LGBTQ Resources

Find library materials about people who identify as LGBTQ and their experiences with acceptance, tolerance, and advocacy.

LGBT Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in June. All Orange County Library System locations will display books and other resources about LGBTQ topics throughout the month.

Stonewall Book Award for Literature

The Stonewall Book Award  recognizes "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience" in English-language books published [annually] in the U.S."

Young Adult Novels

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All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages

An anthology of 17 historical and diverse short stories includes contributions by such leading LGBTQ authors as Alex Sanchez, Dahlia Adler and Kody Keplinger and includes such diverse tales as a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" set in war-torn 1870s Mexico and a story of forbidden love in a 16th-Century Spanish convent.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Girl Made of Stars

Girl Made of Stars

When Mara's twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he's been emailing compromised.

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Meet Cute

A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time--from an African American girl in upstate New York who simultaneously finds a prom dress and a date to a transgender girl who confronts the student blocking her right to use the school restroom.

Nothing Happened

Nothing Happened

A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" takes place at a summer camp where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato endure relationship drama with their fellow counselors.

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Two Boys Kissing

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

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Vanilla

Told in a series of blank verse poems, two boys Van (called Vanilla) and Hunter tell of their relationship which began before they were teenagers, but foundered in high school, mostly because Hunter thinks they should be having sex and Vanilla is not so sure.

Notable LGBTQ Fiction

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams.

The Cosmopolitans

The Cosmopolitans

Two unlikely friends, cast out of their own families, search for understanding in 1950s Bohemian New York City.

Death in Venice

A haunting novella, Death in Venice tells the story of a man who falls into foolish love, only to reap his own ruin. Gustav von Aschenbach, a dignified but lonely writer in the twilight of his life, is enjoying a Venetian vacation when he notices the taut, lean figure of a Polish boy. His name is Tadzio—and he embodies the sleek perfection of youth. Aschenbach finds himself completely and hopelessly obsessed with this ideal.

Dhalgren

Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there…. The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man–poet, lover, and adventurer–known only as the Kid. Tackling questions of race, gender, and sexuality, Dhalgren is a literary marvel and groundbreaking work of American magical realism.

Funny Boy

A boy growing up in an upper middle class family in Sri Lanka struggles with his own gay identity while the world around him disintegrates as a result of growing racial tension and civil unrest.

Giovanni's Room

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

Maurice

Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and into his father's firm. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way—except that his is homosexual. Written during 1913 and 1914, immediately after Howards End, and not published until 1971.

Middlesex

Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

The Persian Boy

This is volume two of an Alexander the Great trilogy. A slave-boy in the household of Alexander the Great, Bagoas, the king's lover, tells about the adventures of the Macedonian warrior king during the last seven years of his life.

Ruby

Ruby

Loving the beautiful but damaged Ruby all of his life, Ephraim is torn between his dutiful sister and a chance for a life with Ruby when the latter returns to their small East Texas home and confronts the dark forces that traumatized her early years.

Rubyfruit Jungle

Rubyfruit Jungle is the first milestone novel in the extraordinary career of one of this country's most distinctive writers. Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America; and living happily ever after. .

The Single Man

The Single Man

A professor at a California university in the 1960s must deal with loneliness and a sense of disconnection after the death of his longtime partner.

A Thin Bright Line

A Thin Bright Line

Based on a true story, this is a novel of Cold War intrigue, the origins of climate science, the joyful pangs of love, and the impossible compromises of queer life in the 1950s. Above all, it is the story of an extraordinary woman determined to rise above the restraints of her time.

Tipping the Velvet

Chronicles the picaresque adventures and romantic misadventures of Nan King, a one-time oyster girl from a provincial seaside town, through the gay and lesbian world of late Victorian England.

Graphic Novels

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Bingo Love

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

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Bombshells: Enlisted

In an alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes, Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl work to defend inviolable rights of truth, justice, and freedom.

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The Fifth Beatle

Tells the story of Brian Epstein, the discoverer and manager of the Beatles, in graphic novel format, highlighting his struggle against a society that reviled his homosexuality, Judaism, and Liverpool upbringing.

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Honor Girl

When Maggie falls in love with another girl at Camp Bellflower, an all-girl summer camp in Appalachia, her savant-like expertise at the camp's rifle range is what keeps her going through a summer of heartbreak and self-discovery.

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Love Is Love

The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in Orlando in 2016. From IDW Publishing, with assistance from DC Entertainment, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics - - mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today's world.

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

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On a Sunbeam

An award-winning cartoonist presents the graphic-novel story of a crew member who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long-lost love while helping her team rebuild beautiful, broken-down historical structures on faraway planets.

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Patsy Walker, A. K. A. Hellcat!

Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) - but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother's exploitative romance comics about Patsy's past resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life.

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Tomboy

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

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