Am I Blue: Coming Out from the Silence

A collection of short stories about coming out, growing up LGBTQ, or with LGBTQ family and friends. Written by a variety of popular fiction authors, including Francesca Lia Block.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.
Call Number: YA

Two El Paso, Texas teens, sensitive boys who don't feel like they fit in among the Mexican men they see around them, form a special friendship over the course of one year.

Bad kid : a memoir

Crabb, David, active 2009,
Call Number: 306.766 C883

Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-eighties and early-nineties, this coming-of-age memoir from comedian and storyteller David Crabb shares a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas. 

Boy meets boy

Levithan, David.
Call Number:
Boy meets boy. Boy falls in love with boy. Boy messes up spectacularly. Boy loses boy. Boy tries to win boy back. Levithan has created a beatiful and fantastically idealistic world with lovable characters and snappy dialog.

Branded by the Pink Triangle

Setterington, Ken.
Call Number: 940.5315 S495

Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow

Rowell, Rainbow,
Call Number: YA

This meta novel is a fan fiction of a fictional series from one of the author’s previous novels. Confused yet? Don’t worry, the world of Simon and Baz is so encompassing you need no prior knowledge to lose yourself in this magical tale. Simon Snow is supposed to save the world, but he can’t even spell open the door to his dorm at Watford School of Magicks. On top of it he’s forced to room with his arch nemesis, Baz, who in addition to being a jerk is probably a bloodsucking vampire. And don’t forget the evil being attempting to cleanse magic from the world. On the bright side, Simon has his best friend Penny, his girlfriend Agatha, and his mentor the Mage to keep him alive and sane. But when Baz doesn’t show up for the first week of school, Simon begins to suspect that his final year at Watford may be the most hazardous yet. 

Fans of the Impossible Life

Scelsa, Kate.
Call Number: YA

Also available for download as an e-book

Also available for download as an e-audiobook

Three misfits become friends and form a unique bond over the course of the school year that tests their friendship as well as themselves when Sebby and Mira invite Jeremy into their intimate circle. Jeremy is starting the new school at St. Francis a year after a bullying incident that shined a glaring light on him and his two dads. Lovely, highly individualized and beautifully realized characters centering around Jeremy, a misfit whose previous school year ended with a homophobic bullying incident after he suggested there were gay themes in The Great Gatsby.

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

Hutchinson, Shaun David.
Call Number: YA

Also available for download as an e-book.
When tragedy turns his life upside down, Andrew Brawley seeks refuge in a hospital, living in an abandoned wing, befriending staff and patients, and trying to evade Death herself.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Federle, Tim.
Call Number: YA

Also available for download as an e-book.
Nate has big dreams and is in a hurry to make them come true. One night he sneaks out of his house and leaves his small-town to audition for a Broadway musical in New York City.

Gemini Bites

Ryan, Patrick, 1965-
Call Number: YA

Also available for download as an e-book.
Twins Kyle and Judy always compete with one another. Their new obsession is a transfer student that claims to be a vampire. A humorous tale with multiple POVs that deal with attraction and family dynamics.

Geography Club

Hartinger, Brent.

Also available for download as an e-book.
Russell thinks he’s the only gay kid at his high school. When he realizes he isn’t the only one, he discretely gathers his new LGBTQ friends for support in the Geography Club.

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens

Huegel, Kelly, 1974-
Call Number: 301.4157 H887 2011

Also available for download as an e-book.
A resource guide for teens who think they may be LGBTQ. It covers topics like: the science of LGBTQ, homophobia, coming out, life at school, dating/relationships, staying healthy, transgender teens, religious life, work, and college.

I'll give you the sun

Nelson, Jandy.
Call Number: YA

Jude and Noah are twins who are opposites in personality - beautiful Jude is popular and a daredevil; Noah is a quiet and sensitive artist. Yet, at the age of thirteen, the two are close, sharing even their own secret language. Three years later, the twins are no longer speaking to each other. The gap that has grown between them seems unbridgeable. Can they come to terms with the tragedy that has struck their family or will they be forever torn apart by their loss? If you love John Green and Rainbow Rowell, you’ll be sure to love this heart-wrenchingly beautiful novel by Jandy Nelson.

It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

Call Number: 301.4157 I885

Also available for download as an e-book.
A collection of first-hand accounts of coming out, surviving bullies, and navigating family issues written for teens by successful out adults like Andy Cohen, Ellen DeGeneres, David Sedaris, Perez Hilton, and JD Samson.

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves

Call Number: 301.4157 L6514

Also available for download as an e-book.
A collection of letters chock-full of advice by LGBTQ authors to their teenage selves. Contributors include: David Levithan, Armistead Maupin, Brent Hartinger, and Eileen Myles.

More happy than not

Silvera, Adam, 1990-
Call Number: YA

Aaron is just a regular teenager in the Bronx with a girlfriend, and a growing friendship with a new kid, Thomas. He’s confused about his feelings and what he wants, and thinks that the Leteo Institute’s memory altering surgery might be just what he needs to be happy--or not.

 

 

Openly straight

Konigsberg, Bill.
Call Number: YA

Rafe Goldberg has been openly gay since middle school, but he’s tired of being known only as “the gay kid.” When he’s accepted at an all-male boarding school, he sees it as a chance to reinvent himself and decides to let his classmates assume he’s straight. Full of memorable characters, hilarious dialogue, and an incredibly romantic love story.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen.

High school freshman Charlie writes a series of letters, to whom we don't know. In them he details his life as a wallflower, struggling to fit in, finding comfort in an odd new circle of friends.

Rainbow Boys (Series)

Sanchez, Alex, 1957-
Call Number: YA

Also available for download as an e-book: Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High and e-audiobook: Rainbow Road
Jason is a jock with a girlfriend; Kyle can’t imagine telling anyone his secret; Nelson is out to everyone but his crush. The three high school seniors take three distinctly different approaches to coming out.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Albertalli, Becky.
Call Number: YA

16-year-old Simon finds himself the target of blackmail when a schoolmate finds Simon's email sent to a boy anonymously met online. and who also goes to their school. As his email correspondence with “Blue” progresses, Simon must deal with not only his blackmailer, who wants to be set up with Simon’s friend, but his own circle of friends and family as he decides how and when to come out, and on his own terms.
 

Taproot : a story about a gardener and a ghost

Young, Keezy, author, illustrator.
Call Number: 740.9999 Y73

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.  This comic is many things: it’s a queer love story, a story of growth, and a story of the transitions in life and maturity. 

Two boys kissing

Levithan, David.
Call Number: YA

One weekend in the lives of several gay teenagers, narrated by a ghostly Greek chorus, the generation of young men lost to AIDS. Those narrators, who understand so well how far the current generation has come, and how quickly it can all be gone, make the book a celebration of life, and they demand that we live that life to the fullest while we still have the chance. Deeply profound and moving.

We Are the Ants

Hutchinson, Shaun David.
Call Number: YA

Henry has been struggling. His boyfriend killed himself a year ago, he's constantly and viciously bullied at school both for being gay and believing he's been abducted by aliens, his brother beats him up. But the aliens he calls sluggers have told him the world will end on January 29, 2016 unless he chooses to press the button. Is life worth living enough for Henry to press the button?

What did you eat yesterday?

Yoshinaga, Fumi, 1971- .
Call Number: 740.9999 W5555-1 v.1

The story of a hard-working adult gay couple living in Tokyo, is told through their relationships with food. Kakei Shiro, a middle-aged hard working lawyer, is trying to save money for retirement while Kakei struggles to balance life with his nosy parents, carefree boyfriend, coworkers, friends and clients.

When everything feels like the movies

Reid, Raziel, 1990-
Call Number: YA

Moody, audacious tale about Jude, who is eager to get out of his small Canadian town, a place he's too big for with his vivid imagination that he uses to cope with being the out gay kid. He turns painful, everyday interactions into his own personal movie, meanwhile he longs for that day in the near future when he will escape for good.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Green, John, 1977-
Call Number: YA

Fans of humor, John Green, and musicals will enjoy this "collaborative novel" told from alternating perspectives of two very different teens with the same name

Wonders of the invisible world

Barzak, Christopher,
Call Number: e-Book

When Aiden's childhood best friend, Jarrod, returns to town, his reappearance triggers memories that reveal a world of magic and insight Aiden didn't know he had, pulling him into the shadow world in order to save his family. 

 

You Know Me Well

LaCour, Nina,
Call Number: YA

Mark and Kate have been classmates for the past year but wind up meeting for the first time at a bar in the middle of their first San Francisco Pride Week, a week in which they go from strangers to the most unique of friends.