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The Best Queer History Books Of All-Time

Best Queer History Books

“What are the best Queer History Books Of All-Time?” We looked at 251 of the top Queer History books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 48 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Queer History” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 48 Queer History Books



48 .) A Queer History of the United States written by Michael Bronski

 A Queer History of the United States

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Signature Reads

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early 1800s, changed her name to “Publick Universal Friend,” refused to use pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her own congregation in upstate New York. In the mid-nineteenth century, internationally famous Shakespearean actor Charlotte Cushman led an openly lesbian life, including a well-publicized “female marriage.” And in the late 1920s, Augustus Granville Dill was fired by W. E. B. Du Bois from the NAACP’s magazine the Crisis after being arrested for a homosexual encounter. These are just a few moments of queer history that Michael Bronski highlights in this groundbreaking book.



47 .) Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community written by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis

 Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

This ground-breaking book traces the emergence and growth of a lesbian community in Buffalo, New York, from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s. Based on thirteen years of research and drawing upon the oral histories of forty-five women, authors Kennedy and Davis explore butch-femme roles, coming out, women who passed as men, motherhood, aging, racism, and the courage and pride of the working-class lesbians of Buffalo who, by confronting incredible oppression and violence, helped to pave the way for the gay and lesbian liberation movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold captures the full complexity of lesbian culture; it is a compassionate history of real people fighting for respect and a place to love without fear of persecution.



46 .) Borrowed Time written by Paul Monette

 Borrowed Time

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Bird Books
  • Goodreads

This “tender and lyrical” memoir (New York Times Book Review) remains one of the most compelling documents of the AIDS era-“searing, shattering, ultimately hope inspiring account of a great love story” (San Francisco Examiner). A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and the winner of the PEN Center West literary award.



45 .) Every Heart A Doorway written by Seanan McGuire

 Every Heart A Doorway

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.



44 .) Fun Home written by Alison Bechdel

 Fun Home

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • EW

Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned “fun home,” as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.



43 .) Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians written by Stuart Timmons and Lillian Faderman

 Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

Drawing upon untouched archives of documents and photographs and over 200 new interviews, Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons chart L.A.’s unique gay history, from the first missionary encounters with Native American cross-gendered “two spirits” to cross-dressing frontier women in search of their fortunes; from the bohemian freedom of early Hollywood to the explosion of gay life during World War II to the underground radicalism sparked by the 1950s blacklist; from the 1960s gay liberation movement to the creation of gay marketing in the 1990s. Faderman and Timmons show how geography, economic opportunity, and a constant influx of new people created a city that was more compatible to gay life than any other in America. Combining broad historical scope with deftly wrought stories of real people, from the Hollywood sound stage to the barrio, Gay L.A. is American social history at its best.



42 .) Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past written by Martin Bauml Duberman, Martha Vicinus, and George Chauncey

 Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

This richly revealing anthology brings together for the first time the vital new scholarly studies now lifting the veil from the gay and lesbian past. Such notable researchers as John Boswell, Shari Benstock, Jeffrey Weeks and John D’Emilio illuminate gay and lesbian life as it evolved in places as diverse as the Athens of Plato, Renaissance Italy, Victorian London, Jazz Age Harlem, Revolutionary Russia, Nazi Germany, Casto’s Cuba – and peoples as varied as South African black miners, American Indians, Chinese courtiers, Japanese samurai, English schoolboys and girls, and urban working women. Gender and sexuality, repression and resistance, deviance and acceptance, identity and community – all are given a context in this fascinating work.



41 .) History Is All You Left Me written by Adam Silvera

 History Is All You Left Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Reads
  • Medium

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.



40 .) If I Was Your Girl written by Meredith Russo

 If I Was Your Girl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love? Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different and a love story that everyone will root for.



39 .) It’s Not Like It’s A Secret written by Misa Sugiera

 It's Not Like It's A Secret

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend. When Sana and her family move to California she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana’s new friends don’t trust Jamie’s crowd; Jamie’s friends clearly don’t want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad’s affair is becoming too obvious to ignore anymore. Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy… what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated.



38 .) Keeping You A Secret written by Julie Anne Peters

 Keeping You A Secret

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Epic Reads

With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least, it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship?



37 .) Labryinth Lost written by Zoraida Cordova

 Labryinth Lost

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.



36 .) Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality written by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

 Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle 2
  • NBC News

Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples. Jim and John—who was dying from ALS—flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim’s name on John’s death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him.



35 .) Luna written by JULIE ANNE PETERS

 Luna

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

A groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen, selected as a National Book Award Finalist! Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female name, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change: Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance.



34 .) None of the Above written by I.W. Gregorio

 None of the Above

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between. What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.” Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?



33 .) Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America written by Lillian Faderman

 Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today’s diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. “A key work…the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of 20th-century lesbian life in the United States will begin.”—San Francisco Examiner.



32 .) Other Voices, Other Rooms written by Truman Capote

 Other Voices, Other Rooms

Lists It Appears On:

  • Electric Literature
  • EW

Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully’s Landing, the decaying mansion in rural Alabama, his father is nowhere to be found. Instead, Joel meets his morose stepmother, Amy, eccentric cousin Randolph, and a defiant little girl named Idabel, who soon offers Joel the love and approval he seeks. Fueled by a world-weariness that belied Capote’s tender age, this novel tempers its themes of waylaid hopes and lost innocence with an appreciation for small pleasures and the colorful language of its time and place. This new edition, featuring an enlightening Introduction by John Berendt, offers readers a fresh look at Capote’s emerging brilliance as a writer of protean power and effortless grace. From the Hardcover edition.



31 .) Pantomime written by Laura Lam

 Pantomime

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more . . . Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy. The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?



30 .) Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World written by Sarah Prager

 Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.



29 .) Queer: A Graphic History written by Dr. Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

 Queer: A Graphic History

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged. Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what’s ‘normal’ – Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler’s view of gendered behaviour as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we’re invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media. Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.



28 .) Rubyfruit Jungle written by Rita Mae Brown

 Rubyfruit Jungle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Buzzfeed

Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America–and living happily ever after.



27 .) Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation written by Jim Downs

 Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle 2
  • Goodreads

From a prominent young historian, the untold story of the rich variety of gay life in America in the 1970s Despite the tremendous gains of the LGBT movement in recent years, the history of gay life in this country remains poorly understood. According to conventional wisdom, gay liberation started with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969. The 1970s represented a moment of triumph–both political and sexual–before the AIDS crisis in the subsequent decade, which, in the view of many, exposed the problems inherent in the so-called “gay lifestyle”. In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970s, arguing that the decade was about much more than sex and marching in the streets. Drawing on a vast trove of untapped records at LGBT community centers in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, Downs tells moving, revelatory stories of gay people who stood together–as friends, fellow believers, and colleagues–to create a sense of community among people who felt alienated from mainstream American life. As Downs shows, gay people found one another in the Metropolitan Community Church, a nationwide gay religious group; in the pages of the Body Politic, a newspaper that encouraged its readers to think of their sexuality as a political identity; at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore, the hub of gay literary life in New York City; and at theaters putting on “Gay American History,” a play that brought to the surface the enduring problem of gay oppression. These and many other achievements would be largely forgotten after the arrival in the early 1980s of HIV/AIDS, which allowed critics to claim that sex was the defining feature of gay liberation. This reductive narrative set back the cause of gay rights and has shaped the identities of gay people for decades. An essential act of historical recovery, Stand by Me shines a bright light on a triumphant moment, and will transform how we think about gay life in America from the 1970s into the present day.



26 .) Stonewall written by Martin Duberman

 Stonewall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Bird Books
  • Goodreads

The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. At a little after one a.m. on the morning of June 28, 1969, the police carried out a routine raid on the bar. But it turned out not to be routine at all. Instead of cowering — the usual reaction to a police raid — the patrons inside Stonewall and the crowd that gathered outside the bar fought back against the police. The five days of rioting that followed changed forever the face of lesbian and gay life. In the years since 1969, the Stonewall riots have become the central symbolic event of the modern gay movement. Renowned historian and activist Martin Duberman now tells for the first time the full story of what happened at Stonewall, recreating in vivid detail those heady, sweltering nights in June 1969 and revealing a wealth of previously unknown material. This landmark book does even more: it unforgettably demonstrates that the Stonewall riots were not the beginning — just as they were certainly not the end — of the ongoing struggle for gay and lesbian rights. Duberman does all this within a narrative framework of novelistic immediacy. Stonewall unfolds through the stories of six lives, and those individual lives broaden out into the larger historical canvas. All six came of age in the pre-Stonewall era, and all six were drawn into the struggle for gay and lesbian rights as a result of the upheaval at the Stonewall bar and the events that followed.



