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Books for LGBTQIA Pride Month

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! We’ve gathered together some great fiction, non-fiction, memoir and biography.

May 20, 2022

Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

To learn more about the history of Pride Month, check out the Library of Congress’s About, Resources, and Audio & Video pages.

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Fiction

Boyfriend material

Boyfriend Material

Alexis Hall

Fabricating a respectable relationship with a man with whom he shares nothing in common when his rock-star father’s comeback leads to unwanted attention, Luc stages publicity-friendly dates that become complicated by all-too-real feelings.

The Bright Lands

The Bright Lands

John Fram

Reluctantly returning to his small hometown when his star football player brother goes missing, a disgraced older sibling reconnects with the local sheriff, who begins to suspect former classmates in her search for her own missing brother.

The charm offensive

The Charm Offensive

Alison Cochrun

Successful producer on the long-running reality dating show Ever After, Dev Deshpande, with his own love life in complete disarray, falls for contestant Charlie Winshaw who has better chemistry with him than any of his female co-stars.

Count your lucky stars

Count Your Lucky Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur

While touring a wedding venue with a friend, Margot Cooper unexpectedly runs into Olivia Grant, her childhood friend, first love, and forever the One that Got Away and the pair try to rekindle their friendship again

Days without end

Days Without End

Sebastian Barry

Entering the U.S. army after fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, 17-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War between the Wyoming plains and Tennessee.

Delilah Green doesn't care

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care

Ashley Herring Blake

Pressured into photographing her estranged step-sister’s wedding, Delilah Green reluctantly returns home to Bright Falls where she finds herself falling for one of the stuck-up bridesmaids after the pair are forced together during party preparations.

Detransition, baby

Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters

A trans woman, her detransitioned ex, and his cisgender lover build an unconventional family together in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy.

Find me

Find Me

André Aciman

The author of the worldwide best-seller Call Me by Your Name revisits that novel’s complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.

The guncle

The Guncle

Steven Rowley

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Hard sell

Hard Sell

Hudson Lin

Danny Ip walks into every boardroom with a plan. His plan for struggling tech company WesTec is to acquire it, shut it down, and squeeze the last remaining revenue out of it for his Jade Harbour Capital portfolio. But he didn’t expect his best friend’s younger brother—the hottest one-night stand he ever had—to be there. Tobin Lok has always thought the world of Danny. He’s funny, warm, attractive—and totally out of Tobin’s league. Now, pitted against Danny at work, Tobin might finally get a chance to prove he’s more than just Wei’s little brother.

Honey girl

Honey Girl

Morgan Rogers

After completing her Ph.D. in astronomy, a young, straightlaced, Type A personality black woman goes on a girls’ weekend to Vegas to celebrate and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t even know.

The house in the cerulean sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea

TJ Klune

Given a curious classified assignment to evaluate the potential risks posed by six supernatural orphans, a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth bonds with an enigmatic caregiver who hides dangerous secrets.

I kissed a girl

I Kissed a Girl

Jennet Alexander

 Lilah Silver is an up-and-coming actress who longs to break out from the B-rate horror flicks she’s known for. When she gets the chance to star in her first leadrole, she’ll need some major help from makeup artist and special effects guru Noa Birnbaum to shine brighter than all the rest. But can the major chemistry brewing over long hours spent together ever hope to survive the bright shine of the spotlight?

I'm so (not) over you

I ‘m So (Not) Over You

Kosoko Jackson

Pretending to still be his ex’s current boyfriend in front of his parents, Kian reluctantly winds up being Hudson’s plus-one at a splashy Georgia wedding and the pair find themselves in need of hashing out their true feelings.

The knockout queen

The Knockout Queen

Rufi Thorpe

In a novel of love, violence and friendship in the California suburbs, privileged teen Bunny Lampert befriends in-the-closet rebel Michael, who lives on the other side of the tracks.

Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.

Love after love

Love After Love

Ingrid Persaud

An award-winning Trinidadian author offers a novel that looks at a complicated marriage, an unconventional family and the shocking secrets that unite them.

