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7 Days at the Hot Corner

Offering a unique perspective, this novel shows the adjustment process of a straight teenage boy whose best friend has just come out to him.

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A Perfect Snow

When 17-year-old Ben and his 16-year-old brother David move to rural Montana trailer park after their father loses his job, their anger and resentment lead them to join a White-supremacy group whose intolerance is directed towards Jews, gays, and racial groups. At first both boys feel empowered by the escalating acts of vandalism encouraged by the hate group. But over time the brothers drift apart as Ben begins to question the group's beliefs and values, while David becomes even more embroiled in the group's violent activities.

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A Vigil for Joe Rose: Stories of Being Out in High School

The fictional notebooks belonging to Joe Rose, a young gay man killed in 1989 by a gang of hateful young men, is the thread that stitches together the stories of seven out gay high school students in Montreal.

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Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence

In this first ever collection of lesbian and gay young adult (YA) short stories, sixteen well-known YA authors explore what it means to be gay or lesbian.

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Angry Management

Anger and rage, both internal and external, provide the common thread for three stories dealing with high school injustice, being black, gay, overweight, or simply a high school student.

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Annie on My Mind

In this lesbian young adult literature classic, seventeen-year-old Liza falls in love with Annie and their relationship faces many obstacles.

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Ask the Passengers

There's only one thing Astrid Jones can do when a growing attraction to her co-worker Dee becomes too big and too confusing: send her love to airplane passengers flying overhead while she tries to figure out who she is down here on the ground.

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Baby Be-Bop

In this prequel to Weetzie Bat, sixteen-year-old Los Angeles teen Dirk MacDonald knows he's gay but isn't ready to tell anyone else, even his beloved grandma Fifi. But after the ghosts of his late father and other relatives visit him in his dreams, he begins to understand the importance of self-acceptance.

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Blue Coyote

While searching for his buddy Tito, 17-year-old Alex Beekman not only learns the reasons behind his best friend's disappearance but also comes to accept some hidden truths about himself.

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Blue is the Warmest Color

This graphic novel, which explores the growing relationship between Clementine, a high school student, and Emma, a blue-haired art student, delivers a more powerful and poignant story than the award-winning film of the same name.

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Boyfriends with Girlfriends

The tale of a quadrangle of relationships between Sergio, Lance, Allie, and Kimoko-one bisexual, one questioning, one gay, and one lesbian-and how their loves affect their interwoven friendships.

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Chulito: A Novel

After sharing a secret with his best friend, a Latino teen's ideas about what it really means to be a man are challenged. Should he play 'straight' and keep his standing among his peers in the neighborhood, or come out and be his true self?

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Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Stephen Shulevitz has three months to go before his high school graduation, when he’s faced with the end of the world–realizing he’s in love with very straight and very homophobic best friend. With only a few months left to go in his small town, Stephen tries to figure out who he is and who he wants to be.

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Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

Stories of coming out and finding acceptance from 40 Americans--many of them activists and politicians--show that attitude, not homosexuality--is the problem in our society.

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Crossover

Sixteen-year-old Kyle gets caught in the middle between his basketball team and drama club when he opts to join both and re-establishes an old friendship with Luke, who is the frequent target of gay-baiting.

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Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division

As a founding member of the Pansy Divison, the first out punk band to make it on the national scene, the author describes his coming-out experience and adventures in the homophobic music industry.

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Deliver Us from Evie

Sixteen year old Parr Burrman narrates this story about how his sister Evie's lesbianism affects his family and their small Midwestern rural community.

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Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories

These interlinking short stories take place in the magical land of Massasoit, a region inhabited by unusual characters who do not fit traditional gender roles.

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Don't Let Me Go

When Adam moves to New York to follow his dreams, Nate's belief about their one true love is put to the test not only by the distance, but Adam's roommates, the harassment in school, and a new boy at school who looks for more than just friendship.

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Down to the Bone

After sixteen-year-old Laura is outed at school, kicked out of her home, and rejected by her girlfriend, she finds herself and her community in this hilarious debut novel with an all-Latino cast.

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Freak Show

Outrageously over-the-top teen "Gender Obscurist" Billy Bloom, a new student at the very conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy, finds that life is not easy for him among the rich white students with their brutal homophobia.

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Freaks and Revelations

Actual events inspired this narrative of two teens -- Jason, a gay thirteen-year-old surviving on the streets after being rejected by his family, and Doug, a seventeen-year-old skinhead punk rocker--as their lives intersect in a violent hate crime that forever changes them.

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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

His mother's revelation that she is in love with a woman (and a white one at that) shakes thirteen-year-old Melanin Sun's worldview, causing him to question all his beliefs about identity, sexuality, and race.

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Gay America: Struggle for Equality

Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book on the topic published specifically for teens. Profusely illustrated with period photographs, first-person accounts offer insight as each chapter identifies an important era. From the Gay '20s to the Kinsey study, from the McCarthy witch hunts to the Beat generation, from Stonewall to disco, and from AIDS to gay marriage and families, this overview gives a balanced look at how queer men and women have lived, worked, played--and fought to overcome prejudice and discrimination--for the past 125 years.--From publisher description

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Getting It

Hoping to impress a sexy female classmate, 15-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him an image makeover in exchange for Carlos's helping to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.

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God Loves Hair

Vignettes tell the tale of Vivek, a young man who struggles with his sexuality, preferring to wear his mother's beautiful sari and lipstick. He endures physical, emotional and verbal abuse in school, only to be saved by his faith... when things are bad during the week, he knows that Sunday will come and no matter what, his gods love him and appreciate all that he is.

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Good Moon Rising

Jan's senior year in high school is not what she expected. She lost the starring role in the school play to the new girl. She has to take on directing responsibilities when her teacher becomes ill. And she's discovered she's a lesbian.

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Gotham Central: Half a Life

Police detective Renee Montoya's secret lesbian life, which she must keep from not only her co-workers but also her family, puts her in great danger when she is implicated in a murder and her main defender is the psychopathic criminal Two-Face.

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Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia

Twenty teens from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds give personal accounts of gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, transsexual, and questioning young adult experiences.

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Holly's Secret

When she moves from Manhattan to rural Massachusetts and starts middle school, eleven-year-old Holly reinvents her life, deciding to change her name to Yvette and hide the fact that her two moms are lesbians.

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Homophobia: From Social Stigma to Hate Crimes

Part of the 15 volume Gallup Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle Series, this book discusses homophobia and its role in hate crimes. It also looks at ways to overcome homophobia.

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Homosexuality Around the World: Safe Havens, Cultural Challenges

Part of the 15 volume Gallup's Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle Series, this book surveys global attitudes towards and treatment of LGBT people, with a particular focus on Canada and Mexico.

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If You Could Be Mine

Sahar and Nasrin are two women in love with each other whose lives are complicated by the fact that they live in Iran, where homosexuality is forbidden. When Nasrin's parents arrange for her to be married to a handsome doctor, Sahar comes up with a risky plan to save their relationship.

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In Our Mothers' House

Although Marmee , Meema, and their three kids have a happy home life with many similarities to their neighbor's experiences -- dinnertime, fooling around, getting ready for parties -- some in their community can see only the differences.

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It's Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Azure has gone public with her objections to her school's senior prom: too expensive, too exclusive, too heterosexual. When the principal challenges Azure and her friends to take charge of the planning committee, they jump into the task--and the accompanying headaches--of planning an inclusive prom.

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Keeping You a Secret

Holland Jaeger, student council president and academic overachiever, has always tried to live up to others' expectations. But when she meets transfer student Cecelia "Cece" Goddard, her well-ordered life is turned upside down.

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Kicked Out

Homeless LGBTQ youth share their stories of surviving on the streets and finding places of sanctuary in creating their own chosen families and community.

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Kiss

Sylvie has always imagined spending her life with her best friend, Carl, first as a couple and then as husband and wife. As she realizes Carl is gay and will never really become her boyfriend, she must reconsider her feelings and her friendship with him.

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Let's Get this Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents

Reaching out through the voices of youth in GLBTQ households, this handbook gives kids the tools to deal with the uniqueness of living with LGBTQ parents, including how to deal with the bigotry and hatred of others, overcoming discrimination, and building self-esteem.

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Love Rules

After spending the summer in San Francisco, Lynn's best friend Kit decides to come out at school. Although Lynn is supportive of her friend's decision, there are many students who are not and Kit faces harassment and bullying.

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Magic and Misery

With frank discussions of relationships and sex, both straight and gay, Toni Jo, who befriends new student Pan (short for Pansy) in the hopes that he will be her boyfriend, gives a humorous portrayal of high school life.

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Moon at Nine

Farrin and Sadira fall in love but post-revolutionary Iran’s draconian laws declare homosexuality deviant and punishable by death. The girls soon find they can trust no one but themselves.

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Mousetraps

Maxie's a cartoonist. Rick's a design genius. Back in grade school, they used to come up with crazy inventions, like mousetraps with a zillion parts. But high school is nothing like child's play. The traps Maxie and Rick encounter now are a lot more complicated and a lot more dangerous (from the author's website)

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My Father's Scar

College freshman Andy Logan reflects on events in his past life set against the loneliness and isolation he felt growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a homophobic town.

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My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer

Twelve-year-old June dislikes her mother's new partner Eva and is dismayed when the two adults plan to marry. When a movement to repeal Vermont's civil union law exposes the family to bitter homophobia June discovers an inner courage that surprises her family, her community, and herself.

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Name Me Nobody

Fourteen-year-old Emi-Lou Kaya feels hurt and abandoned when her best friend Von (short for Yvonne) starts a lesbian relationship with their softball teammate, Babe.

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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

On the day thirteen-year-old Joe Schwartz came out at school, his mother came home to find him in the bathroom, having attempted suicide. With Joe's help, his father weaves together the family's story and the statistics behind the failure of schools to protect LGBTQ students.

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Of All The Stupid Things

When Tara learns that her boyfriend may be gay, she is devastated. But then, when she finds herself attracted to a new girl, Riley, she is forced to examine her own sexuality.

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Orphea Proud

A lyrical story about Orphea Proud, a seventeen-year-old poet/performance artist who shares her experiences with an audience as she talks about love, loss, and life.

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Out

Canadian teenager Alex must confront his latent homophobia when his younger brother comes out to him.

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Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents

A collection of essays by teen and adult children of gay, lesbian, and transgender parents, this book touches on several complex issues, including dealing with a parent's sexuality while developing an identity of one's own, overcoming homophobia at school or social gatherings, and redefining the family.

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Out of the Pocket

Bobby's skills as a top high-school quarterback also serve him well off the field when he is outed in the school newspaper and deals with the consequences in an honest and realistic way.

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Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens

Demystifying queer issues for all teens, GLBTQ or not, this straightforward book gives answers to many topics facing youth today, from how to know if you're queer to coming out, from dealing with queerphobia to relationships.

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Saints of Augustine

Two formerly best friends, Sam and Charlie, become estranged when Sam ends their friendship without explanation. The events leading up to this situation and the resulting fall out are told from each boy's perspective.

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Say the Word

The "perfect" Shawna Gallagher finds her life turned upside down when she turns 17, her estranged lesbian mother dies, and she discovers a family in the mother's partner and two sons, a family that her controlling father tries to destroy.

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Shine

After her once-best friend, Patrick, falls victim to a vicious hate crime and neither local nor federal law enforcement seems interested finding the culprits, Cat sets out to discover who in her town could have hated Patrick enough to have beaten him and left him for dead.

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Soames on the Range

When his father comes out, Cisco is suspended from school for fighting and then accused of putting old man Patterson into a coma. For his own protection, his parents send the non-violent, budding gourmet chef to live with his uncle on a dude ranch in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

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Sunday You Learn How to Box

In the late 1960s, 14-year-old Louis Bowman, who lives in a Connecticut housing project, deals with his dysfunctional family as he comes out.

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Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

Lucas and Tessa have been friends forever, and now Lucas realizes they are something more - until his prom invitation is Tessa's cue to come out to him, and put the entire town on notice that she wants a date of her own.

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The Center of the World

Seventeen-year-old Phil navigates his complicated family dynamics and his first sexual relationship in a lyrical novel first published in Germany.

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The Drowning of Stephan Jones

While her mother, a librarian, struggles with a citizens' group whose aim is to ban all "anti-Christian" books from the library, 16-year-old Carla must deal with her own problems when her boyfriend, Andy, starts harassing Stephan Jones and Frank Montgomery, the gay couple who own a local antiques store.

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The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities

This collection of 40 essays and poetry from a wide variety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning teens and young adults ranging in age from 13 to 23 shows the complexity of contemporary LGBTQ life.

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The Last Exit to Normal

Ben Campbell and his family move to rural Montana where Ben absolutely does not fit in and finds it harder to deal with having two dads than he did in their previous urban home.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

When Cam's conservative aunt discovers her niece is a lesbian, she sends Cam to God's Promise, a church camp that promises to "cure" young people of their homosexuality. Cam's engaging voice tells her story with wry humor, intelligence, and a strong sense of place in eastern Montana.

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The Misfits

Tired of bullying and harassment, four seventh graders decide to run for their middle school student council with a platform targeted at stamping out name calling. This book is the inspiration behind GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) "No Name Calling Week."

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The Whole World Was Watching: Living in the Light of Matthew Shepard

An autobiographical book by Romaine Patterson, best friend of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was the victim of a hate crime near Laramie, Wyoming. Homophobic Baptist minister Fred Phelps and his followers planned to picket Matthew's funeral with signs reading, "Matt burns in hell." Romaine countered by creating seven-foot angel wings that she and her friends wore, effectively blocking the protesters from view. Romaine went on to become an activist, and this book discusses her journey.

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The World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community

Written in the 1990s, this book was one of the first guides to address issues after coming out such as fitting in to the lesbian and gay community and choosing colleges and careers.

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Tillmon County Fire

Eight teens give their perspectives about an anti-gay hate crime that ignites fear, homophobia, grief, and loss.

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Tilt

Sixteen-year-old Shane, in love with HIV-positive Alex, is one of three teens sharing their fears and whispered secrets as they navigate life's toughest decisions.

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Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath

Eleventh-grader Mitchell's life suddenly changes when his best friend David comes out of the closet.

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Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth

Originally published in 1983 as *One Teenager in Ten* about a third of this revised edition consists of new contributions. Each of the autobiographical narratives, penned by young people ranging in age from 12 to 24, relates their experiences in coming to terms with their sexual orientation.

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Way to Go

Seventeen-year-old high school junior Danny looks forward to a relaxing summer vacation with his two best friends, but a run-in with the local police has his mother insisting he find a summer job. Work in the new restaurant in town brings friendship with Lisa, a tattooed free spirit who helps him accept his true self.

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What They Always Tell Us

Isolated and unsure of his place in his family and at school after an attempted suicide Alex is encouraged to try out for cross-country by his brother's friend, Nathen, and discovers more than just a supportive teammate.

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