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LGBTQ Nonfiction Bestsellers

The top 50 LGBTQ Nonfiction audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,000+ partner bookstore locations.

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  1. How We Fight For Our Lives

    “Saeed Jones is supremely talented, so I expected his memoir to be great. I did NOT expect, however, to be left immobile in my chair after reading that final paragraph, processing the beauty of his words and those indelible sentences he’s generous enough to share with us. How We Fight for Our Lives is a moving and intimate portrait of the writer growing up as a young, gay black man and trying to understand the complex realities of his identity. We also gain insight to Jones’ relationship with his mother, a story that left me in pieces by the end. How We Fight for Our Lives is raw, difficult, and truthful, and completely stuffed with love.”

    BookPeople image Eugenia Vela, BookPeople
  2. 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 my favorite... Read More »

  3. 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 »

  4. 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 »

  5. "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 »

  6. By P. Carl / Narrated by P. Carl

    “A memoir that is jolting, honest, passionate, and beautifully written” (Claudia Rankine), Becoming a Man explores one man’s gender transition amid a pivotal political moment in America.

    Becoming a Man is the striking memoir of P. Carl’s journey to become the man he always knew himself to be. For fifty years, he lived as a girl and a queer... Read More »

  7. 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 »

  8. By Samra Habib / Narrated by Parmida Vand

    A CANADA READS 2020 SELECTION
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER

    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 small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous.... Read More »

  9. 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 »

  10. 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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  11. Jazz could not contain Fred Hersch.

    Hersch’s prodigious talent as a sideman—a pianist who played with the giants of the twentieth century in the autumn of their careers, including Art Farmer and Joe Henderson—blossomed further in the eighties and beyond into a compositional genius that defied the boundaries of bop, sweeping in elements of pop,... Read More »

  12. 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.”

    Buffalo Street Books image Chris Klim, Buffalo Street Books
  13. 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.”

    East City Bookshop image Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop
  14. 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 »

  15. 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 »

  16. 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 »

  17. 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 »

  18. 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 »

  19. 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 »

  20. By Alan Downs, PhD / Narrated by Alan Downs

    The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out,” but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger—a toxic cocktail that... Read More »

  21. By C.N. Lester / Narrated by CN Lester

    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 »

  22. 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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  23. "Alice + Freda Forever is a gut-wrenching story of love, death, and the dangers of intolerance."--Bustle

    In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation--it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée... Read More »

  24. 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!”

    Blue Willow Bookshop image Cathy, Blue Willow Bookshop
  25. By Jackson Bird / Narrated by Jackson Bird

    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 »

  26. "...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. Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on... Read More »

  28. The official companion book to the HBO series Gentleman Jack created by Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones

    In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. This is her remarkable, true story.


    Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her... Read More »

  29. The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage.

    In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as... Read More »

  30. 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 »

  31. By Benjamin Moser / Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

    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 »

  32. Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. This was a world of self-invented characters, glamorous superstars, and strung-out sufferers, ground zero of drag and performance art. Still, no personality was more vibrant and formidable than... Read More »

  33. Narrated by the author with two afterwords: one written and read by Deirdre Finney Boylan, and one written and read by Richard Russo


    The provocative bestseller She’s Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between... Read More »

  34. 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 »

  35. “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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  36. 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 »

  37. By Cleve Jones / Narrated by Cleve Jones

    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 »

  38. WINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE IN NONFICTION

    WINNER OF THE 2020 STONEWALL BOOK AWARD-ISRAEL FISHMAN NONFICTION AWARD

    ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES’S 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019

    One of the best books of the year as selected by The Washington Post; NPR; Time; The New Yorker; O, The Oprah Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; Elle; Kirkus Reviews; Publishers... Read More »

  39. The LGBT agenda for too long has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist. Cruising Utopia seeks to break the present stagnancy by cruising ahead. Drawing on the work of Ernst Bloch, José Esteban Muñoz... Read More »

  40. LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
    From "an extraordinary new voice," a "passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable" meditation on queerness, family, and desire. (Mary Karr)

    For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations--lovable little girl, daughter, sister,... Read More »

  41. 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 »

  42. By Janet Mock / Narrated by Janet Mock

    “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 »

  43. New York Times Editors’ Choice 

    In this poignant memoir of personal transformation, Jill Soloway takes us on a patriarchy-toppling emotional and professional journey. When Jill’s parent came out as transgender, Jill pushed through the male-dominated landscape of Hollywood to create the groundbreaking and award-winning Amazon TV... Read More »

  44. By James Polchin / Narrated by Michael Crouch

    A skillful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines the relationship between the media and popular culture in the portrayal of crimes against gay men in the decades before Stonewall.

    Stories of murder have never been just about killers and victims. Instead, crime stories take the shape of their times and reflect cultural notions and... Read More »

  45. A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.

    Do you know me?, the email began, sparking tremors of fear that turned into a full quake of panic when William Dameron discovered that his selfie had been stolen by strangers. On social networks and dating sites, his image and identity—a forty-year-old straight... Read More »

  46. By James Oseland / Narrated by James Oseland

    From a celebrated figure of the food world comes a poignant, provocative memoir about being young and gay during the 1970s punk revolution in America

    Long before James Oseland was a judge on Top Chef Masters, he was a teenage rebel growing up in the pre–Silicon Valley, California, suburbs, yearning for a taste of something wild. Diving headfirst... Read More »

  47. 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 »

  48. ONE OF KIRKUS REVIEWS’ BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

    In this “heartbreaking but often surprisingly hilarious memoir” (People) reminiscent of Love Is a Mixtape and Bettyville, a respected TV columnist remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together. As J.J. Abrams raves, “A more... Read More »

  49. By Tim Anderson / Narrated by MacLeod Andrews

    "Dishy…with a Smiths soundtrack [and] a Sedaris streak." —Brian Howe, INDY Week

    “A gifted writer, Anderson is…delightful in his irreverence, and astutely aware of himself and his particular perspective. His observations are often laugh-out-loud funny and will leave readers with the desire to…keep turning the pages…” —Publishers Weekly review for... Read More »

  50. 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


    When Wayne... Read More »

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