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This list is not a complete list of the books we have in this genre. Please ask a librarian for further recommendations. This list was created with the help of Charlotte Ide in 2016.
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Fiction Books

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Heather Has Two Mommies - Lesléa Newman; Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
Call Number: E Newman
Heather, feeling bad because she has two mothers and no father, soon learns that the other children in her play group have lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.

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And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Call Number: E Richardson
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins, Roy and Silo, fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches. CRAAAACK! Voilà Tango! This story is based on events that really happened at the Central Park Zoo.

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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit - Jaye Robin Brown
Call Number: Fic Brown
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year.

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Freakboy - Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Call Number: Fic Clark
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Call Number: Fic Cronn-Mills
"Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school"--Provided by publisher.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M. Danforth
Call Number: Fic Danforth
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

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If You Could Be Mine - Sara Farizan
Call Number: Fic Farizan
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

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The Great American Whatever - Tim Federle
Call Number: Fic Federle
"I don't consider myself precious, necessarily, but give me air-conditioning or give me death". Teenager and former smart aleck Quinn Roberts faces up to his particular reality. the car accident changed everything. He's stopped going to school, his mom is now sleeping on the sofa, and his beloved sister is gone. Can friends help him? Enter Geoff who says it's time he came out....

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George - Álex Gino
Call Number: Fic Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

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Girl Mans Up - M-E Girard
Call Number: Fic Girard
A girl named Pen grapples with her identity, and the expectations traditional gender roles play in her family, with her friendships, and at school.

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Whatever - S. J. Goslee
Call Number: Fic Goslee
Junior year is going to be the best ever for slacker Mike until he loses his girlfriend, gets roped into school activities, and becomes totally confused about his sexual orientation after sharing a drunken kiss with a guy.

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Harmonious Hearts - Anne Regan
Call Number: Fic Harmonious
Contains fifteen short stories about LGBTQ youth.

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We Are the Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson
Call Number: Fic Hutchinson
144 days. That's how long they've given him to make up his mind. Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.

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Almost Perfect - Brian Katcher
Call Number: Fic Katcher
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up (his girlfriend of three years has cheated on him), eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student--who is hiding a big secret (she's actually a he)--arrives at his small-town Missouri high school.

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Ask the Passengers - A. S. King
Call Number: Fic King
Astrid Jones, struggling with her new sexual identity, deals with the gossip and rejection she faces by sending love up to the people on airplanes as they pass over her. Will throwing love 33,000 feet up into the sky keep it secret and safe?

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Openly Straight - Bill Konigsberg
Call Number: Fic Konigsberg
Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

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We Are Water - Wally Lamb
Call Number: Fic Lamb
After twenty-seven years of marriage Anna Oh, a middle-aged wife, mother, and artist, divorces her husband to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success. The reactions are mixed.

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Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
Call Number: Fic Levithan
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more, in a society that has changed in many ways.

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Luna - Julie Anne Peters
Call Number: Fic Peters
Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.

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Lies My Girlfriend Told Me - Julie Anne Peters
Call Number: Fic Peters
When her girlfriend dies suddenly at age seventeen, Colorado teenager Alix struggles with grief as painful secrets are revealed.

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If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo
Call Number: Fic Russo
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

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History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera
Call Number: Fic Silvera
Secrets are revealed as Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident. It's so hard to say goodbye to someone you loved and who meant the world to you. Try as he might, he can't seem to pull himself out of the darkness of his mental turmoil and stop his downward spiral into obsessive compulsions and self-destructive choices.

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Highly Illogical Behavior - John Corey Whaley
Call Number: Fic Whaley
Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, two months, and one day. How much longer can he hide from the world? Lisa has to write the best-ever psychology paper if she is going to have a chance at the scholarship she needs. She's also determined to "fix" Sol, whatever it takes.


Non-Fiction Books

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Some Assembly Required - Arin Andrews; John E. Barrett (Cover Design by)
Call Number: 306.76 Andrews
In this teen memoir, seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of knocking down obstacles and embracing family as he undergoes the mental and physicals challenges of gender reassignment as a high school student. This is his journey to self-acceptance, which for him did not come easily. Arin also includes a helpful guide on "how to talk to your new transgender friend".

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Stonewall - Ann
Call Number: 306.76 Bausum
An exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national gay rights movement that followed.

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This Book Is Gay - James Dawson; David Levithan (Introduction by)
Call Number: 306.76 Dawson
A candid, funny, uncensored, practical and supportive guide to being lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, straight, or just curious. Looks at topics from sex to politics, hooking up with others like you and stereotypes, coming out, bullying and homophobia, and accepting who you are and being who you are.

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Gender Outlaws - Kate Bornstein; S. Bear Bergman
Call Number: 306.76 Gender
A collection of writing about being transgender, written by transgender authors.

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GLBTQ - Kelly Huegel
Call Number: 306.76 Huegel
Offers gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens, as well as those questioning their sexuality, information and practical advice to help them deal with the issues they may face with their families, at school, and within contemporary society.

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Being Jazz - Jazz Jennings
Call Number: 306.76 Jennings
An autobiography of Jazz Jennings in which she shares her experiences of transitioning for male to female and becoming an advocate for transgender youth.

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Beyond Magenta - Susan Kuklin
Call Number: 306.76 Kuklin
"Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community"--Dust jacket.

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Becoming Nicole - Amy Ellis Nutt
Call Number: 306.76 Nutt
The Maines were a middle-class, hard-working, politically conservative New England couple whose lives felt complete when they adopted identical twin sons. As toddlers, Jonas was the son Kelly and Wayne Maines expected, but Wyatt was only interested in girls' clothes and toys. By age five, this conflict was tearing Wyatt--and the family--apart. Today, Wyatt is Nicole. She and Jonas are now graduating from high school. This is the story of a journey that could have destroyed a family, but instead united them. It's the story of a mother whose instincts told her her child needed love and help. It's the story of a Republican, NRA-member father who overcame confusion and fear to become a vocal advocate of transgender rights. It's the story of a brother who always loved and accepted his sister. And, especially, it's the story of a young girl who found the courage to be herself.

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Pride Day - Robin Stevenson
Call Number: 306.76 Stevenson
Looks at Gay Pride Day and what led to its creation.

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Alice + Freda Forever - Alexis Coe; Sally Klann (Illustrator)
Call Number: 364.15 Coe
Who was Alice Mitchell? Why did she kill Freda Ward? In Memphis, Tennessee, in 1892, they had planned to make a life together by having Alice pose as a man so she could provide support for them as a married couple. But their forbidden love was discovered and they were separated. Alice, her heart broken, publicly slashed Freda's throat to prevent her from being with anyone else, and was subsequently tried for insanity and sent to an asylum, where she died mysteriously a few years later.

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Striving for Equality - Kirstin Cronn-Mills; Alex Jackson Nelson
Call Number: 796 Cronn-Mills
Looks at how LGBTQ+ athletes are fighting for equality.

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October Mourning - Lesléa Newman
Call Number: 811.6 Newman
The poet offers a deeply personal response to the events of the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

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Branded by the Pink Triangle - Ken Setterington
Call Number: 940.53 Setterington
During World War II, homosexual men were rounded up as inferiors, much like the Jews, the disabled, and the Roma, and sent to concentration camps. They were branded by a pink triangle that was sewn onto their prison uniforms. What happened to lesbian women under the Nazi regime? How did gay men survive the persecution and suffering in the camps? What are their stories? Are gay men and lesbian women still persecuted today?


Digital Media

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Growing up trans : Inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families - PBS
Call Number: DVD 306.76 Growing
Told from the perspective of parents, doctors and eight transgender children ranging in ages from 9 to 19. Explores medical possibilities, struggles and choices transgender kids and their families face. Provides interviews with the doctors and nurses at the gender program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Examines the treatments available to gender non-conforming and transgender kids and explores the deeply personal emotional issues many parents and families face.

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Trans - RoseWorks, Sex Smart Films
Call Number: DVD 306.76 Trans
Provides six personal stories into the lives of transgender children, teens and adults.

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Out of the Past - Ardustry Home Entertainment
Call Number: DVD 306.76 Out
In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story of her ensuing battle with school authorities is interspersed with looks back at the diary of Michael Wigglesworth, a 17th-century Puritan cleric, at the 30-year love affair of Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Adams Fields, at Henry Gerber's attempt after World War I to establish a gay-rights organization, at Bayard Rustin's role in the civil rights movement, and at Barbara Gittings' taking on of the American Psychiatric Association's position that homosexuality is illness.

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Out in the Silence - Garden Thieves Pictures
Call Number: DVD 306.76 Out
The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a controversy in his small hometown in Pennsylvania and a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school.

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