Resources for Teens
The main scope of this website is to have as comprehensive a list as possible of LGBTQ YA published between 2000-2017. We will be updating with new titles every three months or so and continuing to work on other aspects of the site. However, we wanted to offer some outside resources for visitors who might want additional information besides that which we can provide.
Additionally, some of these books have problematic portrayals of characters with marginalized identities. The books with the best representation are highlighted in the Best-of lists, and we recommend taking a look at them!
We’ve also include links to #ownvoices reviews of problematic titles to raise awareness of the concerns people have. Additionally, writer, blogger and community activist Corey Alexander has curated an amazing list of reviews of Trans and/or Non-binary lit by Trans and/or Non-binary reviewers. We highly encourage you to check it out!
Recommended blogs focusing on LGBTQ YA books.
YA Pride is a “a website and blog dedicated to everything LGBTQIA+ in YA!” They were started in 2011 by creator and all around amazing human Vee (who also contributed to this site!) with a mission to, “to mobilize a clear and active market for LGBTQIA+ YA” in response to a perceived lack of audience for these books. Now their mission is to, “empower authors to write LGBTQIA+ characters, help ensure that what’s being published contains positive and affirming representation, and enable all teens to find themselves on the page!”
I’m Here, I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?
An incredibly comprehensive website with a variety of booklists and recommendations created by Lee Wind, M.Ed.
Malinda Lo’s Blog
Blog from author Malinda Lo with tons of resource lists and more.
Barnes and Noble Teen Blog
Frequently updated, this blog highlights new and upcoming LGBTQ YA books as well as other YA literature.
Booklist for Trans Teens
Created by librarian Jackson Radish, this GoodReads booklist contains a large number of books that may appeal to those interested in reading about trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and nonbinary teenagers.
Publishers specifically focusing on LGBTQ YA books
From the website: Harmony Ink Press is an imprint publishing Teen and New Adult fiction featuring significant personal growth of unforgettable characters across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We seek strong, authentic voices telling thought-inspiring stories with positive outcomes that explore all the facets of young adult, teen, and new adult life—between the ages of 14 and 21—across a wide range of subgenres. Our published works reach into a wide range of reader-favorite genres, including fantasy, mystery, paranormal, romance, science fiction, and more.
Awards and Other Recommended Booklists
The following are booklists and awards given yearly for the most highly recommended LGBTQ YA. These are great places to start for finding books! Some of the titles on these lists might be a little outdated so if you have any questions about any of the titles feel free to email us.
Other Resources/Support for Queer Teens
Although this website is primarily about books, if you are looking for other types of resources, including support, here are a few recommendations.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Resources for educators with a mission to, “to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
“GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.”
The Trevor Project
“The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24.”
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
“Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.”
Planned Parenthood Resources for LGBTQ Teens
Resources for LGBTQ teens from Planned Parenthood.
Maryville University College Guide for LGBTQ Students
“Whether you need help navigating the college application process from start to finish, or are looking for the answer to a specific question, this resource will provide valuable information that prospective students who identify as LGBTQ need to know about researching, applying to, and attending college.”