Celebrate Pride: Adult and young adult nonfiction books

There are plenty of things to learn and questions to be answered when talking about LGBQT+ and gender issues, and luckily there are plenty of books out there to help. Here are some adult and young adult titles that you can find at ICPL.

LGBTQ : the survival guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens

Kelly Huegel

eBook
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Huegel Madrone provides realistic advice for teens who are LGBTQ, questioning whether they might be, or are just interested in knowing more about LGBTQ history and rights. Also included are practical suggestions on dealing with homophobia; dating; creating a more accepting school environment; and reconciling your sexual/gender identity with cultural and religious beliefs.

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A well-rounded and up-to-date guide on all things LGBTQ for young adults. Useful for teens that identify as queer, as well as any reader who wants to explore and learn more about the topic.
- Candice

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out

Susan Kuklin

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction, Young Adult, Biographies

Shares insights into the teen transgender experience, tracing six individual's emotional and physical journey as it was shaped by family dynamics, living situations, and the transition each teen made during the personal journey.

A quick & easy guide to queer & trans identities

Mady (Mady M. Giuliani) G

306.76 /G
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction

"Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!"--Back cover.

Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture

Lee Airton

305.3 /Airton
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

"The days of two genders--male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink--are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. From the differences among gender identity, gender expression, and sex, to the use of gender-neutral pronouns like singular they/them, to thinking about your own participation in gender, Gender: Your Guide serves as a complete primer to all things gender. You will learn how gender works in everyday life, how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals, and how to ask when you aren't sure what to do or say. It provides you with the information you need to talk confidently and compassionately about gender diversity, whether simply having a conversation or going to bat as an advocate"--

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Author Lee Airton is creator of the They Is My Pronoun website, which is a useful and friendly tool for learning about the use of gender-neutral pronouns (in particular, 'they'). Similarly, his book is a welcoming resource for those in the trans community, as well as those who want to educate themselves about it. Full of good, current information.
- Candice

The gay revolution : the story of the struggle

Lillian Faderman

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction, History

Booklist Reviews 2015 August #1 *Starred Review* A Lambda Literary and Stonewall Book Award-winning author, scholar, and retired college professor, Faderman has crafted an epic yet remarkably intimate work that belongs among the most definitive civil rights titles, LGBTQ-specific or otherwise. Based on more than 150 interviews and the author's exhaustive research, The Gay Revolution begins by recalling the government's gay witch hunts of the 1950s and spans the next six and a half decades of the ongoing struggle for legal and societal equality. All of the prominent landmarks of the gay rights movement (the Stonewall riots; Anita Bryant's Save Our Children political coalition; Don't Ask, Don't Tell) are covered thoroughly, but Faderman's writing conveys such fresh passion that readers will feel like they are experiencing these history-altering moments in real time. However, it's the lesser-told stories--such as the rise and eventual decline of the early gay rights group, the Mattachine Society, and its founder, Harry Hay, who went on to start the Radical Faeries movement--that bring voice to the brave, trailblazing heroes who risked so much to help chip away at the hostile and pervasive intolerance that once singularly defined the homosexual American experience.

Becoming an ally to the gender-expansive child : a guide for parents and carers

Anna Bianchi

306.768 /Bianchi
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

When Anna Bianchi's grandchild asked, "Nanny, you do know I'm a girl, don't you?", Anna recognised this as a pivotal, and daunting, moment in their relationship. She knew that to answer her grandchild, who had been assigned male at birth, her own attitudes, assumptions and beliefs about gender would need to be examined. With reassuring honesty and openness, Anna draws deeply on four areas: her own experience, current research, interviews with children and their families, and a discussion of power, both in society and between children and adults. She shows how the inner journey of the adult inevitably impacts on the outer journey of the child and, given the significance of this, offers a step-by-step guide to becoming an ally to the gender-expansive child.

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A sensitive and knowing look at how adults can arm themselves with information and understanding in order to help those they know who are nonconforming and/or questioning.
- Candice

She, he, they, me : for the sisters, misters, and binary resisters

Robyn Ryle

305.3 /Ryle
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction

If you've ever questioned the logic of basing an entire identity around what you have between your legs, it's time to embark on a daring escape outside of the binary box... Open your eyes to what it means to be a boy or a girl -- and above and beyond! Within these pages, you get to choose which path to forge. Explore over one hundred different scenarios that embrace nearly every definition across the world, over history, and in the ever-widening realms of our imagination! What if your journey leads you into a world with several genders, or simply one? Do you live in a matriarchal society, or as a sworn virgin in the Balkans? How does gender (or the lack thereof) change the way we approach sex and love, life or death? Jump headfirst into this refreshingly creative exploration of the ways gender colors every shade and shape of our world. Above all, it's more important than ever for us to celebrate the fact that there are infinite gender paths -- and each of them is beautiful.

