Exploring LGBT Themes in YA Lit & Everyday Library Life

Book Lists

LESBIAN CHARACTERS AND PAIRINGS

Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn
How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
Down to the Bone by Mayra Dole
Annie on My Mind  by Nancy Garden
Good Moon Rising Nancy Garden
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Torn by Amber Lehman
Gravity by Leanne Lieberman
Ash by Malinda Lo
Huntress by Malinda Lo
My Tiki Girl by Jennifer McMahon
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
Tripping to Somewhere by Kris Reisz
The End by Nora Olsen
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
Far From Xanandu by Julie Anne Peters
Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Rage by Julie Anne Peters
She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Grl2Grl by Julie Anne Peters
The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
Empress of the World by Sarah Ryan
The Rules for Hearts by Sarah Ryan
Inferno by Robin Stevenson
The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan
Please Don’t Kill The Freshmen by Zoe Trope
Pink by Lili Wilkson
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
Love & Lies by Ellen Wittlinger
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

GAY  CHARACTERS AND PAIRINGS

Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block
The Value of X by Poppy Z. Brite
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron
How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart
Dance on My Grave by Aidan Chambers
With or Without You by Brian Farrey
The Screwed-up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson
My Heartbeat by Garrett Freymanm-Weyr
The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
Jumping off the Planet by David Gerrold
Bouncing off the Moon by David Gerrold
Leaping to the Stars by David Gerrold
Two Parties, One Tux, and A Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman
Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez
Last Exit to Normal by Michael B. Harmon
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger
Jack by A.M. Homes
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Totally Joe by James Howe
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin
Freak Show by James St. JamesAnother Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan
Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
Wide Awake by David Leviathan
Love is the Higher Law by David Leviathan
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
Dramarama by E. Lockhart
The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy
Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy
The Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Hero by Perry Moore
Sunblood by Maria Mora
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture. by Chris O’Guinn
Sprout by Dale Peck
Blood Hound by Tamora Pierce
Do You Know That I Love You by Mark A. Roeder
In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan
Saints of Augustine by P. E. Ryan
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
The Rainbow Boys Trilogy by Alex Sanchez
So Hard To Say by Alex Sanchez
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan
Stick by Andrew Smith
Big Guy by Robin H. Stevenson
The Blue Lawn by William Taylor
Please Don’t Kill The Freshmen by Zoe Trope
Peter by Kate Walker
Dishes by Rich Wallace
My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
A vigil for Joe Rose by Michael Whatling
Bad Boys by Diana J. Wieler
Teenage Rewrite by Brandon Williams
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
Hushed by Kelly York

BISEXUAL PAIRINGS AND CHARACTERS

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
Adaptation by Malinda Lo

TRANS, POLY AND QUEER PAIRINGS AND CHARACTERS

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
Blood Hound by Tamora Pierce
The End by Nora Olsen
F2M: The Boy Within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy
I Am J by Chris Beam
Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Speaking Out– Anthology edited by Steve Berman

ANTHOLOGIES

Foretold
OMGqueer
Willful Impropriety

NONFICTION

Belge, Kathy, and Marke Bieschke. Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens.

Bornstein, Kate. Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.

Garden, Nancy. Hear Us Out! Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress, and Hope, 1950 to the Present.

Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ* Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens.

Marcus, Eric. What if Someone I Know is Gay: Answers to Questions about What it Means to be
Gay and Lesbian.

Moon, Sarah, ed. The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves.

Rave, Robert and Jane. Conversations and Cosmopolitans: Awkward Moments, Mixed Drinks, and How a Mother and Son Finally Shared Who They Really Are.

Savage, Dave, and Terry Miller, eds. It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.

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