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Pride: a LGBTQ+ Inclusive Reading List

Posted by Hannah on June 10, 2021

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, our Librarians selected the materials below to educate and enjoy during this month and beyond. No matter what your family looks like, books about pride, diverse families and gender identities can help spread a positive message about embracing difference and overcoming adversity. All books listed below are available in physical copies at BMPL, as well as online using Libby/OverDrive. 

Picture Books

Below are some great picture books to help start the conversation of diversity with kids.

Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History “Rainbow Revolutionaries brings to life the vibrant histories of fifty pioneering LGBTQ+ people from around the world.” – provided by publisher. 

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When Aidan Became a Brother “Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.” - provided by publisher.

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Stella Brings the Family “Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day party, but with two dads, Stella has no one to bring. Her sweet solution celebrates the whole family.” – from Today.com 

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A Family is a Family “When a teacher asks what makes her students’ families special, each child has something different to celebrate.” – provided by publisher.

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Young Adult

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda “The coming-of-age story focuses on its titular protagonist Simon Spier, a closeted, gay, high school-aged boy who is forced to come out after a blackmailer discovers Simon's e-mails written to another closeted classmate with whom he has fallen in love”. – provided by publisher.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post “The protagonist, Cameron Post, is a 12-year-old Montana girl who is discovering her own homosexuality while being sent away to a conversion therapy camp.” - provided by publisher.

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Rez Runaway "Raised on a reserve in northern Ontario, seventeen-year-old Joe Littlechief has to come to terms with his two-spiritedness and find people who accept him for who he is. This is a novel that reflects the complex realities faced by young LGBTQ+ and aboriginal youth today." - from Goodreads.com.

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Non-Fiction

The Pride Guide “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/ cis-gendered. It explores sex, dating, relationships, puberty, and both physical and online safety in one resource.” – from Google Books.

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Untamed “Glennon Doyle vowed to never again abandon herself. She decided to build a life of her own--one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination. She would reclaim her true, untamed self.” – from GoodReads.com.

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The Queer Evangelist “A queer minister, politician and staunch activist for LGBTQ rights, Cheri DiNovo went from living on the streets as a teenager to performing the first legalized same-sex marriage registered in Canada in 2001. From rights for queer parents to banning conversion therapy, her story will inspire people (queer or ally) to not only resist the system—but change it.” – from Google Books.

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Adult Fiction

Middlesex “The introduction to this amazing novel reads, "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." This coming-of-age story has received some criticism as society has evolved, but it's undoubtedly one of the landmarks of queer literature.” – from GoodReads.com.

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One Last Stop “A rom-com with lots of queer love, chosen family and a little bit of sci-fi, this one's a beach read you won't want to miss. August moves to NYC to escape her mother's all-consuming sleuthing but when she meets Jane, a punk rocker who's stuck on the train, she has to decide how much she's willing to risk for romance.” – from GoodReads.com.

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Movies

Maybe reading isn’t your thing, no worries! We have a selection of movies below.

Call Me by Your Name “In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.” – from IMDb.

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The Danish Girl “Artist Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to pose as a female model for a painting. Things take an unexpected turn when this act triggers Einar to reignite his suppressed identification.” – from IMDb.

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The Imitation Game “A historical thriller film about British mathematician and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.” – from IMDb.

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