Best Teen & Young Adult Gay & Lesbian Literature in 2022

Highlights of Teen & Young Adult Gay & Lesbian Literature

If you're a teenager or a young adult, you've likely read some Teen / Young Adult Gay & Lesbian Literature. From "Symptoms of Being Human" to "Run Softly, Go Fast," there is a book out there for you. Here are a few highlights:

Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human in Teen / Young Adult Gay / Lesbian literature is a novel with a gender fluid protagonist. The book explores the struggles of coming out and switching identities. In this book, Riley explores the issues facing transgender people. She also faces bullying and harassment. The novel is filled with diverse and thought-provoking themes. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys LGBTQ+ fiction.

While promoting positive representation of gay characters, authors should be aware of their audience. Most of the texts they read for young readers are not aimed at adults. For example, The Small Rain by Madeleine L'Engle portrays homosexuality as a pathological condition. The novel, originally published in 1945, is now a major work of young adult literature. It is still widely read and cited in academic circles.

Run Softly, Go Fast

In the early 1970s, a popular message about gay and lesbian teens was propagated by Hollywood movies. "Annie on my mind" by Nancy Garden featured a lesbian relationship and a happy ending. Evan Rachel Wood's character Jessie played by James Cromwell was another early example of gay and lesbian literature that impacted young readers.

There are some notable LGBTQ YA titles that remained popular for years even outside the queer community. One such book is More positive by Isabelle Miller. Published by McGraw-Hill in 1972, this novel is a classic love story that would have made its way into YA literature. Despite its age, it would be the first YA novel to feature a lesbian character.

For more titles, visit the Louisville Free Public Library's "Gay YA Reads" page. This list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles, including the award-winning novel, "The Bermudez Triangle."


In addition to a wildly popular novel, the latest work of YA LGBT literature explores the damaging effects of pre-existing categories and labels. The bestselling graphic novel Nimona by ND Stevenson is an illustrated memoir, a collection of essays and personal mini-comics, spanning eight years of Stevenson's life. A National Book Award finalist, Stevenson's debut graphic novel reveals the highs and lows of creative life.

The main character, Nimona, is a shapeshifter who is also a sidekick of Ballister Blackheart and Ambrosius Goldenloin, three powerful men in the kingdom. They are antagonists in a conflict between the two, but their relationship is complicated by their conflict. The book also explores the role of sexuality in society, with a central role for women in gay and lesbian literature.

While there are plenty of books aimed at young adults, there are few that tackle the subject of homosexuality in a mature way. However, YA LGBT literature has made its mark in recent years, thanks to books like Nimona, which deals with the transgender community. While this YA LGBT book isn't necessarily geared toward teens, it is a worthwhile read for tweens and young adults alike.

Honor Girl

Many young adults are fascinated by LGBTQ fairytale retellings and graphic novels. The Stonewall Book Awards also recognize LGBTQ books. Honor Girl is a graphic memoir about a girl who is forced to attend her high school's Annual Ball. She would rather marry her best friend, Erin, but is forced to go. She ends up joining forces with her best friend and a mysterious man, Lord Blackheart.

The book is filled with emotions and portrays the challenges of growing up as an LGBTQ youth. It explores the different levels of acceptance and prejudice associated with coming out as a gay or lesbian. While a YA novel, Honor Girl is a realistic depiction of the struggles and triumphs of being a teen. The book also explores issues of bullying, friendship, and growing up.

Other books that have made history are The Dear One and Run Softly, Go Fast by Barbara Wersba. Both books follow the adventures of two teenage lesbians. While the story is not explicitly about homosexuality, it does highlight the negative aspects of being gay. In fact, many early LGBTQ books also deal with spreading false rumors about gays. Woodson's The House You Pass on the Way portrays a mixed race girl who falls in love.

Ramona Blue

Many people have had mixed reactions to the novel Ramona Blue, Teen & Young-Adult Gay / Lesbian Literature, published by Harlequin Teen. The novel is not only about bisexuality but also about finding one's own sexuality. Because of its bisexual protagonist, Ramona Blue has received a lot of criticism and confusion. While some readers have welcomed this book as a wonderful example of YA literature, there are also some people who feel that this novel has been a let down.

This book is a coming-of-age story about an adolescent girl figuring out her sexuality, as well as the importance of friendship, family, race, and class. Julie Murphy, author of Dumplin' and Side Effects May Vary, has crafted a powerful, relatable novel for today's teens. Ramona Blue is a novel that will resonate with adult readers as well, but for teens, it will be an important read.

a + e 4EVER

A+E 4EVER is a graphic novel about the plight of a teenager in high school. The protagonist, Asher Machnik, has an androgynous appearance and a strong fear of touching girls. He befriends tough-talking and lonely Eulalie Mason and is tormented by their differences. This book is both a powerful and poignant look at gender and queer identity.

LGBTQ literature can educate and inspire readers both inside and outside the community. Some books are cornerstones of the LGBTQ experience. These must-reads were chosen by LGBT bloggers. They reflect the diverse experiences of LGBTQ people and help us understand our own. We hope this list helps you find a book you'll enjoy! Our hope is that you'll be inspired to explore the world through LGBTQ literature.

Trying Hard to Hear You by Sandra Scoppetone

Trying Hard to Hear You by Sandra Spoppetone is a good first book for young adult readers. This novel blends fact and fiction, introducing the most important people in the life of Starr Faithfull. The narrative is set in two different time periods, 1906 and 1977. Although the novel is not a good read for those who dislike reading about real-life characters, the concept of the book is interesting.

One of Scoppetino's most famous series is her Lauren Laurano novels. Her debut novel, "Everything You Have is Mine," came out in 1991. Lauren Laurano is a short, Italian girl in her early forties, a fiercely feminist, a chocolate-loving lesbian, and a wisecracking amateur sleuth. She lives in New York City with her long-time lover, Kip, and she uncovers a family secret.

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