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Adult Fiction

Basch, Rachel / The Listener --- PS3552.A784 L57 2015
Malcolm Dowd is almost positive he recognizes the freshman who shows up for a session at his office in Baxter College's Center for Behavioral Health—he just can't place her. When suddenly she stands, takes off her wig, and reveals herself as Noah, the young man Malcolm had been treating months earlier, it marks the start of a relationship that will change them both.

Bhattacharya, Susmita / The Normal State of Mind --- PR6102.H36 N67 2015
'The law seems to be very interested in widows and lesbians. Both are hanging on to the edges of society, begging to be recognized.' It's the end of a millennium. India has made tremendous progress in science and technology, but in these times of economic boom can a friendship between two women give them the power to defy society? Dipali, a young bride, is determined to make her marriage a success story. But her plans are cut short when her husband is killed by a bomb blast in Mumbai. Forced into a life of widowhood, her brother expects her to sacrifice her own independence for the sake of caring for her elderly mother but Dipali has other ideas. Moushumi, a school teacher, discovers that her attraction to women is not just a girl crush. As her parents discuss potential husbands, Moushumi escapes to her high-flying lover. But how long can she keep being a lesbian secret beyond the safe walls of glamorous art crowd parties? In the midst of communal riots and gay rights movements, India too has to make her own decisions about which traditions she must keep, and which she ought to let go. At the end of it all, who can decide what is the normal state of mind?

Boecher, Morgan / What's Normal Anyway? A Comic about Being Trans Male --- HQ77.9 .B64 2015
A comic that focuses on the coming out and transitional process through the story of Mel, who takes the big risk of being himself and transitioning from female to male. This comic adds another voice representing a part of the wide spectrum of human diversity, and is funny about it too.

Boney, Brad / Yes --- PS3602.O6565 Y47 2015
On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store--then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark's help, he devises a plan to start over. With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian's twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.

Cameron, Janet E. / Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World --- PR9199.3.C36 C56 2013
It's the spring of 1987 and 17-year-old Stephen Shulevitz has less than three months left in high school in the small town in rural Nova Scotia where he's spent most of his life. But as Stephen prepares to leave Riverside behind he falls in love with exactly the wrong person. And just like that everything changes. What follows is emotionally devastating but Stephen survives with his compassion and sense of humour intact and, at the end, he is ready to accept himself and take steps towards finding happiness on his own terms.

Frank, Judith / All I Love and Know --- PS3606.R3826 A79 2014
For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed. In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple's two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship.

Fu, Kim / For Today I Am a Boy --- PR9199.4.F8 F67 2014
Peter, the only boy among four siblings born to Chinese immigrants, is convinced he is a girl and must fight the confines of a small town as well as the expectations of his parents to forge his own path into adulthood.

Gayle, Stephanie / Idyll Threats: A Thomas Lynch Novel --- PS3607.A98576 I39 2015
In the summer of 1997, Thomas Lynch arrives as the new chief of police in Idyll, Connecticut—a town where serious crimes can be counted on one hand. So no one is prepared when Cecilia North is found murdered on a golf course. By chance, Chief Lynch met her mere hours before she was killed. With that lead, the case should be a slam dunk. But there's a problem. If Lynch tells his detectives about meeting the victim, he'll reveal his greatest secret: he's gay.

Garreta, Anne / Sphinx --- PQ2667.A7737 S6513 2015
A landmark literary event: the first novel by a female member of Oulipo in English, a sexy genderless love story.

Hyde, Catherine Ryan / The Language of Hoofbeats --- PS3558.Y358 L36 2014
New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse....

Irving, John / In One Person --- PS3559.R8 I5 2012
The author's most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, this novel is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."

Klaber, William / The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell --- PS3611.L33 R43 2015
At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women, Lucy Lobdell boldly set forth to earn men's wages. Lucy Lobdell did all of these things in a personal quest to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted, and love whomever she cared to. But to gain those freedoms she had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be invented.

Lamb, Wally / We Are Water --- PS3562.A433 W43 2013
As her wedding day approaches, Annie Oh, a middle-age wife, mother and artist, finds herself one morning staring at a bed covered in Vera Wang wedding dresses, at the mercy of hopes and fears about the momentous change on the horizon. This is not Annie's first walk down the aisle. She has just emerged from a twenty-seven year marriage to Orion Oh, which produced three children, twins Andrew and Ariane and daughter Marisa. Annie has been trying to reach her ex-husband, as she wants to make sure that he is all right. Orion, a psychologist with a crippling need to help others, keeps assuring everyone that he is fine. But how can he be? Annie, a self-taught artist, is about to marry a woman named Viveca, the sophisticated and seductive art dealer who understands her work and has helped make her enormously successful.

Lowrey, Sassafras / Lost Boi --- PR9199.4.L72 L69 2015
In Sassafras Lowrey's gorgeous queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois brigade and the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi who, along with the tomboy John Michael, Pan convinces to join him at Neverland. Told from the point of view of Tootles, Pan's best boi, the lost bois call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, and united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the leather pirates.

Okparanta, Chinelo / Under the Udala Trees --- PS3615.K73 U53 2015
Ijeoma, a young Nigerian girl displaced during their civil war, begins a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community. When the pair are discovered, she must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices. Even as her nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Ijeoma seeks a glimmer of hope for a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

Ostlund, Lori / After the Parade --- PS3615.S64 A65 2015
After leaving his partner in New Mexico to start a new life in San Francisco, ESL teacher Aaron Englund seeks closure from a rejection-marked childhood and his own questionable choices by exploring his relationships with fellow misfits in his youth.

Roy, Sandip / Don't Let Him Know --- PR9499.4.R696 D66 2015
In a boxy apartment building in an Illinois university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades letter, her son Amit finds that letter and thinks he has discovered his mother's secret. But secrets have their own secrets sometimes.

Tarttelin, Abigail / Golden Boy --- PR6120.A487 G65 2013
Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he's the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. Karen, Max's mother, is a highly successful criminal lawyer, determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years. Now that the boys are getting older, now that she won't have as much control, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband, Steve, has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives. The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won't his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he's starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him—desire him—once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really?

Woodson, Jacqueline / Another Brooklyn --- PS3573.O64524 A85 2016
For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything. August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away. Woodson heartbreakingly illuminates the formative period when a child meets adulthood -- when precious innocence meets the all-too-real perils of growing up

Young Adult / Juvenile Fiction

Books are located in the 2nd floor Youth Collection.

Clark, Kristin Elizabeth / Freakboy --- PZ7.5.C52 Fre 2013
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

Cronn-Mills, Kirstin / Beautiful Music for Ugly Children --- PZ7.C88149 Be 2012
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents—all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.

Danforth, Emily M. / The Miseducation of Cameron Post --- PZ7.D2136 Mi 2012
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Daniels, April / Dreadnought: Nemesis --- PZ7.1.D36 D74 2017
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny's body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny's first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father's dangerous obsession with 'curing' her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer -a cyborg named Utopia- still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

Farizan, Sara / Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel --- PZ7.F179 Te 2014
High school junior Leila's Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates at Armstead Academy, and if word got out that she liked girls life would be twice as hard, but when a new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual, so she struggles to sort out her growing feelings by confiding in her old friends.

Garvin, Jeff / Symptoms of Being Human --- PZ7.1.G377 Sy 2016
A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students.

Gino, Alex / George --- PZ7.1.G566 Geo 2015
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte—but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

Hennessey, M. G. / The Other Boy --- PZ7.1.H464 Ot 2016
Since twelve-year old Shane moved to a new town, he has been concealing the fact he was born a girl, but when one of his classmates learns he is a transgender, Shane must deal with the reactions of his entire community.

Konigsberg, Bill / Openly Straight --- PZ7.K83518 Ope 2013
Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school—but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

Levithan, David / Two Boys Kissing --- PZ7.L5798 Two 2013
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

Levy, Dana Alison / The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher --- PZ7.L58257 Mis 2014
Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.

Merey, Ilike / A + E 4ever: A Graphic Novel --- PN6727.B378 M4 A 2011
Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if Ash is ever going to see all of her.

