Be Proud with these LGBTQA+ books for readers of every age!

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag By Rob Sanders; illustrated by Steven Salerno

The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag!

In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders’ stirring text and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocative images combine to tell this remarkable—and undertold—story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

Lily and Dunkin

Lily and Dunkin By Donna Gephart

Award-winning author Donna Gephart crafts a compelling dual narrative about two remarkable young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder. Their powerful story will shred your heart, then stitch it back together with kindness, humor, bravery, and love.

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade.

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse.

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

Being Jazz

Being Jazz By Jazz Jennings

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series–I Am Jazz–making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults.

In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Discover Jazz’s story in her words.

10 Things I Can See From Here

10 Things I Can See From Here By Carrie Mac

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing By David Levithan

Based on true events—and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS—Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

From Rob Sanders, author of Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, please find below some useful resources to use in your classroom or library.  Learn more about Rob and his work at his website:



August 7, 1915—First lecture on homosexuality given in the USA by Emma Goldman.

December 1924—The Society for Human Rights is formed. It is the first gay rights organization in the USA.

1936—Nazis began rounding up homosexual men and sending them to concentration camps. Later some lesbians were also imprisoned. Homosexual men were marked with upside down pink triangles, lesbians with black triangles.

June 1947—Edythe Eyde began publishing the gay magazine, Vice Versa.

January 1948—The Kinsey Report by Alfred Kinsey is published.

November 11, 1950—Harry Hay and others formed the Mattachine Society.

1951—The Homosexual in America by Donald Webster Cory is published.

April 27, 1953—President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order that barred homosexuals from government service. The Lavender Scare (simultaneous with the Red Scare) began.

October 19, 1955—The Daughters of Bilitis is formed.

October 1956—The first issue of The Ladder is released by the Daughters of Bilitis.

May 1959—The first documented LGBTQ+ riot took place at Cooper’s Donuts, Los Angeles, CA.

April 17, 1963—The East Coast Homophile Organization (ECHO) picketed outside the White House protesting the U.S. government’s treatment of homosexuals.

April 18, 1963—ECHO picketed outside U.N. protesting Castro’s treatment of homosexuals.

April 25, 1965—Dewey’s Deli sit-in, Philadelphia, PA.

1966—Compton Cafeteria Riots, San Francisco, CA.

October 8, 1968—Troy Perry held the first service in what would become the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

June 28, 1969—Stonewall Uprising, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY

December 1969—The Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) is formed. In 1970, GAA secured its own building in SOHO, New York City, NY.

June 28, 1970—The Christopher Street Liberation Day march (precursor to Pride Marches to honor and remember the Stonewall Uprising) is held.

May 18, 1970—Jack Baker and Mike McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minneapolis, MN. It was the first challenge to same-sex marriage laws. They were denied.

1971—McConnell changed his name to Pat Lynn McConnell. A license was issued thinking McConnell was female. They were married, becoming the first same-sex couple married in the USA. The state of Minnesota chose to ignore the marriage rather than fight it.

March 11, 1973—The first meeting of what would become PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

December 1973—The leadership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) voted unanimously to remove homosexuality from the organization’s list of disorders.

April 1, 1974—Ann Arbor, MI citizens elected Kathy Kozachenko to the city council. She was the first openly gay person elected to public office in the USA.

1974—Voters in Massachusetts sent Elaine Noble to the state senate. She was the first openly gay person elected to statewide office.

1976—The Gay Rights National Lobby (later the Human Rights Campaign) was formed in Washington, D. C.

January 18, 1977—Dade County, Florida passed a civil rights ordinance.

June 7, 1977—Led by Anita Bryant, the Dade County ordinance is overturned.

March 26, 1977—Members of President Jimmy Carter’s administration met with a delegation of gays and lesbians. This was the first such meeting ever in the White House.

November 8, 1977—Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

April 1978—Mayor George Moscone signed a San Francisco gay rights ordinance.

June 25, 1978—The Rainbow or Pride Flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, flew for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

November 1978—Proposition 6 was defeated in California.

November 27, 1978—Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.

October 14, 1979—The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

July 3, 1981—A story appeared in the New York Times about a rare cancer found in homosexual men.

1982—Wisconsin was the first state to pass a law banning lesbian and gay discrimination.

December 1984—Berkley, CA became the first city to offer domestic partner benefits.

November 27, 1985—Cleve Jones had the idea for a quilt to remember those who died of AIDS.

June 30, 1986—In Bowers vs. Hardwick, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled lesbians and gays had no constitutional rights in their private, personal lives.

March 12, 1987—Larry Kramer formed ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).

October 11, 1983—The NAMES Quilt was displayed on the National Mall for the first time.

