New and Interesting Titles at your Public Library Surprise! It’s the Grand Rapids Public Library

The Grand Rapids Public Library is thrilled to be doing a series of guest posts for the GR Pride Center! Once a month, Library staff will be sharing their recommendations of new and interesting LGBTQ materials. We love talking about books, movies, how to get that streaming music onto your phone or tablet, what the best diverse graphic novel is of the month and so much more! Some of the titles we recommend may also be available through the Pride Center’s Library collection. Check it out by visiting or going to their Learning Center .

For this first post, we decided to share a variety of book titles for different ages and interests. In future posts, you may find a great list of LGBTQ superhero books, or amazing teen fiction you missed the first time around, or movies that are essential viewing. The sky’s the limit!

You can place a hold on any of the following new and interesting titles, or check them out digitally if they are available in e-book, audiobook or streaming through one of our digital services. Or if you want to browse, visit our website at to search our catalog, or visit one of our 8 locations in person. We’ll be happy to show you what the library has to offer!


Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler

Chef Hal is happy running her food truck in Buffalo, and turns down an offer from Quinn for her own restaurant.. but can she turn down Quinn herself?

Guapa by Saleem Haddad

Educated in America, but living in the Middle East, Rasa confronts his identity as a gay man in a repressive culture.


Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

Educated in America, but living in the Middle East, Rasa confronts his identity as a gay man in a repressive culture.                                                               

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Our Young Man by Edmund White

An intimate story of Guy, a Frenchman plucked from obscurity who becomes the darling of the modeling world.

Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

At a Jamaican resort, Margot hustles to provide for her sister and protect their village while hiding a secret lover.


The Fate Of Gender: Nature, Nurture, And The Human Future by Frank Browning

A broad look at the issues and controversies surrounding gender around the world by a former NPR Correspondent.                                                           

Love Wins: The Lovers And Lawyers Who Fought The Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper & Obergefell

The dramatic stories of the love, lives, and relationships behind one of the most groundbreaking legal decisions ever. (e-book available)

Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated The Modern World by Gregory Woods

An ambitious sutdy of homsexual influence (primarily via the arts and other creative fields) on majority culture through the twentieth century.

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Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place In Sports by Cyd Zeigler

A collection of important moments in LGBT sports history and inspiring stories about players finding courage and acceptance.


Party of One: Memoir In 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

Former MTV VJ and chronic outsider Holmes regales us with his (almost successful) life story against a backdrop of hit songs and insider gossip.


Teen Books:

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo                                      

After a difficult transition, Amanda just wants to be a normal girl, but finds herself longing to tell her secrets to a boy she meets. (CD and e-book available)

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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

A friend with ulterior motives tries to 'save' agoraphobic teen Solomon from his mental illness... and brings her hot boyfriend with her. (ebook available)


Draw The Line by Laurent Linn

Adrian hides behind his gay graphic novel character online and tries to blend in... until he no longer can.                                                                                                                                                                  

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Htchinson

A gay teen has 144 days to decide whether humanity is worth saving from destruction by aliens.

A I Descended by Robin Talley

Board school lovers Maria and Lily plot to bring down a rival, but it goes wrong when they let loose angry spirits

Just For the Fun of It Graphic Novel:

Chainmail Bikini: An Anthology of Women Gamers edited by Hazel Newlevant

A collection of stories about women, fantasy, gaming, how they connect us, and what they can teach us about ourselves.


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The Grand Rapids Public Library is just around the corner and on your mobile device! We value connecting people to the transforming power of knowledge, meaning we work hard to provide a diverse, meaningful and fun collection of materials for our community. We are an active partner with the GR Pride Center and are thrilled to be able to provide guest blogs that share our exciting and useful resources. Check us out at our 8 convenient locations or on our website. 

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