Love is Love

Andreyko, Marc (Organizer), and Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich (Editors). Love is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting. San Diego: IDW Publishing, 2016.

Comic book characters standing together holding a giant pride flag.

On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding 53 before being killed by police officers. It was Latin Night and over 90% of the victims were Latinx. The Pulse shooting is the deadliest act of terror on LGBTQ people in the history of the United States.

After learning about the shooting, comic book and screenplay writer Marc Andreyko rallied the comics community to produce an anthology to benefit the survivors via Equality Florida. Dozens of gifted writers, artists, letterers, and colorists responded and generously donated their talents to create Love is Love. Continue reading

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One True Way

Hitchcock, Shannon. One True Way. New York: Scholastic Press, 2018.

Students sitting at a desk. The two girls in the middle are holding hands under the desk.

 

Set in 1977, this engaging middle grade novel follows middle-schooler Allie as she develops a crush on a new friend and realizes she’s gay. Continue reading

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Gender Queer: A Memoir

Kobabe, Maia. Gender Queer: A Memoir. Lion Forge, 2019.

A genderqueer person standing in water looking down at a more masculine reflection.

In this captivating graphic memoir, Maia Kobabe shares the story of eir* journey discovering eir nonbinary and asexual identities and coming out to eir friends, family, and community. Continue reading

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Asexual Visibility & Education Network

Jay, David (Founder). Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN). Founded 2001. https://www.asexuality.org

Website banner in purple with the asexual flag in a triangle and "Asexual Visibility & Education Network" in white.

The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN) is an online informational and social resource for asexual and questioning people and their significant others, friends, families, and allies. Continue reading

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Symptoms of Being Human

Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016.

A stark white background with a black outline of hair framing a face.

Riley Cavanaugh is the teenage child of a congressman running for reelection. They’re also genderfluid and closeted. They must accompany their father to events, wearing formal clothing that feels stifling and wrong, and perform masculinity for the media. Continue reading

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Julián is a Mermaid

Love, Jessica. Julián is a Mermaid. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2018.

A little boy wearing fern "hair" and a yellow curtain as a mermaid tail, proudly gesturing.

In this utterly charming picture book, a young child dreams about being a mermaid—and finds unconditional love and support from his grandmother. Continue reading

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Juliet Takes a Breath

Rivera, Gabby. Juliet Takes a Breath. Riverdale, NY: Riverdale Ave Books, 2016.

Juliet's head with a gorgeous undercut from behind, with the title "Juliet Takes a Breath" shaved into the back.

In this hilarious and insightful coming-of-age novel, “closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx” Juliet travels to Portland, Oregon to learn about feminism and queer culture, gets over a heartbreak, and comes out to her family. Continue reading

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