And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
A Church for All by Gayle Pitman
Celebrate 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! Welcome to a church for all!
Heather has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman
When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.
Ho'onani : hula warrior by Heather Gale
An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawaii who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school.
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
I Am Jazz is a first-person account about a transgender girl written by transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.
Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
When Julián notices three women dressed like mermaids on the subway, he dreams of becoming a mermaid himself, but worries what his abuela might think.
Mr. Lion Dresses Up by Britta Teckentrup
How exciting! Mr. Lion has been invited to a party. But, uh-oh, what will he wear? Join Mr. Lion and his friend Monkey in deciding just what outfit suits him best.
My Two Dads by Claudia Harrington
Lenny follows Jasmine for a school project and learns about her life with her two dads.
My Two Moms by Claudia Harrington
Lenny, the class reporter, follows Elsie for a school project and learns about her life with her two moms.
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen
Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
This gentle story about accepting differences has a young simplicity to it and will appeal to fans of fantasy, unicorns, and rainbows.
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else, causing him to question whether there is such thing as perfectly normal.
Stella Brings the Family by Mirimian B. Schiffer
Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.
This Day in June by Gayle Pitman
A picture book illustrating a Pride parade.
Worm Loves Worm by J.J Austrian
Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?
You be you! : the kid's guide to gender, sexuality, and family by Jonathan Branfman
An educational children's book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, romantic orientation, and family diversity easy to explain to children.
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley
Twelve-year-old Fella is swept away on a wild road trip by her older sister, Zany, to fulfill their late mother's dying wish.
George by Alex 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.
Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender
Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.
Totally Joe by James Howe
As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy.
If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
One of of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club in this flat-out addictive bestseller story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Pay close attention and you might solve this mystery murder. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention: the brain; the beauty; the criminal; the athlete; and the outcast, creator of Bayview High's gossip app - who never makes it out of detention alive. He'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Three girls come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight until now.
Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do--tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads him to a room with a dead guy and a mysterious flash drive...two things that spark an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run--from the authorities, his friends, his family, the people who are out to kill him--and especially from his own troubled past.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian-American, she's different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would. As she carefully confides in trusted friends about Saskia's confusing signals, Leila begins to figure out that all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and some are keeping surprising secrets of their own.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.
Beyond Magenta: transgender teens speak out by Susan Kuklin
Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference.
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.
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. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.
A Queer History of the United States for Young People by Michael Bronski ; adapted by Richie Chevat
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Hired to find a mysterious boy who disappeared three years before, Tracker joins a search party that follows the boy's trail through ancient cities and into dense forests, and encounter creatures intent on destroying them.
Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son
A timely love letter from a father to his son describing his experiences as a gay man in America and the progress and setbacks of LGBTQ citizens throughout the past 50 years.
Her Body and Other Parties : stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Contains short stories about the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
Follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 80s and 90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary "Paris is Burning."
Bryan Washington's brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, raw power, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
Lakshmi and Krishna are married but both are secretly gay. They present their conservative Sri Lankan-American families with a heterosexual front, while each dates on the side.
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Nicole Dennis-Benn introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine for our times: the eponymous Patsy, who leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to follow Cicely, her oldest friend, to New York. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession and peppered with lilting patois, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to love whomever she chooses, bravely putting herself first.
Real Life: A Novel by Brandon Taylor
A vital perspective on what it is to be Black and queer in the Midwest. When Real Life’s PhD-candidate protagonist Wallace has an unexpected encounter with a classmate over the course of a fraught weekend, the reverberations threaten to unravel the fabric of their small university town.
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
An athlete from a private school in Washington, D.C., and his friend, the daughter of government insiders, struggle with the responses to the young man's sexual orientation before finding themselves speeding toward a violent future.
Black. Queer. Southern. Women. by E. Patrick Johnson
Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities--all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, E. Patrick Johnson's work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region's thriving black lesbian communities.
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
The author's account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. 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.
Looking for Lorraine : the radiant and radical life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry
Lorraine Hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, and she had an unflinching commitment to social justice, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation’s first lesbian organizations.
The Stonewall Reader by The New York Public Library
For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White. June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.
GLAAD LGBTQ Resource List
GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. They have a list of resources ranging from legal support to youth and elder resources.
Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network
GSA clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.
Inclusive Language Guide
From Northwestern University. A resource on inclusive language, why it matters, as well as scenarios that provide "Instead of this, Try this" examples.
Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. They provide confidential peer support and education in communities.
Rainbow Cafe provides a safe and welcoming environment for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender expansive, queer, intersex, asexual, or questioning their orientation and/or gender identity, and their friends, by creating a space in which they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, spiritual, and health resources.
Trevor Support Center
Trevor Support Center is a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more! Remember, if you need immediate support or help, Trevor’s counselors are just a phone call, chat, or text away. You are not alone.