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Ace by Angela Chen
Ace
Angela Chen
Ace by Angela Chen

Ace

By: Angela Chen

Narrated by: Natalie Naudus

Length: 7 hours 43 minutes

Abridged: No

An engaging exploration of what it means to be asexual in a world that’s obsessed with sexual attraction, and what the ace perspective can teach all of us about desire and identity.

What exactly is sexual attraction and what is it like to go through life not experiencing it? What does asexuality reveal about gender roles, about romance and... Read more

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The Future Is Disabled by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
The Future Is Disabled
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
The Future Is Disabled by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

The Future Is Disabled

By: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

Abridged: No

In The Future Is Disabled, Leah Laksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha asks some provocative questions: What if, in the near future, the majority of people will be disabled—and what if that's not a bad thing? And what if disability justice and disabled wisdom are crucial to creating a future in which it's possible to survive fascism, climate change, and... Read more

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Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Care Work
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Care Work

By: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

Abridged: No

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award–winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for... Read more

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Before We Were Trans by Dr. Kit Heyam
Before We Were Trans
Dr. Kit Heyam
Before We Were Trans by Dr. Kit Heyam

Before We Were Trans

By: Dr. Kit Heyam

Narrated by: Dr. Kit Heyam

Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

Abridged: No

A groundbreaking global history of gender nonconformity  

Today’s narratives about trans people tend to feature individuals with stable gender identities that fit neatly into the categories of male or female. Those stories, while important, fail to account for the complex realities of many trans people’s lives.  
 
Before We Were Trans illuminates... Read more

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Gender Euphoria by Laura Kate Dale
Gender Euphoria
Laura Kate Dale
Gender Euphoria by Laura Kate Dale

Gender Euphoria

By: Laura Kate Dale

Narrated by: Laura Kate Dale

Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

Abridged: No

GENDER EUPHORIA: a powerful feeling of happiness experienced as a result of moving away from one's birth-assigned gender. So often the stories shared by trans people about their transition center on gender dysphoria: a feeling of deep discomfort with their birth-assigned gender, and a powerful catalyst for coming out or transitioning. But for... Read more

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Who's Afraid of Gender? by Judith Butler
Who's Afraid of Gender?
Judith Butler
Who's Afraid of Gender? by Judith Butler

Who's Afraid of Gender?

By: Judith Butler

Narrated by: Judith Butler

Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

Abridged: No

This program is read by the author.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by Time, Elle, Kirkus, Literary Hub, The Millions, Electric Literature, and them.


"A profoundly urgent intervention.” —Naomi Klein


"A timely must-read for anyone actively invested in re-imagining collective futurity.” —Claudia Rankine

From a global icon, a bold, essential...
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He/She/They by Schuyler Bailar
He/She/They
Schuyler Bailar
He/She/They by Schuyler Bailar

He/She/They

By: Schuyler Bailar

Narrated by: Schuyler Bailar

Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

Abridged: No

Go‑to expert on gender identity, Schuyler Bailar, offers an essential, urgent guide that changes the conversation about gender identity and how we talk about it.

Anti-transgender legislation is being introduced in state governments around the United States in record-breaking numbers. Trans people are under attack in sports, healthcare, school... Read more

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Neuroqueer Heresies by Nick Walker
Neuroqueer Heresies
Nick Walker
Neuroqueer Heresies by Nick Walker

Neuroqueer Heresies

By: Nick Walker

Narrated by: Janet Metzger

Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Abridged: No

The work of queer autistic scholar Nick Walker has played a key role in the evolving discourse on human neurodiversity.



Neuroqueer Heresies collects a decade's worth of Dr. Walker's most influential writings, along with new commentary by the author and new material on her radical conceptualization of Neuroqueer Theory.



This book is essential for... Read more

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Why Are People Into That? by Tina Horn
Why Are People Into That?
Tina Horn
Why Are People Into That? by Tina Horn

Why Are People Into That?

By: Tina Horn

Narrated by: Tina Horn

Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

Abridged: No

From a #1 Apple podcast host, Lambda Literary fellow, and dominatrix comes a sex-positive, judgment-free cultural deep-dive into the world of kink.
 

When celebrated BDSM educator Tina Horn first launched Why Are People Into That?!, publications from Vice to Buzzfeed heralded it as one of the best sex podcasts around. Each episode centered... Read more

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Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Angels in America
Tony Kushner
Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Angels in America

By: Tony Kushner

Narrated by: Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Deni...

Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

Abridged: No

Presenting an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival.

In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National... Read more

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Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
Gender Queer
Maia Kobabe
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Gender Queer

By: Maia Kobabe

Narrated by: Maia Kobabe, Trini Alvarado, Stephen Graybill, ...

Length: 1 hour 58 minutes

Abridged: No

2020 ALA Alex Award Winner
2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book

The ground-breaking, bestselling graphic novel is now available on audio.


In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only... Read more

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Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper
Better Living Through Birding
Christian Cooper
Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper

Better Living Through Birding

By: Christian Cooper

Narrated by: Christian Cooper

Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Abridged: No

Central Park birder Christian Cooper takes us beyond the viral video that shocked a nation and into a world of avian adventures, global excursions, and the unexpected lessons you can learn from a life spent looking up.

