4 Holiday Titles to Get You in the Spirit

With Thanksgiving past, marking the official start of the holiday season, we have put on display some of our favorite holiday titles that will make visions of sugar-plums dance in your head!

1453802630.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Christmas in Graymoor Mansion
by Mark A. Roeder
Written by Bloomington resident, Christmas in Graymoor Mansion tells the story of friends and family who gather in stately Graymoor Mansion to celebrate the holiday season, but a blizzard traps them in the massive Victorian home Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day. To entertain themselves, the guests take turns sharing their Christmas memories and special holiday stories. Join Sean, his family, and friends in their Christmas celebration. There’s plenty of food, including wonderful desserts, Christmas cookies, and steaming hot cocoa to go with this set of Christmas tales. This is a collection of previously unpublished Christmas tales to be read year after year.

51j2QPiSLhL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays
by David Valdes Greenwood
Ah, the sweet memories of Christmas. Gifts under the tree. Cookies for Santa. And, of course, the annual fruitcake. For young David Valdes Greenwood, the indomitable “little fruitcake” at the center of these tales, nothing is sweeter than the promise of the holidays. A modern-day Tiny Tim, he holds fast to his ideal of what Christmas should be, despite the huge odds against him: Sub-zero Maine winters. A host of eccentric relatives. And his constant foil: a frugal, God-fearing Grammy who seems determined to bring an end to all his fun. A book that’s “fa-la-la-licious” (Louisville Courier Journal) and filled with funny, charming Yuletide memories (from building a Lego® manger to hunting for the perfect Christmas tree), A Little Fruitcake will inspire even the biggest Grinches around.

51yQgQ8RDUL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Christmas Truck
by J. B. Blankenship, illustrated by Cassandre Bolan
Authored by a former GLBT office intern, if you are in need of Christmas cheer or have some cheer to spare, here is a book to warm your heart, a gift for friends to share. So settle in and know, my friend, before you turn the page, that this is a story for everyone: for friends of every age.
When celebrating a special Christmas tradition things go awry. Papa, Dad, their amazing kid, and one fabulous grandmother work together and implement a plan to save Christmas for a child they have never met. It’s a story where joy is found in giving and selfless acts unite families.

MV5BNzc5MTM5Mjc0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzI0MTcxMw@@._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)
Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does?

Celebrate Halloween with Some Spooky Reads

halloweenGet ready for a fright, folks! I’ve gathered our some of our best spooky reads to get you in the spirit for Halloween!

1590212398.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay & Lesbian Ghosts
by Ken Summers
An exclusive collection of eerie locales worldwide with a queer bent. This guidebook combines historical fact and unearthly encounters from across the United States, as well as around the globe.
The stories range from the serious, from brutal murders in rural Georgia, to the light-hearted, including the male spirit who enjoys unzipping men’s trousers at a British pub. Ghosts of legendary celebrities intermingle with ordinary individuals. Along with these queer spirits are many businesses, either gay-owned or catering to a gay/lesbian clientele, experiencing hauntings.

1573440124.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_A Ghost in the Closet: A Nancy Clue and Hardly Boys Mystery
by Mabel Maney
With their fearless crime-fighting, good manners, and manly fashion sense, the Hardly boys are the pride of Feyport, Illinois. In A Ghost in the Closet, dark-haired, muscular Frank and his lovable kid brother Joe return from a gay trip to Europe to find that their parents — world-famous detective Fennel P. Hardly and his wife, Mrs. Hardly — have been kidnapped! Even worse, so have six poodles from the Lake Merrimen Dog Show! Pals Nancy Clue, Cherry Aimless, R.N., and Police Detective Jackie Jones help the Hardly boys track down the criminals — and in the meantime, pick up useful tips on fingerprinting, evidence retrieval, and the laundering of sporty twill slacks.

