Recent Adult Books with LGBTQ+ Representation

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100 boyfriends

100 boyfriends

Purnell, Brontez, author
2021

"An irreverent, dirty, and profoundly intimate collection of vignettes exploring gay male desire, loneliness, sex, and self-sabotage"-- Provided by publisher.

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Alphabet Soup : The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work.

Alphabet Soup : The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work.

Bach, Michael.
2022

Diversity and inclusion expert Michael Bach breaks down everything you need to know about creating inclusive workplaces for people who don't fit squarely into the "straight" and "cis" box. With clarity and a healthy dose of humour, Bach lays out a road map on how to ensure your workplace is safe for LGBTQ2+ people. This is a critical guide to creating a truly inclusive workplace for all - regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression - as you'll come away armed with everything you need to know to create a safe, productive, and thriving organization. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 30,000.

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Coming out stories : personal experiences of coming out from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum

Coming out stories : personal experiences of coming out from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum

2021

"I accidentally came out whilst reaching for some brussel sprouts." - Karlton "I put my hands over my eyes as I told her, as I couldn't bear to see her reaction." - Olivia Based on the hugely popular Coming Out Stories podcast, this empowering, humorous and deeply honest book invites you to share one of the most important moments in many LGBTQ+ people's lives. From JP coming out to his reflection in the mirror, to Jacob coming out to their Mum over email, from Christine knowing she was trans as a young child, to Kerry coming out as a lesbian in her late thirties, all of the real life stories in this book show you there is no right or wrong way to come out, whatever your age and whatever your background. Whether you're gay, pan, queer, bi, trans, non-binary, or an ally, this uplifting go-to resource is filled with helpful advice and tips on what to expect, and inspirational quotes from leading LGBTQ+ figures, to help you live your very best self. Welcome to the family!"-- Provided by publisher

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Detransition, baby

Detransition, baby

Peters, Torrey, author
2020

Reese almost had it all. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Ames isn't happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier. When Ames' boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she's pregnant with his baby, Ames wonders if this is the chance he's been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family - and raise the baby together?

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Gay Bar : why we went out

Gay Bar : why we went out

Lin, Jeremy Atherton, author
2021

"Strobing lights and dark rooms; throbbing house and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression--whatever your scene, whoever you're seeking. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing, a cultural demolition that has Jeremy Atherton Lin wondering: What was the gay bar? How have they shaped him? And could this spell the end of gay identity as we know it? In Gay Bar, the author embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history. In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and dazzling as a disco ball, he time-travels from Hollywood nights in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s; from chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today's fluid queer spaces; through glory holes, into Crisco-slicked dungeons and down San Francisco alleys. He charts police raids and riots, posing and passing out--and a chance encounter one restless night that would change his life forever. The journey that emerges is a stylish and nuanced inquiry into the connection between place and identity--a tale of liberation, but one that invites us to go beyond the simplified Stonewall mythology and enter lesser-known battlefields in the struggle to carve out a territory. Elegiac, randy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry, a love story and an epic night out to remember."--Provided by publisher.

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Greedy : notes from a bisexual who wants too much

Greedy : notes from a bisexual who wants too much

Winston, Jen, author.
2021

"Jen's provocative, laugh-out-loud debut takes us inside her journey of self-discovery, leading us through stories of a childhood "girl crush," an onerous quest to have a threesome, and an enduring fear of being bad at sex. Greedy follows Jen's attempts to make sense of herself as she explores the role of the male gaze, what it means to be "queer enough," and how to overcome bi stereotypes when you're the posterchild for all of them: greedy, slutty, and constantly confused. With her clever voice and clear-eyed insight, Jen draws on personal experiences with sexism and biphobia to understand how we all can and must do better. She sheds light on the reasons women, queer people, and other marginalized groups tend to make ourselves smaller, provoking the question: What would happen if we suddenly stopped?​​ Greedy shows us that being bisexual is about so much more than who you're sleeping with--it's about finding stability in a state of flux and defining yourself on your own terms. This book inspires us to rethink the world as we know it, reminding us that Greedy was a superpower all along."--Amazon.

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The guncle : a novel

The guncle : a novel

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author
2021

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. When tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick's brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Quickly realizing that parenting - even if temporary - isn't solved with treats and jokes, Patrick's eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you're unfailingly human.

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Honey girl

Honey girl

Rogers, Morgan (Morgan A.), author
2021

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, 28-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know, until she does exactly that. This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father's plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn't feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her parent's expectations, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows. In New York, she's able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she's been running from all along, the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.

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Immoral, Indecent, and Scurrilous : A Memoir.

Immoral, Indecent, and Scurrilous : A Memoir.

Hannon, Gerald.
2021

When 18-year-old Gerald Hannon left the small pulp mill town of Marathon, Ontario to attend the University of Toronto, he never would have predicted he'd become part of LGBTQ+ history. Almost sixty years later, he reflects on the major moments in his career as a journalist and LGBTQ+ activist. From the charges of transmitting immoral, indecent, and scurrilous literature laid against him and his colleagues at The Body Politic to his dismissal from his teaching post at Ryerson University for being a sex worker, this memoir candidly chronicles Hannon's life as an unrepentant sex radical. Residence: Toronto, ON.

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In their shoes : navigating non-binary life

In their shoes : navigating non-binary life

Windust, Jamie, author
2021

"This empowering guide shows you how to live your best non-binary life, and offers experienced advice for non-binary people on how to navigate the world and their evolving identity. Covering everything from fashion and dating, to work and growing up, to future key debates, these funny tales and light-hearted anecdotes speak directly to the non-binary community. Read this inspirational, honest and celebratory book if you want to forge a better, more successful non-binary life."-- Provided by publisher.

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The king of infinite space

The king of infinite space

Faye, Lyndsay, author
2021

In this lush, magical, queer, and feminist take on "Hamlet" in modern-day New York City, we meet Ben Dane. Unable to face alone his mother's ghastly remarriage to his uncle, Ben turns to his dearest friend, Horatio Patel. Loyal to a fault, Horatio is on the first flight to NYC. Meanwhile, Ben's ex-fiancé Lia has been drawn into the fold of three florists who teach her the language of flowers, and whose magical bouquets hold both curses and cures. On one explosive night, these kinetic forces will collide, and the only possible outcome is death.

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Last call : a true story of love, lust, and murder in queer New York

Last call : a true story of love, lust, and murder in queer New York

Green, Elon, author
2021

The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the '80s and '90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten. This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience"-- Provided by publisher.

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Let's get back to the party : a novel

Let's get back to the party : a novel

Salih, Zak, 1982-, author
2021

"Estranged childhood friends Oscar and Sebastian-both too young to have a personal relationship with the AIDS crisis but too old to have enjoyed the freedom of an out adolescence-spend a year grappling with cultural identity, generational change, and what they see in, and owe to, each other"--Provided by publisher.

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Love in the big city : a novel

Love in the big city : a novel

Park, Sang Young, 1988- author
2021

This is an energetic, joyful, and moving novel that depicts both the glittering nighttime world of Seoul and the bleary-eyed morning-after. Young is a cynical yet fun-loving Korean student who pinballs from home to class to the beds of recent Tinder matches. He and Jaehee, his female best friend and roommate, frequent nearby bars where they push away their anxieties about their love lives, families, and money. A brilliantly written novel filled with powerful sensory descriptions and both humour and emotion, this is an exploration of millennial loneliness as well as the joys of queer life.

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Malice : a novel

Malice : a novel

Walter, Heather, 1987- author
2021

In this darkly magical retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," true love is more than a simple fairy tale. Princess Aurora. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn't bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. With less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating. If my power began her curse, perhaps it's what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.

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Milk fed : a novel

Milk fed : a novel

Broder, Melissa, author
2021

Rachel is twenty-four, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion. Early in the detox, Rachel meets Miriam, a zaftig young Orthodox Jewish woman who works at her favourite frozen yogurt shop and is intent upon feeding her. Rachel is suddenly and powerfully entranced by Miriam - by her sundaes and her body, her faith and her family - and as the two grow closer, Rachel embarks on a journey marked by mirrors, mysticism, mothers, milk, and honey. This is a tender and riotously funny meditation on love, certitude, and the question of what we are all being fed.

