Books for Young Children

-introducing or discussing LBGT issues and same-sex parenting

10,000 Dresses

Author: Markus Ewert; Illustrator: Rex Ray.  2008. Seven Stories Press. 32 pp.

A Tale of Two Daddies

Author: Vanita Oelschlager; Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood. 2010. Vanita Books. 40 pp.

A Tale of Two Mommies

Author: Vanita Oelschlager; Illustrator: Mike Blanc.  2011. Vanita Books. 40 pp.

ABC: A Family Alphabet Book

Author: Bobbie Combs; Illustrators: Desiree & Brian Rappa. 2012. Two Lives Publishing.  34 pp.

And Tango Makes Three

Author: Justin Richardson; Illustrator: Peter Parnell.  2005. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pp.

Asha’s Mums

Authors: Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse; Illustrator: Dawn Lee. 1990. Women’s Press Literary. 24 pp.

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Daddy, Papa, and Me

Author: Leslea Newman; Illustrator: Carol Thompson.  2009. Tricycle Press. 20 pp.

Donovan’s Big Day

Author: Leslea Newman; Illustrator: Mike Dutton.  2011. Tricycle Press.  32 pp.

Mom and Mum are Getting Married!

Author: Ken Setterington; Illustrator: Alice Priestley. 2004. Second Story Press. 24 pp.

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Author: Leslea Newman; Illustrator: Carol Thompson.  2009. Tricycle Press. 20 pp.

My Princess Boy

Author: Cheryl Kilodavis; Illustrator: Suzanne DeSimone.  2010. Aladdin. 36 pp.

The Different Dragon

Author: Jennifer Bryan; Illustrator: Danamarie Hosler. 2011.  Two Lives Publishing. 34 pp.

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The Family Book

Author: Todd Parr.  2010. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 32 pp.

This is My Family: A First Look at Same-Sex Parents

Authors: Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker. 2012.  Barron’s Educational Series.  32 pp.

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

Author: Sarah S. Brannen. 2008. Putnam Juvenile. 32 pp.

Books for Questioning Teens

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws [All Genders]

Author: Kate Bornstein. 2006. Seven Stories Press. 231 pp.

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

Editors: Dan Savage, Terry Miller. 2012 (reprinted). Plume. 352 pp.


Author: Julie Anne Peters, 2006. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 248 pp

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My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely

Author: Kate Bornstein. 1997. Routledge. 304 pp.

My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity.

Author: Kate Bornstein. 2013 (2nd ed.). Routledge. 312 pp.

The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens, 2nd ed.

Author: Kelly Huegel. 2011. Free Spirit Publishing.  228 pp.

The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens

Authors: Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke. 2011. Zest Books. San Francisco, CA. 206 pp.

Wandering Son: Volume One [Trans]

Author: Shimura Takako. 2011. Fantagraphics Books. 192 pp.

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Books for Parents of LGBTQ Children

Always My Child – A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter

Author: Kevin Jennings. 2003.  Touchstone.  NY.  336 pp.

Beyond Acceptance – Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences, updated ed.

Authors: C.A. Griffin, M.J. Wirth, and A.G. Wirth. 1997. St. Martin’s Griffin. NY. 256 pp.

Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together, revised ed.

Author: R.A. Bernstein. 2003. Da Capo Press. 208 pp.

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals

Authors: Stephanie A. Brill, Rachel Pepper. 2008. Cleis Press. 200 pp.

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Books on LGBT Literature and Cinema

The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies

Author: Vito Russo. 1987, 2nd ed. It Books. 384 pp.

Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon

Author: Alexander Doty.  2000. Psychology Press.

New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader

Author: Michele Aaron. 2004. Rutgers University Press. 204 pp.

New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut

Author: B. Ruby Rich.  2013.  Duke University Press. 322 pp.

Queer Cinema: The Film Reader

Authors: Harry M. Benshoff, Sean Griffin.  2004. 242 pp.

The Romance of Transgression in Canada. Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas

Author: Thomas Vaugh. 2006. 624 pages. McGill-Queen’s Press.

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Novels on LGBTQ Topics or with LGBTQ Characters

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes [Gay]

Author: Tony Kushner. 2003. Theatre Communications Group. 304 pp.

