Pride Month

This year for Pride Month, the Santa Ana Public Library will feature titles and authors detailing the LGBTQIA+ experience across the globe. SAPL and the City of Santa Ana are proud to serve patrons of all sexualities, gender identities, and expressions, supporting a safe and inclusive environment for all. Check out some of our featured book titles by LGBTQIA+ authors and upcoming programs and events in celebration of LGBT pride and acceptance!

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The Watermelon Woman

A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the "most beautiful mammy," a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows only as the "Watermelon Woman" was and make her the subject of a documentary, she starts researching and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian.



Oscar-winner for Best Picture, MOONLIGHT is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.


United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.


Bad Hair/Pelo Malo

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer.


Coby: A Personal Tale of Gender Transition in the American Midwest

Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization: Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is. So her family decides to take a trip to the beauty supply store, but none of the wigs is the perfect fit. Determined, Mom leaves with bundles of hair in hand, ready to craft a wig as colorful and vibrant as her daughter is. With powerful text by Trinity and DeShanna Neal and radiant art by Art Twink, My Rainbow is a celebration of showing up as our full selves with the people who have seen us fully all along.


Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood: The Secret Lives of Classic Hollywood Stars

The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp and lover to many of Hollywood's greatest stars. In the 1940s and '50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning and career suicide.


The Pearl: Transgender Women Coming Out in their Senior Years

An intimate and cinematic profile of 4 transgender women that come out for the first time in their senior years. Set against the backdrop of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest, the visceral and observational story captures the indelible moment in time as they begin the long journey towards acceptances.

Books for Kids


My Rainbow

by Neal, Trinity

Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization: Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is. So her family decides to take a trip to the beauty supply store, but none of the wigs is the perfect fit. Determined, Mom leaves with bundles of hair in hand, ready to craft a wig as colorful and vibrant as her daughter is. With powerful text by Trinity and DeShanna Neal and radiant art by Art Twink, My Rainbow is a celebration of showing up as our full selves with the people who have seen us fully all along.


Julián is a Mermaid

by Love, Jessica

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?


Harriet Gets Carried Away

by Parr, Todd

While shopping with her two dads for supplies for her birthday party, Harriet, who is wearing a penguin costume, is carried away by a waddle of penguins and must hatch a plan in order to get herself back to the store in the city.


My Footprints

by Phi, Bao

Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels double different. She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage - just like Thuy.


Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life

by Brenna, Beverley A

Nine-year-old Jeannie buys a pet hamster (who shares narrating duties) after her parents separate due to her father's newly revealed homosexuality. Jeannie and her mother befriend a transgender neighbor, and the hamster becomes a calming influence on the characters, despite its own difficult quest to find the meaning of life


The Pants Project

by Clarke, Cat

A Transformer is a robot in disguise. Liv is a boy in disguise. Its that simple. Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new schools terrible dress code, he cant even wear pants. Only skirts. Operation: Pants Project begins! The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isnt just a mission to change the school policyits a mission to change his life. And thats a pretty big deal.Awardwnning author Cat Clarke makes her middle-grade debut with this hilarious and heartfelt underdog story. Liv may not be an alien-fighting robot, but he is fighting to make the world a better placeone leg at a time.


The List of Things That Will Not Change

by Stead, Rebecca

After her parents' divorce, Bea's life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.

When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she'll finally (finally!) have what she's always wanted - a sister. Even though she's never met Jesse's daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they'll be "just like sisters anywhere."

As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy, and readers will discover why the New York Times called Rebecca Stead a "writer of great feeling."


Who was Harvey Milk?

by Grinapol, Corinne

Although he started out as a teacher without aspirations to be an activist or politician, Harvey Milk found himself captivated by the history-making movements of the 1960s. He would eventually make history of his own by becoming the first openly gay elected politician in California. While in office, Harvey Milk advocated for equal rights for the gay community. Even though his life and career were cut short, Harvey is still seen by many as one of the most famous and most significantly open LGBT officials ever elected in the United States. His life and legacy continue to inspire and unite the community.



by Telgemeier, Raina

¡Una novela gráfica en español! Callie podría presentarse a la audición del musical "La luna sobre Misisipí" pero no canta bien. Por eso ha elegido encargarse de la escenografía, pero para hacerla tendrá que trabajar muy duro. Desafortunadamente, tan pronto se asignan los papeles de la obra, ¡comienza el drama dentro Y fuera del escenario!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!


El Movimiento por los Derechos Humanos de la Comunidad LGBT

by Morlock, Theresa

People who identify as LGBTQ are often treated with inequality and violence. Until recently, they were viewed as sick or even criminals. This volume gives important insight into the injustices faced by LGBTQ individuals, and the activists and groups that have fought for equal rights. Photographs and primary sources help readers grasp and connect with information in the text. Readers will learn about the current state of the LGBTQ human rights movement, and what they can do to help preserve equality for all American citizens.


The Gay Rights Movement

by Braun, Eric

A lot has changed throughout the history of the gay rights movement. In 1969, the Stonewall Riots brought light to a movement that would later establish gay pride parades and persist in the fight for same-sex marriage. But allies and LGBTQ+ community members are still fighting for progress today. What are the gay rights movement's main concerns today? And what challenges has the movement faced? Learn about the key people and events that have paved the way for the modern gay rights movement and how members from the LGBTQ+ community have joined the cause to advocate for equal rights.

Books for Teens


A Queer History of the United States For Young People 

by Bronski, Michael

Queer history didn't start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.

It is crucial for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to know their history. But this history is not easy to find since it's rarely taught in schools or commemorated in other ways. A Queer History of the United States for Young People corrects this and demonstrates that LGBTQ people have long been vital to shaping our understanding of what America is today.

Through engrossing narratives, letters, drawings, poems, and more, the book encourages young readers, of all identities, to feel pride at the accomplishments of the LGBTQ people who came before them and to use history as a guide to the future. The stories he shares include those of


The Great Nijinsky

by Curlee, Lynn

Dance prodigy, sex symbol, gay pioneer, cultural icon--Vaslav Nijinsky rose to fame as the star of the Ballets Russes in Paris before mental illness stole his career and the last 30 years of his life. A tragic story of a great genius, this compelling work of narrative nonfiction chronicles a life of obsessive artistry, celebrity, and notoriety. Full color.x 10.


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

by Tamaki, Mariko

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl, but Freddy is learning she is not the best girlfriend, so she seeks help from a mysterious medium and advice columnists to help her through being a teenager in love.


Felix Ever After

by Callender, Kacen

Felix Love has never been in love--and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalization too many--Black, queer, and transgender--to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

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Like a Love Story

by Nazemian, Abdi

It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS. Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance... until she falls for Reza and they start dating. Art is Judy's best friend, their school's only out and proud teen. He'll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs. As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won't break Judy's heart -- and destroy the most meaningful friendship he's ever known. This is a bighearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.

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Heartstopper, Volume 1

by Oseman, Alice

Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.

Volume 2 is also available here.

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Juliet Takes a Breath

by Rivera, Gabby

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she's not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer—what's sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet's coming out crashes and burns, she's not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.

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I Wish You All the Best

by Deaver, Mason

When eighteen-year-old Ben De Backer tells their parents that they are non-binary they are immediately thrown out of their home, without even time to put on a coat or shoes, despite the cold January North Carolina weather; Ben is rescued by Hannah, their estranged older sister and her husband Thomas, and desperately hopes to finish the last half of senior year while dealing with an anxiety disorder and without calling attention to themselves--a plan that goes awry when they meet Nathan Allan, a charismatic student, and start to fall in love.

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The Black Flamingo

by Atta, Dean

Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he's navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican--but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough.

As he gets older, Michael's coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs--and the Black Flamingo is born.

Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are--and allow us to shine.

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We Make It Better: the LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society

by Rosswood, Eric

We're here, we're queer, and we make the world a better place. People in the LGBTQ community have made positive contributions throughout history and we continue to improve society today. In We Make It Better, Rosswood and Archambeau share inspirational stories of queer icons in a series of revealing close-ups, firstiperson accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBTQ pioneers and heroes. This book is filled with fascinating profiles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer role models that will give you PRIDE in your community and empower generations of LGBTQ youth in the future.

Books for Adults


A Wild and Precious life: A Memoir

by Windsor, Edie

A remarkable portrait of an iconic pioneer in civil rights, gay life in the second half of the 20th century, and the rise of LGBT activism. "Edie Windsor is an example of what happens when one turns love into power."--David Mixner, author and activistivist



by Oyeyemi, Helen

When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment--and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea-smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favorite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.


Pedro's Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land

by Gonsalez, Marcos

One Pedro goes to a school where they take away his language. Another disappears in the desert, leaving behind only a backpack. A cousin Pedro comes to visit, awakening feelings that others are afraid to make plain. A rumored Pedro goes missing so completely it's as if he were never there.

In Pedro's Theory Marcos Gonsalez explores the lives of these many Pedros, real and imagined. Several are the author himself, while others are strangers, lovers, archetypes, and the men he might have been in other circumstances. All are journeying to some sort of Promised Land, or hoping to discover an America of their own.

With sparkling prose and cutting insights, this brilliant literary debut closes the gap between who the world sees in us and who we see in ourselves. Deeply personal yet inspiringly political, it also brings to life those selves that never get the chance to be seen at all.


James Baldwin's Another Country: Bookmarked

by McLarin, Kim

Set mainly in Greenwich Village and Harlem, James Baldwin's 1962 novel, Another Country, is a groundbreaking work of sexual, racial and artistic passions that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality. In her volume in Ig's acclaimed Bookmarked series, award winning author and essayist Kim McLarin shares her appreciation of this seminal novel, demonstrating how its myriad themes-- including relations between men and women (gay and straight, Black and white), the meaning of creativity, and the ecstasy and pain of love--mirror many of her own life experiences. In this critical and personal examination, we come to better understand a pioneering novel and writer, as well as the role race, class and gender have played in Kim's life, and by extension, contemporary American society


I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir

by Buttigieg, Chasten

A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America's future. 


Ahora Que Ya Lo Sabes: Todo Lo Que Me Hubiera Gustado Saber Antes de Salir Del Clóset

by Pamies, Oriol

Ser diferente no es malo, pero me llev un tiempo entenderlo. Al principio me sent solo y me asaltaron cientos de preguntas que no pod a compartir con nadie. Este libro est escrito exactamente con ese prop sito: despejar todas las dudas que ten a cuando a n no lo sab a. El camino no fue f cil, pero finalmente entend que si mi historia pod a ayudar a alguien m s, val a la pena escribirla". A trav s de su experiencia y sus vivencias personales en este libro su autor toca, entre otros, temas tan importantes como la orientaci n, la identidad o expresi n de g nero, los prejuicios y la homofobia, la aceptaci n y el proceso de salir del armario, el activismo... Su objetivo y su deseo, que te sirva para tener la informaci n necesaria, que te ayude a tomar tus propias decisiones a su debido tiempo y te permita darte cuenta de que eres perfectx tal y como eres. Oriol P mies presenta el libro que le hubiera gustado leer cuando sali del armario.