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Pride Picks: LGBTQ+ reading list

From fiction to non-fiction, we have lots of great books that celebrate LGBTQ+ people, history and stories. These books are all aimed at readers aged 11+.

Fiction

Heartstopper

The Heartstopper graphic novel series by Alice Oseman is the completely charming story of two students at an all boys grammar school in Kent, Nick, a soft-hearted rugby lad, and Charlie, an openly gay over-thinker. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? Heartwarming and funny, you’ll fall head over heels for this is sweetly romantic story of LGBTQ+ love. Heartstopper Volume 2 is out in July.

The Black Flamingo

A coming of age story told in verse, The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta follows Michael through school and to university as he comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen and finds his wings as a drag artist. A bold story about the journey to self-acceptance and the power of embracing your uniqueness. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and The Poet X.

Non-fiction

Can Everyone Please Calm Down?: A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality

Why do we find sexuality so, well … scary? Comedian Mae Martin investigates in this hilarious and intelligent guide to 21st century sexuality. Can Everyone Please Calm Down? covers everything from the pros and cons of labels, to coming out and the joys of sexual fluidity, Mae ponders all the stuff we get hung up about – and then a bit more.

Rainbow Revolutions

From the impassioned speeches of bold activists Karl Ulrichs and Audre Lorde to the birth of Pride and queer pop culture, Rainbow Revolutions charts the dramatic rise of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and celebrates the courageous individuals who stood up and demanded recognition. With bold and beautiful illustrations by pop artist Eve Lloyd Knight.

From Prejudice to Pride

Available this year in an updated paperback format, From Prejudice to Pride was the first LGBTQ+ history book for young readers published in the UK, and is a library essential. Filled with photographs documenting LGBTQ+ life from the past and present, and from around the world, this book will inspire courage and pride in young LGBTQ+ people and help answer questions for all readers interested in gender and identity.