Book Resources

Dear friends of Aadya, we have put together a couple of awesome queer classics as well as some new hot stuff for you! Many members of the queer and trans communities find reading stories where for once the protagonist, the hero, or the author is like them, very empowering!

The Little Book Of Queer Icons

Alexander, Samuel

Discover the fascinating stories behind 38 queer icons. Be empowered and inspired by their extraordinary life stories, their awesome achievements and their wonder-words of wisdom with this pocketbook of remarkable people, and prepare to be introduced to your new superheroes.

A Quick & Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns

Bongiovanni, Archie & Tristan Jimerson

Educational comic. Autostraddle 20 Best LGBTQ Graphic Novels of 2018

2018 Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year - Teen Nonfiction

Publishers Weekly Favorite Reads of 2018

Seasonal Velocities

Aoki, Ryka

Through her poetry, essays, stories, and performances, award-winning trans writer Ryka Aoki has consistently challenged, informed, and enthralled queer audiences across the United States.

The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For

Bechdel, Alison

For twenty-five years Bechdel's path-breaking Dykes to Watch Out For strip has been collected in award-winning volumes (with a quarter of a million copies in print), this is the best of plus some extras! A must-have queer comic before they were called graphic novels.

Fun Home

Bechdel, Alison

A Family Tragicomic, see also above

A Queer History Of The United States

Bronski, Michael

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction. The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

The Autobiography Of A Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder

Chacaby, Ma-Nee

A memoir. Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humour, and resilience. In 2013, Chacaby led the first gay pride parade in Thunder Bay.

I Hope We Choose Love

Cheng Thom, Kai.. A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World

Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Participation

Conner, Randy P. & David Hatfield Sparks

A rare account that gives valuable insights into queer and trans agency in Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean religious practices including Candomble and Voodou.

I Wish You All The Best


A coming-of-age and coming-out story of non-binary Ben. At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

Sovereign Erotics: A Collection Of Two-Spirit Literatures

Driskill, Qwo-Li et al (eds.)

A landmark collection of queer Native American literature, demonstrating not only the radical diversity among the voices of today’s Indigenous LGBTIQ2 writers but also the beauty, strength, and resilience of Indigenous LGBTIQ2 people in the twenty-first century

Who’s Your Daddy? And Other Writings On Queer Parenting

Epstein, Rachel (ed.)

Timely and important, these essays and interviews give new meaning to our understanding of queer parenting. First published in 2009.

Stonebutch Blues

Feinberg, Leslie

Novel. A must read from an award-winning author and activist.

Dragking Dreams

Feinberg, Leslie

Novel. From the same author as the famous Stonebutch Blues.

Transgender Warriors. Making History From Joan Of Arc To Dennis Rodman.

Feinberg, Leslie

From the author of 2 famous novels, this ground-breaking compendium of transgender history depicts the developments until the 1990s.

Meanwhile, Elsewhere. Science Fiction And Fantasy From Transgender Writers.

Fitzpatrick & Plett’s


Gino, Alex

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows, she is a girl.

Symptoms Of Being Human

Garvin, Jeff

YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List * 2017 Rainbow List

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet...From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be human.

Becoming A Visible Man

Green, Jamison

Sylvia Rivera Award for Best Book in Transgender Studies, 2004

Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2004

Second edition in autumn 2020!

The Drag King Book

Halberstam, Judith “JACK” and Del LaGrace Volcano

With over 100 pictures by transgender photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, this book is a striking testament to the multiple forms of gender variance today.


Jacques, Juliet

An honest memoir of a transition. By London based writer best known for her “transgender Journey” in the British newspaper THE GUARDIAN.

The T Is Not Silent

Jenkins, Andrea

Poems from a black trans perspective.

Gender Queer

Kobabe, Maia

A Memoir. A great resource (not only) for people who identify as non-binary or asexual.

2020 ALA Alex Award Winner

2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book

Beyond Magenta. Transgender Teens Speak Out

Kuklin, Susan

A 2015 Stonewall Honor book. Six teens tell what it is like for them to be transgender. Portraits and photographs grace the pages, adding immediacy to the emotional and physical journeys of these unwaveringly honest young adults.

