It's time to celebrate Pride! There are so many books, movies and other media that chronicle and celebrate the lives of the many diverse people in our community. Here are some of our favorites.
Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Walter Dean Meyers
This anthology contains a little bit of everything—from a deaf spy and a meet-cute about two girls at a convention, to a story about keeping dreams alive. It is diverse, sweet and one of the most important anthologies for teens of our time.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This book never fails to make me cry and smile in equal parts—expert prosody, wonderfully melancholic characters and a secret love make this a Greek tragedy for modern times.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Watching two siblings’ relationships shift as Lionel is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Suzette finds herself in love with the girl that Lionel is dating presents an emotional and evocative journey to the reader that is both sweet and haunting.
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante’s relationship comes alive with Sáenz’s poetic writing—the result is a beautifully nostalgic love letter to finding one’s sexuality in a fleeting summer.
Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Darius is a character that sticks with the reader long after the last page—he is funny, sensitive, an absolute Star Trek buff—and his grappling with his sexuality endears him to the reader even more.
Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
A plus-size teenager navigating her sexuality and coming to terms with being bisexual while preparing for prom is exactly what 17-year-old me needed to feel seen in LGBTQ+ literature, and I hope other readers will find a similar experience with one of the titles on this list.
The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson
The Vatican sends a nun to investigate a murder at a school in her home country of Iceland where she also has to grapple with her own past and come to terms with the knowledge of others’ misdeeds.
But I’m a Cheerleader (film)
The lengths parents will go to avoid the reality of having a lesbian daughter can’t quite be matched by the true love present at the center of this incredibly entertaining story.