Memorial

Memorial

Bryan Washington

Japanese-American chef Mike and Black daycare teacher Benson begin reevaluating their stale relationship after Mike departs for Japan to visit his dying father and Benson is suddenly stuck with his visiting mother-in-law, who becomes an unconventional roommate.

On earth we're briefly gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read reveals the impact of the Vietnam War on their family history and provides a view into parts of the son’s life that his mother has never known.

Plain bad heroines

Plain Bad Heroines

Emily M. Danforth

A highly anticipated adult debut from the award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the release of a best-selling book about an early 20th-century New England boarding school where gender-diverse students died under suspicious circumstances.

The prophets

The Prophets

Robert Jones, Jr

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

The queer principles of Kit Webb

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

Cat Sebastian

Going against his gentlemanly behavior to save himself and a beloved friend, Lord Holland, to reclaim a book that once belonged to his mother, takes lessons in thievery from Kit Webb with whom he falls in love despite the impediments in their path.

Read between the lines

Read Between the Lines

Rachel Lacey

When she discovers that romance author Brie, the woman she’s fallen in love with online, is responsible for terminating her bookstore’s lease, Rosie Taft closes her heart to love until Brie writes her way to a happy ending.

Red, white & royal blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

After an international incident affects U.S. and British relations, the president’s son Alex and Prince Henry must pretend to be best friends, but as they spend time together, the two begin a secret romance that could derail a presidential campaign.

Something to talk about

Something to Talk About

Meryl Wilsner

When her career is threatened by a red-carpet photo that appears to have romantic undertones, a Hollywood showrunner and her female assistant are targeted by paparazzi before realizing their actual feelings for each other.

Speak no evil

Speak No Evil

Uzodinma Iweala

An Ivy League-bound star athlete from a prestigious private school in Washington, D.C., and his best friend, the daughter of prominent government insiders, struggle with brutal responses to the young man’s sexual orientation before finding themselves speeding toward a violent and senseless future.

The sweetness of water

The Sweetness of Water

Nathan Harris

With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances.

Upright women wanted

Upright Women Wanted

Sarah Gailey

A near-future exploration of queer identity, written in the style of a pulp western, finds a woman stowing away to escape her arranged marriage to a man who was once engaged to the late best friend she secretly loved.

Written in the stars

Written in the Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur

A lighthearted holiday romance inspired by Pride and Prejudice depicts the experiences of a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to a fake relationship with a no-nonsense actuary to appease their respective families.

Young Mungo

Young Mungo

Douglas Stuart

In Glasgow, Mungo and James, who should be enemies due to their religious beliefs, fall in love, dreaming of finding somewhere they belong, while Mungo works hard to hide his true self from all those around him to protect them both from the danger their relationship brings.

 

Biography and Memoir

Boy erased

Boy Erased

Garrard Conley

A survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to “cure” homosexuality describes its institutionalized, intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends, and God.

Broken horses

Broken Horses

Brandi Carlile

 Evocative and piercingly honest, Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church’s basic tenetsand a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.

Fairest

Fairest

Meredith Talusan

The award-winning journalist and activist presents a coming-of-age memoir that describes her experiences as a Filipino boy with albinism, a white immigrant Harvard student, a transgender woman and an artist whose work reflects illusions in race, disability and gender.

How we fight for our lives

How We Fight for Our Lives

Saeed Jones

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.

In the dream house

In the Dream House

Carmen Maria Machado

The award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties shares the story of her relationship with an abusive partner and how it was shaped by her religious upbringing, her sexual orientation and inaccurate cultural beliefs about psychological trauma.

Mama's boy

Mama’s Boy
A Story From Our Americas

Dustin Lance Black

The screenwriter and political activist presents a candid, resonant memoir of his experiences as a young gay Mormon in Texas whose polio-disabled mother taught him about surviving against all odds.