25 .) Symptoms of Being Human written by Jeff Garvin

 Symptoms of Being Human

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl? Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.



24 .) Tash Hearts Tolstoy written by Katheryn Ormsbee

 Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral. Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual. Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?



23 .) The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies written by Vito Russo

 The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • NBC News

Praised by the Chicago Tribune as “an impressive study” and written with incisive wit and searing perception–the definitive, highly acclaimed landmark work on the portrayal of homosexuality in film.



22 .) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue written by Mackenzi Lee

 The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.



21 .) The Motion of Light and Water written by Samuel R. Delany

 The Motion of Light and Water

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Bird Books
  • EW

A very moving, intensely fascinating literary biography from an extraordinary writer. Thoroughly admirable candor and luminous stylistic precision; the artist as a young man and a memorable picture of an age.” -William Gibson “Absolutely central to any consideration of black manhood. . . . Delany’s vision of the necessity for total social and political transformation is revolutionary.” -Hazel Carby “The prose of The Motion of Light in Water often has the shimmering beauty of the title itself. . . . This book is invaluable gay history.” -Inches Magazine Born in New York City’s black ghetto Harlem at the start of World War II, Samuel R. Delany married white poet Marilyn Hacker right out of high school. The interracial couple moved into the city’s new bohemian quarter, the Lower East Side, in summer 1961. Through the decade’s opening years, new art, new sexual practices, new music, and new political awareness burgeoned among the crowded streets and cheap railroad apartments. Beautifully, vividly, insightfully, Delany calls up this era of exploration and adventure as he details his development as a black gay writer in an open marriage, with tertiary walk-ons by Bob Dylan, Stokely Carmichael, W. H. Auden, and James Baldwin, and a panoply of brilliantly drawn secondary characters. Winner of the 1989 Hugo Award for Non-fiction Samuel R. Delany is the author of numerous science fiction books including Dhalgren, other fiction including The Mad Man, as well as the best-selling nonfiction study Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. He lives in New York City and teaches at Temple University. The Lambda Book Report chose Delany as one of the fifty most significant men and women of the past hundred years to change our concept of gayness, and he is a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to lesbian and gay literature.



20 .) The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBQ Activism written by Adrian Brooks

 The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBQ Activism

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle 2
  • Signature Reads

The Right Side of History tells the 100-year history of queer activism in a series of revealing close-ups, first-person accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBT pioneers and radicals. This diverse cast stretches from the Edwardian period to today. Described by gay scholar Jonathan Katz as “willfully cacophonous, a chorus of voices untamed,” The Right Side of History sets itself apart by starting with the turn-of-the-century bohemianism of Isadora Duncan and the 1924 establishment of the nation’s first gay group, the Society for Human Rights; it also includes gay activism of labor unions in the 1920s and 1930s; the 1950s civil rights movement; the 1960s anti-war protests; the sexual liberation movements of the 1970s; and more contemporary issues such as marriage equality. The book shows how LGBT folk have always been in the forefront of progressive social evolution in the United States. It references heroes like Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bayard Rustin, Harvey Milk, and Edie Windsor. Equally, the book honors names that aren’t in history books, from participants in the Names Project, a national phenomenon memorializing 94,000 AIDS victims, to underground agitprop artists.



19 .) To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America – A History written by Lillian Faderman

 To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

This landmark work of lesbian history focuses on how certain late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century women whose lives can be described as lesbian were in the forefront of the battle to secure the rights and privileges that large numbers of Americans enjoy today. Lillian Faderman persuasively argues that their lesbianism may in fact have facilitated their accomplishments. A book of impeccable research and compelling readability, TO BELIEVE IN WOMEN will be a source of enlightenment for all, and for many a singular source of pride.



18 .) Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution written by Susan Stryker

 Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads

American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s. Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.



17 .) Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan

 Two Boys Kissing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Epic Reads

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.



16 .) Under the Udala Trees written by Chinelo Okparanta

 Under the Udala Trees

Lists It Appears On:

  • Lit Hub
  • Ozy

Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly. Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie. As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti’s political coming of age, Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees uses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.



15 .) When The Moon Was Ours written by Anna Marie McLemore

 When The Moon Was Ours

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.



