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Hey everyone,

So I am starting a project. I am compiling a list of Young Adult fiction (that includes picture books, middle grade, teen, and everything in between) that contains gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/intersex/asexual/queer themes. I realize that doesn't cover everything, so please feel free to correct me.

So I need your help, internet. Do you know of any YA/children's books that contain queer themes or characters? Please tell me about them!
What I need from you: Title; Author; Genre (if you know it); Age Group (if you know it); Kind of Queer Content (if you know it).

Please pass this on. I haven't found any list that is comprehensive and accessible enough to be useful. Our youth need it. And I am sure that there are many of us who would find it useful.


The list so far:

    The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
    Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
    The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
    Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
    Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
    Will Grayson & Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Greene
    Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin
    (Re)Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin
    Ash by Melinda Lo
    Runaways by Brian K. Vaughn
    Tithe by Holly Black
    Ironside by Holly Black
    Luna by Julie Anne Peters
    Rage by Julie Anne Peters
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
    Top Ten by Alan Moore
    Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
    Warchild by Karin Lowachee
    Cagebird by Karin Lowachee
    Am I Blue? Edited by Marion Dane Bauer (includes Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville)
    The Year they Burned the Books by Nancy Garden
    Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
    Good Moon Rising by Nancy Garden

Date: 2010-12-12 09:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson slice of life/coming of age contemporary fiction aimed at teenaged girls. Has lesbian/bisexual content.

Date: 2010-12-12 09:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] contrarywise
Hi there, I'm here from [personal profile] iambickilometer's journal. I'm a long-time fan and reader of children's and YA lit, so I love the idea of your list. You've made a good start, but a lot of the work has already been done by others, especially in the area of teen YA books.

First, there's I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I read? While it may not be the easiest resource to navigate, it's got a lot of queer teen books already listed and reviewed. There's also QueerYA and this huge queer YA bibliography to check out. A Web search for "gay children's literature" turns up several more Web pages covering kid's books with gay characters and queer-related topics.

Date: 2010-12-13 12:49 am (UTC)
contrarywise: Captain Jack Harkness, smiling (Smile!)
From: [personal profile] contrarywise
You're welcome, I'm glad to be of help.

Are you also looking for online fiction recs?

Date: 2010-12-12 11:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] torachan
Alex Sanchez: Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, Rainbow Road, So Hard to Say, Getting It, The God Box, Bait [high school; mostly gay male, though one (Rainbow Road) has a transgender girl briefly]

Julie Anne Peters: Keeping You a Secret (this and Luna are the only ones I've read by her, but check Amazon; some of her others may have queer characters, too) [high school; lesbian]

Lois-Ann Yamanaka: Name Me Nobody [jr high/high school; lesbian]

Ellen Wittlinger: Parrotfish (I believe she may have written others as well; she had a blog post where she whined about being discriminated against by the Lamdas as a straight author) [high school; transgender (ftm)]

Tanuja Desai Hidier: Born Confused (protagonist is straight, but there are queer supporting characters) [high school; lesbian & transgender (mtf)]

Shyam Selvadurai: Swimming in the Monsoon Sea [gay male]

As for genre, all are just real life growing up stories.

Date: 2010-12-12 11:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] esmenet
Guardian of the Dead; Karen Healey; (haven't read far enough to straightforwardly tell you the genre); Teen; Asexual character -- the only one I can think of offhand.

Date: 2010-12-13 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello, I'm here from Iambic's LJ. I'm a YA Librarian at a public library,so this is a subject I'm very interested in. Off the top of my head I can think of --

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, Realistic Fiction/High School Romance, Transgender MtF

Hero by Perry Moore, Superhero Novel, Main Character is a Gay Teenage Superhero

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Based on a true story about penguins at the Central Park zoo, Two Male penguins hatch and raise and egg together

In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco, picture book grades 1-4, Families, A sweet story about the home life of a lesbian couple and their three adopted kids

Young Avengers by Allan Heinburg, Marvel Superhero Comic Book/collected into graphic novel form, Two boys on the team are a couple (has a great 'coming out' scene with one of the boy's parents)

As I think of more I'll come back and add them to the list.

Date: 2010-12-13 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] indywind
How Beautiful The Ordinary,edited by Michael Cart, teen, lesbigaytrans

Date: 2010-12-30 09:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Tanya Huff's Keeper Trilogy: "Summon The Keeper", "The Second Summoning" and "A Long Hot Summoning."

I love them because one of the major characters is gay and it's not treated as anything major at all. It's not an issue or a huge plot-point; that's just the flavour that she happens to fancy. In the third book, she's the main character and her love interest is a girl. No big deal.

I wish real life were more like that.



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