Grammy Award-winning musician Carlile tells her life story, from growing up impoverished to her small town’s outrage when she, an out lesbian, was barred from being baptized, to her journey towards stardom. She writes with the same emotional punch that characterizes her music. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
When Danica Roem campaigned to become the first openly trans person elected to the state legislature, she knew her opponents would look for scandals in her past to discredit her. So she beat them to the punch, admitting and addressing every element of her life that could be used against her – and turning her perceived failings around to become commentaries on living, growing, and telling your own story. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Written as a series of letters, this poetic memoir details Emezi’s discovery of their identity as an ogbanje or Igbo spirit child. They discuss how being an ogbanje affects their thoughts on gender and life. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
Jen’s provocative, laugh-out-loud debut takes us inside her journey of self-discovery, leading us through stories of a childhood “girl crush,” an onerous quest to have a threesome, and an enduring fear of being bad at sex. She concludes that, while still confused, “maybe confusion is as queer as it gets.” You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
A debut memoir about coming of age as a gay, Latinx man, “High-Risk Homosexual” opens in Edgar Gomez’s uncle’s cockfighting ring in Nicaragua, where he was sent at thirteen years old to become a man. Readers follow Gomez through the queer spaces where he learned to love being gay and Latinx, including Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a drag queen convention in Los Angeles, and the doctor’s office where he was diagnosed a ‘high-risk homosexual.’ You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.
In this NYT bestselling memoir, cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Fierstein reveals never-before-told stories of his personal struggles, sex and romance, and career. He blends the story of his family’s acceptance with the history of New York Theater. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
Alaska, an Erie native and Pitt alum, is one of the most popular drag artists in the world right now. In their memoir, Alaska writes candidly about growing up and coming out in western Pennsylvania before making a name for herself in the Los Angeles drag scene followed by a triumphant return to Pittsburgh. Alaska was a runner-up on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 4, then went on to win the second season of All Stars version of the franchise. Known for her wit and pop culture knowledge, “My Name’s Yours, What’s Alaska?” is a story of finding one’s creative place in the world and the power that comes with trusting your own voice. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
As a nonbinary, transmasculine parent, giving birth to his son Samson clarified Krys Malcom Belc’s gender identity. Yet when his partner, Anna, adopted Samson, the legal documents listed Belc as “the natural mother of the child.” He reflects on being part of a family that doesn’t fit neatly into society’s accepted norms. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.
This lengthy but enthralling collection of candid writing from the author of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” chronicles the majority of Highsmith’s life, her lesbianism, and the discovery of her passion for mystery writing. Her trademark wit is on full display even when writing to, and for, herself. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
The decade is the 1920s, the scene: Los Angeles. Harrison Post has to hide his relationship with William Clark Jr., one of the richest men in Hollywood. When Clark dies suddenly, bequeathing Post a fortune, he has to fight for the inheritance left to him by the man he loved. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.