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LGBTQIA+ Books for Empowerment & Enjoyment!

This is by no means an exhaustive list of LGBT+ books, merely the collection put together following our Palomar Pride Center’s most recent Queer Café, Queer Coming Out stories! You can always email us with more books to add to the list, or that you’d like to see! If there is enough interest, Pride Center could re-visit this Queer Café discussion in the future.
New Literature
The City of Palaces (2014) – Michael Nava
Gideon the 9th (2019) – Tamsyn Muir
Witch Boy series (2017) – Molly Knox Ostertag
Cemetery Boys (2020) – Aiden Thomas
Rage: A Love Story (2009) – Julie Anne Peters
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children (2012) – Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Pet (2019) – Akwaeke Emezi
Fun Home (2006) – Alison Bechdel
Tell the Wolves I’m Home (2012) – Carol Rifka Brunt
Transgender
Redefining Realness (2014) – Janet Mock
Tranny (2016) – Laura Jane Grace
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children (2012) – Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Pet (2019) – Akwaeke Emezi
Stories with a Happy Ending
Nightrunner series (1996) – Lynn Flewelling
Tamir Triad series (2001) – Lynn Flewelling
Annie on my Mind (1982) – Nancy Gardener
Redefining Realness (2014) – Janet Mock
Tranny (2016) – Laura Jane Grace
Rubyfruit Jungle (1973) – Rita Mae Brown
Black Literature
Pet (2019) – Akwaeke Emezi
Redefining Realness (2014) – Janet Mock
British Literature
Maurice (1913) – E.M. Forster
The Well of Loneliness (1928) – Radclyffe Hall
The Line of Beauty (2004) – Alan Hollinghurst
Chicano Literature
The City of Palaces (2014) – Michael Nava
What Night Brings (2013) – Carla Trujillo
“Classics”
Brideshead Revisited (1945) – Evelyn Waugh
The Shore of Women (1986) – Pamela Sargent
Stone Butch Blues (1993) – Leslie Feinberg
Rubyfruit Jungle (1973) – Rita Mae Brown
Annie on my Mind (1982) – Nancy Gardener