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“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed.
But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”
– Audre Lorde

It is during times of crisis that we as a nation pull together. We all were affected by the massacre that took place in Orlando.  The effects of this tragedy will forever change this nation. It is up to us to ensure that the change is a positive one that will bring about healing and tolerance for those directly and indirectly affected by this attack on the LGBTQ community.  

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Adopted at birth by a poor southern couple, Molly Bolt is a very independent and self-assured individual. She explores her sexuality in high school, and Molly’s college experience is great until she is kicked out for “moral” reasons. With no place to stay or money to her name, Molly goes to New York to start anew.  Determined to get her life back on track, Molly does whatever it takes to succeed.

Persistence : all ways butch and femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote & Zena Sharman
This collection of stories challenges the reader to question stereotypes and labels that are put on many lesbians, either by themselves or by others. 

The Danish Girl : a novel by David Ebershoff
This is a thought-provoking tale that is loosely based on a true story.  This story brings to the forefront a very interesting question: “what do you do when the person you love has to change?” This story follows Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman who was her wife, who faced the challenge of choosing between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. 

The Gay Revolution : the story of the struggle by Lillian Faderman
This is a comprehensive account of the gay-rights movement in America. 
This nineteenth century lesbian novel traces the relationship between an educated painter and a cross-dressing farmer. Their relationship isn’t accepted by their community, but that doesn’t stop them from living together and loving each other in the open. Challenges arise that test their courage to be true to their love for each other. 
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney

Jed is a black young man who flees from Chicago to Berlin after being released from rehab. He thinks that his escape from his past is the end and that he is free to do as he pleases. But judgement, disapproval, and social uproar have come to bring Jed’s dreams of a peaceful life to a tragic end. 


Am I Blue? by Marion Dane Bauer 
A collection of original stories about growing up gay or lesbian or with gay or lesbian parents or friends. 

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronns-Mills
This story follows the main character Gabe. Gabe is a radio disc jockey for a community radio station, 90.3 KZUK.  His show is called “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.” But Gabe isn’t happy because he is still seen as Elizabeth by his parents and by the world at large. 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Cameron Post's parents die in a horrific car accident. He feels guilt that he is glad that their death means they will never know that she was gay.  She is forced to move to Montana to live with her grandmother and aunt after her parent’s death.  It is there that she meets and falls in love with a beautiful cowgirl.  Cameron is eventually outed and sent to “God’s Promise”, a religious conversion camp, to “cure” her of her homosexuality.  It is at the camp she realizes the importance of being her true self.  

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
The “Bermudez Triangle” are three rising high school seniors, Nina, Avery, and Mel.  During the summer Nina falls in love with an eco-warrior, while Avery and Mel get waitressing jobs together. When Nina gets back into town, she finds out that Avery and Mel have started dating. Avery and Mel’s relationship causes a rift in the Bermudez Triangle’s friendship.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Two 17-year-old teen boys set out to break the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss, but their 32-hour marathon of kissing brings about a lot more than they anticipated. A great story that focuses on relationships, coming out, and gender identity.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Etta, like many teens, doesn’t feel like she fits in. She meets Christian and everything changes for her. The two teen girls meet while trying to be a part of the prestigious New York theater academy, which will get Etta out of Nebraska. This inspirational story brings to the forefront the idea of community, stereotypes, and defining yourself. 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Two strangers, seemingly with nothing in common, meet at a pool and start a lifelong friendship.  Aristotle and Dante seem like opposites. Their friendship allows them to learn the truth about themselves and who they want to be.