"Wondrous . . . captivating.”—Ed Yong, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of An Immense World


Christian Cooper is a self-described... Read more

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Sorted by Jackson Bird
Sorted
Jackson Bird
Sorted by Jackson Bird

Sorted

By: Jackson Bird

Narrated by: Jackson Bird

Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

Abridged: No

An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man.

When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection.

Assigned female at birth and raised as a girl, he often wondered... Read more

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The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs, PhD
The Velvet Rage
Alan Downs, PhD
The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs, PhD

The Velvet Rage

By: Alan Downs, PhD

Narrated by: Alan Downs

Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Abridged: No

The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out,” but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger—a toxic cocktail that... Read more

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P.S. Burn This Letter Please by Craig Olsen
P.S. Burn This Letter Please
Craig Olsen
P.S. Burn This Letter Please by Craig Olsen

P.S. Burn This Letter Please

By: Craig Olsen

Narrated by: Tony Casey (The Established, Shanda Leer)

Length: 3 hours 55 minutes

Abridged: No

With an introduction from RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sasha Velour

Their greatest act of resistance was simply existing

In the 1950s, as now, queer people were attracted to the Big Apple because they were able to find work as drag performers and female impersonators in a small number of Lower East Side clubs.

Decades before Stonewall, they occupied... Read more

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Queer Intentions by Amelia Abraham
Queer Intentions
Amelia Abraham
Queer Intentions by Amelia Abraham

Queer Intentions

By: Amelia Abraham

Narrated by: Amelia Abraham

Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Abridged: No

Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2020

‘Eloquent, empathetic and passionate, this book will not just resonate with a new generation of queer people, but with all those who seek to be their allies. A brilliant book.’ Owen Jones

Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But... Read more

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The Book of Pride by Mason Funk
The Book of Pride
Mason Funk
The Book of Pride by Mason Funk

The Book of Pride

By: Mason Funk

Narrated by: Mason Funk, Robin Miles, Eileen Stevens, Kevin ...

Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Abridged: No

THE BOOK OF PRIDE captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both personal and political, often without the support of family or... Read more

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A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
A Queer History of the United States
Michael Bronski
A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

A Queer History of the United States

By: Michael Bronski

Narrated by: Vikas Adams

Length: 10 hours 28 minutes

Abridged: No

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima... Read more

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All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
All Boys Aren't Blue
George M. Johnson
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

By: George M. Johnson

Narrated by: George M. Johnson

Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

Abridged: No

This program is read by the author.

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue explores their childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.

A New York Times Bestseller!
Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature stories


From... Read more

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Transgender History, second edition by Susan Stryker
Transgender History, second edition
Susan Stryker
Transgender History, second edition by Susan Stryker

Transgender History, second edition

By: Susan Stryker

Narrated by: Emily Cauldwell

Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Abridged: No

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans... Read more

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Moby Dyke by Krista Burton
Moby Dyke
Krista Burton
Moby Dyke by Krista Burton

Moby Dyke

By: Krista Burton

Narrated by: Sarah Beth Pfeifer

Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Abridged: No

A former Rookie contributor and creator of the popular blog Effing Dykes investigates the disappearance of America’s lesbian bars by visiting the last few in existence.

Lesbian bars have always been treasured safe spaces for their customers, providing not only a good time but a shelter from societal alienation and outright persecution. In 1987,... Read more

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Pretty by KB Brookins
Pretty
KB Brookins
Pretty by KB Brookins

Pretty

By: KB Brookins

Narrated by: KB Brookins

Length: 6 hours 10 minutes

Abridged: No

By a prize-winning, young Black trans writer of outsized talent, a fierce and disciplined memoir about queerness, masculinity, and race.

Even as it shines light on the beauty and toxicity of Black masculinity from a transgender perspective—the tropes, the presumptions—Pretty is as much a powerful and tender love letter as it is a call for... Read more

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How the Boogeyman Became a Poet by Tony Keith, Jr.
How the Boogeyman Became a Poet
Tony Keith, Jr.
How the Boogeyman Became a Poet by Tony Keith, Jr.

How the Boogeyman Became a Poet

By: Tony Keith, Jr.

Narrated by: Tony Keith, Jr.

Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

Abridged: No

Poet, writer, and hip-hop educator Tony Keith Jr. makes his debut with a powerful YA memoir in verse, tracing his journey from being a closeted gay Black teen battling poverty, racism, and homophobia to becoming an openly gay first-generation college student who finds freedom in poetry. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, George M. Johnson,... Read more

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Missing from the Village by Justin Ling
Missing from the Village
Justin Ling
Missing from the Village by Justin Ling

Missing from the Village

By: Justin Ling

Narrated by: Justin Ling

Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

Abridged: No

The tragic and resonant story of the disappearance of eight men--the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur--from Toronto's queer community.
 
Shortlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards



In 2013, the Toronto Police Service announced that the disappearances of three men--Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Majeed Kayhan--from Toronto's gay... Read more

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