Annabel [Intersex]

Author: Kathleen Winter. 2013. House of Anansi Press. 480 pp.

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl [Medical Sex-Reassignment]

Author: John Colapinto. 2006. Harper Perennial. 336 pp.

Barrel Fever: Stories & Essays [Gay]

Author: David Sedaris. 1995. Back Bay Books. 208 pp.

Becoming a Visible Man [Trans]

Author: Jamison Green. 2004. Vanderbilt Univ. Press. 231 pp.

Becoming Gay – The Journey to Self-Acceptance[Gay]

Author: Richard A. Isay.  2009. Vintage.  208 pp.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s [Gay]

Author: Truman Capote. 1993. Vintage, reprint. 160 pp.

Breakfast on Pluto [Trans]

Author: Patrick McCabe. 1999. Harper Perennial. 224 pp.

Cereus Blooms at Night [Gay]

Author: Shani Mootoo.  2009. Grove Press. 249 pp.

The Colour Purple [Lesbian]

Author: Alice Walker. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 300 pp.

Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite [Intersex]

Author: Lianne Simon. 2012. Faie Miss Press. 244 pp.

Conundrum [Trans]

Author: Jan Morris. 1974, reprinted in 2006. NYRB Classics. 176 pp.

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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity [Gay]

Author: Jose Munoz. 2009. New York Univ. Press. 223 pp.

Death in Venice: And Seven Other Stories [Gay]

Author: Thomas Mann. 1989. Vintage. 416 pp.

Drag King Dreams [Cross-Dressing]

Author: Leslie Feinberg. 2006. Seal Press. 314 pp.

Epistemology of the Closet [Gay]

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.  2008 (updated version). Univ. California Press. 280 pp.

The Extra Man [Cross-Dressing]

Author: Jonathan Ames.  2010. Scribner. 384 pp.

Female Masculinity [Lesbian]

Author: J. Jack Halberstam. 1998. Duke Univ. Press. 329 pp.

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Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities [Lesbian]

Author: Del LaGrace Volcano. 2009. Serpent’s Tail. 192 pp.

The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth Century Medical Revolution [Trans]

Author: Pagan Kennedy. 2007. Bloomsbury USA. 224 pp.

Freak Show [Gay/Cross-Dressing/Teens]

Author: James St. James. 2007. Dutton Juvenile. 304 pp.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe [Lesbian]

Author: Fannie Flagg. 2000. Ballantine Books. 416 pp.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us [Trans]

Authors: Kate Bornstein. 1995. Vintage. 272 pp.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation [Trans]

Authors: Kate Bornstein, S.Bear Bergman. 2010. Seal Press. 304 pp.

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Giovanni’s Room [Gay]

Author: James Baldwin.  2010. Penguin Books.

Golden Boy [Intersex]

Author: Abigail Tarttelin.  2013. Atria Books. 352 pp.

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws [All Genders]

Author: Kate Bornstein. 2006. Seven Stories Press. 231 pp.

In Search of Lost Time [Gay]

Author: Marcel Proust.  2003. Modern Library.

Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) [Intersex]

Author: Thea Hillman. 2008. Manic D. Press. 160 pp.

Just Kids [Gay]

Author: Patti Smith. 2010. Ecco, reprint. 224 pp.

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Kiss of the Spider Woman [Gay]

Author: Manuel Puig. 1978, reissued 1991. Vintage, A Division of Random House. NY. 288 pp.

Labour of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy [Trans]

Author: Thomas Beatie. 2009. Seal Press. 336 pp.

Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World[Living as a Man]

Author: Catalina de Erauso, Michele Stepto, Gabri Stepto. 1997 (first published 1829). 128 pp.

Maurice [Gay]

Author: E.M. Forster. 2005. Penguin Classic. 256 pp.

Maybe Baby [Gender-Neutral]

Author: Tenaya Darlington. 2004. Back Bay Books. 256 pp.

Middlesex [Intersex]

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides. 2002.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [Gay]

Author: John Berendt. 1999.  Vintage. 400 pp.

Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America [Drag Queens]

Author: Esther Newton. 1979. Univ. of Chicago Press. 158 pp.

