YA LGBTQIA+ Nonfiction

Find information about LGBTQIA+ history, identities, experiences, and more on this booklist.

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Laura W. & Fern S.
365 Gays of the Year (Plus 1 for a Leap Year): Discover LGBTQ+ History One Day at a Time

Lewis Laney
(Adult Nonfiction - 306.7609 Lan)

Discover your queer hero and learn something new every day with 365 Gays of the Year, an accessible and fun introduction to LGBTQ+ history through the people that made it.

Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality

Julia Shaw
(Teen Nonfiction - 306.765 Sha)

Despite all the welcome changes that have happened in our culture and laws over the past few decades in regards to sexuality, the subject remains one of the most influential but least understood aspects of our lives. For psychologist and bestselling author Julia Shaw, this is both professional and personal; Shaw studies the science of sexuality and she herself is proudly and vocally bisexual.

From Gay to Z

Justin Sayre
(Adult Nonfiction - 306.766 Say)

This humorous collection provides hundreds of witty, readable short texts on pop culture moments, iconic figures, ongoing challenges in the LGBTQIA+ community, and everything in between. This carefully curated (and absolutely not definitive) A-to-Z perspective on queer culture also aims to make you laugh, think, and act, and serves as a reminder that queer culture isn't just what we have been, but what we are.

Growing Up Trans in Our Own Words

Lindsay Herriot, Kate Fry
- Editors
(Teen Nonfiction - 306.7608 Gro)

What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Written by trans youth from ages 11–18, this collection illustrates the trans experience through stories, essays, art, and poetry. They tell of the challenges—big and small—of being a young trans person. It is also a toolkit for what understanding, acceptance, and support for the trans community looks like.

Here and Queer: A Queer Girl's Guide to Life

Rowan Ellis, Jacky Sheridan
(Teen Nonfiction - 306.7663 Ell)

This vibrant, inclusive guide, designed for all kinds of girls, is designed to help you be the strongest, proudest, and happiest version of yourself! A celebration of the gift of queerness, it's packed full of heartfelt advice, comforting stories, and stylish illustrations, and will give you the tools you need to explore your own identity—on your own terms.

The LGBTQ+ History Book
(Adult Nonfiction - 306.7609 Lgb)

Showcasing the breadth of the LGBTQ+ experience, this diverse, global account explores the most important moments, movements, and phenomena, celebrating the victories and untold triumphs of LGBTQ+ people throughout history, as well as commemorating moments of tragedy and persecution.

Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey

Christopher Measom
(Adult Nonfiction - 306.766 Mea)

This lavishly illustrated book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and is an inspiring photographic journey through the LGBTQIA+ Pride movement over the last century.

Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality

Eliot Schrefer
(Teen Nonfiction - 591.562 Sch)

A research-based exploration of queer behavior in different animal species is interspersed with personal anecdotes and interviews with scientists.

The Queer Film Guide

Kyle Turner
(Adult Nonfiction - 791.43653 Tur)

From lesser-known names to Academy Award winners, The Queer Film Guide offers a fresh take on what defines great cinema, lending a voice to the diverse creators and characters who've shaped the art form.

A Queer History of the United States for Young People

Michael Bronski
(Teen Nonfiction - 306.766 Bro)

Through engrossing narratives, letters, drawings, poems, and more, the book encourages young readers, of all identities, to feel pride at the accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ people who came before them and to use history as a guide to the future.

Queer There and Everywhere: 27 People Who Changed the World

Sarah Prager
(Teen Nonfiction - 920 Pra)

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you've likely never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 27 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms.

Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights

Jamie Lawson
(Adult Nonfiction - 306.766 Law)

From the impassioned speeches of bold activists Karl Ulrichs and Audre Lorde to the birth of Pride and queer pop culture, Rainbow Revolutions charts the dramatic rise of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, and celebrates the courageous individuals who stood up and demanded recognition.

This Book is Gay

Juno Dawson
(Teen Nonfiction - 306.76 Daw)

Inside this revised and updated edition, you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBTQIA+ also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums.

What's the T?

Juno Dawson
(Teen Nonfiction - 306.768 Daw)

Discover what it means to be a young transgender and/or nonbinary person in the 21st century in this frank and funny guide for teens.

Graphic Novels
Be Gay, Do Comics!: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire from The Nib

Matt Bors
- Editor
(Graphic Novels - GN 306.76 Be)

This book is filled with dozens of comics about LGBTQIA + experiences, ranging from personal stories to queer history to cutting satire about pronoun panic and brands desperate to co-opt Pride Month.

The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures

ND Stevenson
(Graphic Novels - GN 741.5092 Stevenson Ste)

In a collection of personal comics that span eight years of his young adult life, author-illustrator ND Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world.

Gender Queer: A Memoir

Maia Kobabe
(Graphic Novels - GN 921 Kobabe Kob)

Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story; it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir

Maggie Thrash
(Graphic Novels - GN 800.92 Thrash Thr)

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer at the 100-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older and wiser female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it's too much for Maggie to handle, let alone to understand.

How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual

Rebecca Burgess
(Graphic Novels - GN 306.762 Bur)

Brave, witty, and empowering, this graphic memoir follows Rebecca as she navigates her asexual identity and mental health in a world obsessed with sex. From school to work to relationships, this book offers an unparalleled insight into asexuality.

I'm a Wild Seed

Sharon Lee de la Cruz
(Graphic Novels - GN Delacru Im A Wild Seed)

In this delightfully compelling full-color graphic memoir, the author shares her process of undoing the effects of a patriarchal, colonial society on her self-image, her sexuality, and her concept of freedom.

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

Laura Gao
(Graphic Novels - GN 921 Gao Gao)

Seamlessly toggling between past and present, this funny graphic memoir follows a queer Chinese American's immigration to Texas where she just wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why she's attracted to girls.

Queer as All Get Out: 10 People Who've Inspired Me

Shelby Criswell
(Graphic Novels - GN 920 Cri)

The author shares their life as a genderqueer person, living in the American South, revealing their own personal struggle for acceptance and how they were inspired by these historical LGBTQIA+ people to live their own truth.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality

Molly Muldoon, Will Hernandez
(Graphic Novels - GN 306.762 Mul)

Asexuality is often called The Invisible Orientation. You don't learn about it in school, and you don't hear "Ace" on television. So, it's kind of hard to be ace in a society so steeped in sex that no one knows you exist. This book is for anyone who wants to learn about asexuality, and for Ace people themselves, to validate their experiences. Asexuality is a real identity and it's time the world recognizes it.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

Mady G, J.R. Zuckerberg
(Graphic Novels - GN 306.76 G)

Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
(Graphic Novels - GN 305.3 Bon)

Long-time best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips and tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.


Tillie Walden
(Graphic Novels - GN 796.91292 Walden Wal)

For 10 years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all of the work was worth it.