1993—Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, an initiative of President Bill Clinton, was passed into law.

September 21, 1996—The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed and then was signed by President Bill Clinton. It defined marriage as being between a man and woman. States followed with their own DOMA laws.

October 12, 1998—Matthew Shepard was murdered. His was one victim of a growing number of hate crimes against members of the LGBTQ community.

July 1, 2000—Civil Unions began in Vermont.

June 26, 2003—In Lawrence vs. Texas the United States Supreme Court ruled homosexuals’ privacy is constitutionally protected.

November 18, 2003—The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples should have the right to marry.

May 17, 2004—752 same-sex couples are wed in in Massachusetts.

February 12, 2004—After a ruling by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin received the first same-sex marriage license in California and were married. Others followed. Twenty-nine days later, a judge ruled that marriages across the state be halted.

August 12, 2004—The California Supreme Court ruled all same-sex marriages were invalid.

August 30, 2007—Iowa Judge Robert Hanson declared the state ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.

May 15, 2008—The California Supreme Court ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.

June 16, 2008—Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin again are the first same-sex couple married in California.

November 2008—Prop 8 passed in California. Same-sex marriages were halted and the rights of same-sex married couples were taken away.

Spring 2009—John Berry, an openly-gay man, was appointed by President Barack Obama as director of the Office of Personnel Management.

April 2009—Vermont legislators passed a marriage equality bill. That state was followed by Connecticut, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

October 28, 2009—President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.

August 8, 2010—Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California’s Prop 8 was unconstitutional. The decision was immediately appealed.

September 9, 2010—Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in California. Congress repealed the law later that year.

July 24, 2011—New York began same-sex marriages.

2011—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

March 27, 2013—The Supreme Court of the United States heard Edith Windsor’s case against the Defense of Marriage Act.

2013—Three more state legislatures voted for same-sex marriage: Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota.

June 26, 2013—The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Two days later, marriages resumed in California.

September 27, 2013—New Jersey was the first state where the ban on same-sex marriage fell. Other states followed.

June 26, 2015—The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples have the right to be married.

June 24, 2016—President Barack Obama declared the Stonewall Inn a nation monument making it America’s first LGBT national park site.

June 30, 2016— Under President Barack Obama, the ban on transgender service in the military is lifted.

July 27, 2017—Under President Donald Trump, the Justice Department declared that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect workers on the basis of sexual orientation.

July 27, 2017—President Donald Trump tweeted that he would ban transgender people from military service.

August 2018—Federal judges rule against Baltimore and Washington blocked Trumps order.

January 1, 2018—The Defense Department began to accept open transgender recruits.

Source: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen. Chicago Review Press, Chicago, IL: 2016.



(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-spirited, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally)



April 27—Day of Silence (date varies from year-to-year)

May 17—International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: A Worldwide Celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversity

May 22—Harvey Milk Day

June—LGBT Pride Month

June 27—Stonewall Uprising Anniversary

October—LGBT History Month

October 11—National Coming Out Day

October 26—Intersex Awareness Day

November 8—Intersex Day of Remembrance/Intersex Solidarity Day

November 20—Transgender Day of Remembrance

December 1—World AIDS Day


Banned Books Week—Annually the last week of September

World Read Aloud Day—Usually in February






LGBTQ+ History

A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance

By Jeannine Atkins

Illustrated by Tad Hills

Simon & Schuster, 1999


This Day in June

By Gayle E. Pitman

Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Magination, 2014


Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

By Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Steven Salerno

Random House, 2018


Sewing the Rainbow

By Gayle E. Pitman

Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Magination, 2018


Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution

By Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Random House, 2019


When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community

By Gayle E. Pitman

Illustrated by Christopher Lyles

Magination, 2017


Same-Sex Relationships

The Adventures of Honey & Leon

By Alan Cumming

Illustrated by Grant Shaffer

Random House, 2017


And Tango Makes Three

By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Illustrated by Henry Cole

Simon & Schuster, 2005


Christian, the Hugging Lion

By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Illustrated by Amy June Bates

Simon & Schuster, 2010


Jerome By Heart

By Thomas Scotto

Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Illustrated by Olivier Tallec