14 .) When We Rise: My Life in the Movement written by Cleve Jones

 When We Rise: My Life in the Movement

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • NBC News

The partial inspiration for the forthcoming ABC television mini-series from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, executive producer Gus Van Sant, and starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Carrie Preston, and Rachel Griffiths. Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. Like thousands of other young people, Jones, nearly penniless, was drawn in the early 1970s to San Francisco, a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual freedom. Jones found community–in the hotel rooms and ramshackle apartments shared by other young adventurers, in the city’s bathhouses and gay bars like The Stud, and in the burgeoning gay district, the Castro, where a New York transplant named Harvey Milk set up a camera shop, began shouting through his bullhorn, and soon became the nation’s most outspoken gay elected official. With Milk’s encouragement, Jones dove into politics and found his calling in “the movement.” When Milk was killed by an assassin’s bullet in 1978, Jones took up his mentor’s progressive mantle–only to see the arrival of AIDS transform his life once again. By turns tender and uproarious–and written entirely in his own words–When We Rise is Jones’ account of his remarkable life. He chronicles the heartbreak of losing countless friends to AIDS, which very nearly killed him, too; his co-founding of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; his conception of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history; the bewitching story of 1970s San Francisco and the magnetic spell it cast for thousands of young gay people and other misfits; and the harrowing, sexy, and sometimes hilarious stories of Cleve’s passionate relationships with friends and lovers during an era defined by both unprecedented freedom and possibility, and prejudice and violence alike. When We Rise is not only the story of a hero to the LQBTQ community, but the vibrantly voice memoir of a full and transformative American life–an activist whose work continues today.



13 .) Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name written by Audre Lorde

 Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Ozy

ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page. –Off Our Backs



12 .) And The Band Played On written by Randy Shiltz

 And The Band Played On

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed
  • Goodreads
  • NBC News

By the time Rock Hudson’s death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In answering these questions, Shilts weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments. Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nation’s welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives. Against this backdrop, Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics, public health and the gay community, who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced. And the Band Played On is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly.



11 .) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Saenz:

 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads
  • Medium

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.



10 .) Ash written by Malinda Lo

 Ash

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Buzzfeed
  • Epic Reads

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.



9 .) Let’s Talk About Love written by Claire Kann

 Let’s Talk About Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads
  • Medium

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done. But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!). When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.



8 .) The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle written by Lillian Faderman

 The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle 2
  • Goodreads
  • NBC News

The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rights—the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers—is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles, with all the sweep, depth, and intricacies only an award-winning activist, scholar, and novelist like Lillian Faderman can evoke. The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality. In the words of the eyewitnesses who were there through the most critical events, The Gay Revolution paints a nuanced portrait of the LGBT civil rights movement. A defining account, this is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind.



7 .) The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government written by David K. Johnson

 The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads
  • NBC News

The Lavender Scare shatters the myth that homosexuality has only recently become a national political issue, changing the way we think about both the McCarthy era and the origins of the gay rights movement. And perhaps just as importantly, this book is a cautionary tale, reminding us of how acts taken by the government in the name of “national security” during the Cold War resulted in the infringement of the civil liberties of thousands of Americans.



6 .) They Both Die At The End written by Adam Silvera

 They Both Die At The End

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Reads
  • Hello Giggles
  • Medium

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.



5 .) Will Grayson, Will Grayson written by John Green and David Levithan

 Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads
  • Hello Giggles

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine. It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.



4 .) Annie On My Mind written by Nancy Garden

 Annie On My Mind

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Buzzfeed
  • Epic Reads
  • Hello Giggles

This groundbreaking book is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings. The book has been banned from many school libraries and publicly burned in Kansas City. Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, “Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves.”



3 .) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli

 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Epic Reads
  • Hello Giggles
  • Medium

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.



2 .) The Miseducation of Cameron Post written by Emily M. Danforth

 The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Lists It Appears On:

  • Abe Books
  • Bustle
  • Buzzfeed
  • Epic Reads

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both. Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.



1 .) Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman written by Leslie Feinberg

 Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Aurostraddle
  • Goodreads
  • NBC News
  • Signature Reads

With a New Afterword by the AuthorIn this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.




