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LGBTQ Book List

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Gay & Lesbian Reading Group

This site is devoted to Literature about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) experience. It is also the home of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Reading Group, and it includes original LGBT film, music, and visual arts resources.


Below is a list of fiction and nonfiction books recommended by City employees.

Fiction/Memoirs/Good Stories:



Lesbian Fiction


Anshaw, Carol

Lucky in the corner


Brown, Rita Mae

Rubyfruit jungle


Brownrigg, Sylvia

Pages for you


Cornwell, Patricia

The body farm

A mystery -- the Scarpetta series features Kay's niece, Lucy, a lesbian. Lucy comes out in this novel.

Crowe, Nancy

Bethlehem Road


D'Erasmo, Stacey

Tea: a novel


Flagg, Fannie

Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café



Half-moon scar


Grumbach, Doris

The ladies


Kanter, Lynn

Mayor of heaven


MacDonald, Ann-Marie

Fall on your knees


McCloy, Kristin

Some girls


Miller, Isabel

Patience and Sarah


Obejas, Achy

Days of awe


Sinclair, April

Coffee will make you black


Summer, Jane

The silk road


Tea, Michelle



Waters, Sarah



Youngblood, Shay

Black girl in Paris



Gay Fiction


Bram, Christopher



Christensen, Kate

Jeremy Thrane


Cunningham, Michael

A home at the end of the world


Cunningham, Michael

The hours


Currier, Jameson

Where the rainbow ends


Forster, E.M.



Glass, Julia

Three Junes


Grimsley, Jim



Grimsley, Jim

Dream boy


Hardy, James Earl

If only for one nite


Hartman, Keith

Gumshoe gorilla


Hollinghurst, Alan

The spell


Leavitt, David

Martin Bauman, or, A sure thing


Lefcourt, Peter

The Dreyfus affair: a love story


Lowenthal, Michael



Maupin, Armistead

Tales of the city

The characters also continue in other of Maupin's books.

McCauley, Stephen

Object of my affection


Merlis, Mark

Man about town


O'Neill, Jamie

At swim, two boys


Picano, Felice

Like people in history


Price, Reynolds

The promise of rest


Quinn, Eric Shaw

Say uncle


Renault, Mary

Fire from heaven


Renault, Mary

The Persian boy


Soehnlein, K.M.

The world of normal boys


Toibin, Colm

The blackwater lightship: a novel


White, Edmund

The beautiful room is empty


White, Edmund

A boy's own story


White, Edmund

A farewell symphony: a novel



Bisexual Characters


Baldwin, James

Giovanni's room


Brown, Rita Mae



Chee, Alexander



Dhalla, Ghalib Shiraz

Ode to Lata


Harris,E. Lynn

Any way the wind blows


Harris,E. Lynn

Invisible life


Harris,E. Lynn

Just as I am



Gay & Lesbian Fiction Anthologies


Bauer, Marion Dane, editor

Am I blue: coming out from the silence


Bergman, David, editor

Men on men 6: best new gay fiction


Bergman, David, editor

Men on men 7: best new gay fiction


Bergman, David, editor

Men on men 2000: best new gay fiction for the millennium


Bouldrey, Brian, editor

Best American gay fiction 1996


Drake, Robert, editor

Circa 2000: gay fiction at the millennium


Griffith, Nicola, editor

Bending the landscape: fantasy


Levy, E.J., editor

Tasting life twice: literary lesbian fiction by new American writers


Stambolian, George, editor

Men on men 4: best new gay fiction


White, Edmund, editor

Faber book of gay short fiction


Wolverton, Terry, editor

Hers: brilliant new fiction by lesbian writers


Wolverton, Terry, editor

Hers 3: brilliant new fiction by lesbian writers




Coming Out

Bono, Chastity

Family outing


Outland, Orland

Coming out: a handbook for men


Signorile, Michelangelo

Outing yourself: how to come out as lesbian or gay to your family, friends, and



Dating & Relationships


Kaminsky, Neil

Affirmative gay relationships: key steps in finding a life partner


Kantor, Martin

My guy: a gay man's guide to a lasting relationship


Sullivan, Jim

Boyfriend 101: a gay guy's guide to dating, romance, and finding true love





Brownworth,VictoriaA., editor

Coming out of cancer: writings from the lesbian cancer epidemic


White, Jocelyn, editor

The lesbian health book: caring for ourselves


Wolfe, Daniel

Men like us: the GMHC complete guide to gay men's sexual, physical, and emotional well-being





Bentley, Kevin, editor

Afterwords: real sex from gay men's diaries


Goldstone, Stephen E.