A quick & easy guide to they/them pronouns

Archie Bongiovanni

425.55 /Bongiovanni
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

"Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender-neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender-neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world." -- Publisher's description

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One thing that has come out of the new gender culture, and that affects many people, is the use of gender-neutral pronouns and gender-specific terms. This illustrated guide is both useful and important in that it helps to clarify the 'what' and the 'why' of the issue.
- Candice

The queer advantage : Conversations with LGBTQ+ Leaders on the Power of Identity

Andrew Gelwicks

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction, Self Help, Biographies

The people who are creating national public policy, running billion-dollar tech enterprises, and winning Olympic medals. Andrew Gelwicks interviews the leaders who have forged their own paths and changed the world. From Troye Sivan to Margaret Cho, George Takei to Billie Jean King, Shangela to Adam Rippon, each person credits their queer identity with giving them an edge in their paths to success. Their stories brim with the hard-won lessons gained over their careers. Collecting incisive, deeply personal conversations with LGBTQ+ trailblazers about how they leveraged the challenges and insights they had as relative outsiders to succeed in the worlds of business, tech, politics, Hollywood, sports and beyond, The Queer Advantage celebrates the unique, supercharged power of queerness.

The pride guide : a guide to sexual and social health for LGBTQ youth

Jo Langford

306.76 /Langford
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Jo Langford offers a complete guide to sexual and social development, safety, and health for LGBTQ youth and those who love and support them. Written from a practical perspective, the author explores the realities of teen sexuality, particularly that of trans teens, and provides guidance and understanding for parents and kids alike.

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A thoughtful, well-written, and comprehensive guide to all things LGBTQ+ that is aimed at young adults (but could be very useful for anyone). Covers an array of topics and is written from an educated and authoritative standpoint (author is a therapist and sex educator), but with heart and empathy.
- Candice

Trans like me : conversations for all of us

C. N. Lester

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction, Biographies

A personal and culture-driven exploration of the most pressing questions facing the transgender community today, from a leading activist, musician, and academic. In Trans Like Me, CN Lester takes readers on a measured, thoughtful, intelligent yet approachable tour through the most important and high-profile narratives around the trans community, turning them inside out and examining where we really are in terms of progress. From the impact of the media's wording in covering trans people and issues, to the way parenting gender variant children is portrayed, Lester brings their charged personal narrative to every topic and expertly lays out the work left to be done. Trans Like Me explores the ways that we are all defined by ideas of gender--whether we live as he, she, or they--and how we can strive for authenticity in a world that forces limiting labels.

Coping with gender dysphoria

Ellen McGrody

616.8583 /McGrody
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

For transgender youth, the process of exploring gender can be exciting, but also difficult and painful. This book discusses the challenges of living with gender dysphoria, offering young adult readers resources and strategies for coping in different contexts: at home, at school, out in public, and in seeking medical care. Each chapter defines relevant terms, shares relatable anecdotes, and features easy-to-read informational sidebars, addressing the experiences and needs of youth with a variety of gender identities and social locations. Beyond merely helping them deal with transphobia, this book offers transgender teens support and advice for navigating life and thriving.

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Coming of age and dealing with sexuality can be a scary thing for anyone, but for those who are questioning their gender it can be a particularly stressful and frightening. This book aims to answer questions and clarify issues that might come up, as well as provide advice and tools for navigating certain situations.
- Candice

The economic case for LGBT equality : why fairness and equality benefit us all

M. V. Lee Badgett

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction

"Badgett offers some new ways of thinking to convert the many people who use their power to hurt LGBT people, whether in passing discriminatory laws, firing them from jobs, harassing them in school, beating them on the streets, failing to protect them from beatings, kicking them out of families, or depriving them of appropriate health care-in short, in excluding them from the core institutions that make it possible to live a good life. Understanding the economic cost of that homophobia and transphobia gives activists, businesses, development agencies, and policymakers a new tool that can help change lives"--

What's your pronoun? : beyond he and she

Dennis E. Baron

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction

The story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular they. Like trigger warnings and gender-neutral bathrooms, pronouns are suddenly sparking debate, prompting new policies in schools, workplaces, even prisons, about what pronouns to use. Colleges ask students to declare their pronouns; corporate conferences print nametags with space for people to add their pronouns; email signatures sport pronouns along with names and titles. Far more than a byproduct of campus politics or culture wars, gender-neutral pronouns are in fact nothing new. Renowned linguist Dennis Baron puts them in historical context, demonstrating that Shakespeare used singular they; that women evoked the generic use of he to assert the right to vote (while those opposed to women's rights invoked the same word to assert that he did not include she), and that self-appointed language experts have been coining new gender pronouns, not just hir and zie but hundreds more, like thon, ip, and em, for centuries. Based on Baron's own empirical research, What's Your Pronoun? tells the untold story of gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns.

Ask a queer chick : a guide to sex, love, and life for girls who dig girls

Lindsay King-Miller

eBOOK
LGBTQ+, Nonfiction, Health, Self Help

Ask a Queer Chick is a guide to sex, love, and life for lesbian, gay, bi, and queer women. Based on the popular advice column for Fusion.net, but featuring entirely new content, Ask a Queer Chick cuts through all of the bizarre conditioning imparted by parents, romantic comedies, and The L Word to help queer readers and their straight/cis friends navigate this changing world. Offering advice on everything from coming out to getting your first gay haircut to walking down the aisle, Ask a Queer Chick is a positive, down-to-earth guide that will resonate with readers of Dan Savage and Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things.