Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, 2018
After receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in NYC, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together a good life. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. That is until Ames’s boss and lover, Katrina reveals she is pregnant with his baby – and not sure she wants to keep it. Ames wonders if this is their chance to be happy? Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family – and raise the baby together?
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Amma is a playwright whose work often explores her black lesbian identity; Shirley, a teacher, is jaded after decades of work in funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, works hard to earn a degree and becomes an investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter’s lack of rootedness. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm, twelve unforgettable characters intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
This award winning young adult novel introduces twelve-year-old Caroline. Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, Caroline falls in love with another girl–and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother.
George by Alx Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a revolutionary resource-a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more.
Is Gender Fluid? A Primer for the 21st Century by Sally Hines
When we are born, we are each assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. But why is it that some people experience such dissonance between their biological sex and their inner identity? Is gender something we are or something we do? Is our expression of gender inborn or does it develop as we grow? Hines assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture and sexuality, and reveals how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries
The 57 Bus by Daska Slater
One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, but they inhabited very different worlds. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment.
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock
This history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community shows how those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today, how gay, lesbian, and bisexual performers influenced jazz and blues; examines the almost forgotten Pansy Craze in the years between the two World Wars; chronicles the dark years after the depression when gay life was driven deep underground; celebrates the re-emergence of LGBT performers in the post-Stonewall years; and highlights today’s most legendary out-gay pop stars.
The Glass Closet: the Risks and Rewards of Coming Out in Business by John Browne
Part memoir and part social criticism, The Glass Closet addresses the issue of homophobia that still pervades corporations around the world and underscores the immense challenges faced by LGBT employees. Drawing on his own experiences, those of members of the LGBT community around the world, as well as insights from well-known business leaders and celebrities, Browne illustrates why, despite the risks, self-disclosure is best for employees—and for the businesses that support them.
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BEYOND THE LIBRARY: PODCASTS
Gayish is a podcast that breaks down one gay stereotype each week. Mike and Kyle bring humor, honesty, and irreverence to topics like the hanky code, depression, and open relationships.
Past guests have included YouTuber Davey Wavey, gay porn star Calvin Banks, Andrew Gurza, Matt Baume, a gay priest, a trans atheist, and Mike’s wildly supportive and over-sharing mom.
Youth In Control is a weekly radio show where young LGBTQIA+ people can come in and take control of the radio! Whether it’s entertainment, music, social issues or news, all young LGBTQIA+ identifying people are invited to come in, choose the music and have their say about everything, from bisexual representation in the media to coming out to your grandparents, and have some fun while doing it.
Happy Queer Mind is a LGBT self-help podcast hosted by actor and poet, Jess Darnell.
Each week Darnell and guests break down common Queer issues with weekly positive affirmations, exercises, and original poetry to help change negative thought patterns, help break destructive cycles, and open up a space to support, affirm, and empower your spirit.