Best Teen & Young Adult LGBT Issues Books
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1. They Called Us Enemy
Author: by George Takei
Top Shelf Productions
New York Times Bestseller! A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon – and America itself – in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father’s – and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.
In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.
They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.
2. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Author: by Dashka Slater
A New York Times BestsellerStonewall Book Award WinnerMike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature AwardYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school.
Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment.
The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
3. Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective)
Author: by Alok Vaid-Menon
Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space.Space to think.Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us. “Thank God we have Alok. And I’m learning a thing or two myself.”-Billy Porter, Emmy award-winning actor, singer, and Broadway theater performer “When reading this book, all I feel is kindness.”-Sam Smith, Grammy and Oscar award-winning singer and songwriter “Beyond the Gender Binary will give readers everywhere the feeling that anything is possible within themselves”-Princess Nokia, musician and co-founder of the Smart Girl Club”A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change.”- Kirkus Reviews, starred review”An affirming, thoughtful read for all ages.” – School Library Journal, starred reviewIn Beyond the Gender Binary, poet, artist, and LGBTQIA+ rights advocate Alok Vaid-Menon deconstructs, demystifies, and reimagines the gender binary.
Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. In this installment, Beyond the Gender Binary, Alok Vaid-Menon challenges the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color.
4. All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto
Author: by George M. Johnson
An Amazon Best Book of the Year optioned for television by Gabrielle Union! In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.
Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy.
Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.
5. Gender Identity Workbook for Teens
Author: by Andrew Maxwell Triska LCSW
Supportive exercises and advice for teens exploring gender identity Discover more about who you are and who you might want to become. Whether you’ve been pondering big feelings and questions about your gender, or you’re just a little curious about it, the Gender Identity Workbook for Teens is an interactive workbook that will walk you through what gender identity actually is.
You’ll learn that there are endless ways to express yourself and that there’s no right or wrong way to identify. Try out writing prompts, quizzes, and activities that will help you organize and understand your thoughts about your identity, along with practical advice for talking about your gender, determining new names and pronouns, and getting involved with supportive communities both in real life and online.
Find the right languageGet clear, detailed information on gender identities across all spectrums, including nonbinary, nonconforming, cisgender, transgender, genderqueer, agender, and more. Real examplesRead reassuring stories from real teens about their experiences with gender identity, plus a practical Q&A section for handling everyday scenarios you might encounter.
6. The ABC's of LGBT+: (Gender Identity Book for Teens, Teen & Young Adult LGBT Issues)
Author: by Ashley Mardell
Seeking a Deeper Understanding of Gender Identity? Ash Hardell’s The ABC’s of LGBT+ serves as a powerful tool for those that might be questioning their own identity, as well as for those seeking a deeper knowledge. Everyone Is Gay#1 Best Seller in Transgender Studies, Bisexuality, and Sexuality & PregnancyThe ABCs of LGBT+ is a #1 Bestselling LGBT book and is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity.
Ash Hardell (formerly Ashley Mardell), a beloved blogger and YouTube star, answers your questions about:LGBT and LGBT+Gender identityGender dysphoriaTeens in a binary worldThe LGBT familyAnd moreUnderstanding gender identity and gender dysphoria. The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights.
The overturning of DOMA, the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office, and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO have advanced LGBT awareness and understanding.
7. The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity
Author: by Rylan Jay Testa PhD
This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers. If you are a transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) teen, you may experience unique challenges with identity and interpersonal relationships. In addition to experiencing common teen challenges such as body changes and peer pressure, you may be wondering how to express your unique identity to others.
The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities from evidence-based therapiessuch as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression.
Despite outdated beliefs, gender no longer implies being simply male or female, but rather a whole spectrum of possibilities. This fun, engaging workbook is designed specifically for teens like you who want to explore the concept of gender and gender identity and expressionwhether you already identify as TGNC or are simply questioning your gender identity.
8. Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality
Author: by Preston Sprinkle
In today’s world, the topic of homosexuality seems to be part of daily conversation in the media, in politics, and even inside churches, with pressure to accept one view or the other. And if you’re a Christian teen, you may feel overwhelmed by the opinions.
New York Times bestselling author Dr. Preston Sprinkle has encountered these same questions, and as a theologian and a college professor he has dealt with these issues firsthand. Through honest conversation, real-life examples, and biblical research, Dr. Sprinkle unpacks what we can know to be true, and how Scripture’s overall message to us today allows us to move forward and find answers that align with God’s intent.
Living in a Gray World explores with readers:Homosexuality and other related issues, such as what it means to identify as transgender and intersexWhat the Bible says about homosexualityHow to cultivate a heart for peopleDr. Sprinkle shares biblical truth and compassion about this important topic.
This book isn’t just for straight students, it’s for all students looking for information and guidance. Living in a Gray World is also an educational book that parents can read and discuss with their children.
9. A Queer History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People)
Author: by Richie Chevat
Named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 by School Library JournalQueer history didn’t start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.
It is crucial for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to know their history. But this history is not easy to find since it’s rarely taught in schools or commemorated in other ways. A Queer History of the United States for Young People corrects this and demonstrates that LGBTQ people have long been vital to shaping our understanding of what America is today.
Through engrossing narratives, letters, drawings, poems, and more, the book encourages young readers, of all identities, to feel pride at the accomplishments of the LGBTQ people who came before them and to use history as a guide to the future.
The stories he shares include those of* Indigenous tribes who embraced same-sex relationships and a multiplicity of gender identities. Emily Dickinson, brilliant nineteenth-century poet who wrote about her desire for women. Gladys Bentley, Harlem blues singer who challenged restrictive cross-dressing laws in the 1920s.
10. A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Author: by Archie Bongiovanni
A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns.”A great, simple look at the importance of using correct pronouns; extremely accessible to those for whom gender-neutral language is a new concept.” School Library Journal (starred review) Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns.
Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them.
They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!
2018 Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year – Teen Nonfiction Publishers Weekly Favorite Reads of 2018 Autostraddle 20 Best LGBTQ Graphic Novels of 2018
11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: by Stephen Chbosky
Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. Passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing.
All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends.
The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
12. Queer, 2nd Edition: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens
Author: by Kathy Belge
Zest Books ™
Teen life is hard enough, but for teens who are LGBTQ, it can be even harder. When do you decide to come out? Will your friends accept you? And how do you meet people to date? Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBTQ teens come out to friends and family, navigate their social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and challenge bigotry and homophobia.
Personal stories from the authors and sidebars on queer history provide relatable context. This completely revised and updated edition is a must-read for any teen who thinks they might be queer or knows someone who is. “A delightful collection of trustworthy and accurate information that tweens and teens need today, all told in a sort of quirky, sometimes goofy, and always approachable tone…
A fun, easy to read, and occasionally hilarious guide that should be available on a shelf in every high school library.” Diane Anderson-Minshall, Editorial Director, The Advocate magazine “Not every queer kid has easy access to a family member, teacher, counselor, or friend who can help them through the coming-out process.
13. This Book Is Gay
Author: by Juno Dawson
Published at: Sourcebooks Fire; 1st edition (June 2, 2015)
The bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender!Lesbian.Gay.Bisexual.Transgender.Queer.Straight.Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.
There’s a long-running joke that, after “coming out,” a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL.You’re welcome. Inside you’ll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask, with topics like: Stereotypes the facts and fiction Coming out as LGBT Where to meet people like you The ins and outs of gay sex Stereotypes the facts and fiction How to flirt And so much more!
This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s like to grow up LGBTQ also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations. You will be entertained. You will be informed.
14. Blackout: The new blockbuster YA romance fiction novel of summer 2021
Author: by Dhonielle Clayton
The irresistible blockbuster YA romance of summer 2021 by six of the biggest voices in YA, as featured on ITV News. Perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Netflix’s Let it Snow and Bolu Babalola’s Love in Colour. Six top authors, including Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give, come together to write a moving story of black teenage love.
Perfect for bringing a taste of romance and American city life to your staycation’ The Times’Blackout is our love letter to love, to New York City, and to Black teens. Our reminder to them that their stories, their joy, their love is valid and worthy of being spotlighted.’ Dhonielle Clayton.
When a heatwave plunges New York City into darkness, sparks fly for thirteen teenagers caught up in the blackout.A first meeting.Long-time friends.Bitter exes. And maybe the beginning of something newWhen the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendship transforms and new possibilities take flight.
Six of today’s biggest stars of the YA world, Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, bring all the electricity of love to a collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales that shine the brightest light through the dark.
15. Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens (Queerfully and Wonderfully Made Guides, 1)
Author: by Leigh Finke
Are you LGBTQ+?Not sure? Whether you’re queer or questioning, understanding sexuality and gender identity can be confusing. And if you’re a Christian, questions of identity can be even scarier. Is there something wrong with you? Will your friends accept you?
When should you tell your family?What about church? Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens has answers to all these questions and more. You’ll get insight and support from an amazing group of LGBTQ+ professionals, as well as testimonies from young adult queer Christians who’ve recently been exactly where you are.
You’ll walk away with a lot of answers, prepared with tools to help. But most importantly, you’ll hear the good news: God loves you exactly as you are. No matter your identity or where in your journey of self-discovery you find yourself, you got this.
16. The Things We Don't See
Author: by Savannah Brown
Penguin (June 24, 2021)
The new gripping YA thriller from online sensation Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets, Graffiti, and Sweetdark. Perfect for fans of Karen McManus, Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.
When fledgling singer Roxy Raines vanishes from the tiny resort of Sandown, the island’s locals refuse to talk about it to any outsiders, dismissing Roxy as a teenage runaway. Thirty years later, seventeen-year-old Mona Perry is convinced there’s something more sinister at play.
Armed with a suitcase and a microphone – to record her findings for her podcast’s listeners – the troubled teen is on a deadline: one hot summer is all she has to get to the bottom of Roxy’s story. But as Mona gets drawn into the strange goings on of this isolated community, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems.
Least of all Mona’s own past, and the disappearance of someone else, someone much closer to her… How far will she go to uncover the truth? Praise for The Things We Don’t See:’A propulsive mystery driven by beautifully raw narration …