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What is #OwnVoices?
#OwnVoices is a term credited to author Corinne Duyvis, who suggested the hashtag on Twitter in 2015 to 'recommend kidlit about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group.' "
The Gay Revolution by
This anthology explores the gay rights movement's key figures and priorities in its fight to secure equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
Beyond Magenta by
Call Number: 306.7 KUK
Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community.
Queer Threads by
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community showcases twenty-nine artists who are moving through the narrow space that is gay or straight, biological or social, craft and fine art and doing so explicitly through their work in fiber and textile.
Transgender History by
Call Number: 306.7 STR
Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, 'Transgender History' takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events.
Queer: a Graphic History by
Call Number: GN 306.76 BAR
A graphic novel introducing readers to the academic field known as queer feminist theory.
The Letter Q by
Call Number: 306.7 LET
A collection of letters from sixty-four gay authors and illustrators writing to their younger selves.
The 57 Bus by
A nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment that tells the true story of a teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
Gay America by
Call Number: 306.7 ALS
A history of the "struggle for equality" in the U.S.
October Mourning by
Relates, from various points of view, events from 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.
Modern HERstory by
Call Number: 320 IMA
An illustrated and informative primer on the progressive social change movements of the last 60 years as told through the stories of 60 diverse female and non-binary leaders in those movements, from the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through today.
Giovanni's Room by
Call Number: FIC BAL
Set in the contemporary Paris of American expatriate liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.
Little and Lion by
Call Number: FIC COL
Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her [stepbrother] Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons
Meanwhile, Elsewhere by
Call Number: SC FITZ
This lengthy anthology spans many genres, including tech-heavy sci-fi, religious parody, zombie gorefest, high fantasy, and postapocalyptic survival tale. Many of the authors are known in the queer literary world but will be new to readers of SF/F.
They Both Die at the End by
Call Number: FIC SIL
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
What If It's Us by
Call Number: FIC ALB
Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
If I Was Your Girl by
Call Number: FIC RUS
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.
Ramona Blue by
Call Number: FIC MUR
Ramona Blue has to be the adult of her family while questioning if she is a lesbian or bisexual when she develops feelings about her friend Freddie.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by
Call Number: FIC SAE
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Call Number: FIC SCH
When Adam Freedman, a high school student from Piedmont, California, is sent to New York City, he becomes part of a wild subculture full of underground clubs, drinking, and people of the LGBT community, but he suddenly realizes that many of his new crowd assume he is transgendered, which complicates his chances with the girl of his dreams.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by
Call Number: FIC GRE
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
One Man Guy by
Call Number: FIC BAR
When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways
Rainbow Boys by
Call Number: FIC SAN
Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys. Kyle Meeks doesn't look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone -- especially his parents. Nelson Glassman is "out" to the entire world, but he can't tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.
Two Boys Kissing by
Call Number: FIC LEV
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.
Boy Meets Boy by
Call Number: FIC LEV
When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more.
Memoirs & Biographies #OwnVoices
Call Number: GN BIO WAL
An autobiographical comic of ten years in the life of cartoonist, Tillie Walden, focusing on her time as a figure skater.
Tomorrow Will Be Different by
Call Number: BIO MCB
A memoir of American LGBT rights activist and political figure Sarah McBride that weaves political and cultural milestones into her personal journey as a transgender woman.
Before I Had the Words by
Call Number: BIO KER
On being a transgender young adult
The Full Spectrum by
Call Number: 306.7 FUL
The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers-gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning-on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others.
Fun Home by
Call Number: GN BIO BEC
A graphic memoir about growing up with a remote dad who managed a funeral home while hiding his homosexuality.
Redefining Realness by
Call Number: 306.7 MOC
In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she publicly stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Since then, Mock has gone from covering the red carpet for People.com to advocating for all those who live within the shadows of society. Redefining Realness offers a bold new perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged, and transgender in America.
The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde by
Call Number: BIO WIL
Biography of gay, Irish poet and writer, Oscar Wilde