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See below for the list of 2022 winners in the LGBTQ+ category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

My Good Son
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Yang Huang

Publisher: University of New Orleans Press

ISBN: 978-1-60801-201-5

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MY GOOD SON explores the deep power and profound burdens of parental love through the story of Mr. Cai, a tailor in post-Tiananmen China, and Jude, a gay American ex-pat. Their friendship exposes the parallels and differences of American and Chinese cultures—father-son relationships, familial expectations, sexuality, social mobility, and privilege.

Everything Together: A Second Dad Wedding
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Benjamin Klas

Publisher: Red Chair Press

ISBN: 978-1-947159-65-5

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When Jeremiah arrives in Minneapolis for the summer, everything feels odd. His dad is planning a wedding with his fiancé, Michael, and his best friend spends all her time with a new girl. Jeremiah starts volunteering in an English class for refugees, where he finds an unexpected community of friends.

Two Boys at Breakwater
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Boston Teran

Publisher: High-Top Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-56703-016-7

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Guy Prince was the son of a racketeer, Dean Teranova the son of a third rate conman. Their tale of love and innocence lost takes readers on an epic quest of the hunter and the hunted in New York during the summers of 1957 and 1966.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the LGBTQ category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Cuban Son Rising
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Charles Gomez

Publisher: Koehler Books

ISBN: 978-1-64663-052-3

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As a journalist, he dug up the truth. But deep inside Gomez hid a life-shattering secret. The terror of exposing his sexuality and AIDS led him down a dark path of destruction. Gomez’s journey takes you from interviews with despots and world leaders to the front lines of civil wars. And it transports you to the silent struggles he faced gaining his father’s acceptance.

Flower of Iowa
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Lance Ringel

Publisher: Distant Mirror Press

ISBN: 978-0578649344

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France, 1918: In the final months of the First World War, naïve, idealistic American soldier Tommy Flowers struggles to become a good soldier in the trenches with the help of his savvy new best buddy, British soldier David Pearson. But their friendship soon develops an intimacy neither young man expected.

Upon this Rock
2021 Silver Winner

Author: David Eugene Perry

Publisher: Pace Press

ISBN: 978-0-941936-06-4

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A gay American couple in Italy investigate the suicide of a cleric in the picturesque Italian city of Orvieto and find themselves plunged into a conspiracy of drug smuggling, human trafficking, and a terrorist plot against the heart of the Catholic Church. "An elegant twisty thriller." — Armistead Maupin


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the LGBTQ category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

ChoirMaster: A Mister Puss Mystery
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Michael Craft

Publisher: Questover Press

ISBN: 978-0-578-52330-9

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A marriage of convenience … a crisis of faith … a talking cat. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, in fact, and it was murder.

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Introduction to Transgender Studies
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Ardfel Haefele-Thomas

Publisher: Harrington Park Press

ISBN: 978-1-9395942-7-3

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Intended for introductory transgender, LGBTQ+, or gender studies courses through upper-level electives related to the expanding field of transgender studies, this text has been successfully class-tested in community colleges and public and private colleges and universities.

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Queer Studies: Beyond Binaries
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Bruce Henderson

Publisher: Harrington Park Press

ISBN: 978-1-9395943-2-7

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Designed for undergraduate courses in Queer or LGBT+ Studies requiring no prerequisites, Queer Studies: Beyond Binaries also serves as an excellent supplement in courses on queer theory or history, or on sexuality, gender, and women’s studies.

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