Pride Yourself on Reading these Top 10 LGBTQ+ Books
We are kicking off June by celebrating LGBTQ+ books. While due to uncertainty about restrictions London Pride Parade won’t be held till later in the year, Ultimate Library are still joining in the fun of Pride month. We have created a list that features books about almost every aspect of the LGBTQ+ community to educate those who don’t know very much (yet) and entertain those who are part of the community. To ensure that all our LGBTQ+ content is accessible to everyone, we have included children’s and YA books in our selection this month.
XOXY, A Memoir: Intersex Woman, Mother, Activist by Kimberly Zeiselman
Meet Kimberly, a regular suburban housewife and mother, whose discovery later in life that she was born intersex fuelled her to become an international human rights defender and globally recognised activist. A candid record of how Kimberly’s life changed once she discovered she was intersex.
Outlawed by Anna North
Set in the year 1894, 17-year-old Ada’s life changes forever when she leaves behind everything she knows. In a town where barren women are routinely hanged for witchcraft, her life is at risk after a year of marriage and no pregnancy. Joining the Hole in the Wall Gang, led by non-binary character the Kid, Ada must decide if she is willing to risk her life once again to provide a better future for women and people like her.
Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters
A novel about the messy and complex relationships between three women both cis and trans trying to raise a baby. Reese and Amy supposedly have it all, a life of mundane comforts, all they are missing was a child to complete their family. But as Amy detransitioned and became Ames their life became much more complex. An unexpected child with Ames’s boss could be a chance they needed to create if not the family they wanted, an unconventional family.
Pride 123 by Michael Joosten
A beautifully illustrated board book perfect for toddlers and young children. Teaching through colourful illustration about the Pride Parade and the LGBTQ+ community. Introducing diverse families and the events that take place at Pride, this book teaches counting skills alongside celebrating standing up for who you are.
Everybody (Else) is Perfect by Gabrielle Korn
A collection of essays written by the former editor-in-chief of Nylon. Gabrielle shows the behind the scenes and less than perfect side of both leading one of the fashion industries largest publications and coming out in the time of The L Word. A personal collection that shows the difficulties of being in the public eye and trying to find love as a young lesbian in New York.
The Engagement: America’s Quater-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage by Sasha Issenberg
A long historic look at the battle for marriage equality in the USA. Features in-depth looks into the people and court cases that lead up to the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. Looking coast to coast at the bedrooms, boardroom, and courtrooms showing every aspect of the issue.
We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
A queer Muslim memoir showing what life is like when the world tells you, you don’t exist. Growing up in Pakistan and moving to Canada as a refugee, Samra faced many challenges: racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Following her need for a safe space, her exploration into her sexuality, faith, art and love take her across the globe. A triumph of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not.
Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen
An engaging exploration of what it means to be asexual in a world obsessed with sex. Asexuality can reveal and teach us a lot about the societies we live in. From gender roles to consent this text identifies the misconceptions of asexuality and address them. A careful cultural analysis of what it is to be asexual.
Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Cole
Gio’s life has always been missing something. Not because he is bisexual, not because his Dad has a drinking problem, and not because of the usual teenage drama. His life is missing his birth mom, who left when he was 9 years old. But now she’s back. Gio doesn’t know if he should forgive her or tell her she lost her opportunity to know him. There are no easy answers to love – family, friend or romantic love.
After Francesco by Brian Malloy
It is 1988 and Kevin Doyle is tired of attending funerals. Taking place two years after his partner, Francesco, died of AIDS, the epidemic is raging in New York. Kevin spends his days trying to cope with the loss of Francesco and his other friends, drinking and reminiscing. Hitting an all-time low he moves back home to Minnesota and with the help of a surviving partners group he learns to live again. Until news of his best friend arrives from New York.