BGLT Books

Not bacon, lettuce & tomato…but books for bisexual, gay, lesbian & transgendered teens & their allies.

Fiction (in the Young Adult Area)

Bauer, Marion Dane. Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence.
Short stories about homosexuality, written by well-known YA writers such as Jane Yolen and William Sleator.

Block, Francesca Lia. Baby Be-Bop (and Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Missing Angel Juan).
Dirk and his family of friends struggle, love and laugh in sunny post-punk Los Angeles.

Block, Francesca Lia. Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories.
“Irving Rose had known for as long as he could remember that he wanted to be a girl.” (“Dragons in Manhattan”)

De Oliveira, Eddie. Lucky.
Sam, who enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing football, is sexually confused and wonders if he is gay or straight, since he's attracted to both girls and boys.

Ferris, Jean. Eight Seconds.
John’s experience at rodeo school gets a bit more complicated when he finds himself attracted to an older boy.

Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind.
The classic story of teenagers Liza and Annie, whose love triumphs over prejudice.

Hartinger, Brent. Split Screen.
Two books in one tell of sixteen-year-old friends Russel, who is gay, and Min, who is bisexual, as they face separate romantic troubles while working as extras on the set of a horror movie.

Homes, A.M. Jack.
Not only does Jack have divorced parents, a broken leg and an extreme case of vehicular phobia --now he finds out that his dad’s friend Bob is more than just a friend.

Kerr, M.E. Deliver Us From Evie.
Parr Burrman’s sister becomes their small town’s Most Famous Lesbian when she moves in with the banker’s daughter.

Jones, Carrie. Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend.
Belle is a high school junior who expects to marry her long-term boyfriend one day, until he tells her and their entire small Maine town that he is gay, and both face prejudice and violence even as they enter new relationships and try to remain friends.

Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy.
Paul meets Noah at the bookstore, and it's scary wonderful love at first sight.

Levithan, David. Wide Awake.
In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

Myracle, Lauren.  Kissing Kate. Y FICTION Myracle
Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.

Papademetriou, Lisa. M or F?
Gay teen Marcus helps his friend Frannie chat up her crush online, but then becomes convinced that the crush is falling for him instead.

Peters, Julie Anne. Keeping You a Secret.
As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.

Reynolds, Marilyn. Love Rules.
Spirit sisters stick together, but Hamilton High isn’t making it easy for Lynn to support Kit as she comes out of the closet.

Ryan, Sara. Empress of the World.
Nic isn’t sure if she’s bi or lesbian, but she does know that “Southern belle” Battle means a lot to her. 

Sanchez, Alex. Getting It.
Hoping to impress a sexy female classmate, fifteen-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him an image makeover, in exchange for Carlos's help in forming a Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys.
Kyle, Jason and Nelson are each in different stages of coming out – to themselves and to each other. But ultimately, love is at the heart of it all.

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow High. Y FICTION Sanchez 
Sequel to Rainbow Boys. Follows three gay high school seniors as they struggle with issues of coming out, safe sex, homophobia, being in love, and college choices.

Summer, Jane, ed. Not the Only One.
Collection of short stories by authors the likes of Brent Hartinger.

Winick, Judd. Green Lantern: Brother's Keeper. Y GRAPHIC NOV Winick
When Terry is beaten nearly to death by a gang of homophobic thugs, the Green Lantern must reconcile his role as humanity's protector with his revulsion for evil.

Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love.
In the process of writing his zine, John falls in love for the first time… with Marisol, a self-defined “Puerto Rican Yankee

Woodson, Jacqueline. The House You Pass On the Way.
Biracial Staggerlee begins to explore her racial and sexual identity during her fourteenth summer.


Call numbers 305.23, 305.906, 306.76; new books are in Young Adult Area.
If you can’t find a book that interests you or answers your questions, ask a librarian for help. All questions are confidential.

Bass, Ellen. Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth – and Their Allies. Y306.766
Tips for coming out at school, supporting a BGLT friend, dealing with harassment, and other issues.

Ford, Michael Thomas. OUTspoken: Role Models From the Gay and Lesbian Community. 305.9066
In interviews with successful lesbians and gay men, Ford shows the possibilities that the future holds, and debunks common myths about homosexuality. 

Friedman, Laurie S. Gay Marriage. Y306.848 Gay 
Presents a collection of essays that debate the subject of same-sex marriage, including its legality, terminologies, and relation to adoption.

Garden, Nancy. Hear Us Out!: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present. Y306.766 Garden 
Going decade by decade, Nancy Garden discusses the social and political issues faced by GLBT youth from 1950 to the present, and adds two stories about gay young people from each decade.

Huegel, Kelly.  GLBTQ: Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens  Y306.76 Huegel
Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens; offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups.

Levithan, David and Billy Merrell. The Full Spectrum: a New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identites. Y306.76 Full 
Youth write about their own experiences dealing with GLBTQ.

Marcus, Eric. What If Someone I Know Is Gay? 306.76
Great answers to those questions you, your friends, or your family may have.

Mastoon, Adam. The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Young People. Y305.23
Two-page photoessays of people in their teens and twenties; a quick and interesting read. Includes transgendered teens.

Rachel, T Cole and Rita D Costello. Bend, Don't Shatter. Y811 Bend
Poetry written by teens about sexual orientation, desire, and being homosexual.

Scholinski, Daphne. The Last Time I Wore A Dress. B/Scholinski
The true story of the author’s struggle to embrace her inner gender while held against her will in psychiatric hospitals.

Sonnie, Amy, ed. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology. Y810.8
Writing and artwork from LGBT youth with many different ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds.

September 2007



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