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Pride Month Reading List

Pride Month Reading List

Posted by Emma on June 1, 2022

June is Pride Month and The Blue Mountains Public Library have selected some 2SLGBTQ+ focussed materials for you to enjoy. These books discuss the mental, emotional, and physical difficulties that the 2SLGBTQ+ communities endure, while also depicting beautiful stories. Let us all embrace our differences and overcome adversity together. All books listed are available for loan with your library card.

  1.  Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (Volumes 1-4) Two young male students grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school as they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love work. (Also a series on Netflix)
  2.  Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters A trans woman, her detransitioned ex, and his cisgender lover build an unconventional family together in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy.
  3. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne  Growing up in 1940s Ireland, at the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and--over his many years--will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
  4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston A prince and the president’s son find themselves himself hurtling into a secret romance upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
  5.  Untamed by Glennon Doyle In her most revealing and powerful memoir an activist, speaker, and bestselling author explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others' expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
  6.  Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead 'You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine' is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling novel. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city.
  7. Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart A gripping and revealing story about the meaning of masculinity, the push and pull of family, the violence faced by so many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too.
  8. A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske Featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies…and romance.
  9. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makka A dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.
  10.  Real Life by Brandon Taylor A series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with a young  man, conspire to fracture our protagonist’s defences, while revealing hidden currents of resentment and desire that threaten the equilibrium of his community.
  11. The Pride Guide: a Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth by Jo Langford The Pride Guide is written explicitly for 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. The go-to resource for making informed decisions.

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