Book List

This is a list of all texts currently in the Gender Community Lending Library collection. Click on a title for more information.

You can navigate the catalogue by specific topic or genre by using the tag cloud at the bottom of every page.

We have a list of free books available from other sources.

Non-fiction

TitleAuthorRestrictions*Status
Queer IntentionsAmelia AbrahamNoneAvailable
Queer CityPeter Ackroyd16+Available
The Life & Times of Butch DykesEloisa AquinoNoneAvailable
Three Queer LivesPaul BaileyNoneAvailable
Non-Binary LivesEdited by Meg-John Barker, Kat Gupta, Jos Twist, Ben VincentNoneAvailable
Hell Yeah, Self Care!Meg-John Barker, Alex IantaffiNoneOn Loan
How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+ Friendly PlaceEllie Barnes, Anna CarlileNoneOn Loan
Transgender People and EducationClare Bartholomaeus, Damien RiggsNone Available
Reasons to LiveRikki Beadle-BlairNoneAvailable
What I Learned TodayRikki Beadle-BlairNoneAvailable
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies Vol. 1Edited by Genny Beemyn and Abbie E. GoldbergNoneAvailable
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies Vol. 2Edited by Genny Beemyn and Abbie E. GoldbergNoneAvailable
Transgender CinemaRebecca Bell-MetereauNoneAvailable
Trans MissionAlex BertieNoneAvailable
Memoirs of a Man’s Maiden YearsN. O. BodyNoneAvailable
decolonizing trans/gender 101b. binaohanNoneAvailable
Queer Kinship and Family Changes in TaiwanAmy Brainer16+Available
KaramoKaramo Brown16+Available
Trans BritainEdited by Christine BurnsNoneOn Loan
Welcome to FairylandJulio Capó Jr.NoneAvailable
After EunuchsHoward Chiang16+Available
Transtopia in the Sinophone PacificHoward Chiang16+Available
Gears for QueersLilith Cooper, Abigail MeltonNoneOn Loan
Man-Made WomanCiara Cremin16+Available
Gender EuphoriaEdited by Laura Kate DaleNoneOn Loan
Heterosexual HistoriesEdited by Rebecca L. Davis, Michele Mitchell16+Available
What’s the T?Juno DawsonNoneAvailable
The Red in the RainbowHannah Dee16+Available
The Shape of SexLeah DeVun16+Available
Sapphic SlashersLisa Duggan16+Available
TERF WarsEdited by Sonja Erikainen, Ruth Pearce, Ben VincentNoneAvailable
The History of Sexuality: 1:
The Will to Knowledge
Michel Foucault
(Translated by Robert Hurley)
16+Available
Forget BurialMarty Fink16+Available
Blind to SamenessAsia FriedmanNoneAvailable
Histories of the Transgender ChildJules Gill-PetersonNoneAvailable
Transgender MarxismEdited by Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O’RourkeNoneAvailable
Representing Queer and Transgender IdentityAlexandra Gonzenbach Perkins16+Available
The Ambivalence of Gay LiberationCraig GriffithsNoneOn Loan
Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval HagiographyEdited by Blake Gutt and Alicia Spencer-HallNoneOn Loan
Queer Lovers and Hateful OthersJin Haritaworn16+Available
Sporting GenderJoanna HarperNoneAvailable
The New WomanEmma Heaney16+Available
Berlin’s Third SexMagnus Hirschfeld (Translated by James J. Conway)NoneAvailable
Gender TraumaAlex IantaffiNoneAvailable
TestosteroneRebecca Jordan-Young, Katrina Karkazis16+Available
TransJuliet JacquesNoneAvailable
Letters For My BrothersEdited by Zander Keig and Megan M. RohrerNoneAvailable
Growing Older as a Trans and/or Non-Binary PersonJennie KermodeNoneAvailable
IshtyleKareem KhubchandaniNoneAvailable
Original PlumbingEdited by Rocco Kayiatos, Amos Mac18+Available
Trans Like MeCN LesterNoneAvailable
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne ListerAnne Lister
(Edited by Helena Whitbread)
16+Available
The Narrative of Lucy Ann LobdellJoseph Lobdell
(Edited by Lisa Macchia Ohliger)
NoneAvailable
Female HusbandsJen ManionNoneAvailable
America Through Transgender EyesLain A.B. Mathers, J.E. SumerauNoneAvailable
Fanny & StellaNeil McKennaNoneAvailable
Before TransRachel Mesch16+Available
Towards a Gay CommunismMario Mieli
(Translated by David Fernbach and Evan Calder Williams)
16+Available
Transgender ResistanceLaura MilesNoneAvailable
Camp TVQuinn MillerNoneAvailable
Redefining RealnessJanet MockNoneAvailable
Gender PoliticsSurya Monro16+Available
nîtisânakJas M. Morgan16+Available
ConundrumJan MorrisNoneAvailable
MarginaliaJuno MorrowNoneAvailable
50 Concepts for a Critical PhenomenologyEdited by Ann V. Murphy, Gayle Salamon and Gail WeissNoneAvailable
After Queer TheoryJames Penney16+Available
Queering FamiliesCarla Pfeffer16+Available
SymposiumPlato
(Translated by Robin Waterfield)
NoneAvailable
Can the Monster Speak?Paul B. Preciado
(Translated by Frank Wynne)
NoneAvailable
Working with Transgender Young People and their FamiliesDamien RiggsNoneAvailable
Queer SexJuno Roche18+Available
Conditionally AcceptedBaker RogersNoneAvailable
Trans Men in the SouthBaker Rogers16+Available
Jane CrowRosalind RosenbergNoneAvailable
Evolution’s RainbowJoan RoughgardenNoneAvailable
The Life and Death of Latisha KingGayle Salamon16+Available
Assuming a BodyGayle SalamonNoneAvailable
Whipping GirlJulia SeranoNoneAvailable
A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA Historical RecordsNorena ShoplandNoneAvailable
You’ve ChangedEdited by Laurie ShrageNoneAvailable
Trans Medicinestef m. shusterNoneAvailable
True SexEmily SkidmoreNoneAvailable
Captive GendersEdited by Nat Smith and Eric A. Stanley 16+Available
Black on Both SidesC. Riley SnortonNoneAvailable
SpectrumsEdited by Maxfield SparrowNoneAvailable
Transgender HistorySusan StrykerNoneAvailable
The Transgender Studies ReaderEdited by Susan Stryker, Stephen Whittle16+Available
We Both Laughed in PleasureLou Sullivan (Edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma)16+Available
Ezili’s MirrorsOmise’eke Natasha TinsleyNoneAvailable
The Trans GenerationTraversNoneAvailable
Beyond the Gender BinaryAlok Vaid-MenonNoneOn Loan
Transgender HealthBen VincentNoneAvailable
Chemically-Enhanced ButchTy Bo Yule16+Available

