Whether you are seeking Young Adult fiction with dynamic queer characters, children's books that reflect your family to read with your kids or want to find some great local 2SLGBTQ+ authors there are many excellent websites and blogs to help.
Browse the Rainbow Resource Centre Library collection online or better yet - stop by and visit. They have a sunny and peaceful space with a room of resources dedicated to LGBT2SQ+ topics and content. The staff may have some reading suggestions or take some time and look through books yourself. It is an affirming, safer space that is community supported.
An exhilarating and emotional LGBTQ story about the growing relationship between two teen boys, told through the letters written to one another. For fans of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I'll Give You the Sun.
Comics and Zines
DIY zines (homemade magazines essentially), comics and pamphlets have always been really important for the LGBTTQ+ community as a way to share stories, art, information and support. There are also many graphic novels and manga with LGBTTQ+ characters and themes by LGBTTQ+ authors. Check out these resources for more information.
A queer slice-of-life drama about dating and eating. The story, which takes place in Toronto and originally appeared as a popular webcomic, focuses on the lives of three roommates and their interpersonal struggles.
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.
Lambda Award Nominees
LGBT2SQ+ Fiction eBooks
There is a wide range of LGBT2SQ+ material available on the Winnipeg Public Library eBook and digital content Apps like Overdrive and R B Digital. Tip: when searching in Overdrive use the term: "LGBTQ" and in R B Digital use the search terms "LGBT Interest."
A new mystery by six time Lambda Literary award-winning author, Michael Nava. It's classic noir with a queer twist. Set in San Francisco in 1984, Henry Rios is hired by an insurance company to investigate the apparently accidental death by carbon monoxide poisoning of Bill Ryan in his Castro Street apartment, but Rios becomes convinced Ryan's death was no accident, and that his young lover is implicated.
Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
Heralded for writing "deeply memorable . . . women" (Jennifer Senior, New York Times), Nicole Dennis-Benn introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine for our times: the eponymous Patsy, who leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to follow Cicely, her oldest friend, to New York. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession and peppered with lilting patois, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to love whomever she chooses, bravely putting herself first.
Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation; second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake.
Finding Masculinity is a collection of stories from a small cross section of the transgender male community that shares insight into the diversity of life experiences of transgender men, beyond the traditional narrative. This anthology examines the many facets of life that transition impacts; transitioning on the job, emotional and spiritual growth, family, navigating the medical community, as well as romantic relationships.
Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary chronicles Joshua M. Ferguson's extraordinary story of transformation to become the celebrated non-binary filmmaker, writer, and advocate for trans rights they are today. Beginning with their birth and early childhood years of gender creativity, Ferguson recounts the complex and often challenging evolution of their identity, including traumatizing experiences with gender conversion therapy, bullying, depression, sexual assault, and violent physical assault. But Ferguson's story is above all about survival, empathy, and self-acceptance.
The Pride Guide is written explicitly for the almost ten percent of teenagers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or any of the unique identities that are not heterosexual/ cisgendered. It explores sex, dating, relationships, puberty, and both physical and online safety in one resource.
As a young child in North Carolina, Jacob Tobia wasn't the wrong gender, they just had too much of the stuff. Barbies? Yes. Playing with bugs? Absolutely. Getting muddy? Please. Princess dresses? You betcha. Jacob wanted it all, but because they were "a boy," they were told they could only have the masculine half. Acting feminine labelled them "a sissy" and brought social isolation. It took Jacob years to discover that being "a sissy" isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a source of pride. Following Jacob through bullying and beauty contests, from Duke University to the United Nations to the podiums of the Methodist church--not to mention the parlors of the White House--this unforgettable memoir contains multitudes.
An intimate portrait of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, gender non-conforming, and transgender in the Pacific Northwest. Issues discussed include microaggressions, implicit bias, coming out, the gender binary, discrimination at the workplace, and family dynamics.
OUT IN THE OPEN destroys the misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community. This documentary is aimed for at risk youth across the world, as well as their families, friends, and teachers. OUT IN THE OPEN presents that no single person is the same and that all people should be celebrated.
The Lambda Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ2S+ stories are part of the literature of the world. Tip: you can see a list of all of the Lambda award winners in WPL's catalogue by entering "Lambda Literary Awards" in the search box.
The Gaylactic Spectrum awards were created in 1998 by the Gaylactic Network to honor works in science fiction, fantasy and horror which include positive explorations of LGBTQ2S+ characters, themes and/or issues.
Rainbow Round Table is a section of the American Library Association providing a large amount of book reviews for all ages on the newest LGBTQ2S+ books. Check out the Rainbow Book List for Children and teens and the Over the Rainbow Book list for adult readers.
This list serves three purposes: for parents who would like to find books for their children about the experience of being a child in a gay family, or having a gay friend or family member, two: for librarians who would like to develop collections on this topic, and three: for counselors and therapists who would like to use these books in their practices.