Teen LGBT+ Books

Teen books with gay themes take off

Slew of recent reads make young people feel less ‘alone’

By Leanne Italie

updated 12:43 p.m. PT, Wed., June 23, 2010

 At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend — and vice versa.

 She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like "disgusting" and "worthless."

 "There were tons of books about gangs and drugs and teen pregnancy and there were no LGBT books. I asked the librarian about it and she was like, ‘This is middle school. I can only have appropriate books here,’" said Brent, now 15 and heading into his sophomore year of senior high.

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