What are the best LGBT themed non-fiction books?

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    #1Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

    Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

    Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe is a non-fiction novel written by John Boswell that tells the story of the LGBT people who got married even before the legality of the ceremony in Europe.

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    Stephanie Kennedy
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "really so good because that makes the readers to get involve in the story and travelling along with it ."
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    #2The Kid

    The Kid

    The Kid is a non-fiction book written by Dan Savage that tells the story of a gay American couple who decided they want to have a baby. They tackled societal judgments and struggles.

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    Walter James
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "While this book isn't a recent release, I feel like it is an honest portrayal of their journey to adoption. A very useful and easy read - leaving me quite a lot to think about"
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    #3Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

    Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

    Zami: A New Spelling of My Name is a non-fiction novel written by Audre Lorde that tells the story of two women in love with each other. They will share their story in this book to inspire others.

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    Rachel Alexander
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "One of the best LGBT themed book is about two women who fall in love. They are hoping that this is real life story will inspire others to fall in love without shame."
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    #4Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a nonfiction graphic memoir authored and illustrated by Alison Bechdel herself tackling her relationship with her father. This autobiography is a companion piece for her earlier book, Fun Home.


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    Philip Stephens
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama takes a somewhat new approach to an older tale. It is somewhat like a noir but comic drama style. The illustrations aren't the best but it does have a unique style that you get used to rather quickly."
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    #5Christopher And His Kind

    Christopher And His Kind
    Christopher And His Kind is a non-fiction book written by Christopher Isherwood that tells the story of the author his self. He shares his journey as a gay in Berlin and how he enjoyed it even if there are challenges. 
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    Frank Walker
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #6La frontera/Borderlands

    La frontera/Borderlands

    La Frontera/Borderlands is a non-fiction book written by Gloria Anzaldúa. The book is about boundaries, but not the physical one. It tackles how people are separated by emotional boundaries, such as race, gender, and other aspects. 

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    Jeremy Keller
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This LGBT book is a standout among others of it's kind. It explains emotional boundaries, and has topics about race as well."
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    #7Nobody Passes

    Nobody Passes
    Nobody Passes is a non-fiction book written by Matt Bernstein Sycamore. This book is a compilation of stories from LGBT people who struggle to fit with the societal standards. 
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    Vincent Spencer
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A beautiful read. Gives the reader insight into many different, yet thought provoking, perspectives. Not a light read by any means, but one that you will be happy to have spent the time on. "
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    #8Stonewall

    Stonewall

    Stonewall is a non-fiction book written by Martin Bauml Duberman that tells the story of a gay bar named Stonewall. It has been raided before and it caused a riot between the cops and the LGBT people.

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    Donald Kim
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Stonewall is an excellent LGBT themed non-fiction if you're interested in taking a look a modern battle for LGBT rights in the United States. As a warning, the book touches a lot of sensitive but important historical subject matter. Definitely a must read."
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    #9Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America

    Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America

    on being gay and Christians.Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America is non-fiction book written by Mel White that tells the story of queer people in America during 1991. This books shared their struggle  

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    Daniel Greene
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A fascinating tale of a person who is trying to balance their homosexuality with their faith in Christ. Very interesting perspective from someone on the inside. Very though provoking. "
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    #10The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project is a non-fiction drama play written by Moisés Kaufman which centers on the people of Laramie after a young gay man has become a national symbol following his savage murder. 

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    Bruce Graham
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "A very interesting play about a very difficult subject. Equal parts beautiful and awful. Just a touching and powerful story all around. I had toyed with reading this for ages and I', glad I took the plunge."
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    #11Whipping Girl

    Whipping Girl

    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity is a non-fiction book written by Julia Serrano, first published in 2007. It talks about the social issues that transgender people face.

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    Aaron Graham
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It today's world it is necessary to understand where other people are coming from. I simply wanted to learn more about the experiences of trans people. A friend recommended this book to me and I learned a lot from this book."
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    #12Redefining Realness

    Redefining Realness

    Redefining Realness is a memoir written by Janet Mock. It was published on February 4, 2014 by Artria Books. In Redefining Realness, Janet Mock recounts her life as a transgender and her transition into womanhood.

