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Anger Is a Gift by
Publication Date: 2018-05-22
Moss Jeffries is many things--considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else--someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn't become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. And most of all, he wishes he didn't feel so stuck. Moss can't even escape at school--he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations--it seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals. Something will have to change--but who will listen to a group of teens? When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Three years ago, Tanner Scott's family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah. But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High's prestigious Seminar--where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester--Tanner can't resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity. It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.
At the Edge of the Universe by
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since the second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town--and then Tommy vanished. More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie. Ozzie doesn't know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon he suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking. When Ozzie is paired up with the reclusive and secretive Calvin for a physics project, it's hard for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy. But Ozzie knows there isn't much time left to find Tommy--that once the door closes, it can't be opened again. And he's determined to keep it open as long as possible.
Don't Let Me Go by
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his at high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real heart-pounding relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. But when Adam graduates and takes an off-Broadway job in New York, that certainty begins to flicker.
Dumb Jock by
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
When Jeff Irwin is asked to tutor the town's high school football hero, they find that their relationship proves more challenging than any tutoring session. A six book series.
Fan Art by
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
Jamie Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in his art class are determined to help them get together. Telling the truth could ruin Jamie and Mason's friendship, but it could also mean a chance at happiness. Falling in love is easy, except when it's not, and Jamie must decide if coming clean to Mason is worth facing his worst fear.
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
Seventeen-year-old Brendan, a star wrestler and video game aficionado, must face the fact that despite his best efforts he isn't as hyper-masculine as he feels he needs to be. Acceptance of his gender fluidity will prove to be his greatest challenge. Told from three viewpoints, Freakboy details Brendan's struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while his girlfriend Vanessa and a transgender acquaintance, Angel, try to help.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by
Publication Date: 2017-06-27
Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty's reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Girls Like Me by
Publication Date: 2017-11-01
Sixteen-year-old queer-identified Banjo Logan wakes up groggy in a juvenile mental ward. She realizes that the clueless therapist and shiny psychiatrist can't help her come to terms with her genderqueer boy/girlfriend's suicide, much less help her decide what to do with the fetus that's growing inside her or answers the question of why she cuts. She's befriended by two fellow patients--a strange and slightly manic queer girl and a shy, gay boy disowned by his born-again Christian parents. Girls Like Me is the a powerful coming of age story of a pregnant gay teenager who realizes that friends may make the best medicine.
The House You Pass on the Way by
Publication Date: 2010-11-11
A lyrical coming-of-age story from a three-time Newbery Honor winning author Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.
I'll Give You the Sun by
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else; an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world.
I Am J by
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.
If I Lie by
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
Quinn's done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her Marine boyfriend who is on duty in Afghanistan. And she got caught. But Quinn didn't cheat. She could clear her name, but that would mean revealing a secret she's vowed to keep, a secret that isn't hers to share -- that her military boyfriend is gay. Then Carey goes MIA, and Quinn must decide how far she'll go to protect her boyfriend... and her promise.
If I Was Your Girl by
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
As the new girl in school, Amanda just wants to fit in with the rest of her senior class, but she is afraid of getting close to others. Meeting Grant changes everything, and she finds herself wanting to open up to this kind, honest boy and tell him that she used to be Andrew. Written by a trans woman for both trans and cis readers, this idyllic coming-of-age story is thought provoking, emotional, and honest.
It's Not Like It's a Secret by
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don't invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there's the one that she can barely even admit to herself--the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend. When Sana and her family move to California, she begins to wonder if it's finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez: beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana's ever known.
Juliet Takes a Breath by
Publication Date: 2016-01-28
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that's going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. She's interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.
Like Water by
Publication Date: 2017-10-17
An unforgettable story of two girls navigating the unknowable waters of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places. In Savannah Espinoza's small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they're trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck--but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now she doesn't have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another. That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a "nice girl." She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person threatens the walls Vanni has carefully constructed to protect herself and brings up the big questions she's hidden from for so long.
Little and Lion by
Publication Date: 2017-08-08
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she's isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (as well as her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by
Publication Date: 2019-01-29
With a welcome mix of humor, heart, and high-stakes drama, Sabina Khan provides a timely and honest portrait of what it's like to grow up feeling unwelcome in your own culture.
More Happy Than Not by
Publication Date: 2015-06-02
In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
None of the Above by
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned--something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts." Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question.
Our Own Private Universe by
Publication Date: 2017-01-31
Aki already knows she's bisexual--even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too. Actually, Aki's theory is that she's got only one shot at living an interesting life--and that means she's got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It's time for her to actually do something. Or at least try. So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa--slightly older, far more experienced--it seems her theory is prime for the testing. But it's not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you're in love? It's going to be a summer of testing theories--and the result may just be love.
Queens of Geek by
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
Three friends. Two love stories. One convention. Charlie likes to stand out. She's a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she's over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie's long-time crush on her isn't as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there's one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best friend Jamie--no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out--without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian American, she's different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would. As she carefully confides in trusted friends about Saskia's confusing signals, Leila begins to figure out that all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and some are keeping surprising secrets of their own.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
Lucas and Tessa have always had a close friendship. So it's no surprise when Lucas finally realizes his true feeling for Tessa and he asks her to Prom. What no one expected, especially Lucas, was for Tessa to come out as a lesbian-or for Tessa's decision to wear a tuxedo and escort her female crush to Prom, to spark a firestorm of controversy. Humiliated and confused, Lucas must decide if he should stand on the sidelines or if he should stand by his friend to make sure that Tessa Masterson will go to Prom.
Weird Girl and What's His Name by
Publication Date: 2015-10-13
Seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything -- sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don't quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she's shared with him her "sacred texts" -- the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula's life. But then Lula discovers that Rory -- her Rory, who maybe she's secretly had feelings for -- has been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question if she's bisexual, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers.
We Now Return to Regular Life by
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
When fourteen-year-old Sam Walsh returns home after three years in the custody of his kidnapper, his older sister Beth and childhood friend Josh must deal with their survivors' guilt, their memories of what really happened the day Sam disappeared, and with the fact that Sam is not the boy they remember, but a troubled teen struggling to re-adapt to normal life.
You Know Me Well by
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
Publication Date: 2010-10-05
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by
Publication Date: 2016-02-08
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Leung has been preparing to train Reckoners, sea beasts bred to defend ships, since she could walk. Her lifelong dream is cut short when the pirate queen Santa Elena steals her from her ship on her first solo mission. On board, she raises and trains a baby sea monster and finds herself falling for one of the pirates.
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny's body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny's first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father's dangerous obsession with 'curing' her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer -a cyborg named Utopia- still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.
Grasshopper Jungle by
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner from the author of The Alex Crow and Winger.
Publication Date: 2012-06-12
Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love.
In Other Lands by
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
Elliot Schafer does not fit in anywhere—not at home with a dad who barely acknowledges his presence and an absent mother; and definitely not at a school where he pushes away others before they can torment him. Therefore, no one is more surprised than Elliot when a magical military training academy that protects the border wall recruits him. While he is a pacifist by nature, Elliot is quickly attracted by the prospect of serving as a diplomatic councilor to the Borderlands, peopled by mermaids, elves, dwarves, and other magical folk. Magic takes a back seat, though, to Elliot finding what he thought was never available to him—true friends and young love that can see past the walls he has steadily built around himself.
Labyrinth Lost by
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must reverse the damage she's done. With the aid of the untrustworthy Nova and her nonmagical BFF Rishi, she travels to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.
Lizard Radio by
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn't sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she's in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she's ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift - the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the "knowings" inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her?
