Best LGBTIQ Books

April 18, 2018

Our picks for best LGTBIQ YA books, these are all must-reads! Check them out!

“We’re sick of hearing people say, “That band is so gay,” or “Those guys are fags.” Gay is not a synonym for shitty. If you wanna say something’s shitty, say it’s shitty. Stop being such homophobic assholes.” 

― Pete Wentz

1 The Lesbian Love Companion

The Lesbian Love Companion

Marny Hall | LGBT Studies


The hilarious and informative guide to lesbian love by seasoned therapist and author Marny Hall. Hall has been counseling lesbian couples for forty years and knows whereof she speaks.

2 Closer than Breathing - a Light Gay Odyssey

Closer than Breathing - a Light Gay Odyssey

Alan Keslian | Fiction


The world of antiquarian books may seem light years away from the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll, but events bring Ben, a young gay man, to forge a route between them. He navigates his way through a clutch of odd, eccentric people, including drug dealers, Goths, psychics, veteran author Loyd Larcher and ageing rock musicians Rick Schwagger and Heath Prityards. Opportunities along the way help him win through to true love with a level headed and down to the earth's boyfriend. Download this FREE e-book today!

3 Goodmans Hotel

Goodmans Hotel

Alan Keslian | Fiction


A view of life through the eyes of a gay man. As pressure mounts in his job in the City of London, Mark decides on a radical career change, and sets up a gay hotel--the Good mans Hotel. He is irresistibly attracted to Tom, a local handyman, and he takes in an 18-year-old runaway, Darren, who is escaping from his parents’ religious bigotry. Mark comes to think of Tom, Darren, and Tom's boss, Andrew as his family. Then a crisis forces Mark and Tom apart, until eventually the family is reconciled and reunited in the final chapter, their understanding of life deepened by the challenges that they have faced. Download this FREE e-Book today!

4 Fidelities


Richard Hall | LGBT Studies


One of America's preeminent writers of gay fiction validates his reputation with his third, and sadly, last collection. Here are love stories, both passionate and compassionate; tales of suspense; narratives on the theme of AIDS; even a ghost story. "A standout read."--The Advocate. Hall died of AIDS-related complications in October, 1992.

5 Lila´s House: A Male Brothel in Downtown

Lila´s House: A Male Brothel in Downtown

Jacobo Schifter | General Non Fiction


Jacobo Schifter spent months conducting interviews inside a house of male prostitution in San Jose, Costa Rica to research this book. The result is a fascinating and consciousness-raising report, not only about male protitution, but about the Latin American sexual discourse in general--attitudes towards homosexuality (all of the prostitutes claim that they're straight and many seem to fear homosexuality), realtions between the sexes, awareness and practice of AIDS and safe sex, etc. Some of the interviews are reprinted in their entirety. The owner of the brothel, Lila, has a story worthy of a book itself. The most informed and interesting book on Costa Rican culture I have read.

6 Beyond the Queer Alphabet

Beyond the Queer Alphabet

 | LGBT Studies


An edited volume of Conversations on Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality

7 Letters from a Great Uncle

Letters from a Great Uncle

Richard Hall | LGBT Studies


This fascinating biographical narrative in which Richard Hall, the well-known gay writer, explores his own family history via the letters of his closeted gay uncle. What was it like to be gay in the early part of the last century?

8 Morinda's Desire: A Vampire Story

Morinda's Desire: A Vampire Story

Marty Wagner | Erotica


Morinda's Desire, a Vampire Story is the screwed up mystery story about a diabetic vampire, a schizophrenic troll and her lesbian girlfriend, a corrupt newspaper publisher, a mysterious death and a family of abusive ogre’s. It is a small town, lies, cheating, sex and everything you would hear in a bar.

9 The Captive In Search of Lost Time 5

The Captive In Search of Lost Time 5

Marcel Proust | Fiction Classics


Marcel brings Albertine to live with him in Paris where he treats her more like a captive. Obsessively jealous, he discards his social circle and alternately tries to please her or to leave her. Above all he tortures himself thinking about, asking about and neurotically thwarting any possible indulgence in her lesbian tastes. Meantime, Charlus public behavior becomes increasingly outrageous until he is publicly disgraced by the now influential Verdurins. Albertine leaves without warning and disappears.

10 My Sexual Autobiography - Vol. 1

My Sexual Autobiography - Vol. 1

Julee Sam | Erotica


Here Is Revised Version Of MY "SEXUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY". For the readers convenience, I made it less bulky and have also added some real life photographs. Even you have already read previous version, I strongly suggest that you should download this version and read. You will like this new version with photographs, I am sure.

11 Dancing Bare

Dancing Bare

Rigby Taylor | Romance


Dancing Bare is the sometimes risqué tale of an innocent young man who swaps the suffocating confines of middle-class New Zealand for love and liberation in 1960’s London and Europe. Reveling in the freedom conferred by anonymity, he becomes an actor, a stripper, a rent boy, a lover, a teacher, and a dedicated traveler through Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, where travelers are uncommon and countries still retain many of the differences that makes traveling so interesting. He encounters a wide variety of people, lifestyles, and customs, eventually settling in Paris, where the state does not consider his sexuality to be a criminal offense. A moving and amusing story of hope and love, sex, and sexuality, theatrical showmanship and artless innocence, laced with a little philosophy. Download this FREE e-book today!

12 Just the Way You Are

Just the Way You Are

Cinomi | Romance


Katalyna Morales has always been a tomboy and never mind being part of the guys thanks to her twin brother Kelvin. That's all she knows to do but she is secretly in love with Theo Cooper, her brother's best friend and tthe co-captain of the soccer team. Can Katalyna put her boyish ways behind her and let the woman in her come out and play? Would it be enough to finally conquer her one true love? Theo Cooper who has no interest in her or is that what he makes himself believe pretending that he has no feelings for her or would he man up and face his feelings and his best friend's sister, Katalyna?

13 Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women's Experience

Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women's Experience

Ellyn Kaschak, PH.D. | Psychology


Mind boggling!Engendered Lives will make you see the world around you with new eyes.The book presents a profound and often surprising view on what gender is and how it is passed from one person to another. You will see you how gender shows itself in surprising ways and in surprising places. Let Ellyn Kaschak, a unique and talented psychotherapist, take you on a fascinating journey to places you have been to before, but have never really seen.

14 Gender Outside of Heterosexuality

Gender Outside of Heterosexuality

Simone Jaggers Radolf | Human Rights


What is heterosexuality and what does it mean to be a female or male outside the institution of heterosexuality? Current ideas on gender identity, femininity and masculinity are heavily aligned to straight sexuality; this is seen through media, education, religion, history. How is ones gender identity formed for individuals who do not identify with heterosexuality? What is the impact of heterosexuality and gender roles? These are the questions I explore in this independent research project.

15 The Best Scandal Ever Series

The Best Scandal Ever Series

Ina Disguise | Fiction


The fictional story of an emotional journey, Ina uses the medium of fiction to explore the nature of love and the futility of optimism in the course of exploring what makes us love, what establishes gender, and what constitutes our inner identity. A comedic, romantic series of tales about the roller coaster that is the real experience of being in love with someone that does not really exist. Less

16 A Boy Called Q

A Boy Called Q

Fox Emerson | Short Stories


Q is a young guy from Yorkshire who is trying to build a life in London when he encounters a guy that he likes and realises, he might be gay. When Q finally gathers the courage to go through with his first sexual experience with him, it is beyond anything he could have imagined. It is simply amazing.Until it is over. Then Q realises that he may have made the biggest mistake of his life as he desperately tries to wash away his self-disgust. What Q does next is heart-breaking. We get an insight into the mind of many who cannot find a way to be themselves and believe that they only have one choice.

17 Quarterback Queen

Quarterback Queen

Gary Whitmore | Drama


Rocky Malone was the superstar quarterback for the Bellwood College Panthers football team. He had one fault and that is, he hated gays with a passion. He often harassed Stefon Jackson a gay student at Bellwood. So two sleazy students named Ernie and Mitch concocted a plan to win on gambling some money on the big State Championship game. So they trick Rocky into drinking a Witches Brew that turned him gay and he lost his superstar quarterback qualities. It’s now up to Rocky’s girlfriend, Mindy, Red Maple and gay student Stefon raced against time to locate a reverse Witche's potion before the State Championship game time.

18 Orlando


Virginia Woolf | Humanities and Arts


A Biography is an influential novel by Virginia Woolf, first published on 11 October 1928. A semi-biographical novel based in part on the life of Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West, it is generally considered one of Woolf's most accessible novels. The novel has been influential stylistically, and is considered important in literature generally, and particularly in the history of women's writing and gender studies. A film adaptation was released in 1992, starring Tilda Swinton as Orlando and Quentin Crisp as Queen Elizabeth I.

19 The Rainbow

The Rainbow

David Herbert Lawrence | Romance Classics


The Rainbow is a 1915 novel by British author D. H. Lawrence. It follows three generations of the Brangwen family, particularly focusing on the sexual dynamics of, and relations between, the characters. Lawrence's frank treatment of sexual desire and the power plays within relationships as a natural and even spiritual force of life, though perhaps tame by modern standards, caused The Rainbow to be prosecuted in an obscenity trial in late 1915, as a result of which all copies were seized and burnt. After this ban it was unavailable in Britain for 11 years, although editions were available in the USA. The Rainbow was followed by a sequel in 1920, Women in Love.