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LGBTQ+ History Month Display: Home

Non-fiction

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Pride : an Inspirational History of the LGBTQ+ Movement

Young Reader's Guide to LGBTQ+ history. 

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The Pink Line

A groundbreaking look at how the issues of sexuality and gender identity divide and unite the world today

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All Boys Aren't Blue

Personal essays by LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson exploring his childhood, adolescence, and college years.

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Queer Brown Voices

Personal narratives of Latina/o LGBT activism. 

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The Children of Harvey Milk

Tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights.

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When We Rise : My Life in the Movement

Account from LGBTQ and AIDS activist of his life from sexually liberated 1970s San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis and marriage equality. 

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Essay collection offering personal reflections on grief, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, and writing.

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Love That Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life

Essays on grief and healing, cannabis reform, LGBTQIA+ rights, imposter syndrome, personal style, the HIV safety net, and how to make your hairdresser love you. 

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Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

An call to action for immigration justice by a Nigerian asylee and global gay rights and immigration activist Edafe Okporo. 

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How We Fight for Our Life: a memoir

A memoir telling the story of a young, black, gay man from the South. 

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Seeing gender : an Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression

 An investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today, touching on history, science, sociology, and the author's own experience.

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What's your pronoun? : Beyond He & She

Tells the untold story of gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns by a linguist. 

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How to They/Them

Gender-friendly primer on non-binary and gender non-conforming identities in an accessible, infographic style. 

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A Visible Man : a Memoir

Memoir of first Black editor-in-chief of British Vogue.

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Queer Ducks (and Other Animals) : the Natural World of Animal Sexuality

A research-based exploration of queer behavior in different animal species. 

Fiction

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The Stonewall Riots: Making a Stand for LGBTQ Rights

Historical graphic novel set during the Stonewall riots and gay liberation movement. 

Like a Love Story

YA novel, set in 1989 in New York, featuring AIDS activism.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

YA novel set in Chinatown San Francisco in 1954. Featuring a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

The Vanishing Half

Adult Literary Fiction, spans three generations, one in the 1980s featuring a trans character.

A Marvellous Light

Adult Historical Fantasy Romance set in Edwardian England. 

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Another Brooklyn

Set in Bushwick, New York, in the 1970s, where three girls grow into young women.

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She Who Became the Sun

Adult historical fantasy, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty. 

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All Out

Short story collection of queer teens through the ages.

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A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

YA historical fiction following a British teen in the 1700s as he goes on his Grand Tour of Europe.

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The Death of Vivek Oji

Adult Literary Fiction, set in Southeastern Nigeria in the 1980 and 1990s.

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The Witch's Heart

Adult Norse mythology retelling.

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Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure

YA Graphic Novel about a trans teen.

Films (on DVD)

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Stonewall Uprising

Explores the  event that launched a worldwide rights movement when police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. 

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Paris Is Burning

This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene

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The Normal Heart

 Story of the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. 

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Milk

Based on the true story of Harvey Milk, a New Yorker who moves to San Francisco and becomes a gay rights activist. 

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Pride

U.K. gay activists work to assist miners during their extended strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. 

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The Color Purple

Story of a young black girl in the early 20th century living in the rural American south. 

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We Were Here

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. 

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Before Stonewall

 Traces the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969; the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement after a police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City; and the three-day riot that followed.

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After Stonewall

Chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. It explores how AIDS literally changed the direction of the movement.

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The Celluloid Closet : Homosexuality in the Movies

Exuberant, eye-opening documentary serves up a dazzling hundred year history of the role of gay men and women on the silver screen. 

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Maurice

E.M. Forrester's story of two Edwardian-era Cambridge students that fall in love

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The Imitation Game

Set during WWII about English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code. 

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Rocketman

An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Set in France, 1760 about an artist commissioned to paint a portrait. 

Classics

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Giovanni's Room

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates

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The Color Purple

the story of two African-American sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the South

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Maurice

set early 20th-century England, following Maurice Hall, a gay man, from his schooldays through university and beyond

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Orlando

A fantastical biography, and a funny, exuberant romp through history that examines the true nature of sexuality