Nonfiction Pride Month Picks

As Pride Month comes to a close, we wanted to highlight nonfiction works from those in the LGBTQ + community. From history books to memoirs, we’re sure that they will not only inspire and educate but also be engaging reads!

Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister
By Anne Choma

Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality by forging her own path in a society. In 1834, she made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story.

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No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
By Darnell L. Moore

The award-winning writer, Black Lives Matter activist, and advocate shares his journey of a scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.

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Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
By John Chaich and Todd Oldham

This book spotlights an international, intergenerational, intersectional mix of thirty artists who are remixing fiber craft traditions while reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, and gay and straight. To further examine how queerness informs their work, the artists are interviewed by makers and thinkers from the worlds of dance, design, fashion, media, music, museums, scholarship, and more―many members of the LGBTQ community themselves, and otherwise passionate allies.

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Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queen Conjurers, and Magical Rebels
By Katie West
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Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
By Amy Ellis Nutt
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Karamo: My Story Of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
By Karamo Brown

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Outsiders: Why Difference Is The Future Of Civil Rights
By Zachary Kramer

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Paris On The Brink
By Mary McAuliffe
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Pride: Fifty Years or Parades and Protests from the Archives of the New York Times By New York Times Company
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Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life
By Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown

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Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
By Lori Duron

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Representing the Rainbow In Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ+ Content Since 1969
By Christine Jenkins

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The Tradition
By Jericho Brown

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Time Is The Thing A Body Moves Through: An Essay
By T. Fleischmann
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When We Rise: My Life in the Movement
By Cleve Jones

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