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LGBTQ Nonfiction bestsellers

The top 50 LGBTQ Nonfiction audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,200+ partner bookstore locations.

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#1: How We Fight For Our Lives

By Saeed Jones
5 hours 34 minutes

How We Fight For Our Lives

“Saeed doesn't hold back any details, and his chapters often read like biographical poetry. This book is a window into a different life, and a different soul. It also makes a great listen.”

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#2: All Boys Aren't Blue

A Memoir-Manifesto
By George M. Johnson
5 hours 11 minutes

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In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first... Read More »

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#3: The Groom Will Keep His Name

And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance
By Matt Ortile
Narrated by Matt Ortile /  9 hours 26 minutes

A riotous collection of "witty and captivating" essays by a gay Filipino immigrant in America who is learning that everything is about sex (Bitch Magazine) -- and sex is about power.
When Matt Ortile moved from Manila to Las Vegas, the locals couldn't pronounce his name. Harassed as a kid for his brown skin, accent, and femininity, he believed... Read More »

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#4: Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays
By R. Eric Thomas
7 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

“Pop culture–obsessed, Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny . . . [R. Eric Thomas] is one of... Read More »

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#5: The Deviant's War

The Homosexual vs. the United States of America
By Eric Cervini
15 hours 34 minutes

A Publishers Weekly most anticipated spring book

From a young Harvard- and Cambridge-trained historian, the secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall.


In 1957, Frank Kameny, a rising astronomer working for the U.S. Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C.... Read More »

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#6: Good Boy

My Life in Seven Dogs
By Jennifer Finney Boylan
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro & Jennifer Finney Boylan /  7 hours 43 minutes

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From bestselling author of She’s Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.


This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love... Read More »

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#7: The Book of Pride

LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
By Mason Funk
Narrated by Mason Funk, Robin Miles, Eileen Stevens, Kevin R. Free, Charles Constant & Rick Adamson /  10 hours 25 minutes

THE BOOK OF PRIDE captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both personal and political, often without the support of family or... Read More »

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#8: Out East

Memoir of a Montauk Summer
By John Glynn
6 hours 57 minutes

Out East

“I absolutely loved Out East. It kept me up until 2:30 in the morning because I needed to read one more scene, one more chapter, to find out what happened with all of the characters. As I read, I was able to put myself into the Hive along with the rest of the housemates. The sensory details—music, food, descriptions of the people who populate Montauk—allowed me to step into this world as if I were a housemate myself. The emotional experience, too, was vivid and relatable, and brought me back to my own roller-coaster experiences of first love, longing, and heartache.”

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#9: Looking for Lorraine

The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
By Imani Perry
8 hours 26 minutes

Winner of the 2019 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction

Winner of the Shilts-Grahn Triangle Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

Winner of the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award

A New York Times Notable Book of 2018

A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet...
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#10: Angels in America

A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
By Tony Kushner, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Bobby Cannavale & Edie Falco
6 hours 52 minutes

Presenting an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival.

In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National... Read More »

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#11: Surpassing Certainty

What My Twenties Taught Me
By Janet Mock
Narrated by Janet Mock /  7 hours 51 minutes

“A defining chronicle of strength and spirit” (Kirkus Reviews), Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world—without a road map to guide her. This memoir “should be required reading for your 20s” (Cosmopolitan).

A few months before her twentieth birthday, Janet Mock is adjusting to her days... Read More »

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#12: Queer Magic

LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World
By Tomás Prower
Narrated by Paul Boehmer /  9 hours 15 minutes

Queer Magic and Mysticism in History and Today Queer Magic provides nourishment for LGBTQ+ souls and their allies who are interested in learning about the significant presence and influence of queer folks throughout history. Explore fascinating insights into queer relationships and spiritual practices from different regions of the world. Learn... Read More »

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#13: What We Will Become

A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation
By Mimi Lemay
Narrated by Mimi Lemay /  12 hours 3 minutes

A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

From the age of two and a half, Jacob, born “Em”, adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she... Read More »

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#14: Beyond the Gender Binary

Pocket Change Collective
By Alok Vaid-Menon
1 hour 7 minutes

Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.

"Thank God we have Alok. And I'm learning a thing or two myself."--Billy Porter, Emmy award-winning actor, singer, and Broadway theater performer

"When reading this book, all I feel is...
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#15: I Can't Date Jesus

Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé
By Michael Arceneaux
Narrated by Michael Arceneaux /  6 hours 9 minutes

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media.

In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can’t Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I’m Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and... Read More »

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#16: Sissy

A Coming-of-Gender Story
By Jacob Tobia
11 hours 20 minutes

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"Transformative ... If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds." --The New York Times Book Review

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d)...
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#17: I Don't Want to Die Poor

By Michael Arceneaux
7 hours

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Can’t Date Jesus, which Vogue called “a piece of personal and cultural storytelling that is as fun as it is illuminating,” comes a wry and insightful essay collection that explores the financial and emotional cost of chasing your dreams.

Ever since Oprah Winfrey told the 2007 graduating class of... Read More »

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#18: High School

By Sara Quin & Tegan Quin
9 hours 25 minutes

"Tegan and Sara Quin’s joint memoir is perfect in audiobook form....Knowing and loving Tegan and Sara the musicians will obviously make this listen extra special, but it’s by no means a prerequisite to entry. High School, very literally, is for everyone." -- Paste, best audiobooks of 2019

This program is read by the authors and features bonus... Read More »

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#19: Tranny

Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
By Laura Jane Grace & Dan Ozzi
6 hours 49 minutes

ONE OF BILLBOARD'S "100 GREATEST MUSIC BOOKS OF ALL TIME"

The provocative transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me! provides a searing account of her search for identity and her true self.

It began in a bedroom in Naples, Florida, when a misbehaving punk teenager named Tom Gabel, armed with nothing but an acoustic... Read More »

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#20: Hiding Out

A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives
By Tina Alexis Allen
Narrated by Tina Alexis Allen /  9 hours 49 minutes

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies.

The youngest of thirteen children in a devout... Read More »

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#21: Theft by Finding

Diaries (1977-2002)
By David Sedaris & Gary Carpenter
Narrated by David Sedaris /  13 hours 51 minutes

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot
An NPR Best Book of 2017 An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017 A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017 A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the... Read More »

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#22: Fairest

A Memoir
By Meredith Talusan
8 hours 46 minutes

"Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs." --The New York Times Book Review

"A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival." --Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an...
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#23: Sorted

Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir)
By Jackson Bird
Narrated by Jackson Bird /  5 hours 57 minutes

An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties.

When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with... Read More »

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#24: No Ashes in the Fire

Coming of Age Black and Free in America
By Darnell L Moore
6 hours

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.
When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely.... Read More »

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#25: A Queer History of the United States

REVISIONING HISTORY
By Michael Bronski
10 hours 28 minutes

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima... Read More »

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#26: The Stonewall Reader

By New York Public Library & Edmund White
10 hours 44 minutes

"...a remarkable audio experience that emphasizes the revolutionary power of LGBTQ voices and provides an invaluable record of a community that refuses to be silenced." -AudioFile magazine Earphones Award winner

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and...
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#27: Love Lives Here

A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family
By Amanda Jette Knox
8 hours 7 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

An inspirational story of accepting and embracing two trans people in a family--a family who shows what's possible when you "lead with love."


All Amanda Jetté Knox ever wanted was to enjoy a stable life. She never knew her biological father, and while her mother and stepfather were loving parents, the situation was sometimes... Read More »

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#28: Transgender History, second edition

The Roots of Today's Revolution
By Susan Stryker
7 hours 49 minutes

A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter... Read More »

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#29: Legendary Children

The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life
By Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez
Narrated by Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez /  8 hours 16 minutes

A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo

A New York Times New & Noteworthy book
One of Logo/NewNowNext's "11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring"


From the singular voices behind Tom and Lorenzo comes the... Read More »

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#30: Real Queer America

LGBT Stories from Red States
By Samantha Allen
7 hours 26 minutes

LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
A transgender reporter's "powerful, profoundly moving" narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states (New York Times Book Review), offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.
Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now... Read More »

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#31: We Have Always Been Here

A Queer Muslim Memoir
By Samra Habib
Narrated by Parmida Vand /  5 hours 14 minutes

A CANADA READS 2020 SELECTION
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
2020 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist?


Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the... Read More »

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#32: The Bold World

A Memoir of Family and Transformation
By Jodie Patterson
10 hours 7 minutes

Inspired by her transgender son, activist Jodie Patterson explores identity, gender, race, and authenticity to tell the real-life story of a family’s history and transformation.

“A courageous and poetic testimony on family and the self, and the learning and unlearning we must do for those we love.”—Janet Mock

 
In 2009, Jodie Patterson, mother of... Read More »

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#33: How We Fight For Our Lives

By Saeed Jones
5 hours 34 minutes

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives—winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Award—is a “moving, bracingly honest memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

One of the best books of the year as selected by The New York Times; The Washington Post; NPR; Time; The... Read More »

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#34: Logical Family

A Memoir
By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Armistead Maupin /  8 hours 26 minutes

Logical Family

“Armistead Maupin's new memoir, Logical Family, tells the story of his life with the same humor and grace that have made his Tales of the City series so beloved. Fans will delight in reading about the inspirations for Barbary Lane and its inhabitants, but readers who are brand new to Maupin will also fall in love. His story is that of a young boy growing up in the old South, in the Navy, in Vietnam, and in the closet - at least until he found his home in 1970s San Francisco. Even if he weren't already an LGBT icon and literary hero, this memoir would be one to champion.”

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#35: When We Rise

My Life in the Movement
By Cleve Jones
Narrated by Cleve Jones /  9 hours 31 minutes

2017 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER

The partial inspiration for the ABC television mini-series!