Me

Me

Elton John

An official autobiography by the influential music artist, published to coincide with the release of Rocketman, includes coverage of John’s complicated upbringing in a London suburb, his celebrity collaborations, his struggles with addiction and the establishment of his AIDS Foundation.

The natural mother of the child

The Natural Mother of the Child
A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood

Krys Malcolm Belc

Krys Malcolm Belc’s visual memoir-in-essays explores how the experience of gestational parenthood—conceiving, birthing, and breastfeeding his son Samson—eventually clarified his gender identity.

Naturally Tan

Naturally Tan

Tan France

The Queer Eye star and designer recounts his complicated early life as a closeted gay youth from a traditional South Asian family in Yorkshire, sharing insights into his coming of age, emergence as an artist and happy marriage

One life

One Life

Megan Rapinoe

The Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup champion describes her childhood in a conservative California town, her athletic achievements, and her public advocacy of civil rights and urgently needed social change.

Ordinary girls

Ordinary Girls

Jaquira Díaz

A biographical debut by a Pushcart Prize-winning writer traces her upbringing in the housing projects of Puerto Rico, her mother’s battle with schizophrenia, her personal struggles with sexual assault and her efforts to pursue a literary career.

Over the top

Over the Top
A Raw Journey to Self-Love

Jonathan Van Ness

The style-expert star of Queer Eye shares deeply personal stories from his Midwestern childhood, revealing how he channeled his passions and setbacks into the positive energy that shaped his signature brand.

Raising them

Raising Them
Our Adventure in Gender Creative Parenting

Kyl Myers

A sociologist, exploring the science of gender and sex and the adulthood gender inequities that start in childhood, shares the joy of watching her own child develop their own agency to grow happily and healthy toward their own gender and expression.

Sissy

Sissy
A Coming-Of-Gender Story

Jacob Tobia

A gender-diverse cultural influencer on both the Forbes “30 Under 30” and “OUT 100” lists examines how religious, political and educational experiences revealed the need for greater cultural inclusion and anti-discrimination legislation that acknowledges the gender spectrum.

Untamed

Untamed

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.

 

Non-Fiction

Becoming Nicole

Becoming Nicole
The Transformation of an American Family

Amy Ellis Nutt

Presents the story of a politically conservative New England family whose son identified as a girl, Nicole, and how they overcame their confusion and fear to champion transgender rights and allow Nicole to be herself.

Binge

Binge

Tyler Oakley

The prominent LGBTQ YouTube social rights advocate presents a collection of essays that reveal such mishaps as a Cheesecake Factory meltdown, a fashion stand-off with the White House Secret Service, and an embarrassing car crash.

The book of pride

The Book of Pride
LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

Mason Funk

Paying tribute to more than 50 extraordinary and influential leaders who sparked the worldwide LGBTQ-rights movement, this important volume tells stories of dedication and triumph through never-before-published original interviews.

The engagement

The Engagement
America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage

Sasha Issenberg.

This definitive account of the conflict over same-sex marriage in the U.S. follows the coast-to-coast conflict through courtrooms and war rooms, bedrooms and boardrooms, to shed light on every aspect of a political and legal controversy that divided Americans like no other.

From the closet to the courtroom

From the Closet to the Courtroom
Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation

Carlos A. Ball

A timely chronicle of how key legal battles reflect and raise the visibility of sexual minorities and compel society to take seriously their claims to equal citizenship. By revealing the people and stories behind some of the most far-reaching court cases in the history of the LGBT rights struggle, it brings alive the impact of litigation.

Raising LGBTQ allies

Raising LGBTQ Allies
A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages From the Playground

Chris Tompkins

Raising LGBTQ Allies is the first book to focus on the prevention of homophobia, transphobia, and bullying before they begin. It encourages families to have open and authentic conversations in a practical, timely, and inclusive way. It also creates a dialogue with parents around the possibility they may have an LGBTQ child.

Transgender children and youth

Transgender Children and Youth
Cultivating Pride and Joy With Families in Transition

Elijah C. Nealy

A comprehensive guide to the medical,emotional, and social issues of trans kids.