In celebration of Pride month, listed below are a few LGBTQ+ graphic novel suggestions. Check out the descriptions, pick the one that sparks your interest, and find most available to you as a library card holder through Overdrive.
Go For It, Nakamura! by Syundei
Nakamura Okuto has fallen in love with his classmate. The only problems are that 1) he’s never spoken to his crush, and 2) he isn’t sure his crush is gay. Screwing up his determination, Nakamura fully intends to confess! Unfortunately, life and his own clumsiness seem to keep getting in the way… In this comedy, Nakamura fumbles his way onto his crush’s radar.
Sweet Blue Flowers by Takako Shimura
Akira and Fumi were childhood friends that grew apart, but when they run into each other on their way to their new high schools, their lives start to run together again. While they’re both glad to be back in each other’s lives, things aren’t as uncomplicated as in childhood. Fumi’s first love has just gotten married and she finds herself struggling with heartbreak and strain over the fact that she loves another woman. As Fumi and Akira’s friend groups start to overlap, Fumi finds herself drawn into a new romance, and Akira finds herself mediating tangled emotions. In this mature drama, characters explore their identities and relationships, searching for what feels right for them.
Chii was born a boy. And raised a boy. And lived most of her life as a boy. But Chii wasn’t a boy and she’s determined, in her cheerful way, to live her best life as her true self. From her early childhood to the ups and downs of discovering her identity and transition, and to falling in love with a man who she is ecstatic to marry, Chii’s diary-like manga invites the reader to better understand trans life in Japan and share in her joy as a bride.
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith
After barely surviving a coup by their cousin, twin nobles Hawke and Grayson hide among the Communion of Blue, an organization of magical women who dye, spin, and weave their magic. As the twins start to find a place in the Communion–one more happily than the other–they plan to find the truth of what happened when they fled and take back their noble house. While Hawke will be more than happy to conclude this double identity, Grayson–now Grace–finds this new life suiting better than the old one…
Blue Flag by KAITO
Taichi Ichinose can’t help getting annoyed by Futaba Kuze, but when he ends up in homeroom with her and his childhood friend Toma Mita, Taichi finds himself helping Futaba pursue her crush on his one-time best friend. Meanwhile, Toma is more than happy to end up sharing a class with Taichi again… and harboring a crush on Taichi. As characters forge bonds of friendship and romance, things can’t help but get complicated.
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Tiến loves the time he spends reading fairytales with his mother. For her, the stories help her practice her English, for him, they paint a picture of worlds where anything is possible. For them both, they bridge the gaps in language and experiences between them. But Tiến doesn’t have words in Vietnamese for some of the things he’s experiencing nor does his mother have the words to express how she ended up in the life she has now. As fairytales and reality reflect each other in a flowing shift of perspectives, Tiến and his mother reach for their happy endings.
The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes
Ellie always felt a bit off from the rest of her peers. Dating boys was more confusing than fun, fictional characters were things to obsess over, and black was the best color to wear. In a graphic memoir about finding herself, belonging, and coming out (again and again), Crewes builds a narrative about how identity is more than just who you fall in love with and more finding and accepting parts of yourself.
How To Be Ace by Rebecca Burgess
In a world obsessed with sexual attraction and romance, it can be easy to feel out of place, other, wrong. In this graphic memoir, Burgess navigates the twists and turns– and sometimes pitfalls– of asexuality and mental health struggles in a sex-crazy world, giving insight to an identity thst often gets overlooked in LGBTQA matters.