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.

We also have a topic guide for teens and a page of books for tamariki and whānau that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.

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

Fiction

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.

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!

Non-fiction

Non-fiction - Out: Families and Sexuality

These titles offer empathetic advice and poignant biography with a focus on LGBTQIA youth and their families.

Non-fiction - Gender Rainbow Families

Find out how LGBTQI families overcome prejudice and forge their own identity.

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+ stories and resources at the library

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

Queer Book Club

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: January 2024

This month we brought along Queer classics. The club meets on the last Monday of each month at 6pm, up on Auahatanga (Level 4) at Tūranga.

Beach Reads: Queer Book Club November 23

This month we brought along our beach reads - we meet on the last Monday of each month at 6pm, up on Auahatanga (Level 4) at Tūranga.

Queer Horror: October Queer Book Club

For Halloween Queer Book Club combined forces with the Tuesday Terrors Book Club. The next theme is Beach reads...

In the catalogue

Bisexuality

Homosexuality

Lesbianism

Queer

More

LGBTQIA+ New Zealand organisations

Teen LGBTQIA+ topic guide

Rainbow reads for rangatahi - teens

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

Rainbow reads for tamariki

Rainbow reads for tamariki - kids

Books for tamariki and whānau that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
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