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LGBT Biographies

June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month. Check out this list of biographies featuring gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals.

Other booklists of interest: LGBT 2015 Collection Highlights, LGBT Romance, Teen, Children, Picture books. Find more reading suggestions at Books & More.

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Bettyville: A Memoir
George Hodgman, 2015
Magazine Writer

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Frank: A Life In Politics From The Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
Barney Frank, 2015
Politician

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Coming Out to Play
Robbie Rogers, 2014
Professional Athlete

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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Alan Cumming, 2014
Actor

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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
Lynn Sherr, 2014
Astronaut

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Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
John Lahr, 2014
Playwright

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
John Waters, 2014
Director

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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Janet Mock, 2014
Activist, TV Personality

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris, 2014
Actor

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Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement
Stephen Snyder-Hill, 2014
Soldier, Activist

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Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger
Kelly Cogswell, 2014
Activist, Journalist

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The Soundtrack of My Life
Clive Davis, 2013
Record Company Executive

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Man Up!: Tales of my Delusional Self-Confidence
Ross Mathews, 2013
Comedian, TV Personality

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American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
Dan Savage, 2013
Advice columnist, Activist

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Gypsy Boy on the Run: My Escape from a Life among the Romany Gypsies
Mikey Walsh, 2013
Memoirist

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Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
Toby Lester, 2012
Artist, Inventor

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Rub Out The Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1959-1974
William S Burroughs, 2012
Writer

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Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland who became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and then turned 16
Moshe Kasher, 2012
Comedian

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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
Scotty Bowers, 2012
Former Escort, Writer

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A Queer and Pleasant Danger
Kate Bornstein, 2012
Performance Artist, Playwright

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Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer
Edward Gorey, 2011
Artist/Author

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Happy Accidents
Jane Lynch, 2011
Actress

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Seriously -- I'm kidding
Ellen Degeneres, 2011
Comedian, Talk show host

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Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man
Chaz Bono, 2011
Activist, Musician

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Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
Andrew Graham-Dixon, 2011
Artist

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson, 2011
Writer

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Fit to Serve: Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador
James Hormel, 2011
Ambassador

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Untied: A Memoir of Fame, Family, and Floundering
Meredith Baxter, 2011
Actress

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Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small
Rita Mae Brown, 2010
Writer

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir
Bill Clegg, 2010
Literary Agent, Writer

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Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Piper Kerman, 2010
Writer

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I'm The One That I Want
Margaret Cho, 2008
Comedian, Actress

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James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Julie Phillips, 2006
Writer

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel, 2006
Comic Artist, Author

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Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa
Rigoberto Gonzalez, 2006
Professor

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Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star
Tab Hunter, 2005
Actor

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The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
Neil McKenna, 2005
Author

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Langston Hughes: A Biography
Laurie Leach, 2004
Poet

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She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
Jennifer Finney Boylan, 2003
Teacher

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Going the Other Way: Lessons From A Life In and Out of Major League Baseball
Billy Bean, 2003
Baseball Player