Saturday, June 20, 2015

June is LGBTQ Book Month

ALA has designated June as GLBT Book Month to celebrate "the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community".  

The GLBT Round Table of ALA has also come up with the Over The Rainbow Booklist which highlight GLBT books.

I thought that I might share with you a short list of LGBT books that I found intriguing, thoughtful, enjoyable or that I just wanted to share with you again.

Sweet Tooth by Tim Anderson - a great memoir about growing up in North Carolina in the late 80s/early 90s while gay and diabetic.


The Absolutist by John Boyne - an incredibly emotional story about a World War I soldier and the complete truth of what happened between him and another soldier.  I bawled my eyes out.


Beautiful Music For Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills - who doesn't love a character you can really root for?  That is Gabe a transgender high school student who was born female.  This is his story as he comes out of the closet and starts living as his true gender identity.


If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan - a love story between two girls in Iran, where homosexuality is strictly forbidden by the government.  


Openly Straight by Bill Konigsburg - a different story in which the main character is out and fully supported by family and friends, but decides to change schools and go back into the closet in an effort to lose the "gay kid" label.


So, yes, this is a pretty short list.  I could have included others, but my mind went straight to these - so there you have it.  Please let me know of any titles that I may have missed and you recommend!


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3 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I have Beautiful Music for Ugly Children but I still need to read it. I also really want to read If You Could Be Mine and Openly Straight. Some others that I'd recommend?

I like Perks of Being a Wallflower - gay characters

Luna by Julie Anne Peters - transgender male to female
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters - boy with two moms

-Lauren

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

I adore Perks of Being a Wallflower. Great of you to mention...
The others are new to me, I'll check them out! Thanks!

geoffwhaley.com said...

The Absolutist and Openly Straight - YES YES YES YES! I loved both of them beyond belief.

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