Below is a list of web resources pertaining to LGBTQ young adults which will be of value to educators, librarians, LGBTQ youth and the family members and friends who support them. Included are a variety of advocacy sites for teens, reading lists, interviews with authors of popular LGBTQ YA literature and book reviews. We hope that LGBTQ teens and their supporters will be able to use these sites in order to supplement their information needs.
Ambiente Joven. (2011). Dedicado principalmente a jóvenes. Accessed May 30, 2011 from www.ambientejoven.org.
A youth advocacy group for Spanish speaking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
American Library Association. (2011). Rainbow books bibliography. Accessed June 1, 2011 from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/rainbow/bibliographies.cfm.
Exceptional and highly recommended LGBTQ books.
American Library Association. (2011). Stonewall honor books in literature. Accessed June 1, 2011 from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/stonewall/honored/ index.cfm#2005.
Awards and honors for fiction and non-fiction titles.
Burner, J. A. (2009). Out and about: Gay teens live, love, and learn in young adult fiction. School Library Journal. Accessed May 28, 2011 from http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6667941.html.
Titles about sexual identity for teens pertaining to gay topics, such as coming out.
Cicchetti, C. (2010). WorldCat list of Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Winners and Honor Books. Accessed May 28, 2011 from http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/ccicchetti/lists/2181360.
A Stonewall Book Award list.
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. (2009). 2009 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Accessed June 1, 2011 from http://www4.uwm.edu/clacs/aa/pdf/aa09final.pdf.
An award list “recogni(zing) … U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected nonfiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.”
Dale Peck. (2011). News on Sprout. Accessed June 1, 2011 from http://dalepeck.com/2010/03/17/news-on-sprout/.
Dale Peck blog’s news updates about Sprout touring, award, and press response.
Denver Public Library. (2011). Denver Public Library 2011 Rainbow list: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning books for teens. Accessed May 28, 2011 from http://teens.denverlibrary.org/find/genre/glbtq.html.
2011 reading list of new publications for GLBTQ.
GAY YA. (2011). The ultimate gay reading list. Accessed June 3, 2011 from http://www.gayya.org/?page_id=13.
Gay reading list from tweeted suggestions.
Good Lesbian Books. (2011). 14th annual Lambda Literary Awards winners and finalists. Accessed June 1, 2011 from http://www.goodlesbianbooks.com/2011/05/14th-annual-lambda-literary-awards-2001.html.
Categorized list of publications by genre and separated by gay, lesbian, general LGBT, transgender/bisexual, and small press labels.
The Horn Book. (2011). GLBTQ fiction. Accessed June 3, 2011 from http://www.hbook.com/resources/books/glbtq.asp.
The books listed received a 3 rating or better in the Horn Book Guide. Suggested grade level for all titles is 7 and up (YA), unless otherwise noted.
Human Rights Campaign. (2011). Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.hrc.org/.
“The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.”
Integrity USA. (2011). Working for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.integrityusa.org/.
An Episcopal Church led website and non-profit organization gathering resources for LGBT members wanting to be included in that faith.
JQYouth. (2011). Jewish? Orthodox? Gay? You are not alone! Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.jqyouth.org/.
Site designed for “social/support group made up of frum/formerly frum* gay, lesbian, bi, and trans Jews ages 17-30.”
Kunhardt, J. and Carr, A. (2010). 13 great books for gay teens. Huffington Post. Accessed May 28, 2011 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/19/13-great-books-for-gay-te_n_649606.html#s114142&title=The_Arizona_Kid.
New and classic list of GLBTQ books.
Lambda Literary. (2003). The finalists for 2003. Accessed June 3, 2011 from http://www.elizabethsims.com/lambdalit2003/finalists.html.
LGBTQ literature awards site – Chosen “from hundreds of books nominated by their publishers and other authorized agents, five nominees were selected in each of 20 categories.”
Lambda Literary. Young adult. Accessed May 28, 2011 from http://www.lambdaliterary.org/category/reviews/ya/.
Archived list of LGBTQ young adult books with reviews and comments.
Martin Wilson Writes. (2011). Praises for What They Always Tell Us. Accessed June 4, 2011 from http://martinwilsonwrites.com/quotes.php.
Excerpted blurbs from publications reviewing What They Always Tell Us (novel).
National Book Foundation. (2007). 2004 National Book Award Finalist: Young People’s literature: Julie Anne Peters. Accessed June 1, 2011 from: http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2004_jpeters.htm.
A feature on author, Julie Anne Peters and her novel, Luna.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition. (2011). Building a generation of impact. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.nyacyouth.org/#.
An advocacy and support group “for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.”
Oasis Journals. (2011). A writing community of queer and questioning youth. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.oasisjournals.com/.
Interviews, reviews, and blog rants by LGBTQ youth and topics of interest to them.
PFLAG Canada. (2009). Books worth reading. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.pflagcanada.ca/en/linksframe-e.asp?linksframe=books-e.asp.
List of books “most read, re-read, bought and borrowed by PFLAG Canada members.”
Sanchez, A. (2010). 10 outstanding LGBT teen reads (from the last 10 years). Lambda Literary. Accessed June 3, 2011 from http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/03/08/10-outstanding-lgbt-teen-books-from-the-last-ten-years/.
List and short remarks on books recommended by author, Alex Sanchez.
Sanchez, A. (2010). It gets better – Alex Sanchez – Author [Video file]. Accessed June 5, 2011 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuecrYUMis.
A campaign by prominent figures in literature and media to encourage and reassure LGBTQ (queer or questioning) youths.
Sanchez, A. Rainbow Boys, Bait, and other novels about love and friendship – for teens and adults. Accessed June 4, 2011 from http://www.alexsanchez.com/default.asp.
Author Alex Sanchez’s web site, with information about his books, coming out, spirituality, writing advice, and links to additional resources.
School Library Journal. (2010). ALA Creates Prize for Gay Literature For Youth.” School Library Journal. Accessed May 28, 2011 from http://www.libraryjournal.com/slj/home/887607-312/ala_creates_prize_for_gay.html.csp.
Press release about the founding of the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.
Transsexuality. (2009). What it is, how it exists, what to do about it, and even some thoughts about the why of it too. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.transsexual.org/.
“A site about gender dysphoria, and all the complexities surrounding it.”
Whelan, D. L. (2006). Out and ignored.i School Library Journal. Accessed May 29, 2011 from http://www.libraryjournal.com/slj/articlesteens/864183-353/out_and_ignored.html.csp.
Teens are interviewed about their coming out experiences. Links and online resources are included.
YALSA. (2006). Popular paperbacks for young adults. Accessed June 3, 2011 from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/ booklistsawards/popularpaperback/annotations/ppya06.cfm.
YALSA reading list which includes a section on LGBTQ literature.
Young Gay America Magazine. (2011). Ygamag. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.ygamag.com/.
A magazine which “promote(s) community, information, and empowerment by and for gay youth.”
Youth Resource. (2011). Amplify. Accessed May 30, 2011 from http://www.amplifyyourvoice.org/youthresource.
“Holistic” site for sexual health and matters of interest to LGBTQ young people.