GAY AND LESBIAN FICTION
YA Am Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence (1994) A collection of short stories by well-known authors such as Bruce Coville, Nancy Garden, Lois Lowry, and others.
YA Bechard If It Doesn’t Kill You (1999) High school freshmen Ben should be enjoying playing football, meeting girls, and going to parties, but he’s too busy trying to cope with his father’s moving out to live with another man.
YA Block Girl Goddess #9 (1996) Collection of short stories about love: gay, straight, familial, and other worldly.
YA Boock Dare, Truth or Promise (1999) Louie Angelo, a Woodhaugh high school prefect who plans to be a lawyer, falls in love with a girl who lives in a pub and just wants to get through her exams so she can become chef.
YA Crutcher Athletic Shorts: Six short stories (1991) A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher. Includes “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” about a boy who has four gay parents, and “In the Time I Get” about a boy who befriends a stranger who has AIDS.
YA Crutcher Ironman (1995) Bo learns to cope with the shocking fact that his beloved swimming coach is gay.
YA Ferris Eight Seconds (2000) Eighteen-year-old John must confront his own sexuality when he goes to rodeo school and finds himself strangely attracted to an older boy who is smart, tough, complicated, gorgeous and gay.
YA Fox The Eagle Kite (1995) Liam’s father has AIDS, and his family cannot talk about it until Liam reveals a secret that he has tried to deny ever since he saw his father embracing another man at the beach.
YA Freymann-Wehr My Heartbeat ((2002) As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing.
YA Garden Annie On My Mind (1982) Lisa puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people. Good Moon Rising; Lark in the Morning; The Year They Burned the Books.
YA Holland The Man Without a Face (1972) A fatherless fourteen-year-old boy develops an unusual relationship with the man living near his summer home who helps him prepare for his entrance exams to boarding school.
YA Jenkins Breaking Boxes (1997) When in the course of an unusual friendship Charlie reveals something confidential about his brother, he must decide if he can accept the risks of caring.
YA Kerr Deliver Us From Evie (1994) Sixteen-year-old Parr Burrman and his family face some difficult times when word spreads through their rural Missouri town that his older sister is a lesbian, and she leaves the family farm to live with the daughter of the town’s banker.
YA Ketchum Blue Coyote (1997) While searching for his lost friend, Alex not only learns the reasons behind Tito’s disappearance but also comes to accept some hidden truths about himself.
YA Larson What I Know Now (1997) A gentle thoughtful story set in 1957 California where a fourteen-year-old gay boy finds a friend and mentor in the wise, handsome, sensitive, sophisticated, affectionate, and accomplished, man who has come to build a garden at the home he shares with his recently separated mother.
YA McClain No Big Deal (1997) When rumors that Janice’s favorite teacher is gay begin to circulate at school and in the community, she decides to stand up for him even in the face of her mother’s opposition.
YA Myracle Kissing Kate (2003) Sixteen-year-old Lissa’s relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
YA Nelson Earthshine (1994) Slim watches over her father, a disarmingly charismatic man, as his struggle with AIDS reaches its climax.
YA Nolan A Face in Every Window (1999) After the death of his grandmother, who held the family together, teenage JP is left with his mentally challenged father and a mother who seems ineffectual and constantly sick, and he feels everything is sliding out of control.
YA Peters Keeping You a Secret (2003) As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.
YA Ryan Empress of the World (2001) While attending a summer institute, fifteen-year-old Nic meets another girl named Battle, falls in love with her, and finds the relationship to be difficult and confusing.
YA Walker Peter (1991) Peter’s life revolves around dirt bikes and photography, but when he is attracted to a gay friend of his older brother his life is turned upside down.
YA Woodson From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun (1995) Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.
YA Woodson The House You Pass on the Way (1997) When fourteen-year-old Staggerlee, the daughter of a racially mixed marriage, spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she finds herself attracted to Trout and catches a glimpse of her possible future self.
Fic Trujillo What Night Brings (2003) Marcia Cruz wants God to do two things: change her into a boy, and get rid of her father. What Night Brings is the unforgettable story of Marci’s struggle to find and maintain her identity against all odds – a perilous home life, an incomprehensible Church, and a largely indifferent world.
Fic Wittlinger Hard Love (1999) After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents’ divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.
J 305.9 Ford Outspoken: Role Models from the Lesbian and Gay Community (1998) Gay men and lesbians describe their personal experiences and how their sexual orientation has affected their lives. Includes lists of recommended books, magazines, movies.