The ins and outs of gay sex: a medical handbook for men


Newman, Felice

The whole lesbian sex book: a passionate guide for all of us


Silverstein, Charles

The joy of gay sex



Transgender Issues

Vanderburgh, Reid

Transition and beyond



Marriage & Weddings


Ayers, Tess

The essential guide to lesbian and gay weddings


Bourassa, Kevin

Just married: gay marriage and the expansion of human rights


Wythe, Douglas

The wedding: a family's coming out story





Aizley, Harlyn

Buying dad: one woman's search for the perfect sperm donor


Bernstein, Robert

Straight parents/gay children: keeping families together


Galluccio, Jon

An American family


Green, Jesse

The velveteen father: an unexpected journey to parenthood


Howey, Noelle, editor

Out of the ordinary: essays on growing up with gay, lesbian, and transgender parents


Jennings, Kevin

Always my child: a parent's guide to understanding your gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning son or daughter


Johnson, Suzanne M.

For lesbian parents: your guide to helping your family grow up happy, healthy, and proud


Kaeser, Gigi

Love makes a family: portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their family


Mohler, Marie

A donor insemination guide: written by and for lesbian women


Pepper, Rachel

The ultimate guide to pregnancy for lesbians: tips and techniques from conception through birth: how to stay sane and care for yourself


Rich, Jason

Growing up gay in America: informative and practical advice for teen guys questioning their sexuality and growing up gay


Savage, Dan

The kid: what happened after my boyfriend and I decided to go get pregnant


Wong, B.D.

Following Foo: the electronic adventures of the chestnut man





Berkery, Peter M.

J.K. Lasser's gay finances in a straight world: a comprehensive financial planning handbook


Lustig, Harold L.

4 steps to financial security for lesbian and gay couples



Legal & Law


Curry, Hayden

A legal guide for lesbian and gay couples


Senak, Mark S.

Every trick in the book: the essential lesbian and gay legal guide



Gay Rights, Activism & Liberation Movement


Bull, Chris, editor

Come out fighting: a century of essential writing on gay and lesbian liberation


D'Emilio, John

The world turned: essays on gay history, politics, and culture


Kranz, Rachel

Gay rights


Rimmerman, Craig A.

From identity to politics: the lesbian and gay movements in the United States


Stevenson, Michael R., editor

Everyday activism: a handbook for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and their allies


Walzer, Lee

Gay rights on trial: a reference handbook



Social Issues


Blum, Louise A.

You're not from around here, are you?: a lesbian in small-town America


Faderman, Lillian

To believe in women: what lesbians have done for American - a history


Gage, Simon



Kort, Joe

Ten smart things gay men can do to improve their lives


Ristock, Janice L.

No more secrets: violence in lesbian relationships


Walters, Suzanna Danuta

All the rage: the story of gay visibility in America


Whisman, Vera

Queer by choice: lesbians, gay men, and the politics of identity





De la Huerta, Christian

Coming out spiritually: the next step


Johnson, Edwin Clark

Gay spirituality: the role of gay identity in the transformation of human consciousness


Kolodny, Debra R., editor

Blessed bi spirit: bisexual people of faith





Access Travel Books

Access: gay USA


Andrusia, David

Frommer's 2001 gay and lesbian Europe


Collins, Andrew

Fodor's gay guide to the USA


Kolber-Stuart, Billy

USA cities: essential information for gay and lesbian travelers



Comics & Graphic Novels


Bechdel, Alison

Split-level dykes to watch out for


Cruse, Howard

Wendel all together


Moore, Terry

The collected strangers in paradise