Books & resources for LGBTQI+

The following is a list of recommended books and resources on wellbeing with a LGBTQI+ community focus. The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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CoverTitle & AuthorDescriptionYearLocation(s) available
S.E.X.: The All you need to know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High school and College

By Heather Corinna
Subject: Youth

Have you ever wondered… Am I normal? (and what is "normal," anyway?) What's up down there? I really like girls, but I like boys sometimes, too. Am I gay, bisexual, or just messed up? Are we both really ready to have sex? Is it ok if I masturbate? I feel like I can't ever say no to my partner. What's the problem? Heather Corinna and have been providing sex education and information for young adults, parents, and mentors for nearly ten years. Whether you're straight, gay, sexually active, or just plain curious, S.E.X. spells out everything you need to know, including: A sexual readiness checklist Illustrations of female and male reproductive anatomy How to love your body, even when it's changing every day Tips on safer sex for body, heart, and mind An in-depth birth control breakdown How to create and enjoy the relationships that are right for you Popular mechanics of partnered sex: sexual activities explained, including pregnancy and STI risks STIs 101: what they are and how to keep yourself from getting them.
When Our Children Come Out: How to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered young people

By Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Subject: Youth

For many young people, the process of 'coming out' to their families, schools and communities can be very traumatic. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered young people wrestle - all too often in isolation - with the difficulties of being 'different'. They need families, schools and communities to 'come out' with them; to provide support, understanding and affirmation; and to be their allies against homophobia. This valuable guide features the experiences of young people, parents, teachers and youth workers from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Promised Land

By C Harris and A Reynold
Subject: Short Story on relationships

When a young Prince and a farm boy meet in the forest, a growing friendship between them blossoms into love. However, when the Queen re-marries, her sinister new husband seeks control of the enchanted forest and the land the farm boy's family are responsible for protecting.
APTN Fact Sheet: Being Trans in Asia and the PacificBeing Trans in Asia and the Pacific2016CCL


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