Celebrate Pride month with these fantastic LGBTQ+ titles

June is Pride Month, which provides an opportunity to discuss, engage with and support the LGBTQ+ community. To help you provide support and advice to students with questions around LGBTQ+ issues, we’ve pulled together a list of titles on the topic plus a list of useful websites for further reading:

From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement – Amy Lame

From Prejudice to Pride looks at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement and the different communities, pioneers and stories of heartbreak and courage that have marched alongside it.

Perfect for readers aged 11 and upwards, this book will inspire courage and pride in young LGBTQ+ people and help answer questions for all readers interested in gender and identity. Gain insight into the shifting attitudes that have challenged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the experiences that help us understand what it means to be LGBTQ+ today.

9781526301901 HB £13.99. Find out more

Head to our YouTube channel to hear from author Amy Lamé about the writing of the book and key points in LGBTQ+ history.

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard – Alex Bertie

A brave and ground-breaking first-hand account of the life, struggles and victories of a young transgender man, as told by YouTuber Alex Bertie.

Alex started creating videos on sexuality and gender identity from age 14, at 15 he realised he was a transgender man and started to take steps towards transitioning,  “Over the last six years, I’ve come out to my family and friends, changed by name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest. My quest to a beard is almost complete. This is my story.”

9781526360687 PB £9.99 Find out more


The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives – Dashka Slater

One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both their lives forever.

Two teenagers growing up in Oakland, California. One, Sasha, was born male but identifies as agender, wears skirts and attends a private school. The other, Richard, is an African American from a poor part of Oakland who attends a rough public school.

They have no reason to meet, except for eight minutes every day, they catch the same bus home. And one day, messing about, Richard spies Sasha napping. He flicks the flame of his lighter to Sasha’s skirt, and Sasha wakes up in a ball of flame.

What happens next, as the victim, the perpetrator and the community struggle to come to terms with their sadness and shock, is a story of recovery, reconciliation, forgiveness and, above all, hope. It’s about the power of being true to yourself, bravery and the good and bad in all of us.

97818526361233 PB £9.99 Find out more

COMING SOON – Trans Global: Transgender then, now and around the world – Honor Head

This book for children aged 12+ supports the study of the fascinating long history of transgender around the world.

The book has a foreword by two patrons of the charity Mermaids. Jake says, ‘What is becoming evident is that trans people have been around for centuries, in many guises … transgender is certainly not the trendy fad that the press would have us believe’.

9781445160481 HB £13.99 (Sept 2018) Find out more
Useful websites:


Albert Kennedy Trust

The Proud Trust

UK Trans Info

Gendered Intelligence

Mermaids UK

Gender Identity Research and Education Society