LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated in June each year to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities around the world. Pride is celebrated in June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall riots.
Take a look at these LGBTQ+ books for children, young adults and adults from our library catalogue that are available to borrow:
LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022 Children's Reading Recommendations:
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
A timeless and hilarious fable about what happens when an ordinary boy does something extraordinary - and the way that people, even the petty and cruel, can surprise you in the end.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag. In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
Chloe loves, loves, LOVES her special uncle Bobby. So when she learns that Uncle Bobby is going to be getting married to his boyfriend Jamie she's not at all pleased. What if Uncle Bobby doesn't have time to play with Chloe anymore? But after spending a fun-filled day with Bobby and Jamie, she soon realises she's not losing an uncle, but gaining a whole new one!
LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022 Young Adult's Reading Recommendations:
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. 'I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded'.
Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson
When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together. But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love? Frankie doesn't want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?
This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson
Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author Juno Dawson gives an uncensored look at sexual orientation and gender identity. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022 Adult Reading Recommendations:
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends, and lovers, across the country and through the years.
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of 40 - living a limited existence with her truculent mother. When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys.