LGBTQIA+ reading guide

LGBTQIA+ reading guide

Read the rainbow with fiction, biographies, and graphic novels.

Whether you're looking for a classic, for a new author to try, a true tale told well, or something with a sci-fi or fantasy twist, you'll find great LGBTQIA+ reads here.

Or try some non-fiction, a film or documentary, or our topic guide for teens.

Try our guide to finding LGBTQIA+ books and resources in our collection.

(LGBTQIA+ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual. Other terms commonly used are LGBT, LGBT+, LGBTQ, LGBTQI, LGBTQI+, or LGBTQIA.)

LGBTQIA+ reading lists

LGBTQIA+ reading lists

LGBTQIA + Fiction - Classics

The 'classics' - these books paved the way for the LGBTQIA+ fiction we know and love today.

LGBTQIA+ - Fiction - Graphic Novels

Featuring diverse characters from the rainbow community - try fantasy, slice-of-life, romance, or true stories with stunning illustrations.

Illustrated Biographies - LGBTQIA+

These biographies are written by LGBTQIA+ people from different places, times and ages. Stories of what it’s like to be here and queer.

Sexuality Stories

From pioneering feminists and gay icons, to tales of transition and self-discovery - stories to help us understand and celebrate who we are.

LGBTQIA+ - Fiction - Lesbian

Includes stories that have lesbian themes and characters, whether in fantasy, romance, horror, dystopian, or other genres.

LGBTQIA+ fiction - Trans experience

Characters with gender identities or gender expression that challenges traditional cultural 'expectations' and ideas around gender.

LGBTQIA+ fiction - Diverse Sexualities

Fiction that features Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Bicurious, Asexual or Polyamorous characters and relationships.

LGBTQIA+ fiction - Gay

Stories with characters, plots and stories, and/or themes showing gay relationships in a mix of genres so there's something for everyone.

LGBTQIA+ Fiction - Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Stories about LGBTQIA+ characters set in sci-fi or fantasy worlds. Dark drama, worlds filled with magic, and more!

LGBTQIA+ stories and resources at the library

We help you find LGBTQIA+ books and resources in our collection.

Queer Book Club

Queer Book Club, part of a series

For people with an interest in Queer literature and stories to share, discover, and discuss new titles and authors.

Queer Book Club: September 2023

This month we focused on fiction by Aotearoa's Queer writers.

Queer Book Club: August 2023

We had a wonderful mix of classics, romance, contemporary and more this month.

Queer Book Club: July 2023

These are the books that were read by the club this month.

In the catalogue






LGBTQIA+ New Zealand organisations

Teen LGBTQIA+ topic guide

Rainbow Reads

Books for teens that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
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