LGBTQ Pride Reading Recommendations

Our friends at the LGBTQ Resource Center shared 51 books for the 51st anniversary of Stonewall.

Two shelves of rainbow-colored books

We are highlighting 51 books written in the last decade. The authors speak to our past, present, and future. The books cover many academic fields and genres, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, anthologies and memoirs. We also suggest checking out our recent list of 10 Pride Essentials!

  1. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory, by Qwo-Li Driskill
  2. Being and Becoming Professionally Other: Identities, Voices, and Experiences of U.S. Trans* Academics, by Erich Pitcher
  3. Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century, by Elizabeth Freeman
  4. Black Girl Dangerous: On Race, Queerness, Class and Gender, by Mia McKenzie
  5. Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, by C. Riley Snorton
  6. Bodymap, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  7. Brilliant Imperfection, by Eli Clare
  8. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, by Eric A. Stanley
  9. Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo
  10. Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, by Joanne Barker
  11. Crossfire: A Litany for Survival, by Staceyann Chin
  12. Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  13. Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, by Julia Serano
  14. Feminist, Queer, Crip, by Alison Kafer
  15. Gender Queer, Maia Kobabe
  16. Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture, by Lee Airton
  17. How We Fight For Our Lives, by Saeed Jones
  18. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  19. Hull, by Xandria Phillips
  20. Imagining LatinX Intimacies: Connecting Queer Stories, Spaces and Sexualities, by Edward A. Chamberlain
  21. Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera
  22. Lana and Lilly Wachowski, by Cael Keegan
  23. Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature, by Trevor Boffone & Cristina Herrera
  24. No Ashes in the Fire, by Darnell L. Moore
  25. No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, by E. Patrick Johnson 
  26. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, by Dean Spade
  27. Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, by Adrienne Maree Brown
  28. Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, by Joey L. Mogul
  29. Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities, by Karma Chavez
  30. Queer Necropolitics, by Jin Haritaworn
  31. Queer: A Graphic History, by Meg-John Barker
  32. Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement, by Jennifer Patterson
  33. Radically Listening to Transgender Children: Creating Epistemic Justice Through Critical Reflection and Resistant Imaginations, by Katie Steele
  34. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, by Janet Mock
  35. Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization, by Scott L. Morgensen
  36. The Lonely Letters, by Ashon T. Crawley
  37. The Queerness of Native American Literature, by Lisa Tatonetti
  38. The Stonewall Reader, by New York Public Library
  39. The Transgender Studies Reader 2, by Susan Stryker
  40. The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens, by Stephanie A. Brill
  41. Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement, by Jian Neo Chen
  42. Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century, by Tey Meadow
  43. Trans Love: An Anthology of Transgender and Non-Binary Voices, by Freiya Benson
  44. Trans People in Higher Education, by Genny Beemyn
  45. Trans Youth in Education, by Jen Gilbert
  46. Transgender Health: A Practitioner’s Guide to Binary and Non-Binary Trans Patient Care, by Benjamin Vincent
  47. Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton.
  48. Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene Carruthers
  49. Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals, by Saidiya Hartman
  50. Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, by Lexie Bean
  51. You Should See Me in a Crown, by Leah Johnson