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LGBT Books to Read

Books are coming out every day, so check back every once in a while.  We'll try to keep this current! And let us know if you come across a book we should add!

Non-fiction books for LGBT teens and young adults:

  • Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence edited by Marion Dane BauerGLBTQ
  • Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth And Their Allies by Ellen Bass (designed to make everyone feel empowered about his or her or another's sexuality and achieve understanding and tolerance.
  • GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel
  • The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk About Sex by St. Stephens Community House
  • The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality by St. Stephens Community House
  • Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Scarecrow Press
  • Full Spectrum : A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities by David Levithan (Edt)

LGBT fiction for teens and young adults:

  • 21 Proms by David LevithanRainbow Boys
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden*
  • Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
  • Beyond the Wind by Rob N. Hood
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan*
  • Deliver Us from Evie by M. E. Kerr
  • Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
  • Empress of the World by Sara Ryan*
  • Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters
  • Freak Show by James St. James
  • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
  • Getting It by Alex Sanchez/ Michael Frost
  • Girl from Mars by Tamara Bach / Shelley Tanaka
  • God Box by Alex Sanchez
  • Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger**
  • Hero by Perry Moore
  • Is He or Isn't He? by John Hall/John Scognamiglio
  • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters*
  • The Misfits by James Howe**
  • My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr**
  • My Tiki Girl by Jennifer McMahon
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky**Annie on my Mind
  • Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez*
  • Rainbow Highb y Alex Sanchez
  • Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez
  • Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
  • Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan
  • So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
  • Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
  • Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
  • This Is Push: An Anthology of New Writing by David Levithan (Edt)
  • Totally Joe by James Howe
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
  • Where We Are, What We See by David Levithan (Edt)
  • Wide Awake by David Levithan
  • The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden

For more information on books with brief synopsis, click here.

Children's Books about LGBT Families:

  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • Uncle What-Is-It is Coming to Visit by Michael Willhoite
  • Love Makes a Family by Peggy Gillespie
  • Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea' Newman
  • Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea' Newman & Carol Thompson
  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah Brannen
  • Antonio's Card/LaTarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto Gonzalez
  • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman & Carol Thompson

Children's Books Addressing Gender Stereotypes:

  • Be Who You Are! by Jennifer Carr
  • 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
  • William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Free To Be Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends
  • Oliver Button Is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
  • My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodaris
  • The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein

Non-Fiction LGBT Books:

  • Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas (detailed work covers more than a hundred years of LGBTQ history)
  • Is it a Choice? Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People by Eric Marcus
  • Something To Tell You: The Road Families Travel When a Child is Gay by Gilbert HerdtBi Any Other Name
  • What if Someone I Know is Gay: Answers to Questions About What It Means to be Gay and Lesbian by Eric Marcus
  • A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society by Bruce Bawer
  • A Journey to Moriah (a remarkable story of the mother of a gay son and her journey of loving him) by Gary Pool
  • Coming Out As Parents: You and Your Homosexual Child by David K Switzer
  • 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality: The Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors-Or Yourself. By Merdith Maran
  • Loving Someone Gay by Don Clark
  • Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences by Carolyn Griffin, Marian Wirth
  • Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Bob Bernstein
  • The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis For Straight Spouses by Amity Buxton
  • Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins (editor) and Lani Kaahumanu

Books on the topic of Sexuality and Religion: 

  • Children are Free: Re-examining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships by Jeff Miner (excellent The Children are Freefor answering questions about the Bible...highly recommended)
  • Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches by Walter Wink
  • Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth by Wayne Besen
  • Is the Homosexual My Neighbor: A Positive Christian Response by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
  • What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage by David G. Myers and Letha Dawson Scanzoni
  • Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church by Jack Rogers
  • The New Testament and Homosexuality by Robin Scroggs
  • A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics by William Stacy Johnson
  • What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak
  • Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians & Gays in Black Churches by Horace L. Griffin
  • A Whosoever Church: Welcoming Lesbians and Gay Men into African American Congregations by Gary David Comstock
  • Talking about Homosexuality, a Congregational Resource by Karen P. Oliveto
  • Exile or Embrace? Congregations Discerning Their Response to Lesbian and Gay Christians by Mahan Siler
  • Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America by Mel White
  • Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love & Equality by John Shelby Spong