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LGBTQ reading list

The resources below may be helpful for young people exploring LGBTQ issues. These titles are provided as recommended reading by Stonewall.

Picture books

And Tango Makes Three – Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson

The Family Book – Todd Parr

It’s Okay To Be Different – Todd Parr

Something Else – Kathryn Cave, Chris Riddell

If I Had A Hundred Mummies – Vanda Carter

Hello Sailor – Ingrid Godon

10,000 Dresses – Rex Ray, Marcus Ewert

Daddy, Papa and Me – Lesléa Newman

The King and King – Linda De Haan

Spacegirl Pukes – Vanda Carter

The Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones – Susie Day

What’s Up With Jody Barton – Hayley Long

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket – John Boyne

The Popularity Papers – Amy Ignatow

Two Weeks With The Queen – Morris Gleitzman

The Boy In The Dress – David Walliams

The Tail of Emily Windsnap – Liz Kessler

Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle

See You At Harry’s – Jo Knowles

Starring Kitty – Keris Stainton

So Hard To Say – Alex Sanchez

Young adult titles

The Mortal Instruments (series) – Cassandra Clare

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green, David Levithan

More Than This – Patrick Ness

Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

Every Day – David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

Hollow Pike – James Dawson

Cruel Summer – James Dawson

Far From You – Tess Sharpe

Dance On My Grave – Aidan Chambers

Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily Danforth

Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner

Luna – Julie Anne Peters

Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Pantomine – Laura Lam

Golden Boy – Abigail Tarttelin

Alex As Well – Alyssa Brugman

Beautiful Music For Ugly Children – Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

Beauty Queens – Libba Bray

Undone – Cat Clarke

A Kiss In The Dark – Cat Clarke

Strange Boy – Paul Magrs

The Glass Republic – Tom Pollock

Huntress – Malinda Lo

Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

Hero – Perry Moore

Proxy – Alex London

Adaptation – Malinda Lo

Some Assembly Required: The Not-so-secret Life of A Transgender Teen – Arin Andrews

Beyond Magenta Transgender Teens Speak Out – Susan Kuklin

Queer The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens - Kathy Belge

Gay Power! The Stonewall Riots and the Gay Rights Movement 1969 – Betsy Kuhn

Speaking Out -  LGBTQ Youth Stand up

Adult titles

Tales of the City (series) – Armistead Maupin

Tipping The Velvet – Sarah Waters

In The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst

A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Millar

A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White

The City and The Pillar – Gore Vidal

Empathy – Sarah Schulman

Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

Maurice – E.M Forster

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Mysterious Skin – Scott Heim

The Persian Boy – Mary Renault

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