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25 Books Featuring Black LGBTQ+ Folx

Last week a teacher came to us looking for picture books that featured people who were both Black and part of the LGBTQ+ community. They wanted to talk with their class about Zaya Wade (Dwayne Wade's daughter, see an article here, or here), and they were looking for books with other heroes and regular kids they could highlight. We pulled all of the books we could find in the moment and snapped a photo to share on Instagram. We asked our followers to recommend any books that we missed. We have compiled your suggestions and their recommendations into one list. Please comment below if you can think of any others we may have missed!


Note: We have added * next to the title if the book is and Own Voices book. Check out these and many others on our Inclusive Book List.



When Aidan Became a Brother* by Kyle Lukoff and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Check out this book on our 2nd-3rd Grade Reading Guide



Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Check out this book on our 2nd-3rd Grade Reading Guide



Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Check out this book in our K-1 Reading Guide



Free to be Incredible Me* by Joelle Elizabeth Retener



They, She, He, Me Free to Be! by Maya & Matthew



They, She, He, Easy as ABC by Maya & Matthew


I Am Perfectly Designed* by Karamo Brown



A Church For All* by Gayle E. Pitman

After researching online, it was difficult to determine if Gayle is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but all of her books are about this topic.



The StoneWall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman