LGBT Banned Books
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Henry Cole
- Angels In America by Tony Kushner
- Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence by edited by Marion Dane Bauer
- I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
- This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Revolutionary Voices by Amy Sonnie
- My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
- Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
- It's Perfectly normal: changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health by Robie H. Harris
- King & King by Linda deHaan
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Alice Series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Baby Be Bop by Francesca Lia Block
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
- Coming Out in College: The Struggle for a Queer Identity by Robert A. Rhoades
- Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
- The Education of Harriet Hatfield by May Sarton
- Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D'Emilio
- Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez
- Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
- My Father's Scar by Michael Cart
- When Someone You Know is Gay by Susan Cohen
- The miseducation of cameron post by emily m. danforth
- my brother has aids by deborah davis
- Annie on my mind by nancy garden
- the bermudez triangle by maureen johnson
- dance on my grave by aidan chambers
- the education of harriet hatfield by may sarton
- eight seconds by jean ferris
- family values by phyllis burke
- GLBTQ: The survival guide for queer and questioning teens by
- growing up gay in america by jason r. rich
- hey dollface by deborah hautzig
- homosexuality: what does it mean? by julie endersbe
- king and king by linda de haan
- maurice by e.m. forster
- stonewall: the riots that sparked the gay revolution by david carter
- Sex is a funny word by cory silverberg
LGBT Immigrant Stories
- Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie
- For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu
- Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman
- A CUp of water under my bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez
- the prince of los cocuyos: A miami childhood by Richard Blanco
- marriage of a thousand lies by SJ Sindu
- No one can pronounce my name by rakesh satyal
- No other world: a novel by rahul mehta
- when i grow up i want to be a list of further possibilities by chen chen
- what the mouth wants: a memoir of food, love, belonging by Monica Meneghetti
- queer migration politics by Karma Chavez
- the path's of marriage by Mala Kumar
- cuentamelo! by editor: Juliana Delgado Lopero
- an untamed state by roxane gay
- It's not like its a secret by misa sugiura
- To be Brown and Gay in L.A. by Anthony Ocampo
- Stories of Gay and Lesbian Immigration by John Hart, Ph.D.
- bay of foxes by Sheila Kohler
- madre and i: a memoir of our immigrant lives by Guillermo Reyes
- we came all the way from cuba so you could dress like this? by achy obejas
- middlesex by jeffrey eugenides
- the tower of antilles by achy obejas
- memory mambo by achy obejas
- zami: a new spelling of my name by audre lorde
- speak no evil by Uzodinma Iweala
- pathways of desire by hector carillo
- liberace : an american boy by dardon pyron
- tacit subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men by Carlos Ulises Decena
- cenzontle by marcelo castillo
- global divas: filipino gay men in the dispora by Martin F. Manalansan IV
- the sexuality of migration: border crossings and mexican immigrant men by Lionel Cantú, Nancy A. Naples, Salvador. Vidal-Ortiz
- Western queers in china by D.E. Mungello
- queering migratiosn towards, from and beyond asia by hugo quero
- queer migrations: sexuality, u.s. citizenship and border crossing by Eithne Luibheid
- queer muslims in europe by Wim peumans
- the same language by ben duncan
- For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology/Para las duras: Una fenomenología lesbiana by tatiana de la tierra
- borderlands/la frontera: The New mestiza by gloria anzaldua
- snapshots of a girl by beldan sezen
- real queer? sexual orientation and gender identity refugees in the Canadian refugee apparatus by david a.b. murray
- The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine
LGBT Spanish-Language Books
- Cuentamelo! : Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants / Testimonios de Inmigrantes Latinos LGBT by Juliana Delgado Lopera
- Historia de la literatura gay en Argentina: Representaciones sociales de la homosexualidad masculina en la ficción literaria ( by Adrián Melo
- Antonio's Card/ La tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto González
- Los otros cuerpos : antología de temática gay, leésbica y queer desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora by Luis Negrón (co-editor)
- Mundo Cruel by Luis Negrón
- La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono
- La mucama de Omicunlé by Rita Indiana
- Esta Puente, Mi Espalda: Voces de Mujeres Tercermundistas En Los Estados Unidos by Cherríe L. Moraga,
- For the Hard ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology/ Para las duras: Una fenomenología lesbiana by Tatiana De La Tierra
- Compañeras: Latina Lesbians (An Anthology) by Juanita Ramos
- In vía, en patria by Mabel Cuesta
- Queer. La guía LGBT para adolescentes by Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke
- La obra de Ana María Fagundo: Una poética femenino-feminista (Espiral hispano americana) (Spanish Edition) by Silvia Rolle
- They Call Me Mix/Me Llaman Maestre by Laurdes Rivas; illustrated by Breena Nuñez
- Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting―working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating―no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done. But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!). When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated―or understood.