Not Your Sidekick by
Publication Date: 2016-09-01
Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship--only it turns out to be for the town's most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there's the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious "M," who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
For Michael Howard, being sent thousands of miles away from home is as close as he's ever come to a miracle. At Archangel Academy, he belongs. And in Ciaran, Penry, and especially Ciaran's enigmatic half-brother Ronan, Michael finds friendship deeper than he's ever known. But Michael's only beginning to understand what makes the Academy so special. Ronan is a vampire -- part of a hybrid clan who are outcasts even among other vampires. Within the Academy's confines exists a ruthless world of deadly rivalries and shifting alliances, of clandestine love and forbidden temptations. And soon Michael will confront the destiny that brought him here -- and a danger more powerful than he can imagine. . .
We Are the Ants by
Publication Date: 2016-01-19
Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn't sure he wants to. After all, life hasn't been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer's. And he is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend's suicide last year. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it, or let the world and his pain be destroyed forever.
When the Moon Was Ours by
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
Samir, a Pakistani-American trans boy, and his best friend Miel are more than a little odd. Sam paints moons and hangs them in trees, while roses grow out of Miel's wrist. But as odd as everyone considers them, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
Witch Eyes by
Publication Date: 2011-09-08
Braden's witch eyes give him an enormous power. A mere look causes a kaleidoscopic explosion of emotions, memories, darkness, and magic. But this rare gift is also his biggest curse. After a terrifying vision, Braden retreats to an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties, where he learns that the head of one dynasty is his father and the guy for whom he is falling is the son of the head of the other dynasty.
ABCs of LGBT by
Publication Date: 2016-11-08
Ashley Mardell, a beloved blogger and YouTube star, answers many of your questions about: gender and sexual identity, teens in a binary world, the LGBT family, and more. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, Mardell's book is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding.
Beyond Magenta by
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.
Finding the Real Me by
Publication Date: 2003-05-02
Finding the Real Me is an extraordinary collection of real-life stories told by a wide-range of sex and gender diverse people. These healing tales of struggle and transformation reveal just how creative, resourceful, and adventurous the individuals in this community can be and also helps to bridge the gap between ignorance and understanding. As each incredible story unfolds we become part of the author's journey to self-acceptance and join the celebration of their new life.
Gender Outlaws by
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers -- new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world's most respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.
The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity by
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
Despite outdated beliefs, gender no longer implies being simply male or female, but rather a whole spectrum of possibilities. This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression, especially if you are transgender or gender nonconforming. The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and depression. These activities will help you explore your identity and learn how to effectively express yourself and make informed decisions on how to navigate your gender with family, friends, classmates, and coworkers.
Getting Bi by
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
Getting Bi collects 220 essays from 42 countries around the world that explore bisexual identity. Topics include coming out, relationships, politics, community, and more. The book also addresses the intersection of bisexuality with race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and national identity.
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
Asexuality is the invisible orientation. Most people believe that "everyone" wants sex, that "everyone" understands what it means to be attracted to other people, and that "everyone" wants to date and mate. But that's where asexual people are left out--they don't find other people sexually attractive, and if and when they say so, they are very rarely treated as though that's okay. Julie Sondra Decker outlines what asexuality is, counters misconceptions, provides resources, and puts asexual people's experiences in context as they move through a very sexualized world. This book includes information for asexual people to help understand their orientation and what it means for their relationships, as well as tips and facts for those who want to understand their asexual friends and loved ones.
LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by
Publication Date: 2016-09-01
This brief and up-to-date overview highlights the struggles of numerous LGBTQIA amateur and professional athletes across a wide variety of sports. Through coming out stories, details of pioneering LGBTQ players, and plenty of pictures, this book provides a message of hope for queer teens and queer athletes alike.
LGBTQ Families by
Publication Date: 2013-08-28
Teens and adults from LGBTQ families and teens who identify as LGBTQ themselves tell their personal stories and share strategies they use to deal with a sometimes unaccepting society. Topics discussed include politics, religion, media, and bullying. Aimed at young adults with LGBTQ parents, teens who identify as LGBTQ, those who support LGBTQs, and anyone wanting to educate themselves on the topic, this book will broaden understanding and enable teens and their peers to embrace the diversity of the modern family.
