Reading for Understanding- Celebrating Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and AAPLD is pleased to share books from our virtual and print collections that provide insight into the history, challenges and joys, faced by members of the LGBTQ community.

Whether you’re a member of the community, a supportive ally to a friend or family member, or if you’d just like to know more about the experiences of LGBTQ folk, past and present, real and fictional,  reading can provide valuable knowledge and perspectives.

We hope you’ll enjoy these ebook and downloadable audiobook selections from Hoopla and Overdrive, which includes fiction, memoirs, poetry, history and commentary. Click to learn more about each title. Items marked with an asterisk are also part of our print collection, and can be placed on hold by AAPLD cardholders for curbside pick-up.

Non-Fiction available through Hoopla:

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado*

City of Night by John Rechy

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel*

Homie by Danez Smith

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson*



Fiction available through Hoopla:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz*

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta*

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Broken People by Sam Lansky*

Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickles

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson*

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson


Non-Fiction Available From Overdrive

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden*

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein*

Sissy by Jacob Tobia*

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride*

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby*

Boy Erased by Garrad Conley*

Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan

Here For It by R. Eric Thomas


Fiction Available From Overdrive

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

In At The Deep End by Kate Davies*

The Color Purple by Alice Walker*

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides*

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis*

All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan*

Ash by Malinda Lo*

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri*

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman*

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender*