I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but—as I have noted in columns for previous Pride Issues—it’s still baffling to me that LGBTQ+ rights remain such a fraught topic of discussion. Many reactionary elements within the heteronormative world can’t seem to wrap their heads around the concept of equal rights for everyone—or, at the very least, keep quiet and mind their own business. Rather than indulging in a bloated political rant, however, let’s just get to the work. Here are six new books that offer a diverse array of perspectives on the history and current status of a host of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Before Lawrence v. Texas: The Making of a Queer Social Movement by Wesley G. Phelps (Univ. of Texas, Feb. 7): In a significant 2003 case that may not be familiar to many readers, the Supreme Court ruled against anti-sodomy laws, which had been used for decades to discriminate against members of the queer community. “Movingly,” noted our reviewer, “the author rewinds and introduces readers to the everyday queer Texans and their allies who paved a path of small, vital steps to that momentous 2003 decision.” Phelps’ impeccably researched narrative is an essential document in the struggle for queer rights. (Read an interview with the author.)

Marry Me a Little: A Graphic Memoir by Rob Kirby (Graphic Mundi, Feb. 23): This charming graphic memoir chronicles the author’s life with his partner and their experience with marriage alongside an exploration of the politics surrounding the issue. “Panel by panel,” wrote our reviewer, “this graphic memoir is wry, intelligent, compelling, and adorable.” Fans of Alison Bechdel will find plenty to love in Kirby’s intimate and often laugh-out-loud-funny narrative.

Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives by Amelia Possanza (Catapult, May 30): Both personal and cultural, Possanza’s memoir explores queer love from a variety of angles and historical perspectives. “Bringing together seven epic love stories across eras, ranging from the classical Greek poet Sappho and her lover Anactoria to lesbian caretakers in the AIDS crisis extending beyond romantic boundaries, Possanza cultivates a worthy collection of lesbian love stories,” noted our reviewer. (Hear the author on the Fully Booked podcast.)

Gays on Broadway by Ethan Mordden (Oxford Univ., June 1): In his latest illuminating cultural study, Mordden, an expert on British and American theater, “focuses on the influences of ‘homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, metrosexuals, and the sexually fluid’ on American stage productions throughout the 20th century,” according to our review. This authoritative account, bursting with palpable artistic pride, will appeal to both theater buffs and students of gay history.

Trans Children in Today’s Schools by Aidan Key (Oxford Univ., June 27): Key’s longtime work as a gender identity advocate is on full display in this indispensable resource for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. From bathroom choices to sports participation, Key covers it all in a straightforward, engaging style. Showcasing wide-ranging knowledge, compassion, and instructive anecdotes, the book is an ideal handbook for the burgeoning topic of gender inclusion. The author, says our reviewer, delivers “essential guidance on proactively navigating the challenges of gender-diverse student bodies.”

A Place for Us: A Memoir by Brandon J. Wolf (Little A, July 1): The theme of inclusion is built into the title of this book, which our critic calls “poignant, inspiring reading.” After surviving the Pulse nightclub massacre of 2016, Wolf founded the Dru Project, which provides safe spaces for queer youth, a critically overlooked segment of the population. “This heartfelt book will appeal not only to LGBTQ+ readers,” notes our reviewer, “but to anyone committed to the fight for social justice for any marginalized community.”

Eric Liebetrau is the nonfiction and managing editor.