Books for Youth on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence, M. Bauer

Coming Out to Parents, Mary v. Borhek

Deliver Us from Evil, M.E. Kerr. 1995 

Desert of the Heart, Jane Rule

Fall on Your Knees, Anne-Marie Macdonald

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth-And Their Allies
Helen Bass and Kate Kauffman, Harper Collins Press

Funny Boy, Shyam Selvadurai.

Geography Club, Brent Hartinger.

Hello I Lied, M.E. Kerr. 

Is It A Choice? Answers to 3000 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Gay and Lesbian
, Eric Marcus.

Not Like Other Boys, Marlene and Christopher Shyer. 

Not the Only One: Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens, Tony Grima. 

Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay, Aaron Fricke.

The Best Little Boy in the World, Andrew Sullivan. 

The Cook and the Carpenter, June Arnold.

The Short History of a Prince, Jane Hamilton.

Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth, Ann Heron.

Understanding Sexual Identity: A Book for Gay and Lesbian Teens and their Friends,
Janice E. Rench.

What about the Children? Sons and Daughters of Lesbians and Gay Parents Talk About their
, Lisa Saffron.

Books for parents and families on sexual orientation and gender diversity

Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences, Carolyn Griffin. 

Loving Someone Gay, Don Clark, Ph.D.

My Son Eric, Mary Borhek.

Now That You Know, Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward. 

Parents Matter, Ann Muller

So Your Child is Gay: A Guide for Canadian Families and Their Friends, Dr. Gerald Bain, and Phyllis

If you are having difficulty accessing books in your local library or book store, below are some additional locations to try:

Toronto Public Library, Yorkville Branch, 22 Yorkville Ave., (416) 393-7660.,
Try these keywords: gay, lesbian, homosexuality, queer

Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord St., Toronto, (416) 922- 8744,

Glad Day Bookshop, 598AYonge St., 2nd Floor, Toronto (north of Wellesley), (416) 961- 4161,

PRIDE York Region library-contact


Although not complete, the following are some of the movies discussed in both the book and movie entitled The Celluloid Closet. Not all of these films depict gays and lesbians favourably. The Celluloid Closet was a historical look at how we were portrayed by movie-makers throughout the years. Many of these films are homophobic, many contain gay and lesbian stereotypes, and many more of them only hint at homosexuality.

  • Advise and Consent
  • American Beauty
  • Another Country
  • Antonia's Lines
  • Bar Girls
  • Basic Instinct
  • Beautiful Thing
  • Beefcake
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Ben Hur
  • Bent
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss
  • Big Daddy
  • Birdcage
  • Blow Dry
  • Bound
  • Boys On The Side
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Boys in The Band
  • Boys Life (1&2)
  • Bride of Chuckie
  • Brown Sugar
  • But I'm A Cheerleader
  • Bye Bye Blues
  • Cabaret
  • Calamity Jane
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
  • Chasing Amy
  • Children's Hour, The
  • Chocolate War, The
  • Clair of the Moon
  • Color Purple, The
  • Crash
  • Cruising
  • Crying Game, The
  • Dancing Lady
  • Desert Hearts
  • Eclipse
  • Edge of Seventeen
  • Edward II
  • Embrace of the Vampire
  • Entre Nous
  • Ernesto
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Exotica
  • Fame
  • Fan, The
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • Fire
  • For a Lost Soldier
  • Forbidden Love
  • Four Weddings and A Funeral
  • Foxfire
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Garden, The
  • Gay Divorcee, The
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blonds
  • Get Real
  • Girlfriends
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Go Fish
  • Gods & Monsters
  • Grief
  • Hairspray
  • Hanging Gardens
  • Heavenly Creature
  • Heidi
  • Hours & Times, The
  • Hunger, The
  • I Became a Lesbian (Naiad Press)
  • If These Walls Could Talk
  • In And Out
  • Incredible True Story of Two Girls in Love
  • It's My Party
  • Jeffrey
  • Johns
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Kiss Me Guido
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • La Cage Aux Folles
  • Latin Boys Go To Hell
  • Lilies
  • Living End, The
  • Living Proof
  • Long-time Companion
  • Looking For Langston
  • Lost and Delirious
  • Lost Language of Cranes
  • Lost Weekend, The
  • Love, Valour & Compassion
  • Lover Come Back
  • Making Love
  • Maltese Falcon, The
  • Magnolia
  • Mambo Italiano
  • Marine Life
  • Maurice
  • Midnight Express
  • Morocco
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • My Beautiful Landrette
  • My Best Friend's Wedding
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Our Sons
  • OUT! Stories of Lesbian And Gay Youth
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Parting Glances
  • Partners
  • Personal Best
  • Philadelphia
  • Pillow Talk
  • Poison
  • Prick Up Your Ears
  • Priest
  • Priscilla
  • Priscilla Queen of The Desert
  • Prom Fight: The Marc Hall Story
  • Queen Christina
  • Querelle
  • Rebecca
  • Rebel Without A Cause
  • Red River
  • Rope
  • Salmonberries
  • Savage Nights
  • Saved
  • Sex Is
  • She Must Be Seeing Things
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Silkwood
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Spartacus
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Strawberry and Chocolate
  • Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Sum of Us, The
  • Sunday, Bloody Sunday
  • Swoon
  • Tarzan And His Mate
  • Tea and Sympathy
  • Thank God I'm A Lesbian
  • The Band Played On
  • The Greg Louganis Story
  • The Incredible Story of Two Girls in Love
  • The Lost Language of the Cranes
  • The Naked Civil Servant; an autobiography Of Quinten Crisp
  • The Object of My Affection
  • The Opposite of Sex
  • "The Two of Us"
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Three To Tango
  • To Wong Foo
  • Top Hat
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Touch of Pink
  • Totally Fucked Up
  • Twilight of The Golds
  • Two In Twenty: A Lesbian Soap Opera
  • Vanishing Point
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Walk On The Wild Side
  • Whale Rider ( sex role stereotyping )
  • Wedding Banquet, The
  • When Night Is Falling
  • Wigstock
  • Wild at Heart
  • Wild Reeds
  • Young Man With A Horn
  • Zero Patience