Fiction

TitleAuthorRestrictionsStatus
Metabolize, If AbleClay AD16+Available
A Natural History of TransitionCallum Angus16+Available
If We ShadowsD.E. AtwoodNoneAvailable
SeraphitaHonoré de Balzac
(translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley)
NoneAvailable
NightwoodDjuna Barnes16+Available
Maiden, Mother, CroneEdited by Gwen BenawayNoneAvailable
Changers Book 1: DrewT Cooper, Allison Glock-CooperNoneAvailable
WonderlandJuno DawsonNoneAvailable
FreshwaterAkwaeke Emezi16+Available
PetAkwaeke EmeziNoneAvailable
DarrylJackie Ess18+Available
MauriceE.M. ForsterNoneAvailable
F4Larissa Glasser18+Available
Colour SchemeJohn R Gordon16+Available
The Well of LonelinessRadclyffe HallNoneAvailable
On HellJohanna Hedva16+Available
Psycho Nymph ExilePorpentine18+Available
VariationsJuliet JacquesNoneOn Loan
The Thirty Names of NightZeyn Joukhadar16+Available
Tiny Pieces of SkullRoz Kaveney16+Available
My Crunchy LifeMia KerickNoneAvailable
I’ve Got a Time BombSybil Lamb18+Available
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal GirlAndrea Lawlor16+Available
The Left Hand of DarknessUrsula K. Le Guin16+Available
Roving PackSassafras Lowry16+Available
RebeccaDaphne du MaurierNoneAvailable
An Accident of StarsFoz MeadowsNoneAvailable
A Tyranny of QueensFoz MeadowsNoneAvailable
Under the Pendulum SunJeannette Ng16+Available
Fairytales for Lost ChildrenDiriye OsmanNoneAvailable
Documenting LightEE OttomanNoneAvailable
Vicky Romeo Plus JoolzEly PercyNoneAvailable
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters16+Available
Infect Your Friends and Loved OnesTorrey Peters16+Available
Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)Hazel Jane Plante16+Available
Little FishCasey Plett18+Available
The SeepChana Porter16+Available
Monsieur VénusRachilde
(translated by Melanie Hawthorne)
16+On loan
City of NightJohn Rechy18+Available
LOTEShola von ReinholdNoneAvailable
Lullaby of BirdlandEmma Renault18+Available
Confessions of the FoxJordy Rosenberg18+Available
If I Was Your GirlMeredith RussoNoneAvailable
7 MinutesPaul Van Der Spiegel18+Available
Trans DeusPaul Van Der Spiegel18+Available
VirusLinda Stupart18+Available
Fierce Femmes and Notorious LiarsKai Cheng Thom16+Available
On Earth We’re Briefly GorgeousOcean Vuong16+Available
Gaudy BaubleIsabel WaidnerNoneAvailable
We Are Made Of Diamond StuffIsabel WaidnerNoneAvailable
The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar WildeNoneAvailable
Small BeautyJia Qing Wilson-YangNoneAvailable
OrlandoVirginia WoolfNoneAvailable

Poetry

For chapbooks, see here.

TitleAuthorRestrictionsStatus
We Want It AllEdited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay GabrielNoneAvailable
The Black FlamingoDean AttaNoneAvailable
For the Boy with the Eyes of the VirginJohn BartonNoneAvailable
luxury, blue laceS. Brook CorfmanNoneAvailable
My Daily Actions, or The MeteoritesS. Brook CorfmanNoneAvailable
Belated Bris of the BrainsickLucas CrawfordNoneAvailable
Clouds Cannot Cover UsJay HulmeNoneAvailable
CharredAndreena Leeanne16+Available
ZOM-FAMKama La Mackerel16+Available
Lyric Sexology Vol. 1Trish Salah16+Available
it was never going to be okayjaye simpsonNoneAvailable

Comics

TitleAuthorRestrictionsStatus
Come TogetherEdited by Alex Assan, Tab Kimpton18+Available
Love is LoveEdited by Sarah Gaydos, Jamie S. Rich16+Available
Orange PlatesEve GreenwoodNoneAvailable
AmbrosiaEdited by Tab Kimpton, Jade Sarson18+Available
Minority MonstersTab KimptonNoneAvailable
Shades of ATab Kimpton18+Available
Sir, Butler & BoyTab Kimpton18+Available
The Nightingale and the RoseJem MiltonNoneAvailable
NimonaNoelle StevensonNoneAvailable
WolvendaughterVerNoneAvailable
The Beechwood HelmLetty WilsonNoneAvailable

Anthology

Anthologies featuring works in multiple genres.

TitleAuthorRestrictionsStatus
Sista!Edited by Rikki Beadle-Blair, John R Gordon and Phyll Opoku-GyimahNoneAvailable
The Literature of LesbianismEdited by Terry CastleNoneAvailable
Creating in CrisisEdited by Peter CollinsNoneAvailable
F, M or OtherEdited by Nathaniel Kunitsky, Rhiannon Tate16+Available
QueerEdited by Frank WynneNoneAvailable

Chapbooks, Plays, Zines, Etc.

You may request up to two of these items in addition to a book.