Nelson, Jandy / I'll Give You the Sun --- PZ7.N433835 Ill 2014
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

Quintero, Isabel / Gabi, a Girl in Pieces --- PZ7.Q438 Gab 2014
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Russo, Meredith / If I Was Your Girl --- PZ7.1.R874 If 2016
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Saenz, Benjamin Alire / Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe --- PZ7.S1273 Ar 2012
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Sanchez, Alex / Boyfriends with Girlfriends --- PZ7.S19475 Bo 2011
When Lance begins to date Sergio, who's bisexual, he's not sure that it'll work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio's lesbian friend, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand.

Self, Jeffery / Drag Teen: A Tale of Angst and Wigs --- PZ7.1.S4 Dr 2016
JT is a gay high school senior determined to get out of Clearwater, Florida, and be the first person in his family to go to college, even though he cannot figure out how to pay for it—until his friends convince him to compete in a drag teen competition where the first prize is a college scholarship.

Silvera, Adam / History Is All You Left Me --- PZ7.1.S54 Hi 2017
Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But when Theo dies in a drowning accident, the future he's been imagining for himself is gone. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. As Griffin loses himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, the secrets he's been keeping are tearing him apart.

Spangler, Brie / Beast --- PZ7.S7365 Be 2016
After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.

Westerfeld, Scott / Afterworlds --- PZ7.W5197 Aft 2014
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

Wright, Bil / Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy --- PZ7.W9335 Pu 2011
Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.

Picture Books

Books are located in the 2nd floor Youth Collection.

Baldacchino, Christine / Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress --- PZ7.B18122 Mor 2014
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

Bergman, S. Bear / The Adventures of Tulip Birthday Wish Fairy --- PZ7.B43 Ad 2012
Have you ever wondered what happens to your birthday wishes? Funny or serious, sad or wonderful, every wish gets read by a birthday wish fairy. This year, David wished for something that his wish fairy had never read before: to turn into a girl.

Bryan, Jennifer / The Different Dragon --- PZ8.3.B91 Dif 2012
A bedtime story takes Noah on an amazing journey with his cat, where they meet a dragon who doesn't want to be scary and fierce.

Carr, Jennifer / Be Who You Are --- PZ7.C22969 B4 2010
Nick was born in a boy's body, but has always felt like a girl inside. Nick's family supports him when he says he no longer wants to be called a boy or dress like a boy; "Always remember to be who you are Nick. Remember that we love you, and we are so proud of you." Nick's parents find a group for families like theirs. With their support, Nick expresses a desire to be addressed as "she", and then to be named "Hope." Based on the author's experiences with her children.

Fabrikant, Amy / When Kayla Was Kyle --- PZ7.F12 Whe 2013
Kyle doesn't understand why the other kids at school call him names. He looks like other boys, but doesn't feel like them. Can Kyle find the words to share his feelings about his gender -- and can his parents help him to transition into the girl he was born to be?

Haan, Linda de and Nijland, Stern / King & King --- PZ7.H11132 Ki 2002
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected. [Sequel: King & King & Family]

Herthel, Jessica / I Am Jazz! --- JUV HQ77.7 .H467 2014
Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

Hoffman, Sarah / Jacob's New Dress --- PZ7.H67585 Jac 2014
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.

McGoon, Greg / The Royal Heart --- PZ7.1.N5672 Roy 2015
Once upon a time, in a far away land, an heir to the throne is born. The King has a son to follow in his footsteps. But life might not be quite as it appears for this Royal Family. All will be revealed on their child's 16th birthday. Family love triumphs over doubt, and together they grow stronger. Join this Royal Family on the path of discovery, acceptance and celebration.

Newman, Lesléa / Donovan's Big Day --- PZ8.3.N4655 Don 2011
From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers. [By the same author: Daddy, Papa, and Me and Mommy, Mama, and Me]

Oelschlager, Vanita / A Tale of Two Daddies --- PZ8.3.O318 Tal 2010
In an affectionate story of adoption in a gay family, a small girl answers a friend's questions about what it is like to have two fathers. The boy asks: Which dad would build your home in a tree? And which dad helps when you skin your knee? And the girl answers: Poppa's the one who builds in a tree. / Daddy's the one who fixes my knee.

Oelschlager, Vanita / A Tale of Two Mommies --- PZ7.O28 Ta 2011
A young boy describes to two other children how his two mommies help him with all his needs.

Pitman, Gayle E. / This Day in June --- PZ8.3.P5586836 Th 2014
A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The end matter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story.

Last Updated: April 2017

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