Out Law by
Publication Date: 2007-05-15
The enormous advances of the civil rights movement have made it easier for LGBT youth to be "out," yet their increased visibility has led to myriad legal issues involving such critical matters as freedom of expression, sexual harassment, self-chosen medical care, and even their right to privacy within their own families. In this accessible guide, Lisa Keen illustrates how some laws limit the rights of LGBT youth and others protect them.
Queer, There, and Everywhere by
Publication Date: 2017-05-23
A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares engaging facts about 23 influential gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture.
Speaking OUT by
Publication Date: 2014-11-15
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth In Focus is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages 14 to 24, identifying as queer. Speaking OUT provides rare insight into the passions, joys and sorrows felt by LGBT youth.
This Book Is Gay by
Publication Date: 2015-06-16
Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more.
Before I Had the Words by
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
At the beginning of his physical transition from female to male, then-seventeen-year-old Skylar Kergil posted his first video on YouTube. In the months and years that followed, he recorded weekly update videos about the physical and emotional changes he experienced. Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, Skylar reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender.
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
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.
Eating Fire by
Publication Date: 2014-03-01
When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York's East Village in 1992, she had just come out. An ex-Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she was camping in an Avenue B loft, scribbling poems, and playing in an underground band, trying to figure out her next move. A couple of months later she was consumed by the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct action campaigns, battling cops on Fifth Avenue, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and eating fire--literally--in front of the White House. At once streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir spanning two decades, from the Culture War of the early 1990s to the War on Terror.
Rethinking Normal by
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Katie Rain Hill realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. After several failed attempts to take her life, she finally understood that the girl trapped within her was determined to live. In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of "normalcy" to embody one's true self.
Some Assembly Required by
Publication Date: 2015-09-29
Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning first-of-its-kind memoir. Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl's body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes--both mental and physical--he experienced once his transition began. It is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.
The Backstagers by
Publication Date: 2017-07-25
When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.
DC Bombshells: She Can Do It! by
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
As Word War II rages across Europe, the Allied forces issue a call to arms for the greatest heroines the world has ever known: THE BOMBSHELLS! KATE KANE, the all-American Batwoman and a lesbian icon; DIANA OF THEMYSCIRA, warrior Princess of the Amazons; KARA STARIKOV and KORTNI DUGINOVNA, defenders of Mother Russia; and MERA, royal daughter of the legendary Atlantis! With aid from their allies at home and abroad, these mighty women will turn the tide of war and defend those inviolable rights of Truth, Justice and Freedom. A 33 issue series, four trade paperbacks currently available.
Grim Beginnings by
Publication Date: 2018-03-13
Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn't know that...
Honor Girl by
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie's savant-like proficiency at the camp's rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it's too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.
Moonstruck Volume 1 by
Publication Date: 2018-03-27
In the little college town of Blitheton, fantasy creatures live cozy, normal lives right alongside humans, and werewolf barista Julie strives to be the most normal of all. But all heck breaks loose when she and her new girlfriend Selena go on a disastrous first date that ends with a magician cast in a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it's up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it's too late!
My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 by
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
Publication Date: 2010-02-23
Skim is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth stuck in a private girls' school in Toronto. When a classmate's boyfriend kills himself because he was rumoured to be gay, the school goes into mourning overdrive, each clique trying to find something to hold on to and something to believe in. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's high school, and that's what happens to Skim when she starts to meet in secret with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But when Ms. Archer abruptly leaves, Skim struggles to cope with her confusion and isolation, armed with her trusty journal and a desire to shed old friendships while cautiously approaching new ones.
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark. Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again. She was good. She won. And she hated it.
Spit and Passion by
Publication Date: 2012-10-23
At 12 years old, Cristy C. Road was struggling between the balance of the traditions of a Cuban Catholic family and her newfound queer identity. Stuck in a world of mind-numbing suburban conformity, she found salvation in the form of punk band Green Day. She found comfort in the closet, where her love of punk rock developed and fermented into a 'chronic obsession'. Road's angst led her down a path to self-acceptance, until she finally felt she belonged. Spit and Passion is a graphic novel depicting Road's teenage years and the moments that led her to self-acceptance.
