LGBTQ History Month Books to Read Now

LGBTQ History Month Books to Read Now from

Discover history with these must-read books for LGBTQ History Month! Explore the diverse stories and struDiscover these LGBTQ History Month books! Explore these diverse stories and struggles through our curated collection of nonfiction, fiction, and YA reads.

Jeffrey Dale Lofton recently appeared on the Book Gang podcast to chat about his debut book, Red Clay Suzie.

Given Jeffrey Dale Lofton’s extensive expertise in literature, thanks to his senior advisory position at the Library of Congress, he was an excellent collaborator in crafting today’s book list.

Listen to the full episode below (the show notes are located here) and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one.

This month-long celebration highlights the LGBTQ community’s rich and diverse history.

Before sharing the book list, I wanted to answer frequently asked questions about what LGBTQ hiistory History Month is.

Who Started LGBTQ History Month?

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a high school history teacher from Missouri, established LGBTQ History Month.

Thanks to his efforts, he gained the backing of the National Education Association’s General Assembly. This laid the groundwork for a dedicated month to celebrate LGBT history.

You can discover more information on the history through the Library of Congress.

Why Do We Celebrate Pride Month in June and LGBT History Month in October?

In June, Pride Month offers the LGBTQ+ community and its allies a chance to unite and celebrate LGBTQ+ rights.

It commemorates the Stonewall riots in June 1969, which catalyzed the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

LGBTQ+ History Month, observed in October, focuses on educating people about the history, struggles, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. 

It highlights key figures, events, and milestones in LGBTQ+ history to foster understanding and respect. 

While Pride Month is more celebratory and contemporary, LGBTQ+ History Month delves into the community’s historical context and challenges. 

Both months contribute to LGBTQ+ awareness and support but have distinct missions.

We encourage you to explore this month’s book list for BOTH Pride Month and LGBTQ History Month. 

LGBTQ History Month Books to Read Now from

LGBTQ History Month Books

Jeffrey Dale Lofton's insightful book recommendations reflect his passion for storytelling and the LGBTQ+ community.

Through Jeffrey's knowledgeable role as a senior advisor to the Library of Congress, we have one of our most well-curated book lists today.

Additional selections from Larry Hoffer, my incredible co-host on Patreon and a proud member of the LGBTQ community, have also been added.

Finally, I've included the books that have impacted me the most over my reading years. I hope these book selections evoke compassion and empathy as we reflect on this history month.

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.


These LGBTQ books for adults offer education and reflection on pivotal moments like the AIDS crisis and its impact and other critical moments in history.


These impactful LGBTQ young adult books are books you can share with your teen or tween, exploring how this history impacted the younger generation.


These nonfiction books are gripping page-turners that offer necessary history lessons that give readers context to this time.

What what book would you recommend for LGBTQ History Month? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

Published September 28, 2023 by:

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