LGBT Resources

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Like to read? Looking for some new books for your service / school? The following young adult fiction books all involve LGBTQ characters:

Girls Who Like Girls:

  • Keeping You A Secret, by Julie Anne Peters
  • Out of the Shadows, by Sue Hines – Rowanna Preston, whose mother recently died in an accident, deals with her feelings about her mother’s sexuality, and the sexuality of her best friend.
  • Jinx, by Margaret Wild – Jinx is going through a hard time. Her boyfriend commits suicide and she is afraid to love anyone. This book is also about Jinx’s friends, including lesbian Connie.
  • Down to the Bone, by Mayra Lazara Dole – Described by lambdaliterary.org as “A fun and spicy Cuban-American coming-out love story that will sizzle and sparkle into your heart!”
  • Split Screen, by Brent Hartinger – lamdaliterary.org says “Split Screen explores priorities–what it means to be true to oneself and the tradeoffs people make—all built on a foundation of the importance of support from friends.”
  • Empress of The World, by Sara Ryan

Boys Who Like Boys:

  • Boy Meets Boys, by David Levithan
  • Hero, by Perry Moore – gay teen superhero saves the world!!

Trans Interest:

  • Parrotfish, by Ellen Wittlinger – What does it mean to be yourself when you don’t feel quite right with the gender you were born? (FTM theme)
  • Luna, by Julie Anne Peters – (MTF theme)

Middle School/Pre Teen:

  • Totally Joe, by James Howe – Described by lambdaliterary.org as “a warm and fun story about a totally out, totally loveable 13 year-old” .
  • So Hard to Say, by Alex Sanchez

Bi / Bi-Curious:

  • Split Screen, by Brent Hartinger – lamdaliterary.org says “Split Screen explores priorities–what it means to be true to oneself and the tradeoffs people make—all built on a foundation of the importance of support from friends.”
  • Empress of The World, by Sara Ryan

Non-Fiction:

  • Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Drag King Dreams, by Leslie Feinberg
  • As Nature Made Him: The boy who was raised a girl, by John Colapinto (good for the nurture / nature debate on gender, based on true events)