Publication Date: 2017-09-26
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means... leaving him.
Publication Date: 2015-09-22
Betrayed, beaten, and banished by his own, an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica to save his man and get revenge! Virgil thought he was safe on the police force, but his gun and his attitude can't protect him from his own secret - he's gay. For thirty years he's had two lives. In the uniform he's the toughest on the street. Out of uniform he's a loving boyfriend. But when his own precinct turns on him, his worlds explode. They put his name in the paper, raided his house, and took his lover. They left him bleeding in the ocean. They shouldn't have left him alive.
Zodiac Starforce by
Publication Date: 2016-05-31
They're an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures - as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren't just combating math tests and dealing with budding feelings for each other. They're also battling monsters - not your typical afterschool activity!
After School Nightmare by
Publication Date: 2006-10-11
For Mashiro Ichijo, high school is literally a nightmare! He's forced to take an after school class which plunges him into a dream world where everyone's deepest secrets are exposed, including his own -- that he is intersex. Meanwhile he is trapped between the affections of the sweet, man-hating girl Kureha and the arrogant, aggressive boy Sou. As the battle rages for his affections, a faceless classmate comes close to finding the key which can free just one student from the nightmare class. A ten volume series.
Awkward Silence by
Publication Date: 2012-07-10
Satoru is an introvert with a longtime crush on Keigo, a popular boy on the baseball team. But much to his surprise, Keigo comes up to him and asks him out! Satoru is so overcome he can't respond. Will Satoru be able to get past his shyness, or will he lose his chance with the boy he loves? A five volume series.
Hana and Hina after School by
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
Hana and Hina are two high school girls working at the same shop, but they come from completely different worlds. Hana is petite, uncertain and shy, while Hina is tall, trendy and confident. But they both can't keep their eyes off things that are cute, be it the uniforms at Hana's new school or Hana herself! Hana and Hina may have more than their shared part time jobs to keep a secret...
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
A critically-acclaimed yuri manga series! Kase-san and Morning Glories is the debut release of Hiromi Takashima's ongoing yuri series about the first love, high school romance between the clumsy, flower-adoring Yamada and the exuberant Kase-san, the school's track and field star. This multi-volume yuri manga series consists of standalone volumes that can be read in any order.
Paradise Kiss by
Publication Date: 2004-03-09
Yukari is a spirited high school senior in the process of studying for her college entrance exams. Sadly, the prospect of subjecting herself to a meaningless dull life leaves her feeling depressed about her future. In a bout of frustration, Yukari begins to ignore her courses and she begins to hang out with a group of fashion design students. But what Yukari doesn't know is that this circle is known as Paradise Kiss and they are run by a pair of young designers already making their mark on the Asian scene! Among the cast is Isabella Yamamoto, an elegant trans woman who serves as a mother figure to the members of ParaKiss. A three volume series.
Publication Date: 2006-11-07
Katsura, a second year archer who suffers from anxiety attacks, must learn to regain his confidence in archery, stop relying on teammate Sou's hugs to control his anxiety, and come to terms with his growing romantic feelings for Sou....
Sweet Blue Flowers by
Publication Date: 2017-09-19
Akira Okudaira is starting high school and is ready for exciting new experiences. And on the first day of school, she runs into her best friend from kindergarten at the train station! Now Akira and Fumi have the chance to rekindle their friendship, but life has gotten a lot more complicated since they were kids...
Wandering Son by
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
Fifth graders Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates the already-complicated verge of puberty: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. With the help of their mentor, a trans woman, the two navigate the murky waters of junior high as they explore their unfolding gender identities. An eight volume series.
Whispered Words by
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
Whispered Words is the story of two high school girls, Sumika and Ushio. One is in love with the other, but unable to confess. Both of them prefer girls, but Ushio likes cute and petite types while Sumika prefers the athletic outgoing girls. To complicate things, a cross dressing boy, Masaki, is in love with Sumika. What ever will happen to this mixed-up bizarre love triangle mess?