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LGBTQI Literature celebrating 50 Years of Pride

LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender which has been in use since the 1990s and is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures.

It may be used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; LGBTQ has been recorded since 1996.

Those who add intersex people to LGBT groups use an extended initialism LGBTI. Some people combine the two acronyms and use the term LGBTIQ. Others use LGBT+ to encompass a spectrum of gender and sexuality. 

We have gathered together here a collection of books which inspire and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, raise awareness and educate society.

We take you on a journey here from picture books that reflect LGBTQI family life to YA novels and non-fiction titles that explore sexuality, gender issues and romance.

Some useful resources....

Pride in London parade is taking place on Saturday 6 July, and as with last year there are plans for live streams of concerts and showcases celebrating pride.

Find out more about the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the history of the Pride movement and gay people's rights at

The Proud Trust charity has resources and help for LGBT+ young people.

Stonewall has help and advice to help make your schools and colleges more LGBTQ+ inclusive.

This Pride Month and every month we read and recommend books that celebrate our differences and this collection is constantly updated with our favourite reads. 

My Dads

My Dads

3+ readers

Author: Kelly Bennett Illustrator: Paul Meisel Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2012

A celebration of a blended family, My Dads successfully stresses the qualities of a little girl’s Dad and her Pa. She does quite different things with each of them – biking, painting and swimming – but what matters most is that they both love her!

Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

YA readers

Author: Becky Albertalli Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2018

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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