Over the Rainbow Project book list

About the Over the Rainbow Project book list To recognize current quality non-fiction and fiction books that authentically express gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences.

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2017 Winner(s)


By Tomas Mournian. Kensington. 2011. 304p.

When Ahmed escapes his parents and an abusive anti-gay treatment center for teens, he finds temporary sanctuary in a so-called safe house in San Francisco, where, even if he and his new roommates can hide from the bounty hunters, fanatics, parents, and pimps looking for them, they cannot escape their pasts and each other.

2017 Selection(s)

Mary Ann in Autumn (A Tale of the City Novel)
By Armistead Maupin. Doubleday Books. 2010. 304p.

Twenty years after Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York, she is forced by a pair of personal calamities to return to the safety of her oldest friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband.


2017 Selection(s)

The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation

By Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile. 2010. 554p. University of British Columbia Press.

Drawing on official security documents and interviews with the investigators and investigated, this book chronicles the campaigns of fear and lies that shattered the lives of gay and lesbian Canadians in the name of national security during the second half of the twentieth century.

Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s

Will Fellows and Helen P. Branson. 2010. 166p. University of Wisconsin Press.

At a time when laws barred gays from meeting in bars, a straight woman in her 60s provided a gay haven in her Los Angeles tavern for nine years and published a supportive book about her "boys" in 1957; this book expands the original publication with a gay historical perspective on the 1950s.

Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation

By Simon LeVay. 2010. 412p. Oxford University Press.

A child grows up gay or straight as the result of interaction among genes, sex hormones, and the cells of the developing body and brain, according to the wealth of scientific evidence provided by neuroscientist LeVay.

Golden Age of Gay Fiction

Ed. by Drewey Wayne Gunn. 2009 (Sept). 262p. MLR Press.

Nineteen authors introduce the reader to the great explosion of gay writing between the first Kinsey Report and the first collection of Tales of the City during the 1950s and into the 1970s.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

By Alice Echols. 2010. 338p. Norton.

More than a representation of a shallow decade, disco helped shape the culture of blacks, feminists, and gays in a time when they were searching for safe places.

Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women Unorthodox Desires

Ed. by Miryam Kabakov. 2010. 169p. North Atlantic Books.

First-person accounts of 14 lesbians living at the intersection of conflicting sexual and religious identities describe their experiences as individuals and community members, reconciling their commitment to Orthodox Judaism and living as out lesbians.

Transgender Explained: For Those Who Are Not

By Joanne Herman. 2009 (Sept.). 148p. AuthorHouse.

The complex world of transgender is explored through the personal reflections of the author as she describes issues of employment, marriage, insurance, childhood, medical procedures, and more.

Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans

By Philip Gambone. 2010. 294p. University of Wisconsin Press.

From a gay teenager born with AIDS to an 85-year-old writer, the LGBTQ people in these 40 interviews come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and careers in the arts, entertainment, religion, politics, activism, etc. to provide a portrait of queer humanity.