The Best Queer History Books Of All-Time

“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

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.

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

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.

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46 .) Borrowed Time written by Paul Monette

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.

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45 .) Every Heart A Doorway written by Seanan McGuire

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.

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44 .) Fun Home written by Alison Bechdel

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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37 .) Labryinth Lost written by Zoraida Cordova

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.

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

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.

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35 .) Luna written by JULIE ANNE PETERS

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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31 .) Pantomime written by Laura Lam

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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28 .) Rubyfruit Jungle written by Rita Mae Brown

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.

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

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.

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26 .) Stonewall written by Martin Duberman

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.

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25 .) Symptoms of Being Human written by Jeff Garvin

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.

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24 .) Tash Hearts Tolstoy written by Katheryn Ormsbee

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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17 .) Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan

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  • 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.

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16 .) Under the Udala Trees written by Chinelo Okparanta

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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10 .) Ash written by Malinda Lo

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  • 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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4 .) Annie On My Mind written by Nancy Garden

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  • 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.”

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

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.

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

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.

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

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  • 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.

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The 200+ Additional Best Queer History Books


# Books Authors Lists
49 ¡Cuéntamelo!: Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants Juliana Delgado Lopera Goodreads
50 27 Hours Tristina Wright Epic Reads
51 A BOY LIKE ME Jennie Wood Epic Reads
52 A Boy’s Own Story Edmund White EW
53 A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James Lit Hub
54 Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique Roderick Ferguson
Critical Theory
55 ADAPTATION MALINDA LO Epic Reads
56 Alex As Well Alyssa Brugman Epic Reads
57
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages
Abe Books
58 ALMOST PERFECT BRIAN KATCHER Epic Reads
59 Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence Marion Dane Bauer Buzzfeed
60 And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Medium
61 Armistead Maupin
Early Bird Books
62 Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory Qwo-Li Driskill
Aurostraddle
63 Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls Lindsay King-Miller Bustle 2
64 Autoboyography Christina Lauren
Hello Giggles
65 Beast Brie Spangler Epic Reads
66 Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Kirstin Cronns-Mills Buzzfeed
67 Beauty Queens Libba Bray Epic Reads
68 Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Amy Ellis Nutt Bustle 2
69 Before I Let Go Marieke Nijkamp Epic Reads
70 Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen Jazz Jennings: Medium
71 Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England Sharon Marcus Goodreads
72 Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Susan Kuklin Bustle 2
73 Bisexuality & The Eroticism of Everyday Life Marjorie Garber
Aurostraddle
74 Bite Hard Justin Chin EW
75 Boy Meets Boy Abe Books
76 BOYFRIENDS WITH GIRLFRIENDS ALEX SANCHEZ Epic Reads
77 Brother to Brother: New Writings Gay Black Men, Edited by Essex Hemphill Ozy
78 Burnt Men Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun Ozy
79 Carry On Rainbow Rowell Epic Reads
80 Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America Rachel Hope Cleves Bustle 2
81 Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century John Boswell Goodreads
82 Clariel Garth Nix Epic Reads