1551522519.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire
Edited by Amber Dawn
Fist of the Spider Woman is a revelatory anthology of horror stories by queer and transgressive women and others that disrupts reality as queer women know it, instilling both fear and arousal while turning traditional horror iconography on its head.
In this collection, horror (including gothic, noir, and speculative writing) is defined as that which both titillates and terrorizes, forcing readers to confront who they are.
Subversive, witty, sexy—and scary—Fist of the Spider Woman poses two questions: “What do queer women fear the most?” and “What do queer women desire the most?”

1555839746.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Triptych of Terror: Three Chilling Tales by the Masters of Gay Horror
by John Michael Curlovich, David Thomas Lord, and Michael Rowe
Combining the storytelling talents of three modern masters of gay horror, Triptych of Terror invites readers into a night of mystery and intrigue, the very time when the fabric of time and space separating the world of the living and the dead is forgotten. A night called Halloween.
The stories involve a televangelist who attempts to reclaim Halloween by banishing a closeted minister to a haunted church, a bullied teen who turns to the occult to protect him from harassment, and a man who’s Celtic background may not be enough to save him from the temptation of one of the fairy folk.

Ableism and Language

IMAG0259For a number of years, we’ve had this sign on display in our office (click photo above to enlarge).  Originally, the sign was created to stop the use of “gay” as a negative slur.  However, we recently found a note on it, which stated:

“Insane” and “crazy” are ableist and they’ve historically been used to gaslight victims of abuse.
They are not better than homophobic slurs.  Please stop encouraging people to use these words.

Well, we did take the sign down, it had good intentions, but the individual was right. The sign was quite dated and as language evolves, we do too, in response.  We’re still learning as an office, and we work hard to be as responsive and welcoming to our community as possible.

As such, I’d like to take a moment to recognize this minority that is sometimes marginalized. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About 60 million people or one in five Americans is living with at least one disability and most Americans will experience a disability at sometime during the course of their lives.” One in a five is a huge number. In facts, it’s the largest minority group in America.   Brownworth notes:

Millions of Americans are trying to get through every day without someone discovering they have something seriously wrong with them, without someone discovering they aren’t normal, without someone looking at them as if they are somehow damaged, less than, broken, sick.

If one in five Americans are disabled, then everyone knows someone with a disability–in every family, school, workplace, friend group, etc. One in five LGBT people has a disability, and we think it’s important to think about and to recognize the issues surrounding disability.  I invite you to explore some of our materials about LBGT and disability, including moving memoirs by Terry Galloway and Connie Panzarino. Just click on the images to see their catalog entry.

Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories
Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories
The Me in the Mirror by Connie Panzarino
The Me in the Mirror by Connie Panzarino
Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir by Terry Galloway
Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir by Terry Galloway
Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability by Robert McRuer
Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability by Robert McRuer
Sex and Disability by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow
Sex and Disability by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albeism is a form of discrimination against people with disabilities. It is the practices and dominant attitudes in society that devalues and limit the potential of persons with disability.  Brownworth comments: “The Americans With Disabilities Act is an unreliable farce, and those of us who are disabled …must battle with employers and landlords, doctors and health insurance companies to get what we need. We have to be activists whether we want to be or not, and yet all the while we must do our best to hide who we really are from those on whom we depend for survival.”  One in five. We all know someone with a disability, it’s time we start thinking about our words and work towards creating a fully inclusive society.

For further reading, please check out Victoria A. Brownsworth’s article “Coming Out As…Disabled.” Additionally, head over to Autistic Hoya for a glossary of ableist phrases and why they’re problematic, and to see just how much ableist language pervades our society, check out Thought Catalog’s “15 Crazy Examples of Insanely Ableist Language.”

The Disability Services for Students (DSS) is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for student with disabilities at Indiana University Bloomington. You can find more information about their office here.

Bisexual Awareness Week

1455941_1483483695210181_1806438782_nIn celebration of the 15th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, or Bisexual Visibility Day, held every September 23rd GLAAD, BiNet USA, and other bisexual organizations are launching Bisexual Awareness Week. Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) aims to draw attention to public policy concerns and also celebrate what makes bisexuality and bisexual great.

I’ll admit I’m a little late in my post, and that Bisexual Awareness Week is halfway over, but there is still time to celebrate and honor Bisexual Awareness Week! I’ve gathered a couple of things to explore in celebration!

1. Check out the data about bisexualitybisexmonth-and-oew-site

2. Read and share books about bisexuality. Here are some of our favorites:

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins
Bi America: myths, truths, and struggles of an invisible community by William E. Burleson
Bi America: myths, truths, and struggles of an invisible community by William E. Burleson
Eros: A Journey of Multiple Lovers by Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio
Eros: A Journey of Multiple Lovers by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Watch and share movies about bisexuality. Here’s our favorites:

Kissing Jessica Stein
Kissing Jessica Stein
Bi the way: A Documentary About the Whatever Generation
Bi the way: A Documentary About the Whatever Generation
Henry & June
Henry & June

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Engage with people online about bisexuality by using the hashtag #biweek. BiNet has a series of other hashtags for the week focusing on history, culture, community, and current policy priorities that you can use to join the conversation as well! You can find their themes and hashtags for the week on their site.

5. Discover and share some fun memes about bisexuality.

6. Check out the beautiful faces of proud bisexual people: 28 celebrities who are bisexual!

For more information about everything happening this week, head to the official Bisexual Awareness Week site.

Asexual Resources

Sometimes called “A Fourth Orientation,” asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a persistent lack of sexual attraction toward any gender. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy, as celibacy is a choice. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.

We recently just acquired three new books on asexuality: a nonfiction introduction to the subject, a collection of short stories about asexual relationships, and a young adult novel featuring an asexual protagonist!

BookCoverBriefIntroAsexuality: A Brief Introduction
This book explores love, sex, and life, from the asexual point of view. This book is for anyone, regardless of orientation. Whether you’re asexual, think you might be, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about what asexuality is (and isn’t), there’s something inside for you. This is one of the first books exclusively dedicated to the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation. Written by an asexual, it discusses the topic from the inside, debunking common misconceptions and myths about asexual individuals.

 

 

heartThe Heart of Aces
The heart of aces is where an anomaly lives, where love’s definition takes a deviation from the common rules.
These eleven stories dive into asexual relationships, where couples embrace differences, defy society’s expectations, and find romantic love. In this collection is a full spectrum of asexuality in all its classifications. From contemporary fiction to fantasy, from heteroromantic to homoromantic, join these unique characters on their journey to finding the person that speaks to their hearts.

 

quickQuicksilver by R.J. Anderson
Three months ago, perfect, popular seventeen year-old Tori Beaugrand disappeared into thin air. And then, just as inexplicably, Tori returns home, bloodied and beaten, but alive and whole. Tori’s disappearance is a mystery to the police and her friends, and she claims that she cannot remember anything of her abduction, or the weeks she was gone. More than anything, Tori wants everyone to forget, and to move on with her life as though nothing has happened.
Anderson does a great job of portraying Tori’s asexuality, without making this Tori’s sole defining characteristic.  Tori is a young woman who feels love, and rage, and loneliness–she’s not sexually attracted to anyone, but she feels and yearns for emotional connection.

Outside resources available online:

  • (A)Sexual (2013), a documentary by Angela TuckerFacing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, as well as a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals struggle to claim their identity. A FilmBuff Presentation.
  • The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN)
    AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion among sexual and asexual people alike.
  • Asexuality Archive
    The Asexuality Archive is a collection of all things Ace, striving to provide a comprehensive and uncensored look into what asexuality is, what it means to us and how it shapes our lives.  The intention is to provide information that is approachable and informative, whether or not you’re asexual.
  • Taking the Cake: An Illustrated Primer on Asexuality
    Maisha’s Taking the Cake zine is a beautifully illustrated COLORING BOOK on all-things asexual. Topics include a rundown on the various “flavors” of asexuality, the symbols of asexuality, a look at asexuality in how it pertains to the LGBTQ community, “Tips for Sexuals Dating Asexuals,” a piece on how to be an ally to asexuals, a resource library, and much more!
  • Asexuality Resources
    This blog aims to provide information showing people how and where to learn about asexuality. Whether it be definitions, websites, blog, videos, articles and more. This blog also helps support asexual vis/ed by creating sharable images with meaningful messages or infographs about asexuality to create a better understanding and visibility of this often invisible and misunderstood orientation.
  • Asexuality Awareness Week (October 26-November 1)

Intersex

What is intersex?

Technically, intersex is defined as “congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system.” Intersex people are born with external genitalia, internal reproductive organs, and/or endocrine system that are different from most other people. There is no single “intersex body;” it encompasses a wide variety of conditions that do not have anything in common except that they are deemed “abnormal” by the society. What makes intersex people similar is their experiences of medicalization, not biology. Generally speaking, intersex is not an identity category. While some intersex people do reclaim “intersex” as part of their identity, most regard it as a medical condition, or just a unique physical state. Most intersex people identify and live as ordinary men and women, and are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight.

Want to learn more about intersexed people?

Check out some of the resources we have on the subject! Click on the book or DVD’s image to find out more about each title.

Nonfiction

Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan PhD
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan PhD
Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self by Sharon E. Preves
Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self by Sharon E. Preves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin
Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Annabel: A Novel by Kathleen Winter
Annabel: A Novel by Kathleen Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVDs

XXY
XXY
Harsh Beauty
Harsh Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also easily find all of our resources related to intersex by browsing our tag “Intersexed people” in our catalog.

Looking for even more information? Check out some of these online resources:

Christmas in July: New Books!

new books

Picture it: yesterday afternoon. A big box is delivered full of bright, shiny, new materials for the library.  They all had the new smelling book smell. You know that smell? It was like Christmas came early. At least, I thought so; I might have done a little happy dance in celebration, but that’s neither here nor there.

Anyway, I thought I’d give you a little glimpse of some of the new books I’m most excited about.

InIn One Person by John Irving
Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award, New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity. In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of One Person, tells the tragicomic story of his life as a “sexual suspect.” In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself worthwhile.

 

fairylandFairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child.  Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.
Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.

silhouetteSilhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic. She dreams of indulging in ornithology and a visit to an amusement park—a summer of fun before she returns to a last year of high school, marriage, and middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under supervision of oppressive guardians. Only a job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own heart can save her from the suffocation of traditional femininity. It is the tale of a young woman’s discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and, of course, the power of unexpected love.

And because I love graphic novels so much…

batwomanBatwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka
A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war – one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras! Also, witness the origin of Batwoman in the shocking and tragic story “Go,” in which young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate’s life – and the lives of her family – will never be the same!

 

And the book I’m most excited about…

beyond Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
by Susan Kuklin
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. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

All of these new materials and more are on display now in the GLBT office, stop by and see what else we got for Christmas in July!

A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians

A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians by William G. Storey
A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians by William G. Storey

During the process of fully realizing their sexuality and coming out, many lesbian and gay individuals, particularly those who have participated in Christian traditions, struggle to reconcile their sexuality and their faith. As society at large becomes more aware of the diversity of sexual orientations and accepting of individuals who do not fit the heteronormative mold, an increasing number of faith groups and religion writers are addressing the spiritual needs of queer people. William G. Storey’s A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians is written especially for those who both practice Christianity and identify as lesbian or gay.

 The tone of the book is inviting; rather than demanding that the reader partake in certain rituals, Storey offers suggestions to those who wish to enhance their connection with God. As Mark D. Jordan states in the book’s foreword, “Any prayer book is an invitation. This prayer book invites us, gently and wisely, to become more ourselves—not despite our loves, but because of them.”

Some prayers and reflections are of a general nature: they could apply to anyone. They are written using inclusive language so as not to alienate queer individuals or same-sex couples but instead include them in the fold, offering reassurance that they are the same as anyone else of the Christian faith.

 And then some writings are specific to gay and lesbian people. Scripture readings and prayers for coming-out parties and same-sex marriage and unity ceremonies offer words for joyful celebrations. Sad events are addressed as well, such as the occasion of a person being rejected by loved ones. A reflection “For Our Enemies in High Places” urges forgiveness and compassion and offers reassurance of all-encompassing love.

The format of the book enables readers to open to a random spot and enjoy the reading there or search for prayers addressing a specific topic, event, or emotion. This is a valuable resource for those who are themselves lesbian or gay as well as for those who wish to pray for a loved one.

 The “Gaelic Blessing” on page 165 offers a soothing reflection for people of all beliefs:

Deep peace of the running wave to us,
Deep peace of the flowing air to us,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to us,
Deep peace of the shining stars to us,
Deep peace of the gentle night to us,
Moon and stars pour their healing light on us.

Written by Jamie, GLBTSSS Office Supervisor.

For more resources about Christianity, check out our subject guide, which includes movies and books as well as a list of LGBTQA-Friendly Christian Ministries.

GOAL!

2014-world-cup-logoThe end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching with the final this Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC where Germany will face off against either the Netherlands or Argentina depending on the result of their game today at 4 p.m. We’re a little sad to see it end, too. It feels like it has been going on forever, and honestly, I don’t even remember what I watched before the World Cup took over my life. What do I watch when it’s over?

Fortunately, I went digging through our collection and found some materials to satisfy my soccer fix.

MV5BODIzMzc2MDkxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTYyNTY1Mw@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_ Lesbians of Buenos Aires (2004) directed by Santiago Garcia
This documentary tells the tale of Buenos Aires lesbians, focusing on three personal stories. A former militant woman who now devotes her time to feminine soccer; a young woman who is active so no girl has to go through what she went through, and a lesbian mother who recounts how hostile the laws are regarding the rights of lesbian women. In spite of the difficulties their characters go through, the stories have a lot of humor, a tour of the city, and some soccer!


And my personal favorite made all the more perfect for this World Cup season as it is from Germany, the country definitely in the final round…

index Guys & Balls (2004) directed by Sherry Hormann
Already under pressure for playing badly, Ecki is thrown off the soccer team when his homophobic team-members find out that he is gay. With the help of his sister, Susan, and a cranky former soccer star, Karl, he forms an all-gay soccer team and challenges his old team in a grudge match. Ecki’s journey into self-realization is filled with wonderful surprises and interesting characters in this delightful romantic comedy.

 

Need more soccer? Check out some of our soccer-related books:

And stay up to date on all things related to the World Cup on Twitter.

Youth Resources

We recently visited with Prism Youth Community, which is an inclusive space for teens celebrating all sexual orientations and gender identity expressions that meets twice a week, to talk about our office and resources.  For the meeting, we put together a list of our favorite LGBTQ teen novels and movies which prominently feature gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, or question characters; all the teens seemed really excited about our materials!

So we thought we’d share a little bit of our book list with you.

Our favorite book with a prominently GAY character…

aristotleanddanteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

LESBIAN

miseducationThe Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.


BISEXUAL

boyfriendsBoyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
When Lance begins to date Sergio, who’s bisexual, he’s not sure it will work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio’s lesbian friend, Kimiko, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand. Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.

TRANSGENDER

lunaLuna by Julie Anne Peters
Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom, Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with the help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change–Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?

 

QUEER or QUESTIONING

openlyOpenly Straight by Bill Konigsburg
Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. Tired of being known as “the gay kid,” when Rafe transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decided to assume a new persona. But trying to deny his identity has unexpected complication and consequences.

 

Check out our full lists: LGBT Youth Book Guide and LGBT Youth DVD Guide! Which books and movies do you recommend?