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The natural mother of the child : a memoir of nonbinary parenthood

The natural mother of the child : a memoir of nonbinary parenthood

Malcolm Belc, Krys, author
2021

"Krys Malcolm Belc has thought a lot about the interplay between parenthood and gender. As a nonbinary, transmasculine parent, giving birth to his son Samson clarified his gender identity. And yet, when his partner, Anna, adopted Samson, the legal documents listed Belc as "the natural mother of the child." By considering how the experiences contained under the umbrella of "motherhood" don't fully align with Belc's own experience, The Natural Mother of the Child journeys both toward and through common perceptions of what it means to have a body and how that body can influence the perception of a family. With this visual memoir in essays, Belc has created a new kind of life record, one that engages directly with the documentation often thought to constitute a record of one's life--childhood photos, birth certificates--and addresses his deep ambivalence about the "before" and "after" so prevalent in trans stories, which feels apart from his own experience. The Natural Mother of the Child is the story of a person moving past societal expectations to take control of his own narrative, with prose that delights in the intimate dailiness of family life and explores how much we can ever really know when we enter into parenting."--Provided by publisher.

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Outlawed : a novel

Outlawed : a novel

North, Anna, author
2021

The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada's life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she's willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all.

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The perfume thief

The perfume thief

Schaffert, Timothy, author.
2021

It's 1941 and seventy-two year-old Clementine's favourite haunt, Madame Boulette's, is crawling with Nazis. When the cabaret's prize songbird recruits Clem to steal the recipe book of a now-missing famous Parisian perfumer, she can't say no. Hoping to buy the time and trust she needs to pull off her scheme, Clem decides to tell Oskar Voss, a Francophile Nazi bureaucrat the real story of the life and loves she came to Paris to escape. But Clem doesn't have much practice telling the truth and it turns out to be more dangerous than she could have imagined.

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The prophets : a novel

The prophets : a novel

Jones, Robert, Jr., 1977- author
2021

"A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence"-- Provided by publisher.

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The Queens' English : the LGBTQIA+ dictionary of lingo and colloquial phrases

The Queens' English : the LGBTQIA+ dictionary of lingo and colloquial phrases

Davis, Chloe O., author.
2021

"The Queens' English was created by and for gays, queers, queens, and everyone in between : LGBTQIA+ folks of all walks of life, gender expressions, sexual identities, abilities, and beyond. It is a landmark reference guide to the LGBTQIA+ community's contributions to the English language. This playful, inventive lingo has had major influence on everything from pop culture to key moments in intersectional queer history like the Harlem Renaissance, Stonewall, ACT UP, Marriage Equality, and the globalization of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Queens' English is packed with information : an illustrated glossary of more than 800 terms and fabulous phrases, usage notes for understanding the origin and appropriate use for each term, history lessons, real-life examples, and a list of resources for LGBTQIA+ folks."-- Provided by publisher.

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The Queer bible : essays

The Queer bible : essays

2021

A wonderful collection of essays written by today's queer heroes, featuring contributions from Elton John, Tan France, Gus Kenworthy, Paris Lees, Russell Tovey, Munroe Bergdorf, and many others. In 2016, model and queer activist Jack Guinness decided that the LGBTQ+ community desperately needed to be reminded of its long and glorious history of stardom, and he was spurred to action. The following year, QueerBible.com was born, an online community devoted to celebrating queer heroes, both past and present.

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With teeth

With teeth

Arnett, Kristen, author
2021

If she's being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son. She lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. As Samson grows from feral toddler to surly teenager, Sammie's life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behaviour, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son's hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess - and the possibility that it will never be clean again.

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Yes, Daddy

Yes, Daddy

Parks-Ramage, Jonathan, author
2021

"A propulsive, scorching modern gothic, Yes, Daddy follows an ambitious young man who is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and, soon, to an idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn."-- Provided by publisher.

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¡Hola Papi! : how to come out in a Walmart parking lot and other life lessons

¡Hola Papi! : how to come out in a Walmart parking lot and other life lessons

Brammer, John Paul, 1991- author
2021

"The first time someone called John Paul (JP) Brammer "Papi" was on the popular gay hookup app Grindr. At first, it was flattering; JP took this as white-guy speak for "hey, handsome." Who doesn't want to be called handsome? But then it happened again and again...and again, leaving JP wondering: Who the hell is Papi? What started as a racialized moniker given to him on a hookup app soon became the inspiration for his now wildly popular advice column "¡Hola Papi!," launching his career as the Cheryl Strayed for young queer people everywhere--and some straight people too. JP had his doubts at first--what advice could he really offer while he himself stumbled through his early 20s? Sometimes the best advice to dole out comes from looking within, which is what JP has done in his column and book--and readers have flocked to him for honest, heartfelt wisdom, and of course, a few laughs. In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet in America's heartland, while attempting to answer some of life's toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he's out of the closet? Questions we've all asked ourselves, surely."--Provided by publisher.

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