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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