"You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants--maybe heroes--but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy."--Rebecca Solnit, author of... Read More »

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#36: Boy Erased

A Memoir
By Garrard Conley
Narrated by Michael Crouch /  8 hours 12 minutes

The New York Times bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. "Every sentence of the story will stir your soul" (O Magazine).
 
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a... Read More »

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#37: Tomorrow Will Be Different

Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
By Sarah McBride & Joe Biden
Narrated by Sarah McBride /  9 hours 18 minutes

“A brave, powerful memoir” (People) that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country, from the activist running to become the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history

“The energy and vigor Sarah has brought to the fight for equality is ever present in this book.”—Senator Kamala Harris, New York...
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#38: Trans Like Me

Conversations for All of Us
By C.N. Lester
Narrated by CN Lester /  6 hours 4 minutes

In Trans Like Me, CN Lester takes listeners on a measured, thoughtful, intelligent yet approachable tour through the most important and high-profile narratives around the trans community, turning them inside out and examining where we really are in terms of progress. From the impact of the media's wording in covering trans people and issues, to... Read More »

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#39: Becoming Eve

My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman
By Abby Stein
Narrated by Abby Stein /  7 hours 53 minutes

The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman
Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning... Read More »

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#40: Beautiful on the Outside

A Memoir
By Adam Rippon
8 hours 18 minutes

Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir that the Washington Post calls "comedic gold."
Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure... Read More »

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#41: Becoming Nicole

The Transformation of an American Family
By Amy Ellis Nutt
Narrated by Amy Ellis Nutt /  8 hours 43 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The inspiring true story of transgender actor and activist Nicole Maines, whose identical twin brother, Jonas, and ordinary American family join her on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

Nicole appears as TV’s first transgender superhero on CW’s Supergirl


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#42: Sontag

Her Life and Work
By Benjamin Moser
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert /  22 hours 4 minutes

The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face.

No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud... Read More »

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#43: Transforming

The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians
By Austen Hartke & Matthew Vines
Narrated by Austen Hartke /  5 hours 5 minutes

In 2014, Time magazine announced that America had reached "the transgender tipping point," suggesting that transgender issues would become the next civil rights frontier. Years later, many people—even many LGBTQ allies—still lack understanding of gender identity and the transgender experience. Into this void, Austen Hartke offers a biblically... Read More »

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#44: Ace

What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex
By Angela Chen

An engaging exploration of what it means to be asexual in a world that's obsessed with sexual attraction, and what the ace perspective can teach all of us about desire and identity.

What exactly is sexual attraction and what is it like to go through life not experiencing it? What does asexuality reveal about gender roles, about romance and... Read More »

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Publication Date: September 15, 2020

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#45: Memoir of a Race Traitor

Fighting Racism in the American South
By Mab Segrest
Narrated by Brenda Currin /  11 hours 4 minutes

In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she “had become a woman haunted by the dead.” Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family’s history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina. Memoir of a Race Traitor became a classic text of white... Read More »

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#46: Gay Like Me

A Father Writes to His Son
By Richie Jackson
Narrated by Richie Jackson /  4 hours 21 minutes

Chosen by Town & Country as one of the most anticipated books of the year | Named "An LGBTQ Book That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" by O: The Oprah Magazine

In this poignant and urgent love letter to his son, award-winning Broadway, TV and film producer Richie Jackson reflects on his experiences as a gay man in America and the... Read More »

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#47: Tell

Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights
By Major Margaret Witt, Tim Connor & Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer
11 hours 14 minutes

In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force’s “Cross into the Blue” recruitment campaign. This was also the year that President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as Don’t Ask, Don’t... Read More »

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#48: Saving Alex

When I was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began
By Alex Cooper & Joanna Brooks
Narrated by Luci Christian Bell /  8 hours 48 minutes

Days after Alex Cooper told her parents that she was gay, they drove Alex from their home in Southern California to Utah, where they signed over guardianship to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.

For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed “residential treatment program,” modeled on the many... Read More »

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#49: Mama's Boy

A Story from Our Americas
By Dustin Lance Black
14 hours 12 minutes

Mama's Boy

“Academy award-winning screenwriter Lance Black tells his own story intertwined with that of his mother's, who grew up in rural Louisiana and struggled with Lance's identity. It's a powerful memoir of family dynamics, hard fought love and eventual understanding. I both read and listened to this powerful memoir. Highly recommend!”

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#50: Space Between

Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity
By Nico Tortorella
8 hours 15 minutes

Younger star and LGBTQIA+ advocate Nico Tortorella investigates love, sex, gender, addiction, family, fame, and fluidity through their personal story and the lens of their nonbinary identity
 
“Nico Tortorella embodies the twenty-first-century human.”—RuPaul

Nico Tortorella is a seeker. Raised on a steady regimen of Ram Dass and raw food, they have... Read More »

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