Wednesday 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). 

IDAHOBIT is a day to celebrate and appreciate our diverse communities and to stand up for equality for all members of society. The day is about raising awareness, championing inclusion and celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities in all their diversity and colour.  

We've put together this highlight list of recommended reads to challenge, entertain, engage, inform, and inspire. Enjoy! 


The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye.

All about Yves: Notes from a Transition by Yves Rees.

Growing up Queer in Australia edited by Benjamin Liaw.

Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia by S. Elkin, A. Gallagher, Y.Rees and B.Sayed

We have always been here by Samra Habib.

Rainbow History Class: Your Guide Through Queer and Trans History by Hannah McElhinney

Love that Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life by Jonathan Van Ness 

Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

Yes you are Trans Enough: My Transition from Self-loathing to Self-love by Mia Violet

Queer Life, Queer Love edited by Matt Bates and Golnoosh Nour, Sarah & Kate Beal.

All the Things We Don't Talk About by Amy Feltman

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Devotion by Hannah Kent



To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson

Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass

The Secret Sunshine Project by Benjamin Dean


Young Adult

Our Work is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance by Syan Rose

Here and Queer by Rowan Ellis

My Brother's Name is Jessica by John Boyne

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

We Are Totally Normal by Naomi Kanakia

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories edited by Michael Earp

Friday I'm in Love by Camryn Garrett


Picture Books

These picture books celebrate rainbow families and exploring your identity!

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton; illustrated by Dougal MacPherson

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Wrestle! by Charlotte Mars, Maya Newell & Gus Skattebol-James; illustrated by Tom Jellett.

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman; illustrated by Eda Kaban

My Magic Family by Lotte Jeffs; illustrated by Sharon Davey