Enchanted Lion, 2018


King & King

By Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

Tricycle, 2000


Promised Land

By Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris

Illustrated by Christine Luiten and Bo Moore

Amazon Digital Services, 2017


Square Zair Pair

By Jase Peeples

Illustrated by Christine Knopp

Jason Peeples, 2015


Worm Loves Worm

By J. J. Austrian

Illustrated by Mike Curato

Balzer + Bray, 2016


Families/Living with Two Moms or Two Dads

Daddy, Papa, and Me

By Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by Carol Thompson

Tricycle, 2009


Donovan’s Big Day

By Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by Mike Dutton

Tricycle, 2011


A Family Is a Family Is a Family

By Sara O’Leary

Illustrated by Qin Leng

Groundwood, 2016


The Great Big Book of Families

By Mary Hoffman

Illustrated by Ros Asquith

Dial, 2010


Heather Has Two Mommies

By Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by Laura Cornell

Candlewick, 2015


In Our Mothers’ House

By Patricia Polacco

Philomel, 2009


Mommy, Mama, and Me

By Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by Carol Thompson

Tricycle, 2009


A Tale of Two Daddies

By Vanita Oelschlager

Illustrated by Kristin Blackwood and Mike Blanc

VanitaBooks, 2010


A Tale of Two Mommies

By Vanita Oelschlager

Illustrated by Mike Blanc

VanitaBooks, 2011


Gender/Gender Identity/Transgender

Annie’s Plaid Shirt

By Stacy B. Davids

Illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis

Upswing, 2015


Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?

By Sarah Savage

Illustrated by Fox Fisher

Jessica Kingsley, 2017


Call Me Tree / Llámame árbol

By Maya Christina Gonzalez

Children’s Book Press, 2014


From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea   

By Kai Cheng Thom

Illustrated by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching

Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017


I Am Jazz

By Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Dial, 2014


Jacob’s New Dress

By Sarah and Ian Hoffman

Illustrated by Chris Case

Albert Whitman, 2014


Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

By Christine Baldacchino

Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

Groundwood, 2014


My Princess Boy: A Mom’s Story About a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up

By Cheryl Kilodavis

Illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone

Aladdin, 2010


Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero

By Marissa Moss

Illustrated by John Hendrix

Abrams, 2011


Oliver Button Is a Sissy

By Tomie dePaola

Simon & Schuster, 1979


Red: A Crayon’s Story

By Michael Hall

Greenwillow, 2015


Sparkle Boy

By Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by Maria Mola

Lee & Low, 2017


10,000 Dresses

By Marcus Ewert

Illustrated by Rex Ray

Seven Stories, 2008


Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity

By Brook Pessin-Whedbee

Illustrated by Naomi Bardoff

Jessica Kingsley, 2016


Celebrating Individuality

Be Who You Are

By Todd Parr

Little, Brown Books, 2016



By Jacques Goldstyn

Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Enchanted Lion, 2017


The Blue Songbird

By Vern Kousky

Running Press Kids, 2017


The Boy Who Cried Fabulous

By Lesléa Newman

Illustrated by Peter Ferguson

Tricycle, 2004


The Boy with Pink Hair

By Perez Hilton

Illustrated by Jen Hill

Celebra Young Readers, 2011



By Rémi Courgeon

Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Enchanted Lion, 2017


It’s Okay to Be Different

By Todd Parr

Megan Tingley, 2001


Julián Is a Mermaid

By Jessica Love

Candlewick, 2018


A Peacock Among Pigeons

By Tyler Curry

Illustrated by Clarione Gutierrez

Mascot, 2015


Pink Is for Boys

By Robb Pearlman

Illustrated by Eda Kaban

Running Press Kids, 2018


The Sissy Duckling

By Harvey Fierstein

Illustrated by Henry Cole

Simon & Schuster, 2002


Why Am I Me?

By Paige Britt

Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Scholastic, 2017


Sex and Sexuality

Tell Me About Sex, Grandma

By Anastasia Higginbotham

Feminist Press, 2017


Living Peacefully with Others

Come with Me

By Holly M. McGhee

Illustrated by Pascal Lemaître

G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017


Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

By Oliver Jeffers

Philomel, 2017


Peace Is an Offering

By Annette LeBox

Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Dial, 2015


Protest Literature

Feminism from A to Z

By Gayle E. Pitman

Illustrated by Laura Huliska Beith

Magination Press, 2017


The Little Book of Little Activists

Viking, 2017


Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

By Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr

Simon & Schuster, 2018


The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

By Carmen Agra Deedy

Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Scholastic, 2017


Other Resources for Teachers

“Censorship,” The Active Voice (blog)

By Gayle E. Pitman


Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights

By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Review Press, 2016


Growing Up LGBT in America

Human Rights Campaign


Intellectual Freedom: Issues and Resources

American Library Association


“LGBT+ 101: An Introduction to the Queer Community”


LGBTQ OutLoud Common Terms”


“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors”

By Rudine Sims Bishop


The 2015 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Our Nation’s Schools

By Joseph G. Kosciw et al.

GLSEN, 2015


“The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf” (TEDx Talk)

By Grace Lin


Helpful Sites

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union):

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network):

HRC (Human Rights Campaign):


Random House Teachers and Librarians