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Rainbow Centre library & reading lists

The Rainbow Youth Library

At the Rainbow Youth drop-in centre , we have a wide collection of books and DVDs.


All the books are categorised and labeled, so it's easy to find the type of information you're after. Some of our members have even put a few of the books out as highly recomended. So drop by and have a browse, read a book at the centre, or take one home for a while.

Download a list of our library books (MS Excel File, 70K)


Unfortunately, you can't borrow the DVDs, but you can watch them at the drop-in centre. Here's what we've got:

  • The Broken Hearts Club
  •  Get Real
  • Jeffrey
  • Beautiful Thing
  • Stonewall
  • Chutney Popcorn
  • The Brandon Teena Story
  • Fire
  • DEBS
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • Iron Ladies
  • Mambo Italiano
  •  Latter Days
  • The Sum of Us
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything
  • Goldfish Memory
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Ma Vie En Rose
  • Show Me Love
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love
  • Angels in America

Recommended books

A great list of books that EVERY school should have in their library, selected by Catherine Lee, BA, Dip Ed, Dip Lib, Med (Hons). Last Updated August 2005

Download Word document (116kb)

Lesbian Books

'Annie on my mind' by Nancy Garden

'The Cat came back' by Hillary Mullins. The story of two girls at an all girls boarding school

'Dare, Truth or Promise' by Paula Boock (NZ). A story about two New Zealand girls, who are both at different stages of coming out, and their exploration of love for each other

'Deliver Us from Evie' by M.E. Kerr. This story is told through the eyes of 18 year old Evie's younger brother who describes the family situation as well as the town reaction towards Evie being a lesbian, in a rural and religious context

'Good moon rising' by Nancy Garden

'No big Deal' by Ellen McClain. Told from the perspective of a high school girl about a teacher who is gay

'Rubyfruit Jungle' by Rita Mae Brown

'Lesbian portraits' by Rose Collins. A good easy to read book filled with lesbian history and small biographies

'Love Ellen' by Betty Degeneres. Ellen Degeneres's story, written by her mother

'The original coming out stories' by Julia Penelope and Sarah Valentine (editors). A series of poetry and personal narrative collections about coming out as lesbian.

Gay Male Books

'Act well your part' by Don Sake. A high school story set upon the background of the theatre

'The blue lawn' by William Taylor (NZ) Set in New Zealand

'Jack' by A.M. Holmes. Told from the perspective of Jack, whose father is gay

'Jerome' by William Taylor (NZ)

'My Father's scar' by Michael Cart

'Night Kites' by M.E. Kerr

'The Other Side of the Fence' by Jean Ure

Bisexual Books

'Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality' by Martin S. Weinberg, Colin J. Williams, Douglas W. Pryor. Oxford University Press (June 1995)

'Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out' by Loraine Hutchins (Editor), Lani Kaahumanu (Editor). Alyson Publications (March 1991)

Sexual Orientation

'Am I Blue' by various authors, edited by Marion Bauer. A short story collection. Highly recommended

'Emerging Tribes' by Nigel Gearing. New Zealand book about gay youth

'Invisible Families' by Terry Stewart Great read for parents and family (

'Is it a choice: 300 of the most frequently asked questions about Gays and Lesbians'by Eric Marcus. Great book not only for youth but for family, friends, teachers and counsellors as well.

'One teenager in ten' by Ann Heron (editor)

'There must be 50 ways to tell your mother' by Lynn Sutcliffe

'Two teenagers in twenty' by Ann Heron (editor)

Transgender Books

'True Selves : Understanding Transsexualism-For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals' by Mildred L. Brown, Chloe Ann Rounsley. Jossey-Bass (December 1996)

'Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc' to Dennis Rodman, by Leslie Feinberg. Beacon Press (June 1997)

'My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely' by Kate Bornstein Routledge (December 1997)

'Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us' by Kate Bornstein. Vintage Books (April 1995)

'Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones' by Mary Boenke(Editor) Oak Knoll Press (February, 2003)

'Stone Butch Blues' by Leslie Feinberg. Firebrand Books (March 1993)

'Transmen and Ftms: Identities, Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities' by Jason Cromwell. University of Illinois (December 1999)

'The Phallus Palace: Female to Male Transsexuals' by Dean Kotula, William E. Parker (Editor). Alyson Publications (July 2002)

'Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits' by Loren Cameron.Cleis (November 1996)

'The Last Time I Wore a Dress' by Daphne Scholinski. Riverhead Books (October 1998)

'Mom, I Need To Be A Girl', by Evelyn D. Lindenmuth, Dawn Trook, Andrew Warhmund. Just Evelyn (April, 1998)

'A Change for the Better - the Story of Georgina Beyer' by Georgina Beyer, Cathy Casey. Random House New Zealand (July 2000)

'Trans-Sister Radio: A Novel' by Chris A. Bohjalian. Knopf (August, 2001)

What we mean when we say queer

A reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender diversity. We use it to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa'afafine, and takataapui identities, as well as everyone in between and not sure. This word is used by many people, but it is also appreciated that it is not the preferred term for everybody.

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