LGBT reading lists

The following book lists celebrate the diversity, experience and culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. They include personal stories, titles for young adults and picture books to share with young children. 

Books for young people

Mostly fiction titles from well-respected authors such as Becky Albertalli and Juno Dawson. 

Fiction for adults

Classic stories and discover some new talented writers. 

Memoirs and Biographies

Discover personal stories and experiences from the world of entertainment, sport and literature. 

Non-Fiction and Guides

Read about the history and celebrate the culture of the LGBT community. 

Picture books to share with children

Introduce gay and lesbian relationships to young children using picture books. 

Useful Websites

LGBT Foundation

The foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. They aim is to change LGBT lives for the better and secure a safe, equal future of all LGBT people.  


Information and support for LGBT communities and their allies  

It gets Better

The It Gets Better Project exists to uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe 

Families and friends of lesbian and gays (FFLAG) 

FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans daughters and sons. Read personal stories and discover useful resources  


MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern

Breakout Youth

Breakout Youth is an independent charity based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. They offer a confidential support service for young people aged 7 to 21, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or unsure of their sexuality or gender identity. 

LGBT in Southampton

LGBTQ groups in Southampton

Southampton Pride