The 200+ Additional Best Queer History Books


#BooksAuthorsLists
49¡Cuéntamelo!: Oral Histories by LGBT Latino ImmigrantsJuliana Delgado LoperaGoodreads
5027 HoursTristina WrightEpic Reads
51A BOY LIKE MEJennie WoodEpic Reads
52A Boy’s Own StoryEdmund WhiteEW
53A Brief History of Seven KillingsMarlon JamesLit Hub
54Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color CritiqueRoderick Ferguson
Critical Theory
55ADAPTATIONMALINDA LOEpic Reads
56Alex As WellAlyssa BrugmanEpic Reads
57
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages
 Abe Books
58ALMOST PERFECTBRIAN KATCHEREpic Reads
59Am I Blue? Coming Out from the SilenceMarion Dane BauerBuzzfeed
60And Tango Makes ThreeJustin Richardson and Peter ParnellMedium
61Armistead Maupin 
Early Bird Books
62Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit MemoryQwo-Li Driskill
Aurostraddle
63Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig GirlsLindsay King-MillerBustle 2
64AutoboyographyChristina Lauren
Hello Giggles
65BeastBrie SpanglerEpic Reads
66Beautiful Music for Ugly ChildrenKirstin Cronns-MillsBuzzfeed
67Beauty QueensLibba BrayEpic Reads
68Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American FamilyAmy Ellis NuttBustle 2
69Before I Let GoMarieke NijkampEpic Reads
70Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender TeenJazz Jennings:Medium
71Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian EnglandSharon MarcusGoodreads
72Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak OutSusan KuklinBustle 2
73Bisexuality & The Eroticism of Everyday LifeMarjorie Garber
Aurostraddle
74Bite HardJustin ChinEW
75Boy Meets Boy Abe Books
76BOYFRIENDS WITH GIRLFRIENDSALEX SANCHEZEpic Reads
77Brother to Brother: New WritingsGay Black Men, Edited by Essex HemphillOzy
78Burnt MenOluwasegun Romeo OriogunOzy
79Carry OnRainbow RowellEpic Reads
80Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early AmericaRachel Hope ClevesBustle 2
81Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth CenturyJohn BoswellGoodreads
82ClarielGarth NixEpic Reads
83CODAEMMA TREVAYNEEpic Reads
84Coffee Will Make You BlackApril SinclairBustle
85Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War TwoAllan BérubéGoodreads
86Conduct Unbecoming 
Early Bird Books
87Cooking in Heels: A Memoir CookbookCeyenne Doroshow
Electric Literature
88Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South, editedConnie Griffin
Electric Literature
89CUT BOTH WAYSCarrie MesrobianEpic Reads
90Daddy, Papa and MeLesléa NewmanMedium
91Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a TimeElisa Rolle
Aurostraddle
92Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights MovementMarcia M. Gallo
Aurostraddle
93DisidentificationJose Esteban Muñoz
Critical Theory
94Don’t Call Us DeadDanez SmithOzy
95Double ExposureBridget BirdsallEpic Reads
96Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her TimeMichael du PreezGoodreads
97Dreadnought Abe Books
98Dress Codes for Small TownsCourtney C. StevensEpic Reads
99Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed AmericaChristopher BramGoodreads
100Equal Before The Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage EqualityTom WitoskyBustle 2
101EVERY DAYDAVID LEVITHANEpic Reads
102Everything Leads to YouNina LaCourEpic Reads
103FAR FROM YOUTess SharpeEpic Reads
104Finding NorthCarmen Jenner
Hello Giggles
105FREAKBOYKRISTIN CLARKEpic Reads
106Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CaféFannie Flagg
Electric Literature
107From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Abe Books
108From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the SeaKai Cheng ThomMedium
109Full CircleMichael Thomas FordEW
110Funny BoyShyam SelvaduraiLit Hub
111Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A.Jonathan Ned KatzGoodreads
112Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern IdentityRobert BeachyGoodreads
113Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940George ChaunceyGoodreads
114Gay Voices of the Harlem RenaissanceA.B. Christa Schwarz
Aurostraddle
115GeorgeAlex Gino:Medium
116Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden FruitJaye Robin BrownEpic Reads
117GIRL MANS UPM.E. GirardEpic Reads
118Girl Walking BackwardsBett WilliamsBuzzfeed
119Glory’s TeethTessa GrattonEpic Reads
120Gluck 
Early Bird Books
121GuapaSaleem HaddadLit Hub
122Happy AccidentsJane LynchBustle
123Heather Has Two MommiesLesléa NewmanMedium
124Here Comes the SunNicole Dennis-BennLit Hub
125HEROPERRY MOOREEpic Reads
126Heterosexism, Misrecognition and Capitalism: A Response to Judith ButlerNancy Fraser
Critical Theory
127HimSarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Hello Giggles
128Holly’s SecretNancy GardenBuzzfeed
129How To Make A WishAshley Herring BlakeEpic Reads
130How to Repair A Mechanical HeartJ.C. LillisBuzzfeed
131How to Survive a PlagueDavid FranceNBC News
132HUNTRESSMALINDA LOEpic Reads
133I AM JCRIS BEAMEpic Reads
134I Am JazzJessica Herthel and Jazz JenningsMedium
135If You Could Be MineSara FarizanBustle
136In the Shadow of the American Dream 
Early Bird Books
137Infidels (trans. Alison Strayer)Abdellah TaïaLit Hub
138Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli MurrayRosalind RosenbergGoodreads
139Julián is a MermaidJessica Love:Medium
140JULIET TAKES A BREATHGabby RiveraEpic Reads
141Large FearsMyles E. JohnsonMedium
142Leah on the Offbeat Abe Books
143
Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer By Chely Wright
 Buzzfeed
144LITTLE & LIONBrandy ColbertEpic Reads
145Lives of Great MenChike Frankie EdozienOzy
146Lonely Hunters: An Oral History Of Lesbian And Gay Southern Life, 1948-1968James T. SearsGoodreads
147Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian MovementMark Thompson and Randy Shilts
Aurostraddle
148LOOKING FOR GROUPRory HarrisonEpic Reads
149Lord Dismiss UsMichael CampbellEW
150Love Stories: Sex between Men before HomosexualityJonathan Ned KatzGoodreads
151Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal RightsEric MarcusGoodreads
152Male Male Intimacy In Early America: Beyond Romantic FriendshipsWilliam BenemannGoodreads
153Man Into Woman: The First Sex ChangeLili ElbeGoodreads
154MauriceE.M. ForsterEW
155Mommy, Mama, and MeLesléa NewmanMedium
156More Happy Than NotAdam SilveraEpic Reads
157Mrs. DallowayVirginia WoolfBustle
158No FutureLee Edelman
Critical Theory
159Not Otherwise SpecifiedHannah MoskowitzBuzzfeed
160Not Your Sidekick Abe Books
161OF FIRE AND STARSAudrey ColthurstEpic Reads
162One Man Guy Abe Books
163One of These Things First 
Early Bird Books
164OPENLY STRAIGHTBILL KONIGSBURGEpic Reads
165Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer AmericaMiriam Frank
Aurostraddle
166Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the PresentNeil MillerGoodreads
167Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex CouplesRodger StreitmatterBustle 2
168Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture 1668-1801Emma DonoghueGoodreads
169Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in ChinaBret HinschGoodreads
170Prelude to BruiseSaeed Jones
Electric Literature
171Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow FlagRob Sanders, illustratedMedium
172Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late CapitalismRosemary Hennessy
Critical Theory
173PROXYALEX LONDOEpic Reads
174Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?Cathy Cohen
Critical Theory
175Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism editedUriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal Ortiz
Aurostraddle
176Queer Theory and Native Studies: The Heteronormativity of Settler ColonialismAndrea Smith
Critical Theory
177QuicksilverR.J. AndersonEpic Reads
178Radio SilenceAlice OsmanEpic Reads
179Ramona BlueJulie MurphyEpic Reads
180RELEASEPatrick NessEpic Reads
181Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian / Pacific American Activists editedKevin K. Kumashiro
Aurostraddle
182Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between WomenLeila J. Rupp
Aurostraddle
183Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual RenegadeJustin SpringGoodreads
184Seriously…I’m KiddingEllen DeGeneresBustle
185Seven Ways We LieRiley RedgateEpic Reads
186She Called Me WomanAzeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu.Ozy
187Sister OutsiderAudre LordeNBC News
188Six of Crows Abe Books
189Skin 
Early Bird Books
190Sparkle BoyLesléa NewmanMedium
191Stone Butch BluesLeslie FeinbergBustle
192Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay RevolutionDavid CarterGoodreads
193Stranger Than FanfictionChris ColferEpic Reads
194Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth CenturyGraham RobbGoodreads
195Strong EnoughMelanie Harlow and David Romanov
Hello Giggles
196Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the PresentLillian Faderman
Aurostraddle
197Sutphin BoulevardSantino Hassell
Hello Giggles
198Swimming in the Monsoon Sea Abe Books
199Terrorist AssemblagesJasbir Puar
Critical Theory
200THE ART OF BEING NORMALLisa WilliamsonEpic Reads
201The Bermudez TriangleMaureen JohnsonBuzzfeed
202The Boy & The BindiVivek ShrayaMedium
203The City of DeviManil SuriLit Hub
204The Color PurpleAlice Walker
Electric Literature
205THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND MEMADELEINE GEORGEEpic Reads
206The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and CultureBonnie J. MorrisGoodreads
207The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For 
Signature Reads
208The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist AccountabilityKristen Hogan
Aurostraddle
209The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America since World War IICharles KaiserGoodreads
210The Girls: Sappho Goes to HollywoodDiana McLellan
Aurostraddle
211THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVERTim FederleEpic Reads
212The Heart Is A Lonely HunterCarson McCullers
Electric Literature
213The Heart’s Invisible FuriesJohn BoyneEW
214The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo) Abe Books
215The History of Sexuality, Volume 2: The Use of PleasureMichel FoucaultGoodreads
216The House You Pass on the Way Abe Books
217The Inevitable Victorian ThingE.K. JohnstonEpic Reads
218The Invention of HeterosexualityJonathan Ned KatzGoodreads
219The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later 
Signature Reads
220The Love InterestCale DietrichEpic Reads
221The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey MilkRandy ShiltsGoodreads
222The Men With the Pink TriangleHeinz HegerNBC News
223The Necessary Hunger Abe Books
224The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar WildeGoodreads
225The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against HomosexualsRichard PlantGoodreads
226The Price of SaltPatricia HighsmithEW
227The Raven CycleMaggie Stiefvater
Electric Literature
228The Reification of DesireKevin Floyd
Critical Theory
229The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern EnglandValerie TraubGoodreads
230The Soldier’s ScoundrelCat Sebastian
Hello Giggles
231The Song of Achilles Abe Books
232The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century AmericaMargot CanadayGoodreads
233The Walk-in ClosetAbdi NazemianLit Hub
234The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay MarriageMichael McConnellBustle 2
235They She He Me, Free to Be!Maya & Matthew Gonzales:Medium
236This Book Is GayJames DawsonBustle 2
237This Bridge Called My Back 
Signature Reads
238This Day in JuneGayle E. Pitman and Kristyna LittenNBC News
239This Song is (Not) For YouLaura NowlinEpic Reads
240Times Square Red, Times Square BlueSamuel R. DelanyGoodreads
241TreasureRebekah Weatherspoon
Hello Giggles
242TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFEKenneth LoganEpic Reads
243True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyEmily SkidmoreGoodreads
244Two or Three Things I Know For SureDorothy Allison
Electric Literature
245Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay & Lesbian Press in AmericaRodger Streitmatter
Aurostraddle
246We Are OkayNina LacourEpic Reads
247We AwakenCalista LynneEpic Reads
248When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a CommunityGayle E. PitmanMedium
249Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965Nan Alamilla Boyd
Aurostraddle
250Wildthorn Abe Books
251Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other RenegadesCahtherine Smith and Cynthia Greig
Aurostraddle



17 Best Queer History Book Sources/Lists



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Abe Books 30 Essential LGBT+ Books for YA Readers – AbeBooks
Aurostraddle 25 LGBT History Books to Add to Your Epic Queer History Reading …
Bustle 11 Books Every Queer Woman Should Read To See All Different …
Bustle 2 12 Essential LGBTQ Nonfiction Books For Your Pride Month Reading …
Buzzfeed 16 LGBT Books That Will Actually Change Your Life – BuzzFeed
Critical Theory 20 Must-Read Queer Theory Texts | Critical-Theory.com
Early Bird Books 9 Books to Commemorate the Stonewall Riots – Early Bird Books
Electric Literature 9 Books About Being Southern and Queer as Hell – Electric Literature
Epic Reads 72 Must-Read YA Books Featuring Gay Protagonists – Epic Reads
EW Call Me By Your Name: 10 LGBTQ books to read after seeing the …
Goodreads Popular Queer History Books – Goodreads
Hello Giggles 13 LGBTQ romances you can read before LGBT History Month ends …
Lit Hub 8 Great Books by LGBTQ Authors From Places Where It’s Illegal to Be …
Medium 20 Must-Read LGBTQIA+ Children’s Books – The Conscious Kid …
NBC News 11 Books to Read This LGBTQ History Month – NBC News
Ozy 7 Books That Put the Fierce into Black Queer History | Good Sh*t | OZY
Signature Reads 6 Essential Books on the History of LGBT Rights in America – Signature

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