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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.
Ho’onani : Hula Warrior by Heather Gale
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Based on a true story, this book follows Ho’onani as she takes on a traditional boys-only role in a hula performance at school. Ho’onani asserts herself as existing in the middle between genders.
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.
Doodleville by Chad Sell
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An eccentric group of young artists, including a nonbinary and a gender non-conforming character, must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster.
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
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When Bea’s father tells her that he and his boyfriend are getting married, Bea learns that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy. Bea’s family may change, but their love for each other does not.
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
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Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
TEEN QUINDLEN
Preferring to hang out with her best friends rather than pursue relationships, a gay teen finds her perspectives changed by an unexpected secret relationship with a beautiful senior who may or may not also like girls.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper.
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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 Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
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Bonding over a shared love of magic in a disapproving community, three high school friends are unexpectedly tested by confusing crushes and the dangerous activities of an underground group that wishes them harm.
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.
When Brooklyn was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan
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The groundbreaking, never-before-told story of Brooklyn's vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day.
How We Fight For Our Lives : a Memoir by Saeed Jones
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Written from the crossroads of sex, race, and power in America, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir and a haunting reflection of the nation as a whole.
A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor
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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
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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
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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.
Patsy by Nicole Dennis Benn
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Dennis-Benn’s second novel follows the titular Patsy as she leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to reunite with her former lover Cicely in America. The result: a stirring meditation on issues of motherhood, sexuality, and belonging.
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
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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.
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
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Seeking to escape her mom’s suffocating scrutiny, 17-year-old Margot flees in search of answers to her family’s unknown past. The conflagration she stumbles into sets fire to all she thought she knew about her mother and herself.