Books for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

By Coll Rowe | April 30 2024 | English Language ArtsSocial StudiesHistory

In June we celebrate Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan and highlights the accomplishments of those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) community, while recognizing the ongoing struggles faced by many across the world who wish to live as their most authentic selves.

Here is a selection of titles that we encourage you to share with your students:

LGBTQIA+ Fiction & Literature

LGBTQIA+ History & Memoir

Legendary Children
The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life
A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the pop culture blog Tom and LorenzoNPR's Best Books of the Year 2020 pickA New York Times New & Noteworthy bookOne of Logo/NewNowNext's "11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring"
$18.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
288 Pages
Penguin Books

Hijab Butch Blues
A Memoir
A queer hijabi Muslim immigrant survives her coming-of-age by drawing strength and hope from stories in the Quran in this “raw and relatable memoir that challenges societal norms and expectations” (Linah Mohammad, NPR).
$18.00 US
Feb 06, 2024
336 Pages
Dial Press Trade Paperback

In Memoriam
A novel
Here is a haunting, virtuosic debut novel about two young men who fall in love during World War I.
$28.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
400 Pages

A Queer History of the United States for Young People
Queer history didn’t start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.
$18.95 US
Jun 11, 2019
336 Pages
Beacon Press

Dear Cisgender People
A Guide to Trans Allyship and Empathy
Conversations on the transgender experience may be becoming more commonplace but the topic is still all too often the subject of fierce debate. But behind the shock headlines, what does it really mean to be trans?
$24.99 US
Jun 04, 2024
224 Pages

From Here
In her coming-of-age memoir, refugee advocate Luma Mufleh writes of her tumultuous journey to reconcile her identity as a gay Muslim woman and a proud Arab-turned-American refugee.
$18.99 US
May 16, 2023
320 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books

Wide Awake Now
From the New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, this is a queer love story set against the backdrop of the 2024 presidential election, in a reimagining of David Levithan’s 2004 novel Wide Awake.
$19.99 US
Apr 16, 2024
272 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Immeasurable Depth of You
In the devastating but uplifting tradition of Adam Silvera and Nova Ren Suma comes a queer supernatural coming-of-age story from acclaimed author Maria Ingrande Mora.
$11.99 US
Mar 05, 2024
352 Pages
Peachtree Teen