When Katie Met Cassidy
Katie Daniels is a recent Kentucky transplant to New York reeling from a recent breakup with her fiancé. She has little idea what to expect when Cassidy Price enters her life—Cassidy’s sexy, self-assured, and wearing a men’s suit. When straight-laced Katie finds herself in a lesbian dive bar frequented by Cassidy, unexpected sparks fly, and life may never be the same for either woman.
Tomorrow Will Be Different
At just 26, Sarah McBride became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention when she appeared at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. For years, Sarah struggled with her identity and the decision to come out. After making the decision to come out publicly, she found acceptance, success, and ultimately a love that was tragically cut short. Sarah’s story is a moving chronicle of love and loss.
Regina Gottlieb is a bisexual graduate student, who was warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving at the university where he teaches. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom, and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one has warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty—or his charismatic, volatile wife. My Education is the story of Regina’s growing understanding of her sexual, intellectual, and emotional lives.
More Happy Than Not
On the streets of the Bronx, Aaron Soto has learned that proving his masculinity is essential to survival. But then he meets Thomas, who challenges everything Aaron thought he knew about himself. All the while, an organization called the Leteo Institute appears in the neighborhood, promising to erase the memories of those who wish to forget their traumatic pasts. Fans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will love this part love story, part sci-fi fantasy that gets at the core of race, class, and sexuality in modern America.
Every Day Movie Tie-In Edition
Told from the perspective of a character named A, this young adult novel contemplates gender fluidity in all its complexity, with a fantastical twist. Every morning, A wakes up in a different body, with no control over this phenomenon and no warning of whose body it will be. A makes sure never to be noticed or get too involved with the host body’s life, until A wakes up in a boy named Justin’s body and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Now that A feels affection for someone, the quest of finding one body to inhabit becomes A’s only wish.
October is LGBT History Month (not to be confused with Pride Month!), a time for us to honor and celebrate the many LGBTQ+ voices that have impacted our society. To celebrate, here’s a list of LGBT books that tell stories of queer main characters and narrators. Each offers a varying perspective on the struggles of coming out and the importance of freely owning one’s sexual and gender identities.
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