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    Keith Johnston
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "An entertaining if inconsistent ride, Redefining Realness details just what a person goes through in trying to fully discover themselves. Though the subject matter is intriguing, the author chooses to preach a bit too much vs. just lay the story out which detracts from the overall message they are looking to present."
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    #13And the Band Played On

    And the Band Played On
    As the greatest health crisis of the 20th century, the AIDS spread at the United States was something the US health care system wasn't prepared for. This book, one of the bests on this topic, is a deep investigation on how it spreaded so fast among the US. 
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    Jorge Carmona
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The AIDS epidemic spread so fast in the US because health officials were concerned about politics rather than public health. It is a good read on how the LGBT community along with other heroic individuals alerted the nation to the gravest health crisis, the AIDS epidemic, America would have faced in the 20th century. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read on the spread of the AIDS epidemic."
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    #14Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir

    Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir
    Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir is an autobiography by Lillian Faderman, a known writer of gay and lesbian studies. Faderman's memoir revolves around the temptation of destructive behavior.
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    Jack Adams
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I never read this novel, because of i'm not interested about his kind of title. But I knew about this, some kind of lesbian girl knew about herself once upon a time, and she realized about herself. If you want to know about this kind of affection, i can prefer this book. "
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    #15Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis

    Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
    Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis is a book written by Georgiann Davis that tells the story of a hermaphrodite. This is a book about the struggle of an intersex and the challenges faced by people with special parts of their body.
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    Rafael Leal
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "It is not always easy being LGBT. This book is a gem. It is academic is nature, but is a really easy read. I gave it to me LGBT friend has she can't stop thanking me. "
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    #16The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

    The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves
    The Letter Q: Queer Writer's Notes to their Younger Selves is an anthology of non-fiction works by 63 authors, edited by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne. It was first published in 2012 by Arthur A. Levine books.
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    Grace Ruiz
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The written word is powerful to help make changes in this world. Sometimes the change can just be inside yourself. It is uplifting and touching to be able to read so many stories of people over coming prejudice and ignorance and be able to tell about their experiences. We all feel alone in our uniqueness, sometimes a reminder that we all have these struggles is timely and important."
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    #17Intersex and Identity

    Intersex and Identity

    Intersex and Identity is a book written by Sharon Preves that tells the story of happiness, struggle, and triumph. This book will inspire other readers to accept their uniqueness no matter how different it is. 

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    Stephanie Hill
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Intersex and Identity is certainly a compelling read, but I wouldn't put it among the best of LGBT non-fiction. A positive read with an excellent message, but the book on it's own does not feature the best writing or editing."
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    #18Alex as Well

    Alex as Well

    Alex as Well is a book written by Alyssa Brugman that tells the story of a hermaphrodite. This is a book about the struggle of an intersex and the challenges faced by people with special parts of their body.

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    Kenneth Ramos
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I can't tell, judging from the Amazon book page, whether Alex as Well is non-fiction or fiction. I suspect that it's a fictional account of life with more than one sex. "
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    #19Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life

    Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life

    Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life is an Italian nonfiction biography book written by Mary Capello. This Italian nonfiction biography book was published on October 10, 1999 by Beacon Press.

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    Amanda Phillips
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I stumbled across this book while I was looking for a LGBT themed non-fiction book for a book report. Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life doesn't appear to have any LGBT themes, but it is a good book. Unfortunately, it won't work for my book report."
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    #20Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret

    Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret

    Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret is a nonfiction book by Leila J. Rupp and Verta Taylor which contains a lively study of the world of the drag queen. It focuses on the girls of the 801 Cabaret and their nightlife. It was published in 2003.

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    William Bishop
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret shows the life of a drag queen. I learned so much. I thought it was a fascinating read and tale."
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    #21Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America

    Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America

    Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America is a nonfiction book by Esther Newton which examines the world of the drag queens and the whole culture behind the concept. It was published in 1979 by the University of Chicago Press.

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    Christian Lynch
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Wow, a 1979 entry about drag queens. Good to remember they've been around that long, and somebody cared enough to write about them in a real fashion."
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    #22Wildflower: The Dramatic Life of Barbette

    Wildflower: The Dramatic Life of Barbette

    Wildflower: The Dramatic Life of Barbette--Round Rock's First and Greatest Drag Queen is a book by Kyle Taylor which examines the life of Barbette, the first ever drag queen who was a sensation in the 20s. It was published in 2014 by Winston House.

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    Megan Brooks
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I love non fiction that lets me understand and subject and feel what it's like to be someone else for awhile. This LGBT themed book on the rise of a drag queen star will take you places you haven't been and you'll be entertained the whole time. Wonderful details from a top notch writer."
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    #23Gender Failure

    Gender Failure

    Gender Failure is a non-fiction book written by award-winning writers Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote wherein they explore and reveal their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary. 

