9 YA picks for LGBT Pride Month

It’s June! And also LGBT Pride Month, a time to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots. With that in mind, I checked out quite a few LGBTQIA YA book lists. Like YA lit in general, the books featured predominantly white leads.

That being said, YA lit (and graphic novels!) starring LGBTQIA characters of color do exist and are out there! Here are my top picks:







Proxy by Alex London [review]
Huntress by Malinda Lo
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie [review]
Skim by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (illustrator)
Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown, Sherwood Smith [review]
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera [review]
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan [review]
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

3 Replies to “9 YA picks for LGBT Pride Month

  1. a very happy June + pride month to all LGBT* bloggers, family, freinds, ppl everywhere!

    nice list. will check reviews later.

    so June is pride month? (I was thinking July = pride month by mistake.)

    word [phrase] ask: is LGBT* tag most respectful?
    if there better, more polite way I can edit, use next time.

    don’t wanna exclud anybody or hurt feelings! ^^;

    book ask: are Mariko Tamaki + Jillian Tamaki related? (sisters, mom + daughter, etc)
    or do they have common name but not family link!

    Tamaki is Japanese or Pacific Islander name? if I’m wrong, pls correct.


    or hurt feelings.

    1. lgbtq is often the most commonly used one, and an asterisk after the t is sometimes considered offensive

      1. oh that so helpful. thank you kindly H. 🙂
        I will use LGBTQ next time, not astrisk symbol.


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