- Thaw by Elyse Springer
"Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she's invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she's ever met. Abby's sure she'll never see her again, but then Gabrielle calls and asks her on a date. And soon after, another. Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque has a reputation as the Ice Queen--cold and untouchable--except she warms up whenever she's with Abby. Only Abby isn't interested in the heat between them; she's asexual, and she's worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance. They're two different women from two very different worlds, but Abby knows she can love Gabrielle. Her passion for books, travel, and theater prove there's more to the Ice Queen than meets the eye. But they'll have to overcome Abby's fears--and Gabrielle's own threatening secrets--in order to find their way to love"--Back cover.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanen McGuire
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. No Solicitations. No Visitors. No Quests. Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost.
- ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES: 47 ASEXUAL STORIES: LOVE, LIFE and SEX, ACElebration of ASEXUAL DIVERSITY by Sandra Bellamy
"In broad terms asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction, but what does this actually mean for those who identify with this sexual orientation? And what do asexuals really think of love, life and sex? Right now, there are a number of myths about asexuality and stereotypes, even within the asexual community, and these need to be addressed and broken through! In this book I reveal my own asexual perspective and personal story about love, life and sex, as well as perspectives from 46 asexuals around the globe and across the asexual spectrum; dispelling myths and breaking stereotypes; sharing their own personal journey to help you in yours and with a surprising over-riding message!"--Page 4 of cover.
- City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
"A hundred and thirty years have passed since Arathiel last set foot in his home city. Isandor hasn't changed--bickering merchant families still vie for power through eccentric shows of wealth--but he has. His family is long dead, a magical trap has dulled his senses, and he returns seeking a sense of belonging now long lost. Arathiel hides in the Lower City, piecing together a new life among in a shelter dedicated to the homeless and the poor, befriending an uncommon trio: the Shelter's rageful owner, Larryn, his dark elven friend Hasryan, and Cal the cheese-loving halfling. When Hasryan is accused of Isandor's most infamous assassination of the last decade, what little peace Arathiel has managed to find for himself is shattered. Hasryan is innocent… he thinks. In order to save him, Arathiel may have to shatter the shreds of home he'd managed to build for himself."
- Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari
"Iamos, S.C.D. 8378. Nadin's planet is dying. As its atmosphere drains away, her people are forced to live huddled in domed cities for protection. With only enough resources to support the population for one more year, time is running out. Nadin thinks she's found a way to save Iamos, but it will mean defying the planet's rulers, the geroi--and betraying the geroi could cost her everything. When a strange boy from another world appears out of nowhere outside the citidome's glass walls, Nadin knows for sure that her plan will work. But to build the device that can save her people, Nadin must first find the legendary city of Elytherios. And to do that, she'll need the help of the mysterious alien boy named Isaak. Mars, 2073 C.E. All Isaak wanted was to get through his senior year at the Academy in one piece. Everything would have been fine if he hadn't found that ancient coin among his missing father's possessions. The coin seems to have a strange connection not only to Isaak's family, but to Mars' ancient past. But how is that possible, on a planet that was supposed to be dead until just forty years ago? Now Isaak's got agents of the Earth's government on his tail and a deranged factory worker stalking his every move. Everyone is desperate to get their hands on something called the Key. And the only way to escape is to unlock an even bigger secret, one that could change his life--and the fate of Mars--forever."
- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After a shout-out from one of the Internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha "Tash" Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust in the limelight: She's gone viral. Her show is a modern adaption of Anna Karenina--written by Tash's literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich "Leo" Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the 40,000 new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr gifs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash's cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL--if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she's romantic asexual. Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?
- Understanding Asexuality by Anthony F. Bogaert
In a world where people often feel compelled to advertise their sexual inclinations and preferences, many people identify as asexual, lacking sexual attraction to either men or women. This book introduces the idea of asexuality as a fourth category of sexual orientation and reveals the historical, biological, and social aspects of asexuality
- ACE & Proud: an asexual anthology by A.K. Andrews
An anthology of true stories about asexuality, written by asexual writers from around the world.
- What You See by Creative Aces
What You See is the first art book of its kind and features 38 full color pages brought to you by artists of the asexual community. The collection is all about pride, big and small, heartfelt and sometimes down right adorable.
- The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julia Sondra Decker
In The Invisible Orientation, Julie Sondra Decker outlines what asexuality is, counters misconceptions, provides resources, and puts asexual people's experiences in context as they move through a sexualized world. It includes information for asexual people to help understand their orientation and what it means for their relationships, as well as tips and facts for those who want to understand their asexual friends and loved ones.
- Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology by Mark Carrigan (Editor), Kristina Gupta (Editor), Todd G. Morrison (Editor)
The last decade has seen the emergence of an increasingly high profile and politically active asexual community, united around a common identity as 'people who do not experience sexual attraction'. This unique volume collects a diverse range of interdisciplinary empirical and theoretical work which addresses this emergence, raising important and timely questions about asexuality and its broader implications for sexual culture. One of the most pressing and contentious issues within academic and public debates about asexuality is what relationship, if any, it has to sexual dysfunction. As well as collecting cutting edge scholarship in the emerging field of asexuality studies, rendering it indispensable to any sexualities course across the range of disciplines, this anthology also addresses this urgent debate, offering a variety of perspectives on how and why some have pathologised asexuality. This includes a range of chapters addressing the broader issues of sexual normativity within which these contemporary debates about asexuality are taking place.
- Sex or Ice cream?: Secrets of an Asexual; Asexuality in a Sexed Up World—A Thought-Provoking and Comically Quirky Memoir by Ana Navarro
Meet Ana, the asexual parodist with no filter. Her life has one crucial difference, which changes everything; she has no sexual attraction and no sexual urges “You’re more like a disembodied mind/feelings.” As one of her friends once expressed. So how’s life of an asexual in a sexed up world? Quite bizarre, actually! From adamant bloggers claiming she was the antichrist, to her brother raising his eyebrows out of his head, to other hilarious and misconstrued theories and interactions, read up as Ana is exposing the juicy, often quirky, tell-it-how-it-is, short and never before written memoir Sex or Icecream?
- All That We Are: Asexuality, and the misconceptions surrounding it (Living Diversity Book 2) by Natasja Rose
In this book, we will discuss the spectrum of Asexuality, as viewed by the people who live it. This is a collection of anecdotes, ranging from discovering your sexuality, to common misconceptions and prejudice, and basic definitions of the different terms
- M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder
A fantastic adventure following the story of Abbie, a deaf girl with a mysterious power, who is traveling across a vast desert to scatter her mother’s ashes. In a world of sleeping gods, a broken government, and a fragile peace held in the hands of the corrupt, one youth must find the strength to stand up against evil and save humanity. This story is not about that youth. It’s about Abbie, who just wants to get to the mountain range called the Potter’s Spine, scatter her mother’s ashes, and then live out her life in sweet, blissful solitude. Unfortunately, everyone she meets wants to whine at her about their woes, tag along on her quest, arrest her for no reason, or blow her to bits. Journeys are hard on the social recluses of the world.
- Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire. The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die - directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that's keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation ... and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities. Regan, stealth and reconnaissance expert with a lizard's scales and snake's eyes, is haunted by ten years of anxiety, trauma and terror, and he's finally reached his limit. His ability to disappear into thin air isn't enough: he needs an escape, and he'll do anything for a chance. Unluckily for him, Hans, a ghostly boy with a chilling smile, knows just the thing to get one. It starts with a little murder. But instead of ending a man's life, Regan starts a new one of his own. He turns away from that twisted path, and encounters Evelyn, fearless force on stage and sonic-superheroic revolutionary on the streets. Now Regan has a choice - and a chance to not only escape from Parole, but unravel the mystery deep in its burning heart. And most of all, discover the truth about their own entwining pasts. Parole's a rough place to live. But they're not dead yet. If they can survive the imminent cataclysmic disaster, they might just stay that way
- Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
For Nari, aka Narioka Diane, aka hacker digital alter ego "d0l0s," it's college and then a career at "one of the big ones," like Google or Apple. Keagan, her sweet, sensitive boyfriend, is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic hopes. And Bellamy? Physics genius Bellamy is admitted to MIT--but the student loan she'd been counting on is denied when it turns out her estranged father--one Robert Foster--is loaded. Nari isn't about to let her friend's dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so she hatches a plan to steal just enough from Foster to allow Bellamy to achieve her goals. Fast-paced and banter-filled, Lillian Clark's debut is a hilarious and thought-provoking Robin Hood story for the 21st century.
- Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
A chance encounter tangles the lives of seven high school students, each resisting the allure of one of the seven deadly sins, and each telling their story from their seven distinct points of view.
- Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie
Aisha Un-Haad, seventeen, and Key Tanaka, eighteen, have risked everything for new lives as mechanically enhanced soldiers, and when an insurrection forces dark secrets to surface, the fate of humanity is in their hands.
- Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.
- Switchback by Danika Stone
- Good Angel by A.M. Bauslid
- We Go Forward by Alison Evans
- The Faerie Godmother's Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle
- Seafoam and Silence by Lynn O'Connacht
- A Promise Broken by Lynn O'Connacht
- Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This project was generously funded by a Carnegie-Whitney Grant, which is administered by the American Library Association’s Publishing Committee. For more information about the grant, please visit their website.
Contributors: Natalie Dwigans
Special thanks to:
Erin Ianniachionne, Librarian Founder and Advisor
Smote, Library Volunteer