LGBTQIA+ Experience

  1. Memoirs
  2. Fiction
  3. Non-Fiction
  4. Documentaries and Movies
Sister OutsiderSister Outsider by Audre Lorde
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Summary: In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. 
Sissy Opens in new windowSissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
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Summary: A gender-diverse cultural influencer examines how their religious, political and educational experiences revealed the need for greater cultural inclusion and anti-discrimination legislation that acknowledges the gender spectrum. 
Brown, White, BlackBrown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Religion by Nishta J. Mehra
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Summary: Essays describe how the author’s experiences as an Indian American, the wife of a white Christian woman, and the mother of an adopted black son have been challenged by rigid cultural family norms. 
Over the TopOver the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness
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Summary: The style-expert star of Queer Eye shares deeply personal stories from his Midwestern childhood, revealing how he channeled his passions and setbacks into the positive energy that shaped his signature brand.
In the Dream HouseIn the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
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Summary: The award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties shares the story of her relationship with an abusive partner and how it was shaped by her religious upbringing, her sexual orientation and inaccurate cultural beliefs about psychological trauma.
How We Fight for Our LivesHow We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
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Summary: The co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM, award-winning poet and author of Prelude to Bruise documents his coming-of-age as a young, gay, black man in an American South at a crossroads of sex, race and power. 
Redefining RealnessRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
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Summary: A journalist and activist offers her perspective on the realities of being young, multi-racial, economically challenged, and transgender, recounting her disadvantaged youth and decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of eighteen.