Who Are You? : the Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
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This brightly illustrated children's book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 3+. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression and our identity.
The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish by Lil Miss Hot Mess
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Playing off “The Wheels on the Bus,” this nursery rhyme book from a founder of Drag Queen Story Hour is a freewheeling celebration of being your most fabulous self. For our close-up on drag queen stories for young readers.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper.
When his volatile father is picked to become an astronaut for NASA's mission to Mars, seventeen-year-old Cal, an aspiring journalist, reluctantly moves from Brooklyn to Houston, Texas, and looks for a story to report, finding an ally (and crush) in Leon, the son of another astronaut.
The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance by Lynn Curlee
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Traces the story of the genius dancer and cultural icon of the Ballets Russes, whose openly gay relationship challenged Edwardian conventions before mental illness ended his career and overshadowed the final decades of his life.
A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities by Mady G and J. R. Zuckerberg
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Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!
Real Queer America : LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
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In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she 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.
A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor
As the plaintiff in United States v. Windsor—the Supreme Court case which resulted in the federal recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S.—Edie Windsor landed a major victory for the entire LGBTQ+ community. Now, two years after her passing in 2017, Windsor has one final gift for us. A Wild and Precious Life, a posthumous memoir named for a line of Mary Oliver’s poetry, takes readers through a tour of her life as a lesbian in 20th-century America and is a must-read for any young queers who want to know where our community came from.
Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan
Talusan is one of the most stellar essayists writing today, and one of the very best at examining the many different meanings of transition. In her debut memoir, the artist-activist charts her family's immigration from the Philippines and how she later, as a student at Harvard, came to break the bounds of the gender binary.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
An activist, speaker and philanthropist offers a memoir wrapped in a wake-up call that reveals how women can reclaim their true, untamed selves by breaking free of the restrictive expectations and cultural conditioning that leaves them feeling dissatisfied and lost.
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
This poignant love story unfolds against the backdrop of Communist Poland as the regime is about to come to its ignominious end in the 1980s. Amid the deprivations and duplicity of the era, two college students—Ludwik and Janusz—fall in love after meeting at a summer camp.