Pride month is here and we want to celebrate by giving you a reading list with a diverse range of genres featuring LGBTQ themes. From poignant photo collections to grabbing graphic novels, we’ve got you covered this June.
by The New York Times (Abrams)
This book is a powerful visual history of five decades of parades and protests for equality. Educational and visually enriching, complete with photos from The New York Times, this book is the perfect companion for any coffee table.
by Kathryn Gonzales, MBA and Karen Rayne, PHD (Magination Press)
Covering mental health, physical health and reproduction, transitioning, relationships, sex and life as a trans or nonbinary teen, this all-inclusive guide is a must-have. It’s particularly essential for schools, counselors, parents of teens working through their identity and of course teens that are questioning.
Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution is the sequel to the YA novel Fat Angie, winner of the 2014 Stonewall Book Award recognizing exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Abandoned by her girlfriend and feeling vulnerable at home and school due to the death of her sister and bullying, Angie embarks on a healing journey in her sister’s memory. Her road trip with her childhood friend leads her to self-discovery and paints a genuine picture of mental health in struggling teens in the LGBTQ community. This sequel does not disappoint after the propulsive original work.
by Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee (Arsenal Pulp Press)
We reviewed the graphic novel Death Threat and fell in love. According to our reviewer Jeff, “this graphic novel is about performing one’s identity, not performing hate. It’s about performing truth in the pages of a graphic novel, gorgeously illustrated by artist Ness Lee. If Death Threat was inspired by a letter of hate, the final product that Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee have assembled is a love letter to members of the queer community touched by intolerance.” Read the full review…
by Riyadh Khalaf (Frances Lincoln)
YouTuber and presenter Riyadh Khalaf gives his own blend of frank advice to all those who are queer, bi, gay, questioning or just feeling different. Featuring interviews with role models such as James Kavanagh, Clark Moore and Stephen Fry, this book is hilarious, tender and will resonate for many young men exploring their own identities.
by Preston Norton (Hyperion)
In the spirit of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” or, if it’s more familiar, the Amanda Bines movie “She’s the Man,” we have another comical and endearing case of body swapping between a man and a woman, this time due to a solar eclipse. Two teens, Ezra and Wynonna, are in love with individuals who do not yet return their feelings and need help wooing their crushes. With no sign of when their switching predicament will end, they decide to help each other. Ezra wishes he could be the bold version of himself Wynonna creates, but also realizes that he feels more comfortable in Wynona’s body than he has in his own for a long time. Themes of acceptance and gender fluidity abound, this humorous and heartful tale is a refreshing YA spin on the classic.