Celebrate LGBTQ+ Literature

June is Pride month, and to celebrate, we’d like to share some of the new LGBTQ+ literature which has been added to our shelves in the past year. Find these books in our catalog or on display in the Teen Space.

Fiction:
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (2016)
Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (2016)
Pen, who looks and acts like a boy, just wants to be the kind of girl she’s always been, but the people in her life have a problem with it. Old-world parents, faltering friendships, and strong feelings toward other girls lead Pen to see that, in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (2017)
Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship–but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father. A companion book to Openly Straight.

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn (2016)
A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (2016)
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (2017)
Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

Nonfiction:
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (2016)
Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings–named one of “The 25 most influential teens” of the year by Time–shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.

The ABC’s of LGBT by Ashley Mardell (2016)
In The ABC’s of LGBT+, Ashley Mardell, a beloved blogger and YouTube star, answers many of your questions about: lgbt and lgbt+, gender identity, sexual identity, teens in a binary world, the LGBT family, and more.

Graphic Novels:
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill (2016)
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, the two band together to defeat a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.

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