83 CODA EMMA TREVAYNE Epic Reads
84 Coffee Will Make You Black April Sinclair Bustle
85 Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two Allan Bérubé Goodreads
86 Conduct Unbecoming
Early Bird Books
87 Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook Ceyenne Doroshow
Electric Literature
88 Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South, edited Connie Griffin
Electric Literature
89 CUT BOTH WAYS Carrie Mesrobian Epic Reads
90 Daddy, Papa and Me Lesléa Newman Medium
91 Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time Elisa Rolle
Aurostraddle
92 Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement Marcia M. Gallo
Aurostraddle
93 Disidentification Jose Esteban Muñoz
Critical Theory
94 Don’t Call Us Dead Danez Smith Ozy
95 Double Exposure Bridget Birdsall Epic Reads
96 Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time Michael du Preez Goodreads
97 Dreadnought Abe Books
98 Dress Codes for Small Towns Courtney C. Stevens Epic Reads
99 Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America Christopher Bram Goodreads
100 Equal Before The Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality Tom Witosky Bustle 2
101 EVERY DAY DAVID LEVITHAN Epic Reads
102 Everything Leads to You Nina LaCour Epic Reads
103 FAR FROM YOU Tess Sharpe Epic Reads
104 Finding North Carmen Jenner
Hello Giggles
105 FREAKBOY KRISTIN CLARK Epic Reads
106 Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café Fannie Flagg
Electric Literature
107 From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Abe Books
108 From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea Kai Cheng Thom Medium
109 Full Circle Michael Thomas Ford EW
110 Funny Boy Shyam Selvadurai Lit Hub
111 Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. Jonathan Ned Katz Goodreads
112 Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity Robert Beachy Goodreads
113 Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 George Chauncey Goodreads
114 Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance A.B. Christa Schwarz
Aurostraddle
115 George Alex Gino: Medium
116 Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit Jaye Robin Brown Epic Reads
117 GIRL MANS UP M.E. Girard Epic Reads
118 Girl Walking Backwards Bett Williams Buzzfeed
119 Glory’s Teeth Tessa Gratton Epic Reads
120 Gluck
Early Bird Books
121 Guapa Saleem Haddad Lit Hub
122 Happy Accidents Jane Lynch Bustle
123 Heather Has Two Mommies Lesléa Newman Medium
124 Here Comes the Sun Nicole Dennis-Benn Lit Hub
125 HERO PERRY MOORE Epic Reads
126 Heterosexism, Misrecognition and Capitalism: A Response to Judith Butler Nancy Fraser
Critical Theory
127 Him Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Hello Giggles
128 Holly’s Secret Nancy Garden Buzzfeed
129 How To Make A Wish Ashley Herring Blake Epic Reads
130 How to Repair A Mechanical Heart J.C. Lillis Buzzfeed
131 How to Survive a Plague David France NBC News
132 HUNTRESS MALINDA LO Epic Reads
133 I AM J CRIS BEAM Epic Reads
134 I Am Jazz Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings Medium
135 If You Could Be Mine Sara Farizan Bustle
136 In the Shadow of the American Dream
Early Bird Books
137 Infidels (trans. Alison Strayer) Abdellah Taïa Lit Hub
138 Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray Rosalind Rosenberg Goodreads
139 Julián is a Mermaid Jessica Love: Medium
140 JULIET TAKES A BREATH Gabby Rivera Epic Reads
141 Large Fears Myles E. Johnson Medium
142 Leah on the Offbeat Abe Books
143
Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer By Chely Wright
Buzzfeed
144 LITTLE & LION Brandy Colbert Epic Reads
145 Lives of Great Men Chike Frankie Edozien Ozy
146 Lonely Hunters: An Oral History Of Lesbian And Gay Southern Life, 1948-1968 James T. Sears Goodreads
147 Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement Mark Thompson and Randy Shilts
Aurostraddle
148 LOOKING FOR GROUP Rory Harrison Epic Reads
149 Lord Dismiss Us Michael Campbell EW
150 Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality Jonathan Ned Katz Goodreads
151 Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights Eric Marcus Goodreads
152 Male Male Intimacy In Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships William Benemann Goodreads
153 Man Into Woman: The First Sex Change Lili Elbe Goodreads
154 Maurice E.M. Forster EW
155 Mommy, Mama, and Me Lesléa Newman Medium
156 More Happy Than Not Adam Silvera Epic Reads
157 Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf Bustle
158 No Future Lee Edelman
Critical Theory
159 Not Otherwise Specified Hannah Moskowitz Buzzfeed
160 Not Your Sidekick Abe Books
161 OF FIRE AND STARS Audrey Colthurst Epic Reads
162 One Man Guy Abe Books
163 One of These Things First
Early Bird Books
164 OPENLY STRAIGHT BILL KONIGSBURG Epic Reads
165 Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America Miriam Frank
Aurostraddle
166 Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present Neil Miller Goodreads
167 Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples Rodger Streitmatter Bustle 2
168 Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture 1668-1801 Emma Donoghue Goodreads
169 Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China Bret Hinsch Goodreads
170 Prelude to Bruise Saeed Jones
Electric Literature
171 Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Rob Sanders, illustrated Medium
172 Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism Rosemary Hennessy
