We Have Work to Do: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Identity, History, and Stories

Book & Film Recommendations Following the Events at Club Q in Colorado Springs

Now is the time for the community to work on bringing about change in society for our LGBTQ+ friends and family and for ourselves. It starts with listening and learning, with eliminating hate and the “othering” of people, and seeking compassion and acceptance.

We have work to do. And that work can’t just be confined to Pride Month. It goes beyond parades and placards. It’s more than politics.

It is humanity. It is love.

Poudre Libraries urges everyone to listen and learn from those who have stories to share. You can start with one of these recommended books or films covering a variety of topics and genres (listed by age).

Additionally, two members of Poudre Libraries staff organized a community resource guide for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Find or download the PDF below.

Adult Books 

Skye Falling: A Novel by Mia McKenzie 

100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell 

We Want What We Want: Stories by Alix Ohlin 

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton 

Borealis by Aisha Sabatini Sloan 

Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness by Da’Shaun L. Harrison 

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman 

Punks: New & Selected Poems by John Keene 

Gumbo Ya Ya: Poems by Aurielle Marie 

Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought by Briona Simone Jones 

The One You Want to Marry (and Other Identities I’ve Had) by Sophie Santos 

Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir by Brian Broome 

Maurice by E.M. Forster

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

The Headmistress by Milena McKay 

Stone Fruit by Lee Lai 

The Savage Kind: A Mystery by John Copenhaver 

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull 

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel M. Lavery

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground by Chris Tompkins

Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

An Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

Young Adult Books

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Flamer by Mike Curato  

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Nimona by ND Stevenson

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson 

All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown 

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes 

She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick 

The Afterwardby E.K. Johnston 

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Agesby Saundra Mitchell 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig 

Hot Dog Girlby Jennifer Dugan 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Love and Other Cursesby Michael Thomas Ford

Mask of Shadowsby Linsey Miller 

None of the Aboveby I.W. Gregorio 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colthurst 

Our Year of Maybeby Rachel Lynn Solomon 

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 

Squad by Mariah McCartney 

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin 

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo 

The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta

LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel Madrone 

Children’s and Picture Books 

The Whispers by Greg Howard

Charlie Chooses by Lou Peacock 

My Own Way by Joana Estela (translated from the original Portuguese)

Rainbow by Michael Genhart 

Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack 

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman 

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima 

A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith and Brooke Kerrigan

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders  

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

The Family Book by Todd Parr 

El Libro de la Familia para Todd Parr

Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang 

Federico and All His Families by Mili Hernández 

Federico y sus familias para Mili Hernández 

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love 

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill 

George [Melissa’s story] by Alex Gino       

What are your Words?: A Book about Pronouns by Katherine Locke  

Calvin by JR Ford 

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