10 Portraits. Lesbische, Schwule, Bisexuelle Und Trans*Gefluechtete In Deutschland (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuell And Trans Refugees In Germany)

Les Migras (ed.): Moving autobiographical accounts by 10 trans and queer refugees living in Berlin, Germany. The book is written in multiple languages, including Farsi, English, Russian, etc. Available via

Trans Like Me. Conversations For All Of Us

Lester, CN

Essay collection by a leading British activist, musician, and academic. A personal and culture-driven exploration of the most pressing questions facing the transgender community today.

Trans Affirmation Coloring Book

Lorenz, Theo Nicole

If you're transgender, non-binary, or another gender under the wide and wonderful trans umbrella, this book is for you. With ten coloring pages celebrating trans identity, beauty, and relationships, the Trans Affirmation Coloring Book is a reminder to treat yourself kindly, because who you are is amazing. Also, everyone in this book is trans.

A New Spelling Of My Name

Lorde, Audre: ZAMI

This autobiographical account called “biomythography” by the author and civil rights activist gives insights into her childhood in New York all the way to her first lesbian love stories.

The Collected Poems

Lorde, Audre

A complete collection—over 300 poems—from one of the United States’ most influential poets.

Rubyfruit Jungle

Mae Brown, Rita

A lesbian classic

How To Be You. Stop Trying To Be Someone Else And Start Living Your Life

Marsh, Jeffrey

A workbook.

Tales Of The City

Maupin, Armistead

The book made into a successful Netflix series, together with more Tales Of The City, tells trans and gay stories in San Francisco over several decades.

Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, And Literature

Murray, Stephen O. and Will Roscoe (ed.)

A scientific account from 2010 about a much-debated topic, by Yale University Press


Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi

Poetry collection

A Safe Girl To Love.

Plett, Casey

Eleven unique short stories that stretch from a rural Canadian Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love. These stories by a Canadian author, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.

Trans Activism In Canada

Raj, Rupert & Dan Irving (eds.)

A scholarly reader.

The Drag Queen Anthology. The Absolutely Fabulous But Flawless Customary World Of Female Impersonators

Schacht, Steven P. & Lisa Underwood

The Queer And Transgender Resilience Workbook. Skills For Navigating Sexual Orientation And Gender Expression

Singh, Anneliese & Diane Ehrensaft

The authors who compiled this workbook are the associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Georgia and founder of the Trans Resilience Project (Singh) and psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area and founding member of the Child And Adolescent Gender Center which aims to support trans youth and their families (Ehrensaft).

Toms And Dees. Transgender Identity And Female Same-Sex Relationships In Thailand.

Sinnott, Megan J.

A fascinating anthropological study revealing local Thai concepts of gender identity and sexuality.

She Of The Mountains.

Shraya, Vivek

A "Globe 100" Best Book of the Year (The Globe and Mail). Lambda Literary Award finalist. Hindu mythology and a gay love story weaved together.

The Boy And The Bindi

Shraya, Vivek

Children’s book by an award-winning Canadian author. Beautifully illustrated with hand paintings by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi are a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference.

First Spring Grass Fire

Spoon, Rae

Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Canadian transgender indie singer-songwriter Rae Spoon has six albums to their credit, including 2012's I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets. This first book by Rae (they/them) is a powerful story about a young person growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in Alberta.

Gender Failure.

Spoon, Rae & Ivan E. Coyote

Another queer read from Canada. You may also want to check out the music by these two authors and performers!

Black On Both Sides. A Racial History Of Trans Identity

Snorton, C. Riley

Fruit Of Knowledge. The Vulva Vs. The Patriarchy.

Stroemquist, Liv

A feminist graphic novel about vaginas, clitorises, and menstruation.  

Drag Kings

Thilmann, Pia, Tania Witte & Ben Rewald (eds)

A German book on the lively Drag King subculture of Berlin, with more than 50 contributors including Diane Torr and the Kingz of Berlin. With essays, photos and comics. In the German language.

Beyond The Gender Binary

Vaid - Menon, Alok

Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today's leading activists and artists. In this illustrated book,  Alok Vaid-Menon challenges the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color. Taking from their own experiences as a gender-nonconforming artist, they show us that gender is a creative form of expression. The only limit is your imagination.

Sublime Mutilations.

Volcano, de LaGrace

A retrospective of the San Francisco based photographer’s artwork. Queer avantgarde. With some explicit sex-positive photos. See also: The Drag King book (above) and Femmes of Power (below).

Femmes Of Power. Exploding Queer Femininities.

Volcano, de LaGrace & Ulrike Dahl

A photographic tribute to a diverse range of queerly feminine subjects.

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