We’re Here, We’re Queer: LGBTQ+ Non-Fiction for Teens

The LGBTQ+ experience is vast and varied - there’s a reason the unofficial symbol of the community is a rainbow! With such a big world of queer life and history, it seems like there is always more to discover. Whether it’s a true story about someone’s life or info about the changing way we understand ourselves, these are a few of the LGBTQ+ non-fiction books I love. 

Trans author Dawson mixes her personal experience with fun graphics and lots of contributors to talk all things trans in What's The T?: The Guide To All Things Trans And/Or Nonbinary. Whether you’re an ally looking to squash misconceptions or interested in exploring your own gender identity, this book is accessible and engaging. 

Asexuality is a sometimes overlooked part of the LGBTQ+ community, but not in A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality. Two ace creators put together this comprehensive dive into ‘The Invisible Orientation.’ Using cute and amusing art, this graphic novel answers all the questions you didn’t even know you had!

Did you know Sweden had a gender-queer queen? How about that the "Mother of Blues" was bisexual? History is packed with LGBTQ+ figures whose trail-blazing stories have been left out of the bigger narrative. The bite-sized bios in Queer, There, and Everywhere introduce a whole new cast of queer icons and will leave you hungry to learn more. 

Being queer is beautiful, but it isn’t always easy. Shaun David Hutchinson was confused, lost and lonely. His memoir Brave Face is honest and sometimes heartbreaking, but endlessly relatable as he works to overcome the negative messages of society and his own mental health.

Maia Kobabe (who uses e/em/eir pronouns) started Gender Queer, eir graphic novel as a way to explain to loved ones who e was. What it became was a touching, beautiful auto-biography about everything from the awkwardness of adolescence to the power of gay fan fiction.   

What are some great non-fiction LGBTQ+ books you love?