Myra Breckinridge and Myron [Trans]

Author: Gore Vidal. 1986. Random House. 417 pp.

Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender [Trans]

Author: Nick Krieger. 2011. Beacon Press. 216 pp.

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity [All Genders]

Editor: Matt Bernstein Sycamore. 2006. Seal Press. 360 pp.

On the Road [Bisexual]

Author: Jack Kerouac.

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The Parks of Being a Wallflower [Gay]

Author: Stephen Chbosky. 1999. MTV Books. 224 pp.

Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme [Lesbian]

Editors: Ivan E. Coyote, Zena Sharman.2011. Arsenal Pulp Press. 312 pp.

The Picture of Dorian Gray [Gay]

Author: Oscar Wilde. 1993. Dover Publications. 176 pp.

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality [All Genders]

Editors: Carol Queen, Lawrence Schimel. 1997. Cleis Press. 180 pp.

Prayers for Bobby [Gay/Suicide]

Author: LeRoy Aarons.  1996. Harperone. 288 pp.

Refuse [Trans]

Author: Elliott DeLine.  2011.  Creatspace. 348 pp.

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Rubyfruit Jungle [Lesbian]

Author: Rita Mae Brown. 1983. Bantam. 256 pp.

The Rules of Attraction [Gay/Bisexual]

Author: Bret Easton Ellis. 1998. Vintage, Reprint. 288 pp.

Running with Scissors: A Memoir [Gay]

Author: Augusten Burroughs. 2003. Picador. 320 pp.

Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Journey Into Manhood and Back Again [Trans]

Author: Norah Vincent. 2006. Penguin. 304 pp.

A Separate Peace [Gay]

Author: John Knowles. 2003. Scribner. 208 pp.

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality[All Genders]

Author: Anne Fausto-Sterling. 2000. Basic Books. 496 pp.

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S/He [Lesbian]

Author: Minnie Bruce Pratt. 2005. Alyson Books. 192 pp.

She’s My Dad [Trans]

Author: Iolanthe Woulff. 2009. Outskirts Press. 469 pp.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders [Trans]

Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan, 2004. Broadway Books. 320 pp.

A Single Man [Gay]

Author: Christopher Isherwood. 2001. Univ. of Minnesota Press. 192 pp.

Stone Butch Blues [Lesbian/Trans]

Author: Leslie Feinberg. 2003. Alyson Books. 308 pp.

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse [Living as a Man]

Author: Louise Erdrich. 2009. Harper Perennial. 400 pp.

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The Last Time I Wore a Dress [Trans]

Author: Daphne Scholinski, Jane Meredith Adams. 2002. Riverhead Trade. 224 pp.

The Mysterious Private Thompson [Living as a Man]

Author: Laure Gansler. 2005. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing. 272 pp.

The Third Sex: Kathoey: Thailand’s Ladyboys [Trans]

Author: Richard Totman. 2004. Souvenir Press. 196 pp.

Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue [Trans]

Author: Leslie Feinberg. 1999. Beacon Press. 160 pp.

Trans-Sister Radio [Trans]

Author: Chris Bohjalian. 2001. Vintage. 368 pp.

Transgender History [Trans]

Author: Susan Stryker. 2008. Seal Press. 208 pp.

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Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman [Trans]

Author: Leslie Feinberg. 1997. Beacon Press.  240 pp.

Undoing Gender [All Genders]

Author: Judith Butler. 2004. Routledge. 288 pp.

Wandering Son: Volume One [Trans]

Author: Shimura Takako. 2011. Fantagraphics Books. 192 pp.

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity [Trans]

Author: Julia Serano. 2007. Seal Press. 290 pp.

Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? [Lesbian]

Author: Jeanette Witherson. 2012. Vintage Canada. 240 pp.

Written on the Body [non-gendered]

Author: Jeanette Winterson. 1994. Vintage. 190 pp.

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Books About AIDS

And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th Anniversary edition

Author: Randy Shilts.  2007. St. Martin’s Griffin. 656 pp.

The Origins of AIDS

Author: Jacques Pepin. 2011. Cambridge Univ. Press. 306 pp.

The Wisdom of Whores.  Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

Author: Elizabeth Pisani. 2009. Penguin. 400 pp.

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