Celebrate Pride Month

Happy LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Celebrated in the month of June, Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day stretch of protests in which LGBTQ+ activists fought back against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City. It was a major protest against anti-LGBTQ+ laws and discrimination and a catalyst for the Pride celebrations known today. 


The following list of resources can help you celebrate Pride Month by learning about the history of LGBTQ+ communities in the United States, reading about the lives of LGBTQ+ persons, and experiencing the works of LGBTQ+ authors and creators. Many of the titles and authors included on this list have received awards or other honors, but this list is by no means comprehensive. 


Adult Fiction 

  • Bellies by Nicola Dinan: Two queer men who meet at university and begin a life together face a momentous challenge when one of them announces an intention to transition. 

  • Blackouts by Justin Torres: An unnamed narrator and his elderly and dying friend weave together forgotten queer histories in Torres’ second novel. 

  • Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis: In the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, five wildly different women find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately family. 

  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters: The lives of three women collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires. 

  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai: In 1985, Yale Tishman’s career as the director of a Chicago art gallery starts to flourish while the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. 

  • I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson: Kian Andrews is shocked when his ex-boyfriend Hudson Rivers contacts him months after their breakup, asking him to pretend they’re still dating during an upcoming visit from his parents.  

  • Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki: To escape eternal damnation, Shizuka Satomi is tasked by the devil with persuading seven violin prodigies to surrender their souls for success. 

  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Calliope’s sense of identity is shaken by the discovery that she is intersex. 

  • Old Enough by Haley Jakobson: When her best friend from childhood gets engaged, college sophomore Savannah Henry is pulled back into a history she had just barely begun to heal from while falling in love with Wes, a sweet, nonbinary classmate. 

  • Rainbow Rainbow: Stories by Lydia Conklin: This collection of humorous and heartrending stories follows queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters as they seek love and connection. 

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. 

  • Siren Queen by Nghi Vo: This tale of movie magic follows Luli, a Chinese American girl who is determined to realize her dreams of movie stardom, no matter how much she must lie, cheat, or steal. 

  • Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon: Vern lives in the woods, isolated from society and determined to raise her twins far from its influence, but now her body is undergoing strange transformations. 

  • We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian: In New York City in the late 1950s, a hostile time for gay men, reporter Nick Russo finds himself smitten with Andy Fleming, the son of the newspaper’s owner. 


Adult Nonfiction 


Young Adult Fiction 

  • Camp by L.C. Rosen: At a summer camp for queer teens, sixteen-year-old Randall “Del” Kapplehoff schemes to convince Hudson Aaronson-Lim to fall in love with him. 

  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender: Felix Love, a transgender teenager, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend. 

  • Flamer by Mike Curato: This graphic novel follows Aiden through a week of summer camp in 1995 as he wrestles with the growing realization that he’s gay. 

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: Amanda Hardy wants to fit in at her new school, but she is conflicted about revealing her transgender identity to her new crush. 

  • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuinston: After valedictorian rivals Chloe and Shara kiss, Shara vanishes, leaving Chloe and two boys, who are also enamored with Shara, to follow the trail of clues she left behind.  

  • Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore: Two nonbinary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake and struggle to keep their real lives intact. 

  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo: America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown, where Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone. 

  • Loveless by Alice Oseman: Eighteen-year-old Georgia comes to understand her aromantic/asexual identity as she starts college. 

  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: High school senior Liz Lighty plans to attend a prestigious medical school, but the unexpected loss of her financial aid forces her to compete for her school’s prom-queen scholarship. 



  • Call Me by Your Name: Set in 1983 in northern Italy, this film chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio and Oliver and is based on the novel of the same name. 

  • The Danish Girl: This love story was inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. 

  • Milk: This film is based on the true story of Harvey Milk, a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a gay rights activist and city politician. 

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post: Based on the novel of the same name, this film follows Cameron, a teenage girl who is sent to a conversion therapy center in the 1990s. 

  • Moonlight: A young Black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. 

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire: This French language film set in 1760 follows Marianne, who is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent.