Celebrate Pride Month with these LGBTQ+ Reads

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a time to commemorate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals.

To celebrate, check out this non-exhaustive list of titles from our collection!

Young Adult Reads

The No Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall

This coming-of-age debut novel from local author Christen Randall follows high school senior Hollis, who joins an all-girl fantasy roleplaying group. In the process, she finds confidence, friendship and maybe even some romance. This queer romance is endearing and cute. 

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Studious Frances has one goal: attending an elite university. But when she meets the mind behind her favorite underground podcast, the friendship changes everything. Radio Silence explores Frances’ asexuality, mental health and platonic friendship all while unraveling deep secrets. Alice Oseman also wrote and illustrated the Heartstopper series and Loveless, among other titles. 

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel comes from a traditional Latinx family, who have difficulty accepting him as a trans boy. When he sets off to prove himself as a real brujo, he summons a ghost—Julian, the school’s resident bad boy—who refuses to leave before he sees through unfinished business.

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Nonfiction Reads

What’s the T? by Juno Dawson

Read Stonewall ambassador Juno Dawson’s What’s the T? for a guide to all-things trans or nonbinary, including labels, identities, advice on coming out and more. This book is billed as being for anyone with questions, parents of trans/non-binary kids and educators. 

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Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Add Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir to your reading list! Available on OverDrive, it follows the author becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. It paints a portrait of her mom: a woman who loved reading, music and acting but was also unhappily married to a closeted gay man. It explores both her past and present relationship with her mother. Bechdel’s other work also explores her life as an open lesbian. 

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How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

In this coming-of-age memoir, award-winning poet Saeed Jones weaves the story of his life in the American South as a young, Black, gay man and how he fights to create space for himself in all facets of life. 

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Adult Fiction

This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone

This sci-fi novel follows star-crossed time-traveling rival agents both fighting to secure the future their respective warring faction wants. But their correspondence grows into something more… romantic, the discovery of which could spell the demise of both of them. 

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The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels

Set in Appalachia during the AIDS crisis, Carter Sickels’ novel follows Brian, a gay man who returns from New York City to his small Appalachian town in Ohio after his lover and best friend dies of AIDS. Also sick, Brian creates a video diary of his final summer. Readers also glean perspective from his mother and 14-year-old sister. 

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Greta & Valdin by Rebecca Reilly

Rebecca Reilly’s Greta & Valdin is described as being perfect for fans of Normal People and Schitt’s Creek. The international bestseller follows siblings, the title’s namesake, as they navigate queerness, young adulthood and their Maori-Russian-Catalonian family. 

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