First of all, I wanted to apologize for this post being way late – I was very sick all day Monday and coming back to work on Tuesday (yesterday) proved to be pretty crazy, and then I got sick again on Thursday and it’s just been a crazy week.
Secondly, I wanted to give the briefest of introductions to this list. This is just a list of some of my personal favorite books that I have read that encourage diversity of opinion on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (three different concepts). I am doing this list primarily in honor of Pride Month, but also especially in honor of the 49 who lost their lives and the 50+ more who were injured this past weekend in Orlando. I have nothing to say about this horrible tragedy that hasn’t already been said by someone more qualified than myself, but I do think now more than ever we need more resources that promote inclusivity and tolerance, and this is my tiny contribution.
Without further ado…
- Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
- Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley
- Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
- It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
- Red (A Crayon’s Story) by Michael Hall
Juvenile Fiction/YA Fiction
- Boy Meets Boy and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan
- Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (not overtly queer, but I think it questions masculinity in interesting ways and the secondary character, Patrick, is gay. Also it’s one of my favorite books of all time so I had to include it.)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
- Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Transgender History by Susan Stryker (non-fiction)
- Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Let me know what I missed! I know there’s a ton more.