Books for Adults

Whether you’re queer, an ally, or questioning, this collection is for learning a little bit more about LGBTQ+ history. From memoirs to works of fiction, this group of books is meant to explore and educate. This list is just a taste of the wonderful world of queer literature. Use this as a beginning introduction to your queer education, and read the books that represent you, your friends, and your world.

Each link will take you to queer owned bookstore located in the U.S. We encourage you support these business as they are the cruxes of queer revolution and representation.

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Lani Ka’ahumanu and Loraine Hutchins

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity C. Riley Snorton

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel

Fairest by Meredith Talusan

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jimmy Atherton Lin

The Gay Revolution: the Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

How to Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History by Blair Imani

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Our Work Is Everywhere by Syan Rose

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters by Robin Ryle

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Transgender History by Susan Stryker


Books for Kiddos and Teens

Some people are tentative towards LGBTQ+ literature for children, but rest assured this list is meant to be inclusive. Not only do these stories include characters who represent the rainbow spectrum, but also families who showcase a variety of genders, sexualities, and familial structures. It’s time we curate our children’s bookshelves with the representative books we wish we had as kids.

Each link will take you to queer owned bookstore located in the U.S. We encourage you support these business as they are the cruxes of queer revolution and representation.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Federico and All His Families by Mili Hernández

Ho'onani: hula warrior by Heather Gale

I'm A Wild Seed by Sharon Lee De la Cruz

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

No Way They Were Gay by Lee Wind

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Rick by Alex Gino

Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E. Pitman

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez


TV & Film

Maybe reading is not exactly your favorite pastime, and you’re wanting to share queer stories with your loved ones at a watch party. This list of LGBTQ+ cinema is a great, beginner’s visual history. It includes current and past flicks that are still relevant today. From docuseries to narrative films, this list has something for everyone to enjoy.

Appropriate Behavior (Film)

Before Stonewall (Film)

Boy Erased (Film)

But I’m a Cheerleader (Film)

Carol (Film)

Circus of Books (Film)

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Film)

Disclosure (Film)

Do I Sound Gay? (Film)

Equal (TV Show)

Gaycation (TV Show)

How to Survive a Plague (Film)

Legendary (TV Show)

Milk (Film)

Moonlight (Film)

Pariah (Film)

Paris is Burning (Film)

Pose (TV Show)

Pride (TV Show)

The Prom (Film)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (TV Show)

Tales of the City (TV Show)

The Watermelon Woman (Film)



Dyking Out

Jemele Hill is Unbothered


Making Gay History

One and a Half Lesbians

One From the Vaults

Queer Sex Ed

Still Processing


Tedtalk Videos

Embrace your raw, strange magic by Casey Gerald

A Short History of Trans People’s Long Fight for Equality 

We’re All Hiding Something. Let’s find the Courage to Open Up by Ash Beckham  

What the Gay Rights Movement Learned from the Civil Rights Movement by Yoruba Richen

Why Kids Need to Learn about Gender and Sexuality by Lindsay Amer

Why I Must Come Out by Geena Rocero


Giving Back to the LGBTQ+ Community

We will be celebrating Pride month by uplifting the story and art of North Carolina based artist, Chelsea Amato. Chelsea designed the kick ass graphic for our collaborative t-shirt with Runologie that will be sold in both stores and online to raise money for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. The design will also be used for this year’s Pride Fun Run! However, we wanted to include a few more donation locations for those who feel inclined to give money and time to the greater LGBTQ+ community. Below is a small list of other organizations who are doing the daily work to protect, support, and advocate for the lives and rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

GLAAD - National organization for LGBTQ representation in media. 

GLSEN - Creating better, safer learning environments for LGBTQ students. 

National Center for Trangender Equality  - National organization lobbying for transgender rights.

Trans Women of Color Collective - Advocating for economic opportunity while creating safe spaces for trans people of color.

The Trevor Project - Supporting LGBTQ youth through mental health advocacy and self harm prevention.

Another big thank you to our friend, Keva Kreeger for putting this resource guide together for us!

Written by Jessie W