LGBT+ reading (secondary)
To go along with our suggestions, we’ve put together a display you can put up in your library and around school.
David Levithan is an American young adult fiction author who has written many books featuring LGBT+ characters - most commonly gay male characters - and which explore issues related to being LGBT+.
■ Boy Meets Boy (2003) ■ The Realm of Possibility (2004) ■ How They Met (2008) ■ Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-written with John Green (2010) ■ Every Day (2012) ■ Two Boys Kissing (2013) ■ Someday (2018)
Patrick Ness is a British-American author of young adult fiction, whose books often have a fantastic or dystopian element and feature LGBT+ characters.
■ Chaos Walking series:
■ More Than This (2013)
Becky Albertalli is an American author of young adult fiction, who wrote the novel which was adapted into the now very famous film Love, Simon. Several of her other books also explore being LGBT+, or feature LGBT+ characters.
■ Creekwood Series
■ The Upside of Unrequited (2017)
Note on reading ages: these are suggestions only, and will of course vary depending on the young person themselves.
Title and Author(s)
KS3, KS4, KS5
LGBT+ Booklist (created by the School Library Association)
A pack curated by the School Library Association including their recommendations for KS3 and KS4 LGBT+ books.
Not Your Sidekick
C. B. Lee
Andover: where superpowers are common, but internships are not. Jess is resigned to a life without powers when she finds the perfect internship ... for a supervillain. At least she gets to work with her secret crush, Abby.
Lies We Tell Ourselves
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah is one of the first black students to attend her high school. Linda is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of integration. But both girls must confront harsh truths about how they really feel.
The One Hundred Nights of Hero
In the tradition of The Arabian Nights, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.
The last thing in the world Thom wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.
KS3, KS4, KS5
From Prejudice to Pride
Amy Lamé Non-fiction.
Follow LGBT+ history from ancient civilisations to the present-day, and learn about key events including the trial of Oscar Wilde, the Stonewall riots, the AIDS crisis, same-sex marriage and changing laws that have impacted on LGBT+ life.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green and David Levithan
Meet two boys, both named Will Grayson. Odd-numbered chapters tell the story through the eyes of a heterosexual teenager, and even-numbered chapters through the eyes of the second Will, a depressed gay teenager.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all with an unusual way of looking at life. They seem to be nothing alike. As they spend time together, they start a friendship— one that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
None of the Above
Kristin is a champion hurdler and prom queen who finds out she has an intersex trait, androgen insensitivity syndrome.
Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. A can live by their own rules. And that works fine, until A finds someone they want to be with – every day…
More Happy Than Not
As Aaron and his friend Thomas get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment.
The Black Flamingo
Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers and show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Cameron is forced to undergo conversion therapy, to ‘cure’ her of being gay.
High school junior Angela is about to make a big announcement. She’s tired of living a lie and figures it’s about time to be honest for a change. You see, Angela knows that she’s really a boy.
This 1982 autobiography by the iconic queer black poet Audre Lorde explores the intersection between various different identities: lesbian, black woman, mother.
How to be Both
Ali Smith juxtaposes the stories of two young women from different centuries and different countries to explore the values of art in the shaping of your identity.
Orlando, which Woolf wrote in tribute to a friend and lover, is a study in gender fluidity across time and space.
E. M. Forster
Maurice meets and falls for his classmate Clive while at the University Oxford. They have a two-year affair until Clive leaves Maurice to marry a woman and live out his life as part of the landed gentry, leaving Maurice in shambles.
Trans Like Me
C N Lester
What does it mean to be transgender? How do we discuss the subject? In this eyeopening book, CN Lester takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing issues concerning the trans debate.
Oranges are not the Only Fruit
A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in a Pentecostal family in England’s industrial Midlands region.
Bechdel’s graphic novel presents her dysfunctional relationship with her father through a lesbian lens. It documents her childhood in rural Pennsylvania, and provides a queer exploration of broken family, unraveling emotions, and suicide.
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