Read Proud: Notable Nonfiction for Adults

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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.

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History

Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities–all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World

In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author’s characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life.

From the Fab Five–the beloved hosts of Netflix’s viral hit Queer Eye –comes a book that is at once a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope. You can also check out this title as eAudiobook on Overdrive/Libby.

Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression

Seeing Gender is an of-the-moment investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. For LGBTQ+ people, this book offers comfort, advice, and reassurance in the sometimes confusing process of navigating one’s identity. For allies, this book is an essential tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Time is the Thing a Body Moves Through

T. Fleischmann uses Felix Gonzáles-Torres’s artworks–piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles–as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality. From the back porches of Buffalo, to the galleries of New York and L.A., to farmhouses of rural Tennessee, the artworks act as still points, sites for reflection situated in lived experience. Fleischmann combines serious engagement with warmth and clarity of prose, reveling in the experiences and pleasures of art and the body, identity and community. You can also check out this title as eAudiobook on Hoopla and as eBook on Hoopla.

Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity

Ben, Parker, Lucas, Nadia are four patients of Florida’s Dr. Charles Garramonepreparing to receive surgery to masculinize their chests on the same day. In the following years, they, along with more than a hundred others across the country, opened up to the award-winning professor of gender and sexuality Arlene Stein about how they conceive of their identities and sexuality, how they decided to transition, how they were received by their families and communities, and the joys and challenges they continue to face after transitioning. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Wow, No Thank You

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. You can also check out this title as eAudiobook on Overdrive/Libby and as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance

Your weekly horoscope is merely one crumb of astrology’s cake. Fortified with this knowledge, you can live out the life you were born to. Marrying the historic traditions of astrology with a modern approach, You Were Born for This explains the key components of your birth chart in an easy to use, choose your own adventure style. You can also check out this title a eBook on Overdrive/Libby.