Throughout the history of LGBT+ civil rights movements, non-fictional LGBT+ books have played a significant role in educating people and in spreading awareness and visibility.
If you want some basic knowledge or inspiration about the LGBT+ Community, here are our top 10 LGBT+ non-fiction books.
The authors of these books have shared many real-life stories and struggles of the LGBT+ Community and the laws established for the same.
These books are must-read books for every one of us who aspire for equality in the world.
The authors have done an excellent job in spreading awareness and giving out the right information.
These books can open the doors of our minds and see the world without any judgement. They inspire us to keep up the good fight of those who have come before us.
Top 10 LGBT+ Non-Fiction Books
10) Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefeel
This is one of the must-read history books by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefeel.
This book has describes the struggles of same-sex couples and the battles fought by them.
It also highlights how same-sex marriage was legalized in 50 states in the US.
This story reveals an intermingling of love and law. A great and a must-read LGBT+ book to gain awareness and understanding.
9) Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs
This book is based on the LGBT movement that took place in the 1970s.
This is an essential LGBT+ history book which provides a detailed description of all the struggles and achievements of the decade.
Anyone who aspires to know more about history can go for it.
Jim downs has done a remarkable job of writing this down in a magnificent manner. A must-read LGBT+ book for the community and those who want to learn about the history of gay liberation.
8) Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
The book shares the private stories of the lives of six transgenders and gender-neutral teenagers.
Susan Kuklin has demonstrated their whole journey in a detailed way and discussed all the major incidents of their lives.
The author has used her considerable skills thoughtfully and respectfully about the personal acknowledgement of gender preference of transgenders.
She has used various photographs and portraits to make an emotional connection with the audience.
Each chapter of the book is constructed from interviews with the teens struggling with their gender identity.
7) Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt describes the journey of an American family and their identical twins.
One of the siblings was a transgender girl who was assigned as a male at birth.
This book is a blend of love, growth and acceptance. It is one of the most beautiful and inspiring stories ever read.
This book has wonderfully described the importance of family. A must-read book for the LGBT+ Community.
6) Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Rodger Streitmatter
This fascinating and perfect read book shares the stories of some successful and same-sex couples.
It includes the relationships of various LGBT+ individuals in history such as relationships of Walt Whitman and Peter Doyle, Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and Frank Merlo and Tennessee Williams.
5) Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls by Lindsay King-Miller
Ask a Queer Chick by Lindsay King-Miller is an informative book which is a complete guide to live life as a lesbian.
It discusses all the aspects of lesbian’s life in a direct but gentle way.
4) Equal Before the Law: How lowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality by Tom Witosky
It is an amazing story describing the victories of gay rights. This book highlights the struggles of LGBT+ people and their fight for marriage equality rights.
It is a must-read book for a better understanding of the political and legal aspects of same-sex marriage.
The author of the book has carefully laid out the arguments and stories. It will make you see the issue in a whole new light.
Although this book can also challenge your views opinions, it gives more insight into life as an LGBT+.
3) Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves
It describes the history of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake.
These were the two women of the nineteenth century who decided to live together as a married couple.
The author has given a detailed description of their journey by using the original letter and poetries.
It is a unique and untold story of early LGBT+ American history.
It’s a perfect standout book for anyone to read.
2) The Gay Revolution: The Story of The Struggle by Lillian Faderman
This is the book that every LGBT+ member should read. It illuminates the modern struggles for LGBT+ rights as well as successes. It explains the civil rights issues in modern history.
Lillian Faderman has come out well with such an inspiring and informative book.
1) The Wedding Heard ‘ Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage by Michael McConnel With Jack Baker as told by Gail Langer Karwoski
This is one of the most incredible stories of the union of Michael McConnell and Jack Baker.
It has done a great job to inspire the LGBT+ Community. It is the story of the first legal same-sex marriage in the USA.
Michael McConnell and Jack Baker worked hard to obtain these legal marriage rights. It was America’s most influential wedding.