TitleAuthorTypeRestrictionsStatus
Love, Pan-friedGray CrosbieFlash Fiction Collection16+Available
BurgerzTravis AlabanzaPlay16+On Loan
OverflowTravis AlabanzaPlay16+On Loan
PoppiesNoel GreigPlay16+Available
Sew Keighley PrideEdited by ICLS, Keighley Pride, Bradford District CouncilMagazineNoneAvailable
Queering the Map of GlasgowEdited by Nathaniel KunitskiMagazineNoneAvailable
National Geographic: Gender RevolutionNational GeographicMagazineNoneAvailable
Queer Zine Library Year 1Queer Zine LibraryMagazineNoneAvailable
Fourteen Poems: Issue 1Ben Townley-CanningChapbookNoneAvailable
Fourteen Poems: Issue 2Ben Townley-CanningChapbookNoneAvailable
Fourteen Poems: Issue 3Ben Townley-CanningChapbookNoneAvailable
Fourteen Poems: Issue 4Ben Townley-CanningChapbookNoneAvailable
Fourteen Poems: Issue 5Ben Townley-CanningChapbookNoneAvailable
Femme in PublicAlok Vaid-MenonChapbook16+Available
About GCLL’s Restricted Books

We restrict access to some of our books, typically by user age due to the presence of sexual content. We do this very carefully. The decisions are made case by case by GCLL administration.

We expect many of our users to be teenagers. This is because teenagers can find it harder to gain access to queer content, whether because they cannot travel to libraries alone, or because they live with parents who are not accepting of their gender or sexual orientation. We don’t believe it is reasonable to expect many – or any – younger children to find and use this website. Our decisions are made with this in mind.

While most teenagers with internet access have been exposed to far more explicit content than GCLL provides access to, there are laws around ‘obscene’ publications and whom they can be provided to. Similar projects to GCLL are often harassed by anti-transgender hate groups. Many of these groups have the funding and inclination to take us to court. We have to balance trying to provide the very best service that we can, with trying to remain online. For that reason, although we don’t believe that restricting access to books containing sexual content is helpful to teenagers, we do so. Our guidelines are as follows:

Sexual education books that are appropriate for teenagers will NEVER be restricted. It’s important to us that young people can find open, honest answers to questions about sex. This includes texts providing details around transgender medical treatments and surgeries. Even where minors are not currently provided with these treatments in the UK, it’s important that all people are allowed to consider transition, for as long as they need, with access to accurate information.

Likewise, we will never restrict access to novels written with a teenage audience in mind. These books can be found in the teen fiction section of libraries and bookshops across the country.

Novels with some sexual content and non-fiction that examines sexual experiences from an academic perspective, will typically be restricted to users aged 16+. For example, the novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a widely acclaimed, semi-autobiographical story about a young Vietnamese-American gay man. It contains a sex scene, descriptions of violence, and discussion of drug use. But, we don’t regard it as inappropriate for 16-18 year olds, and neither do the schools that teach it in their English classes. The sex scene is brief and non-explicit, and neither violence or drug use are glorified. We are happy to lend this book to any users aged 16 or over.

Similarly, the non-fiction book Queering Families is classed in our collection as 16+. This is because it discusses the sex lives of transgender men and their feelings around their genitals – in very little detail. The book is informative, not explicit.

Should we stock texts that are explicit guides to partnered sex, these will be restricted to 18+ users. Likewise, novels written for adults with explicit sex scenes will be classed as 18+. An example currently in our collection is Confessions of the Fox.

Again, we don’t want to give the impression that we believe that this content to be disgusting, inflammatory or offensive. Sex is an ordinary, important part of the lives of most queer people, and queer sexuality in particular has been stigmatised and villified for centuries. We are proud to stock texts about queer sexuality. However, it is just as important to us that GCLL can remain online, and this involves preventing minors gaining access to some works.

We hope you understand our reasoning. If you have any queries around why a specific text is classified the way that it is, contact us.

Published by Gender Community Lending Library

We lend trans and queer books to people across the UK, with a focus on academic research.

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