LGBTQIA+ topic guide for teens

Find books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and resources for rainbow teens. We recommend resources that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community (LGBTQIA+ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual).

Pride Week 2019

Christchurch Pride Week is on from 28 February to 10 March 2019. Events in libraries aimed at teens include:

  • Qtopia Zine Night - Friday 1 March, 4pm to 6pm
    Celebrate Pride Week by creating your own A3 folded rainbow zine. Zines are easy to make and are a great way to share your art, poems, and writing with the world. Take home four copies to share! Swap with others on the day to build your own zine collection.
  • QTopia LGBTQIA Book Speed Dating - Wednesday 6 March 4pm to 6pm
    Join Christchurch City Libraries along with Qtopia. They tell you 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Well we take it back! Come and take a deeper look at Christchurch City Libraries' rainbow reads. Judge books based on their covers! Who knows, you might even make a love connection with a truly amazing book!
  • Qtopia It gets better panel discussion - Thursday 7 March, 5pm to 8pm
    Celebrate Pride with Qtopia and Christchurch City Libraries. Join us and our special guests for a panel discussion on diversity, community, love, and the fact that it truly does get better.

Gender Diverse, Non-binary, Genderfluid Reads

Read the Rainbow with these fiction and non-fiction titles about non-binary and genderfluid people and experiences.

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Lesbian Fiction and Non-Fiction

Read the Rainbow with these titles for teens featuring lesbian characters and experiences.

Gay fiction

YA fiction featuring gay characters - ranging from light-hearted rom-coms to thought-provoking and intense reads.

Transgender Fiction and Non-Fiction

Read the Rainbow with these books about transgender people and experiences.

LGBTQIA+ Non-fiction

A collection of books that explore LGBTQIA+ history and information for teens.

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LGBTQIA+ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Read the Rainbow with these science fiction and fantasy books for teens.

LGBTQIA+ Horrors and Thrillers

Read the Rainbow with these thrillers and horrors for teens - these titles are exciting, and some are scary too.

LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

A selection of graphic novels and comics for teens featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.

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Diverse books: Sexuality

A list of young adult books with characters who identify across a range of different sexualities.

LGBTQIA+ eAudiobooks and eBooks

Rainbow reads, fiction and non-fiction, if you like to listen to eAudiobooks or read eBooks.

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LGBTQIA reading for teens in our collection

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More LGBTQIA reading for teens

Out on the Shelves is an online resource that lists books with rainbow themes and characters, with the aim of supporting rainbow young people to find stories that represent their identities in positive and affirming ways. Out on the Shelves is run by InsideOUT, a national charity with the vision for all young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics in Aotearoa New Zealand to have a sense of belonging and safety in their schools and communities. 

2019 Rainbow Book List
The List is a curated bibliography highlighting books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, aimed at children and youth from birth to age 18. Rainbow Books is a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

LGBTQIA+ New Zealand organisations for teens

  • Qtopia provides support for rainbow young people in Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Waitaha Canterbury area.
  • RainbowYOUTHopens a new window is a charitable organisation established in 1989 that works with queer and gender diverse youth as well as their wider communities to ensure that Aotearoa is a place where all young people can thrive. 
  • InsideOUTopens a new window is a New Zealand-wide organisation that works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of minority sexualities, sexes and genders to live and be in.
  • OUTLine offers face-to-face counselling specialising in gender and sexuality. You can also call them to talk to a trained member of the LGBTIQ+ community. This service is free and confidential.
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