2SLGBTQIA+ Memoirs and Biographies

Memoirs and biographies of 2SLGBTQIA+ people, for teens and adults.

Updated June 13, 2023
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Dear Senthuran : a Black spirit memoir
Emezi, Akwaeke
Paper Book
FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER "A once-in-a-generation voice." - Vulture "One of our greatest living writers." - Shondaland A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times bestselling...
We have always been here : a queer Muslim memoir
Habib, Samra
Paper Book
Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have...
Open : an uncensored memoir of love, liberation, and non-monogamy
Krantz, Rachel
Paper Book
An award-winning journalist chronicles her first open relationship with "breathtaking honesty" (Los Angeles Times) in this "sexy, messy, necessary look at polyamory" (The Advocate). FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD * ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:...
Sister outsider : essays and speeches
Lorde, Audre
Paper Book
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. "[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive,...
Boy erased : a memoir
Conley, Garrard
Paper Book
The New York Times bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. "Every sentence of the story will stir your soul" (O Magazine). ...
Doyle, Glennon
Paper Book
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * OVER TWO MILLION COPIES SOLD! "Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today."--Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club Pick) In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and...
Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays
Thomas, R. Eric
Paper Book
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today * From the creator of Elle's "Eric Reads the News," a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every...
Fairest : a memoir
Talusan, Meredith
Paper Book
Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction   "Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs." --The New York Times Book Review "A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival." --Ocean...
Trixie and Katya's guide to modern womanhood
Mattel, Trixie
Paper Book
*A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* The RuPaul's Drag Race legends, stars of UNHhhh, and expert biological women share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking.  Drag superstars Trixie Mattel and...
Tomorrow will be different : love, loss, and the fight for trans equality
McBride, Sarah
Paper Book
Sarah McBride is on a mission to fight for transgender rights around the world. But before she was a prominent activist, and before she became the first transgender person to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, she was a teenager struggling with her identity. With...
Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
Tobia, Jacob
Paper Book
Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob Tobia invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a blueprint for a world free from gender-based trauma. Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won't soon forget. Writing with the...
In the dream house : a memoir
Machado, Carmen Maria
Paper Book
A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and...
How we fight for our lives : a memoir
Jones, Saeed
Paper Book
From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives--winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Award--is a "moving, bracingly honest memoir" (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power. One of the best...
Becoming Nicole : the transformation of an American family
Nutt, Amy Ellis
Paper Book
All boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifesto
Johnson, George M.
Paper Book
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue explores their childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. A New York Times Bestseller! Good Morning America,...
Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out
Kuklin, Susan
Paper Book
A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used...
The times I knew I was gay
Crewes, Eleanor
Paper Book
"Evocative, authentic, and hilarious." --Tillie Walden, author of Spinning and On a Sunbeam A charming, highly relatable graphic memoir that follows one young woman's adventures in coming out and coming of age. Ellie always had questions...
I'm afraid of men
Shraya, Vivek
Paper Book
Named a Best Book by- The Globe and Mail, Indigo, Out Magazine,Audible, CBC, Apple, Quill & Quire, Kirkus Reviews,Brooklyn Public Library, Writers' Trust of Canada, Autostraddle, Bitch, andBookRiot. Finalist for the 2019Lambda Literary Award,...
Wow, no thank you : essays
Irby, Samantha
Paper Book
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction Award Winner * A rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays from the New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. "Stay-up...
Some assembly required : the not-so-secret life of a transgender teen
Andrews, Arin.
Paper Book
Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning memoir. We've all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we've all been told that "it's just a part of...
I hope we choose love : a trans girl's notes from the end of the world
Thom, Kai Cheng
Paper Book
American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book; Winner, Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice...
Special topics in being a human : a queer and tender guide to things I've learned the hard way about caring for people, including myself
Bergman, S. Bear
Paper Book
S. Bear Bergman's illustrated guide to practical advice for the modern age, filtered through a queer lens. As an author, educator, and public speaker, S. Bear Bergman has documented his experience as, among other things, a trans parent, with wit and aplomb. He also writes the advice...
Hijab butch blues : a memoir
H, Lamya
Paper Book
A queer hijabi Muslim immigrant survives her coming-of-age by drawing strength and hope from stories in the Quran in this "raw and relatable memoir that challenges societal norms and expectations" (Linah Mohammad, NPR). "A masterful, must-read contribution to conversations on...

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