This is a living, evolving list of highly recommended materials, with links to reviews. Stay tuned and watch it grow!
Brooklyn, Burning, written by Steven Brezenoff, is a powerful homage to punk rock, gender non-conformity, and chosen family. Read the review here.
Eighty-Sixed, written by David B. Feinberg, is a powerful novel about gay men during the rise of AIDS in New York City in the 1980s. Read the review here.
Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, written by Julia Serano, is a call to activist communities to collaborate, learn history, and develop inclusive strategies. Review can be found here.
George, written by Alex Gino, is a poignant juvenile fiction novel about a fourth-grade trans girl who wants to play Charlotte in the school play. Read the review here.
Gracefully Grayson, written by Ami Polonsky, is a superb juvenile fiction book about a sixth-grade trans girl who comes out through theatre. See review here.
Here Comes the Sun tells the stories of four women in Jamaica as they struggle to survive in a resort town. Margot and Verdene have the added burden of being lesbians in an oppressive, homophobic time and place. Review here.
Julio’s Day, written and illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez, is a stunning graphic novel following the life of a gay Mexican American man from his birth in 1900 to his death in 2000. Read the review here.
Lo, Malinda (author), has written some gorgeous YA fiction with lesbian themes and rich folklore and science fiction elements. Learn more about her work here.
The Marvels, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, weaves together the stories of generations of English actors with the coming of age of a young runaway. Read the review here.
Meet Polkadot, written and illustrated by Talcott Broadhead, introduces a non-binary child and discusses nuances of gender identity, societal expectations, intersectional identities, and allyship. Review here.
Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman, is an exploration of butch/femme identity with a fantastic group of contributors. Read the review here.
Playing a Part, written by Daria Wilke, is the first Russian YA novel to be translated into English and is about a young gay teen growing up in a puppet theater. Reviewed here.
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, written by Samuel R. Delany, is an extraordinary science fiction novel exploring sexuality, gender, desire, and information. Read the review here.
Trans Bodies Trans Selves is a comprehensive resource for transgender healthcare, self-knowledge, advocacy, and self-care. Reviewed here.
Under the Udala Trees, written by Chinelo Okparanta, is an outstanding historical fiction novel about an Igbo girl growing up in pre-independence Nigeria. Read the review here.
We Love You, Charlie Freeman, by Kaitlyn Greenidge, is about a Black family who moves to a scientific institute to teach a chimpanzee sign language. Reviewed here.
What Night Brings, by Carla Trujillo, is a beautiful novel about a preadolescent Mexican American lesbian. See the review here.