Read Proud: Notable Nonfiction for Adults

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh engages all of our communities in literacy and learning. Check out the titles below for some current LGBTQIA+ nonfiction picks and ask your local librarian for more.

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out

Jeremy Atherton Lin mixes personal essay and social history in this study of the gay bar and the need for gay men to “go out.” He focuses on the scene in the cities he’s called home: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Girls Can Kiss Now: Essays

Jill Gutowitz treats pop culture with reverence and weight in these hilarious essays, which range from Gutowitz’s own coming out process to her favorite topic: the sapphic implications of Taylor Swift’s discography. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.  

The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison 

The Women’s House of Detention, located in New York’s Greenwich Village, held women and trans people from 1929 to 1974. This book provides a proper history for this largely forgotten landmark of incarceration, which included inmates that were famous, like Andrea Dworkin and Angela Davis, but mostly included those whose crime of being poor and failing to affirm gender roles. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.