YA Pride Month

| Monday, June 4, 2012
Okay first: you guys, trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, omgggggg.

Next: Malinda Lo has declared June 2012 YA Pride Month, during which we celebrate GLBT young adult literature and characters. You should absolutely follow along to read the interviews, essays, giveaways, and more she'll be hosting this month. Her essays are always incredibly thought-provoking.

There remains an unfortunate lack of GLBT characters represented in YA, but especially main characters. We hope to see that shift over the coming years. In the meantime, let's discuss some of our favorite books featuring GLBT characters. I've been reading Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, which features a few fantastic GLBT secondary characters. I appreciate Cashore's approach to sexuality, which is very sex-positive and mostly shame-free. I'm also, admittedly, a big fan of Malinda Lo's own Ash -- a lesbian retelling of Cinderella.

What are some of your favorite YA novels featuring GLBT characters? Bonus points if the main character is GLBT!


{ Matthew MacNish } at: June 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM said...

I'm not really into the actor that played Percy Jackson, but otherwise that trailer looks really good. I still need to read the book, though.

{ Fiona } at: June 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM said...

I completely agree! When I reviewed Bitterblue I said how refreshing it was that there were gay characters. It's really not done enough, and I don't know why. The fact is, being gay is becoming more and more accepted in society, particularly among teenagers. Even President Obama came out and supported it last month! Progress is definitely being made, and I look forward to seeing it reflected in YA fiction.

{ Old Kitty } at: June 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM said...

First I must discover what GLBT stands for! Yay!!

LOL! Take care

{ Old Kitty } at: June 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM said...

Right!! Now I know!! LOL!! Oh I don't know of any Gay, lesbian,transgender, bisexual YA characters but my friend is introducing me to many many in the wonderful world of comics via the Gay League!! Yay! I think they have an FB page! Take care

{ Jessica Love } at: June 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM said...

Anything by David Levithan! He's my absolute favorite.

{ Tara Dairman } at: June 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM said...

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd is a lovely YA book, set in the rural midwest, with a gay protagonist. Shine by Lauren Myracle is excellent, too!

{ Genissa } at: June 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM said...

I haven't read The Perks of Being a Wallflower yet, but that preview looks great. I'm anxious to see Emma Watson in it. I haven't seen her in anything but HP. I'm going to have to read the book before though :-)

{ Rachel Stark } at: June 5, 2012 at 4:38 AM said...

I loved Malinda Lo's Huntress even more than I loved Ash! She writes such phenomenal characters.

I also loved A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner. It included a budding GLBTQ romance, but what I appreciated even more than that was its very honest insights into a facet of teenage friendship that I don't think we explore often enough, but that likely resonates with a huge number of teen girls: that line at which friendship and love are blurred, and loyalty and infatuation become difficult to separate. I think that, straight or gay or anywhere in between, most teen girls experience this kind of friendship at one point or another, and I love this novel's assertion that that is love just as much as Romeo-and-Juliet-starry-eyed love is love, if not more so.

{ We Heart YA } at: June 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM said...

Yes, we loved the way Kristin Cashore dealt with GLBT characters and sexual issues in her books.

- HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour (lesbian best friend)
- LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins (gay dads!)
- NEW HOUSE 5 by Andy Butler (gay student)

{ Brooke R. Busse } at: June 5, 2012 at 7:44 PM said...

I don't remember any gay characters in Graceling... Now I'm going to have to reread it!

I love Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. King of the Screw-ups by K. L. Going is also fantastic.

Hanna J at: June 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM said...

- THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (Lesbian main character)
- OUR PROM (Gay main character and bi-sexual main character)
- HELLO GROIN (Lesbian main character)
- THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME (Lesbian main characters)
- RAGE (lesbian main character)

These are some of my favorites!

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