Rainbow Reads

The Pima County Public Library Pride Committee celebrates the voices of LGBTQ+ authors from varying communities and backgrounds with Rainbow Reads. Every month, we gather to discuss books by and about people from across the gender and sexuality spectrums.

On odd months (January, March, etc.) we gather for a Book Chat to share our favorite recent or past reads by LGBTQ+ authors, to be collected to post as a list on this page! (And maybe a few others.)

On even months (February, April, etc.) we have a more traditional style facilitated discussion about a specific book.

While this is a queer-themed book club, readers of all identities are welcome to attend and engage in fun, respectful dialogue.

Rainbow Reads Events

More Rainbow Reads

Pride reading: Queer Comics!

If you want to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month this year and all year, here are some great comics and manga to start with!

And the rest is drag!

Check out these great drag reads — because reading is fundamental 🙂

Rainbow Reads Book Chat - May 2023

We talked about a LOT of books at our most recent Rainbow Reads Book Chat! Check out the titles we came to talk about!

Queer Love - Historical Fiction Edition

LGBTQ romance is not a new thing. These adult and YA romances feature queer people of all kinds, and all with a HEA (Happily Ever After).

Pride Month 2023 Manga

It's Pride Month 2023! Here's some manga to read and celebrate pride!

Queer Books for AAPI Heritage Month

We think you'll absolutely love this mix of books celebrating queer Asian American and Pacific Islander authors for AAPI Heritage Month!

Hell is a Teenage Girl

Life as a queer teenage girl is a special kind of horror. This list contains themes of gendered violence, general gore, and domestic abuse.

Black Indie Romance

Here is a great place to start if you're looking to read some amazing Black romance (romance in which every person involved is Black.)

The Masc Side of F/F Love

Popular f/f romances typically feature femme folks, so when the Reads Rainbow blog posted a list of Butch/Stud reads, we added a few!

Unbury Your Gays

Whether through zombification, time travel, or just supernatural nonsense, these queer characters end the book alive...more or less.

Meet Amy of the Pride Team

"I hope that future generations don’t have to defend their labels constantly, that folks honor pronouns without judgement." - Amy

Rainbow Reads - March 2023

The Rainbow Reads Book Club met recently to discuss LGBTQ+ books we enjoyed recently. Check out this delightful blend of themes and genres!

Trans Read-a-Thon 2023

#Transreadathon is a call to action. From March 20-27 people are asked to read trans works & support trans organizations.

Read Harder 2023: Intersectional Feminism

Here are some options for nonfiction books that center intersectional feminism, to help you with the Read Harder challenge.
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Teach and Learn: Pronouns and Gender

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