Books for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

By Coll Rowe | May 1 2024 | LiteratureHistorySociology

In June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

Pride Month is a time to both celebrate the accomplishments of those in the LGBTQ+ community and recognize the ongoing struggles faced by many across the world who wish to live as their most authentic selves.

To honor this community, here is a selection of titles that we encourage you to share with your students:

Pride Month Collection of LGBTQIA+ Titles

Bad Gays
A Homosexual History
978-1-83976-328-1

Based on the hugely popular podcast series of the same name, Bad Gays asks what we can learn about LGBTQ+ history, sexuality and identity through its villains, failures, and baddies.

$19.95 US
May 30, 2023
Paperback
368 Pages
Verso

Pretty
A Memoir
978-0-593-53714-5
By a prize-winning, young Black trans writer of outsized talent, a fierce and disciplined memoir about queerness, masculinity, and race.
$28.00 US
May 28, 2024
Hardcover
240 Pages
Knopf

Fairest
A Memoir
978-0-525-56132-3

Fairest is a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America.

$18.00 US
Jun 08, 2021
Paperback
320 Pages
Penguin Books

Hijab Butch Blues
A Memoir
978-0-593-44878-6

Winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography • A queer hijabi Muslim immigrant survives her coming-of-age by drawing strength and hope from stories in the Quran.

$18.00 US
Feb 06, 2024
Paperback
336 Pages
Dial Press Trade Paperback

I'm Not Broken
A Memoir
978-0-593-46651-3
In this unflinching and inspiring memoir, Jesse Leon tells an extraordinary story of resilience and survival, shining a light on a childhood spent devastated by sex trafficking, street life, and substance abuse.
$17.00 US
Aug 23, 2022
Paperback
336 Pages
Vintage

Miss Major Speaks
Conversations with a Black Trans Revolutionary
978-1-83976-334-2
A legendary transgender elder and activist reflects on a lifetime of struggle and the future of black, queer, and trans liberation.
$19.95 US
May 16, 2023
Paperback
176 Pages
Verso

Sissy
A Coming-of-Gender Story
978-0-7352-1884-0

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.

$18.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
Paperback
352 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons

Mother, Nature
A 5,000-Mile Journey to Discover if a Mother and Son Can Survive Their Differences
978-0-593-13726-0

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/Biography • Jedidiah Jenkins and his mother, Barbara, disagree about politics, about God, about the project of society. When they decide to trek thousands of miles together, he finds himself exploring the questions about family, faith, and sexuality that millions are asking today.

$28.00 US
Nov 07, 2023
Hardcover
240 Pages
Convergent Books

Diary of a Misfit
A Memoir and a Mystery
978-0-525-65853-5

Part memoir, part investigative reporting, Diary of a Misfit is a sweeping journalistic saga about sexuality and gender, family trauma, and the redemptive force of love.

$29.00 US
Aug 30, 2022
Hardcover
368 Pages
Knopf

A Tale of Two Omars
A Memoir of Family, Revolution, and Coming Out During the Arab Spring
978-1-64009-558-8

From bullying, to illness, attempted suicide, becoming a victim of sex trafficking, death threats by the thousands, revolution and never being able to return to a country he once called home, Omar Sharif Jr. has overcome more challenges than one might imagine. Drawing on the lessons he learned from both sides of his family, A Tale of Two Omars charts the course of an iconoclastic life, revealing in the process the struggles and successes that attend a public journey of self-acceptance and a life dedicated in service to others.

$16.95 US
Oct 11, 2022
Paperback
224 Pages
Counterpoint

Legendary Children
The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life
978-0-14-313462-6

Legendary Children centers itself around the idea that not only is RuPaul’s Drag Race the queerest show in the history of television, but that RuPaul and company devised a show that serves as an actual museum of queer cultural and social history, drawing on queer traditions and the work of legendary figures going back nearly a century.

$18.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
Paperback
288 Pages
Penguin Books

The Black Period
On Personhood, Race, and Origin
978-0-593-44866-3

Winner of the PEN Open Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Nonfiction • Acclaimed poet Hafizah Augustus Geter reclaims her origin story in this “lyrical memoir” (The New Yorker)—combining biting criticism and haunting visuals.

$20.00 US
Sep 26, 2023
Paperback
448 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

App Kid
How a Child of Immigrants Grabbed a Piece of the American Dream
978-0-525-56623-6

App Kid is an inspiring and deeply personal coming of age memoir from one of Silicon Valley’s youngest entrepreneurs—a second-generation Latino immigrant who taught himself how to code as a thirteen-year-old and went on to claim his share of the American dream.

$17.00 US
Aug 30, 2022
Paperback
304 Pages
Vintage