTQ youth and their allies, teachers, and parents. Some may be harder to find than others. If your school library does not carry these books or movies, meet with the librarian to request them. For plot summaries of any of these books, download the pdfs at the top of the page.

Non-Fiction:

  • Baez, Joan, Jennifer Howd, Rachel Pepper, et al (2007). THE GAY AND LESBIAN GUIDE TO COLLEGE LIFE: A COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AND THEIR ALLIES. New York: Random House.
  • Bass, Ellen & Kaufman, Kate. (1996). FREE YOUR MIND: THE BOOK FOR GAY, LESBIAN & BISEXUAL YOUTH-AND THEIR ALLIES. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Bechdel, Alison (2006). FUN HOME. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Berzon, Betty, ed. (2001). POSITIVELY GAY: NEW APPROACHES TO GAY AND LESBIAN LIFE. Berkeley: Celestial Arts.
  • Bornstein, Kate. (1998). MY GENDER WORKBOOK. New York: Vintage Books, or (1995) GENDER OUTLAW, New York: Routledge.
  • Chernin, Kim (1997). MY LIFE AS A BOY. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books.
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey (2002). MIDDLESEX: A NOVEL. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • Hemphill, Essex (1991). BROTHER TO BROTHER: NEW WRITINGS BY BLACK GAY MEN. Boston: Alyson Publications.
  • Huegel, Kelley (2003). GLBTQ: THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR QUEER AND QUESTIONING TEENS. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing.
  • Hutchins, Loraine and Lani Kaahumanu, eds (1990). BI ANY OTHER NAME: BISEXUAL PEOPLE SPEAK OUT. Boston: Alyson Pub.
  • Kumashiro Kevin K. (2004). RESTORIED SELVES: AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF QUEER ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN ACTIVISTS. New York: Harrington Park Press.
  • Lorde, Audre. (1984). SISTER OUTSIDER. New York: The Crossing Press.
  • Moraga, Cherríe and Gloria Anzaldua, eds. (1984.) THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY BACK: WRITINGS BY RADICAL WOMEN OF COLOR. New York: Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press.
  • Namaste, Viviane (2000). INVISIBLE LIVES: THE ERASURE OF TRANSEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Nestle, Joan et al. (2002). GENDERQUEER: VOICES FROM BEYOND THE SEXUAL BINARY. Los Angeles: Alyson Press.
  • Roscoe, Will (1988). LIVING THE SPIRIT: A GAY AMERICAN INDIAN ANTHOLOGY. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • Singer, Bennett L, ed. (1994). GROWING UP GAY/GROWING UP LESBIAN: A LITERARY ANTHOLOGY. New York: New Press.
  • Sonnie, Amy (2000) REVOLUTIONARY VOICES: A MULTICULTURAL QUEER YOUTH ANTHOLOGY. Boston, MA: Alyson Pub.
  • Wilchins, Riki (2004). QUEER THEORY, GENDER THEORY: AN INSTANT PRIMER. Los Angeles: Alyson Books.

Fiction:

  • Baldwin, James (1988). GIOVANNI'S ROOM. New York: Dell Publishing.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, ed. (1994). AM I BLUE? COMING OUT FROM THE SILENCE. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Brown, Rita Mae (1988). RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE. New York: Bantam.
  • Feinberg, Leslie (1993). STONE BUTCH BLUES. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand.
  • Garden, Nancy (1982). ANNIE ON MY MIND. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
  • Garden, Nancy (1996). GOOD MOON RISING. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
  • Hartinger, Brent (2002). THE GEOGRAPHY CLUB. New York: Harper Tempest.
  • Howe, James (2003). THE MISFITS. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks.
  • Johnson, Maureen (2004). THE BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE. New York: Razorbill.
  • Kerr, M.E. (1994). DELIVER US FROM EVIE. New York: Harper Trophy.
  • Levithan, David (2003). BOY MEETS BOY. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • MacLean, Judy (2003). ROSEMARY AND JULIET. New York: Alice Street Editions.
  • Peters, Julie Anne (2003). KEEPING YOU A SECRET. New York: Little, Brown.
  • Peters, Julie Anne (2004). LUNA. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co.
  • Reardon, Robert (2007). A SECRET EDGE. New York: Kensington.
  • Salat, Cristina (1993). LIVING IN SECRET. New York: Bantam.
  • Selvadurai, Shyam (2005). SWIMMING IN THE MONSOON SEA. New York: Tundra Books.
  • Sanchez, Alex (2001). RAINBOW BOYS. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Silva, K.E. (2006). A SIMPLE DISTANCE. New York: Akashic Books.
  • Sinclair, April (1994). COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK. New York: Hyperion.
  • Tea, Michelle (2006). ROSES OF NO MAN'S LAND. San Francisco: MacAdams/Cage Pub.
  • Woodson, Jacqueline (1995). FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN. New York: Scholastic.

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