25 Books that Celebrate LGBTQ+ Stories

Jun 1, 2022 6:34:00 AM / by Broadleaf Books


At Broadleaf Books we celebrate our queer authors and queer stories during Pride Month and all year round. The following list highlights books on a wide range of topics and experiences, all of which contribute to the wider collective of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you are in, out, an ally, or somewhere in between, you are loved, valued, and worthy.

Justice & Liberation

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A Queer Christian Survival Story

Julie Rodgers

After decades of bouncing between hope and despair, evangelical, Baptist-raised Julie Rodgers found herself making a powerful public statement that her former self would have never said: "I support same-sex marriage in the church." In Outlove, Julie Rodgers details her deeply personal journey from a life of self-denial in the name of faith to her role in leading the take-down of Exodus International, the largest ex-gay organization in the world, to her marriage to a woman at the Washington National Cathedral. Rodgers's story sheds light on the debate between evangelical Christians and the LGBTQ community, ultimately casting a hopeful vision for how the church can heal.

Release date: June 22, 2021

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In Transit

Being Non-Binary in a World of Dichotomies

Dianna E. Anderson

For decades, our cultural discourse around trans and gender-diverse people has been viewed through a medical lens or a political lens. But those who claim non-binary gender identity deserve their own discourse. In tracing the history and theory of non-binary identity, and telling of their own coming out, non-binary writer Dianna E. Anderson answers questions about what being non-binary might mean, but also about where non-binary people fit in the trans and queer communities. In Transit looks forward to a world where being who we are, whatever that looks like, is met with acceptance and love. Being non-binary is about finding home in the in-between places.

Release date: July 12, 2022

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Love Makes Room

And Other Things I Learned When My Daughter Came Out

Staci Frenes

When Christian singer and speaker Staci Frenes learned her teenage daughter was gay, she found her dreams for the future—along with her lifelong faith—collapsing around her. Coming to terms with a new reality offered an invitation to make room for many things: the inevitability of uncertainty, hope in the midst of loss, awkward and tough conversations, an expanding faith, and a greater understanding of how people are more the same than different.

Release date: June 4, 2021

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Welcoming and Affirming

A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth

Leigh Finke

Welcoming and Affirming is a handbook for pastors, youth workers, church leaders, educators, and other adults in Christian settings. This guide provides answers to the most pressing questions about sexuality, gender, mental health, safe sex, and more. You'll walk away with a lot of insight, prepared to love, affirm, and accept the LGBTQ+ teens in your community the way God does—exactly as they are.

Check out the companion book Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens, published by Beaming Books, our sister imprint.

Release date: August 25, 2020

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The Sandbox Revolution

Raising Kids for a Just World

Lydia Wylie-Kellermann (edited by)

It is a complex time to be a parent. Our climate is in crisis, economic inequality is deepening, and violence is escalating. How can parents cultivate in their children a love of the earth, a cry for justice, and a commitment to nonviolence? Written by parents who are also writers, teachers, organizers, artists, gardeners, and activists, The Sandbox Revolution offers a diversity of voices and experiences to guide us on a journey of justice-focused parenting.

Release date: March 30, 2021

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Baptized in Tear Gas

From White Moderate to Abolitionist

Elle Dowd

In Baptized in Tear Gas, minister and activist Elle Dowd invites readers to experience her transformation from what Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as "the white moderate" into an Assata Shakur-reading, courthouse-occupying abolitionist. Like in baptism, this alteration requires parts of us to die—our tone policing, white niceness, respectability politics—so that we may be reborn. Through the Uprising in Ferguson, God made Elle into something new. Now it's our turn.

Release date: August 10, 2021

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Our Fair Share

How One Small Change Can Create a More Equitable American Economy

Brian C. Johnson

Over the past fifty years, our economy has been pulling us apart at unprecedented rates by allowing the richest Americans to hoard wealth like almost never before. In Our Fair Share, Brian C. Johnson combines accessible scholarship on wealth and income inequity with stories of real people struggling to survive and thrive in America today. Ultimately, Johnson lays the groundwork for a reasonable and actionable solution, drawing us together to build a common American future.

Release date: September 28, 2021

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You Mean It or You Don't

James Baldwin's Radical Challenge

Jamie McGhee and Adam Hollowell

It is not enough to hold progressive views. Drawing from Baldwin's fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews, You Mean It or You Don't will spur today's progressives from conviction to action. True and lasting change demands a response to Baldwin's radical challenge for moral commitment. Called to move from dreams of justice to living it out in communities, churches, and neighborhoods, we can show that we truly mean it.

Release date: June 14, 2022

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Religion & Culture


Flip It Like This!

David Hayward

The cartoons of David Hayward, the artist behind @NakedPastor, are graffiti on the walls of the contemporary church. He sketches the ridiculous, the appalling, and the damaging aspects of the church as we know it—as well as Jesus erasing lines, embracing the excluded, and standing outside the church's walls. In this collection, which includes Hayward's most beloved comics as well as never-before-seen cartoons, we find more of the whimsy, impertinence, and tenderness that we didn't even know we needed. Upending notions of who's in and who's out, Hayward's comic vision overturns false pieties and harmful dogmas in one fell swoop.

Release date: July 19, 2022

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United States of Grace

A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope

Lenny Duncan

Lenny Duncan, who inspired and challenged audiences with their breakout first book, Dear Church, now brings us their story about growing up Black and queer in the US, examining pressing issues like poverty, mass incarceration, white supremacy, and LGBTQ inclusion through an intimate portrayal of their life's struggles and joys. United States of Grace is a love story about America, making the claim that God is present with us in the most difficult of circumstances.

Release date: May 18, 2021

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How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

Emily Joy Allison

Sexual abuse is utterly rampant in Christian churches in America. And the reasons are somewhat different than those you might find in the #MeToo stories coming out of Hollywood or Washington. #ChurchToo turns over the rocks of the church's sexual dysfunction, revealing just what makes sexualized violence in religious contexts both ubiquitous and uniquely traumatizing. Emily Joy Allison lays the groundwork for survivors of abuse to live full, free, healthy lives.

Release date: March 9, 2021

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In the Shelter

Finding a Home in the World

Pádraig Ó Tuama

From master storyteller and host of On Being's Poetry Unbound, Pádraig Ó Tuama, comes an unforgettable spiritual memoir of peace and reconciliation, Celtic spirituality, belonging, and sexual identity. From the heart of a poet comes a profound look at the landscapes we all try to inhabit even as we always search for shelter, a place we can call home.

Release date: March 23, 2021

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Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

Chris Stedman

It's easy to view our online presence as fake, to see the internet as a space we enter when we aren't living our real, offline lives. IRL, Chris Stedman's insightful exploration of authenticity in the digital age, shines a light on how age-old notions of realness can be freshly understood in our online lives. Stedman invites us all to consider how we use the internet to fulfill our essential need to feel real, online and off.

Release date: October 20, 2020

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Just Faith

Reclaiming Progressive Christianity

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Activist and writer Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied every major progressive advance in our society and resurrects the history of progressive Christianity in the United States. Just Faith is a rallying cry for a bold progressive Christianity that unapologetically fights for its values to impact the biggest political battles of our time—from immigration and economic fairness to LGBTQ+ and abortion rights.

Release date: September 15, 2020

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Beyond Shame

Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms

Matthias Roberts

We all carry sexual shame. Whether we grew up in the repressive purity culture of American Evangelical Christianity or not, we've all been taught in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that sex (outside of very specific contexts) is taboo. Psychotherapist Matthias Roberts helps readers overcome their shame and determine their own definition of healthy sex. Define your sexual values on your own terms, overcome your shame, and start having great, healthy sex.

Release date: January 7, 2020

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Spiritual Living

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Hidden Mercy

AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear

Michael J. O'Loughlin

The height of the AIDS crisis in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s left many profound stories that remained untold. In Hidden Mercy, gay Catholic journalist Michael O'Loughlin uncovers the stories of Catholics who at great personal cost chose compassion. A compelling picture of those who responded to human suffering with mercy, offering insights for LGBTQ and other people of faith struggling to find a home in religious communities today.

Release date: November 30, 2021

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One Coin Found

How God's Love Stretches to the Margins

Emmy Kegler

As a queer woman in the church, Emmy Kegler knows too well how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude. And yet, the stories of Scripture continued to captivate her. So she set out to fall in love with the Bible, wrestling with the stories inside. Kegler shows us that even when we feel like lost and dusty coins, God picks up a broom and sweeps every corner of creation to find us.

Release date: April 2, 2019

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Thy Queendom Come

Breaking Free from the Patriarchy to Save Your Soul

Kyndall Rae Rothaus

The narrative passed down to Christian women by patriarchal religion tells us not only that we are bad, but that we need someone outside ourselves to save us. Telling the stories of some of the strongest women in all of Scripture, Thy Queendom Come offers a new path forward. In the queendom of God, we are no longer waiting on a rescuer. We can leave the narrow kingdom behind and embrace a more vibrant, just, and inspiring spiritual life in God's queendom.

Release date: August 17, 2021

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Outside the Lines

How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith

Mihee Kim-Kort

God's love for us breaks every boundary. So should our love for each other. In Outside the Lines, Mihee Kim-Kort shows us how God, in Jesus, is oriented toward us in a queer and radical way. Through the life, work, and witness of Jesus, we see a God who loves us with a queer love. And our faith in that God becomes a queer spirituality—a spirituality that crashes through definitions and moves us outside of the categories of our making. Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out this queer spirituality in the world.

Release date: July 1, 2018

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Be the Brave One

Living Your Spiritual Values Out Loud and Other Life Lessons

Ann Kansfield

The Rev. Ann Kansfield left Wall Street and found her calling as the first female and openly gay chaplain at the New York Fire Department. Guiding her life are the values that anchor her. Weaving real-life stories with wit and practical faith, Kansfield challenges readers to discover and live out their own spiritual values.

Release date: December 14, 2021

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Body Becoming

A Path to Our Liberation

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

The body that Robyn Henderson-Espinoza inhabits is a nonbinary body, a trans body, a body in two races—and a body continually in discovery. Body Becoming offers us a way of understanding the body beyond constructions—political or medical-industrial-complex defined—toward cultivating the body as important in our endeavors to build a more inclusive vision for democracy. Mixing memoir and faith, somatics theory and body practice, Henderson-Espinoza steers us as we discover embodiment as the primary place of deep wisdom, where culture shifts originate and materialize—and a better world becomes, as we too become.

Release date: March 29, 2022

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Worth It

Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For

Brit Barron

Brit Barron grew up in an evangelical megachurch in the '90s, trying to fit inside the boundaries her church and its narrow view of God had placed around her. She felt boxed in by her fears, unable to realize her full potential. All that changed when she fell in love with a girl named Sami. Worth It shares her story to inspire us to overcome the fears that keep us from evolving beyond the narratives that have been defined by others. When we do, we'll find out it was so worth it!

Release date: July 21, 2020

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How Not to Be Afraid

Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying

Gareth Higgins

Fight, flee, or freeze: are these our only options for responding to fear? In How Not to Be Afraid, Gareth Higgins addresses seven common fears and invites us to change the course of our stories through seven habits of hope rooted in Celtic spirituality. Pointing us toward tenderness, empathy, and gentle encounter with others and with our deepest fears, Higgins helps us discover that peace is the path to itself.

Release date: April 13, 2021

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The Conscious Enneagram

How to Move from Typology to Transformation

Abi Robins

The Enneagram illuminates the painful truth of where we are and inspires us with the promise of where we could be. In The Conscious Enneagram, Abi Robins takes the system further by connecting those dots and explaining the path from patterns to promise. Through practical, easy-to-understand coaching, storytelling, and personal inquiry, this book shows how to use the Enneagram to radically change the way we think, feel, and move through the world.

Release date: April 27, 2021

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Take What You Need

Life Lessons after Losing Everything

Jen Crow

Jen Crow's transformation was triggered, quite literally, by a bolt of lightning. That jolt, which destroyed her home in a subsequent fire, forced her to consider what she really needed as she looked to rebuild her life. In Take What You Need Crow opens new perspectives for all of us looking to understand our past, our unexpected suffering, our failures, so we too can begin charting a course forward—one drawn from resilience and hope. Survival guide, spiritual companion, and a light in the dark, Take What You Need offers hope, humor, and real-life spiritual tools to meet the hardest moments of our lives.

Release date: March 22, 2022

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