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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Reading Widely: Pride Month

June is LGBT+ Pride Month. If you're interested in the origins of Pride Month, you can read this post from our very own blog from last year!

Below are a few suggestions to add to your Pride Month reading list. Each title featured below corresponds to a letter in the LGBTQIA acronym!

L--Lesbian: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Adult historical fiction
Nan King is a normal girl who makes her living shucking oysters. But then she sees musical hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator. She soon meets her idol and becomes her dresser, and as their careers begin to race toward stardom, their relationship changes and deepens.

G--Gay: My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Young adult contemporary fiction
TC and Augie are best friends, so close they call each other brothers. They think they have the world figured out, until they both fall hard: TC for new girl Ale, and Augie...for a boy? It's not so clear to him, but everyone in his life can see it. This adorable story is about friendship, family, baseball, and Mary Poppins.

B--Bisexual: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Young adult mystery
Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, Mina does not. The police call it a drug deal gone wrong, and force Sophie into rehab. When she returns, everything is different, and Sophie realizes that she's going to have to find Mina's murderer all by herself, digging up all her secrets in the process.

T--Transgender: George by Alex Gino

Middle grade contemporary fiction
When people look at George, they see a boy. But George knows she's a girl. When George's class puts on a production of Charlotte's Web, George wants to be Charlotte, but her teacher says that she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. George enlists the help of her best friend to come up with a plan: so she can be Charlotte, but also so she can be herself.

Q--Queer/Questioning: Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry

Young adult contemporary fiction
Brooklyn is off to Allerdale to do a theater summer apprenticeship where no one knows her super-famous performer family so she can find her own place. She immediately hits it off with her roommate Zoe, and their relationship turns into something more. But as her relationship deepens, so do Brooklyn's questions and doubts: is she happy because of Zoe? Or because she's figuring out who and what she wants to be?

I--Intersex: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Young adult contemporary fiction
Kristin is homecoming queen, a champion hurdler, and has the perfect boyfriend. But her life changes with one doctor's visit: Kristin is intersex: she's outwardly female, but she has male chromosomes, and maybe even internal male parts. Dealing with this is hard enough, but when her secret is leaked to the entire school, she has to come to terms with her identity, and quickly.

A--Asexual, Aromantic, Agender: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Adult fantasy
Nancy has ended up at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. Her parents think she was kidnapped and is traumatized by the experience. But she knows the truth: she tumbled into a different world. This happens to children sometimes: they fall or trip or step into somewhere else. And everyone under Miss West's Care is trying to get back to the world they came from. But in the meantime, tragedy strikes and darkness threatens to overtake the school. Can Nancy and her schoolmates get to the bottom of the trouble?

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