Critical Theory
173 PROXY ALEX LONDO Epic Reads
174 Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics? Cathy Cohen
Critical Theory
175 Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism edited Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal Ortiz
Aurostraddle
176 Queer Theory and Native Studies: The Heteronormativity of Settler Colonialism Andrea Smith
Critical Theory
177 Quicksilver R.J. Anderson Epic Reads
178 Radio Silence Alice Osman Epic Reads
179 Ramona Blue Julie Murphy Epic Reads
180 RELEASE Patrick Ness Epic Reads
181 Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian / Pacific American Activists edited Kevin K. Kumashiro
Aurostraddle
182 Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women Leila J. Rupp
Aurostraddle
183 Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade Justin Spring Goodreads
184 Seriously…I’m Kidding Ellen DeGeneres Bustle
185 Seven Ways We Lie Riley Redgate Epic Reads
186 She Called Me Woman Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu. Ozy
187 Sister Outsider Audre Lorde NBC News
188 Six of Crows Abe Books
189 Skin
Early Bird Books
190 Sparkle Boy Lesléa Newman Medium
191 Stone Butch Blues Leslie Feinberg Bustle
192 Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution David Carter Goodreads
193 Stranger Than Fanfiction Chris Colfer Epic Reads
194 Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century Graham Robb Goodreads
195 Strong Enough Melanie Harlow and David Romanov
Hello Giggles
196 Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present Lillian Faderman
Aurostraddle
197 Sutphin Boulevard Santino Hassell
Hello Giggles
198 Swimming in the Monsoon Sea Abe Books
199 Terrorist Assemblages Jasbir Puar
Critical Theory
200 THE ART OF BEING NORMAL Lisa Williamson Epic Reads
201 The Bermudez Triangle Maureen Johnson Buzzfeed
202 The Boy & The Bindi Vivek Shraya Medium
203 The City of Devi Manil Suri Lit Hub
204 The Color Purple Alice Walker
Electric Literature
205 THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME MADELEINE GEORGE Epic Reads
206 The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture Bonnie J. Morris Goodreads
207 The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
Signature Reads
208 The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability Kristen Hogan
Aurostraddle
209 The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America since World War II Charles Kaiser Goodreads
210 The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood Diana McLellan
Aurostraddle
211 THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER Tim Federle Epic Reads
212 The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
Electric Literature
213 The Heart’s Invisible Furies John Boyne EW
214 The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo) Abe Books
215 The History of Sexuality, Volume 2: The Use of Pleasure Michel Foucault Goodreads
216 The House You Pass on the Way Abe Books
217 The Inevitable Victorian Thing E.K. Johnston Epic Reads
218 The Invention of Heterosexuality Jonathan Ned Katz Goodreads
219 The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
Signature Reads
220 The Love Interest Cale Dietrich Epic Reads
221 The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk Randy Shilts Goodreads
222 The Men With the Pink Triangle Heinz Heger NBC News
223 The Necessary Hunger Abe Books
224 The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Goodreads
225 The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals Richard Plant Goodreads
226 The Price of Salt Patricia Highsmith EW
227 The Raven Cycle Maggie Stiefvater
Electric Literature
228 The Reification of Desire Kevin Floyd
Critical Theory
229 The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England Valerie Traub Goodreads
230 The Soldier’s Scoundrel Cat Sebastian
Hello Giggles
231 The Song of Achilles Abe Books
232 The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America Margot Canaday Goodreads
233 The Walk-in Closet Abdi Nazemian Lit Hub
234 The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage Michael McConnell Bustle 2
235 They She He Me, Free to Be! Maya & Matthew Gonzales: Medium
236 This Book Is Gay James Dawson Bustle 2
237 This Bridge Called My Back
Signature Reads
238 This Day in June Gayle E. Pitman and Kristyna Litten NBC News
239 This Song is (Not) For You Laura Nowlin Epic Reads
240 Times Square Red, Times Square Blue Samuel R. Delany Goodreads
241 Treasure Rebekah Weatherspoon
Hello Giggles
242 TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE Kenneth Logan Epic Reads
243 True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Emily Skidmore Goodreads
244 Two or Three Things I Know For Sure Dorothy Allison
Electric Literature
245 Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay & Lesbian Press in America Rodger Streitmatter
Aurostraddle
246 We Are Okay Nina Lacour Epic Reads
247 We Awaken Calista Lynne Epic Reads
248 When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community Gayle E. Pitman Medium
249 Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 Nan Alamilla Boyd
Aurostraddle
250 Wildthorn Abe Books
251 Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades Cahtherine Smith and Cynthia Greig
Aurostraddle


17 Best Queer History Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
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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