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    Alexander Cook
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This was a well-written book! It was nice to read about how they tried to fit in."
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    #24Female Masculinity

    Female Masculinity

    Female Masculinity is a nonfiction book by J. Jack Halberstam. It examines the concept of male masculinity and introduces the alternative presented by female masculinity for over two hundred years. It was published in 1998 by Duke University.

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    Christian Hoffman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I found this book to be riveting. Female masculinity is a nonfiction subject, but It's still interesting. I learned a lot about the roles enforced through social construct throughout the ages. Whoa! Did you know that high heeled shoes were originally worn by men? Crazy stuff. That's not in the book, I just thought it was a fun fact I heard the other day. anyway, this book is not just for eggheads, it's written real good for a man of average intelligence or a woman, because of equality. Good stuff, really food for thought!"
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    #25Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag

    Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag

    Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag - The History of an Obsession is a nonfiction book by Peter Ackroyd which presents the reader with information regarding the history of drag and transvestism. It was published in 1979 by Thames and London.

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    Gloria Mendez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Perhaps a bit dated, but entirely non-judgmental. Valuable for the wonderful historical illustrations and the inspiration for further research on fascinating people."
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    #26Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an LGBT themed non-fiction book written by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of Alison's father. He is a closeted professional old man who had his own struggles but conquered all of it.
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    Christopher Fowler
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "t is a pioneering work, pushing two genres (comics and memoir) in multiple new directions, with panels that combine the detail and technical proficiency of R. Crumb with a seriousness, emotional complexity and innovation completely its own"
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    #27First Spring Grass Fire

    First Spring Grass Fire

    First Spring Grass Fire is a non-fiction book written by Rae Spoon which centers on the story about a young person growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in rural Canada.

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    #28Wigstock: Holiday on Heels

    Wigstock: Holiday on Heels

    Wigstock: Holiday on Heels is a book by Marc Wilkins which contains a collection of stunnig pictures about the New York City annual celebration of life and drag. It was published in 1996 by St. Martin's Press.

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    José Alberto Toledo
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I read Wigstock: Holiday on Heels and it gave me such an understanding of the event that happens every year in New York. It is such an interesting read that I will recommend anyone to read even if you have no intention."
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    #29Why Drag?

    Why Drag?

    Why Drag? is a nonfiction art book by photographer Magnus Hastings which contains mini-interviews with the world's top drag stars and what drag actually means to them, as well as why they chose it. It was published in 2016 by Chronicle Books.

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    Aadhya Verma
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a book of beautiful photography of some of the most famous, infamous and not so famous drag queens. The photos are exquisite and beautiful and stylish and amazing and terrific... well you get it."
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    #30From Darkness to Diva

    From Darkness to Diva

    From Darkness to Diva is a nonfiction biography book by Skye High which contains a very personal and inspirational story of a drag queen overcoming adversity, rejection, and insecurity. It was published in 2015 by o-books.

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    Emma Olson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book matches with the topic. But there is no review available yet."
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    #31Critical Intersex (Queer Interventions)

    Critical Intersex (Queer Interventions)

    Critical Intersex is a book written by Morgan Holmes that tells the story of how a hermaphrodite lived a normal life despite being special and unique in the aspect of gender and sex.

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    Kimberly Aguilar
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The price alone means that this book isn't worth it. There should be a wide range of LGBT books available for interested readers at a much better price."
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    #32Fixing Sex

    Fixing Sex
    Fixing Sex is a book written by Katrina Karkazis that tells the story of a hermaphrodite. This is a book about the struggle of an intersex and the challenges faced by people with special parts of their body.
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    Jane Howell
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is a greatly detailed book about intersex. It is a non fiction book that tells the story of a hermaphrodite. While it is a LGBT themed book, those from any walk of life would be doing themselves a service to read this and educate themselves on this topic."

Summary

Best What are the best LGBT themed non-fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Same-Sex Unions in Premodern EuropeBooks 33 Paid
2The KidBooks 29 Paid
3Zami: A New Spelling of My NameBooks 28 Paid
4Are You My Mother?: A Comic DramaBooks 26 Paid
5Christopher And His KindBooks 24 Paid
6La frontera/BorderlandsBooks 22 Paid
7Nobody PassesBooks 21 Paid
8StonewallBooks 20 Paid
9Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in AmericaBooks 18 Paid
10The Laramie ProjectBooks 17 Paid
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