Happy Pride! Celebrate with these fantastic books, movies, and albums by and about LGBTQA+ individuals. You can download the entire list here.
For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu
Named Juan Chang – “powerful king” – at birth, Peter knows she is really a girl. With the help of her far-flung sisters and the sympathetic souls she finds along the way, Peter inches ever closer to her own life, her own skin, in this darkly funny, emotionally acute, stunningly powerful debut.
Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi
When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment, but they quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
A deliciously disarming debut novel about a twenty-something Londoner who discovers that she may have been looking for love — and pleasure — in all the wrong places (i.e. from men). An unforgettably frank, funny, and racy odyssey through the pitfalls and seductions we encounter on the treacherous-and more often, absurd-path to love and self.
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
A novel] about three women–transgender and cisgender–whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex. This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
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.
The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams
An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent that chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.
Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does. Born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls.
Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick
When a lonely American event planner starts dating the gay Prince of Wales, a royal uproar ensues: is it true love or the ultimate meme? Carter and Price Edgar fight for a happy ending to equal their glorious international beginning. It’s a match made on Valentine’s Day and in tabloid heaven.
Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
After spotting her late wife in news-report backgrounds, Keisha takes a job as a long-haul truck driver and begins searching for Alice. She eventually stumbles on an otherworldly conflict being waged in the quiet corners of our nation’s highway system–uncovering a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
With Teeth by Kristen Arnett
A surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love. Sammie’s life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behavior, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son’s hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess–and the possibility that it will never be clean again.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them.
Memorial by Bryan Washington
Mike is a Japanese American chef and Benson is a Black day care teacher. They’ve been together for a few years, but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. When Mike finds out his father is dying and leave for Japan, both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they’ve ever known.
The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. When an older fellow slave seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel’s love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony.
We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don’t exist? Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along.
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears.
A Year Without a Name by Cyrus Grace Dunham
Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted.
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, Allen introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more.
Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
A literary coming-of-age poetry collection, an ode to the places we call home, and a piercingly intimate deconstruction of daughterhood, Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.
Pet Sounds by Stephanie Young
Working from the sticky interface of property and sex, Stephanie Young takes up the question of passing when narrow definitions of family on offer by the law and capitalist social relations leave out so much. These poems pulse with the pleasures and grief of making a home inside structures that don’t fit.
HULL by Xandria Phillips
In this debut collection by African American poet Xandria Phillips, HULL explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings.
Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through by T. Fleischmann
T Fleischmann uses Felix Gonzáles-Torres’s artworks-piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles-as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality.
Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane
In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences are shaped by a deeply entrenched gender binary. The powerful first-person narratives of this collection show us a world where gender exists along a spectrum, a web, a multidimensional space.
After Elias by Eddy Boudel Tan
When the airplane piloted by Elias Santos crashes one week before their wedding day, Coen Caraway loses the man he loves and the illusion of happiness he has worked so hard to create. The only thing Elias leaves behind is a recording of his final words, and even Coen is baffled by the cryptic message.
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl
For fifty years P. Carl lived as a girl and a queer woman, building a career, a life, and a loving marriage, yet still waiting to realize himself in full. Embarking on his gender transition, he takes us inside the complex shifts and questions that arise throughout.
The Best of Me by David Sedaris
The American humorist, author, and radio contributor shares his most memorable work in a collection of stories and essays that feature him shopping for rare taxidermy, hitchhiking with a quadriplegic, and hand-feeding a carnivorous bird.
Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan
A heartrending immigrant memoir and a uniquely intersectional coming-of-age story of a life lived in duality and the in-between, and how one navigates through race, gender, and the search for love.
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller
A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people, because while many LGBT teens can’t see a positive future for themselves, we can.
Young Adult Fiction
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy–that she should quit trying to be something she’s not.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli
When Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant until a failed Calculus quiz sends his grades into a tailspin that can only be halted by a handsome tutor, but adding a burgeoning romance to his other commitments may push Ariel past his limit.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. When her childhood friend Freddie returns, her feelings for him have her questioning everything.
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she’s intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Hoping to travel to Germany to ask for help enrolling in medical school, Felicity has no money for the trip until a mysterious woman offers to travel with her and pay her way, which ends up entangling Felicity in a perilous quest across Europe.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon–whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of color.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli With prom and graduation around the corner, senior Leah Burke struggles when her group of friends start fighting. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting–especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. When they separate for their first year at college–Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU–they’re sure they’ll be fine. The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected.
All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell
Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Alice’s last girlfriend, Margo, ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual. Now Alice is sure she’s done with dating… and then she meets Takumi. Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated– or understood.
When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches who want roses that grow from Miel’s skin. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
Papa, Daddy, and Riley by Seamus Kirst; illustrated by Devon Holzwarth
When a classmate insists a family must have a mother and a father, Riley fears she will have to choose between Papa and Daddy until her fathers assure her that love makes a family.
Love is Love by Fleur Pierets; illustrated by Fatinha Ramos
Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom are two women in love. There are 195 countries in the world, but they can only get married in 28 of them. So they decide to get married in all 28 countries that allow same-sex marriage.
In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders; illustrated by Steven Salerno
Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.
My Maddy by Gayle E. Pitman; illustrated by Violet Tobacco
A child celebrates her Maddy, who is neither mommy nor daddy but a little bit of both, like so many things in nature.
I am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings; pictures by Shelagh McNicholas
Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.
I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi; illustrated by Dana Simpson
Nobody seems to understand that Hannah is not a girl. But a birthday wish, a new word, and a stroke of courage might be just what Hannah needs to finally show the world who he really is.
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
In this jubilant story that celebrates individuality and self-love, young Julián is ready to dazzle the world after he catches a glimpse of costumed mermaids.
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Carol Thompson
A baby enjoys a number of fun activities with her two mothers. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.
A Church for All by Gayle E. Pitman; pictures by Laure Fournier
Celebrates a diverse community on a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that welcomes all people regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer; illustrations by Holly Clifton-Brown
Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman; illustrated by Chris Case
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman; illustrated by Kristyna Litten
A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story
Be Amazing: A History of Pride by Desmond Is Amazing; pictures by Dylan Glynn
A kid-friendly primer to LGBTQ history that covers everything from the Stonewall Riots to RuPaul’s Drag Race, Be Amazing shows young readers why we should celebrate the fight for LGBTQ rights.
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.
A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Call Me By Your Name
In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
My Own Private Idaho
Mike – a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him – and Scott – the rebellious son of a prominent family and the object of Mike’s desire – embark on a quest from the grungy streets of Portland to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Adele is a high school student who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twenty-something art student. This intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth.
Paris is Burning
This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, it offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion houses, from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty.
Alike is a 17-year-old African-American girl quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity–sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.
The true story of Harvey Milk, activist and the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the United States, who was murdered by a disgruntled colleague.
The Danish Girl
The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, Sin-Dee and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles.
Jared, the son of a Baptist preacher, is forcibly outed by his parents and forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship that’s tested by the authorities.
Bessie Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
When Lee Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack. An adaptation of the memoir, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).