The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of LGBTQQI identities and issues. LGBTQQI is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex.

  • I Am Jazz!

    2014 by Jessica Herthel

    For children and families: In this nonfiction picture book, we meet Jazz and her family as they learn what it means to be transgender with the help and explanations of a good doctor.

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  • My Mixed-up Berry Blue Summer

    2012 by Jennifer Gennari

    For children and families: During her summer in Vermont, twelve-year-old June has two big things on her mind: getting to know the woman her mother is going to marry, and baking a pie worthy of a ribbon at the fair.

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  • Better Nate Than Ever

    2013 by Tim Federle

    For children and families: Nate feels out of place in his family and hometown--everyone there wants boys to be interested in sports, but Nate really loves musical theater. When Nate runs away to New York City, he learns that being himself is the best strategy for being happy.

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  • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

    2014 by Christine Baldacchino

    For children and families: Morris is a boy who happens to enjoy wearing a dress--a bright tangerine dress, to be specific. When he wears his favorite dress to school, his fellow students aren't initially accepting.

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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    2012 by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    For young adults: Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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  • Some Assembly Required : the not-so-secret life of a transgender teen

    2014 by Arin Andrews

    For young adults: Arin Andrews recounts what it was like to go through high school while undergoing gender reassignment in this memoir.

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  • Saving Montgomery Sole

    2016 by Mariko Tamaki

    For young adults: When a homophobic preacher moves to her small town, Montgomery--president of the mystery club and whose mothers are lesbians--seeks to get to the bottom of the church, the preacher's son, and herself.

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  • This book is gay

    2015 by Dawson, James (Young adult fiction writer)

    For young adults: This nonfiction book explores all aspects of identifying as LGBTQQI and as an ally: coming out, media stereotypes, awkward questions, and more.

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  • Redefining Realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more

    2014 by Janet Mock

    For adults: Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America.

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  • Queer (in)justice : the criminalization of LGBT people in the United States

    2011 by Joey L Mogul

    For adults: Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Mogul presents an examination of the gay experience and the continuing punishment of gay expression in the United States.

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  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home : a novel

    2012 by Carol Rifka Brunt

    For adults: When June's uncle dies of a mysterious illness, her world is turned upside down. But the death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life--someone who will help her to heal and to question what she thinks she knows about her uncle, her family, and even her own heart.

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  • Lost Prophet : the life and times of Bayard Rustin

    2003 by John Emilio

    For adults: This nonfiction book examines the life of Bayard Rustin, the civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington, detailing his struggles as being openly gay and his campaigns for civil rights.

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