LGBTQ+ book list: age 13+

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The books on this list will help you learn about queer history and explore queer stories.

Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

Learn about queer rights movements through the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals who made world history. This accessible book is the perfect intro or addition to any teenager’s journey learning about queer history.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Atta’s debut novel about a mixed race, gay teen is full of positivity, love, celebration, pride and fabulous flamboyance. But this isn’t just a great read, it’s also a book about having the bravery to accept yourself, and to share that person with the world.

Gears for Queers by Abigail Melton and Lilith Cooper

While it’s a great book about cycling around Europe, it’s also about existing as two queer people, making friends, taking on a landscape, and “being”.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Love fears that being black, queer and transgender will prevent him from finding his happy ending. This young adult novel tells the story of a trans teen tumbling through love toward the realisation that the person who most deserves it is himself.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

When henna business entrepreneur Nishat comes out to her family, they ask her to stay in the closet. So when Flavia, her charismatic and beautiful childhood friend, walks into her life again, she is left with a difficult decision.