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It's Pride Month! This annual celebration commemorates the Stonewall Uprising and honors LGBTQIA+ voices. We asked our staff to tell us their favorite titles featuring characters who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and this list is a great place to start for readers of any age or background.
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Redwood and Ponytail (2019)

by K. A Holt

This novel in verse is brilliantly and beautifully narrated in two voices: Kate, the outgoing cheerleader, and Tam, who is athletic and tomboyish. The girls strike up a friendship that starts leading to something that they don’t quite understand or know if they are ready for. This book will speak to a lot of readers who identify with the main characters, as well as those who have Kates and Tams in their lives and want to learn to understand them better. — Erin Emerick, Early Literacy Librarian

Ask the Passengers (2013)

by A. S King

This book’s characters, dialogue, setting, and plot all come across as completely authentic and relatable. It is about a girl named Astrid, who wants to confide in someone, but she is not sure who to trust. So instead she voices her most personal questions to the passengers in the airplanes she watches fly overhead. They’re the only people who won't judge her when she confesses that she is falling in love with a girl. — Erin Emerick, Early Literacy Librarian

Sorrowland (2021)

by Rivers Solomon

Having served on the Stonewall Book Committee last year, I'd love to plug our winner, Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon! It is a speculative fiction novel surrounding a queer woman, a cult and a government conspiracy. A modern classic that investigates race & power in a new way. — Rachel Newlin, Cataloging Librarian

Light from Uncommon Stars (2021)

by Ryka Aoki

A Stonewall Honor book this past year, Light from Uncommon Stars is about a trans woman's journey with music, and the unique way it creates community. It features a bargain with the devil, aliens that run a doughnut shop, and all the ways you find your chosen family. — Rachel Newlin, Cataloging Librarian

Flung out of Space : Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith (2022)

by Grace Ellis

Revered for having written the first lesbian novel with a happy ending, The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith was a complicated woman, full of as many if not more unfavorable attributes as favorable ones. Nevertheless, her legacy is one worth knowing, and is deftly portrayed here in words and art but two of the best in the comics business. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

Rainbow Rainbow : Stories (2022)

by Lydia Conklin

What's often erased or overlooked when speaking of our current cultural movement to create and honor space for persons of all identities is the humanity of individuals. This is a collection of stories that celebrate the humor, darkness, and depth of emotion of the queer and trans experience that's not typically represented: liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy, and the humanity that unites all of us regardless of how we identify. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle (2022)

by Nina LaCour

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle by Nina LaCour is a sweet picture book about a little girl missing her mommy, who is away on a business trip, while home with her other parent. Gorgeous illustrations create a warm, loving, family feel and the story depicts authentic emotions as we follow them along through their week. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

All That's Left in the World (2022)

by Erik J Brown

All That’s Left in the World by Erik Brown is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly pathogen has killed off most of the world’s population. Two teenage boys who have managed to survive stumble upon each other and find love, solace and strength together. You will be alternating between tense and laughing as they navigate their new dystopian world and their romance grows. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

Keep This to Yourself (2019)

by Tom Ryan

Mac is searching for the killer who murdered his best friend, for whom he harbored secret feelings. This page-turner kept me reading late into the night. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

Pet (2019)

by Akwaeke Emezi

Unique. Compelling. Thought-provoking. Memorable. There's a reason this book is a National Book Award Finalist, A Stonewall Honor Book, and a Walter Dean Myers Honor Book. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian