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A Guide to LGBT+ Fiction

Hello!

 

Even though our society is beginning to accept LGBT+ people, (Gay marriage is now legal, etc.) the LGBT+ community is still very under represented and therefore we are treated as different, we are separated from the rest.

 

I am a big reader, especially of Contemporary YA books, and there is an entire genre of LGBT+ young adult. I want to share some of my favourites with all of you. If you are a fellow LGBT teen, I really recommend these books, they helped me alot, so maybe they could help you out as well.

 

ONE MAN GUY BY MICHAEL BARAKIVA:

 

One man guy is a great, funny book about love. It takes you on the journey of a young armenian named Alek who realises he’s gay after meeting a boy called Ethan at summer school.

 

It’s an interesting book, and one of the good things about it is that the main character finds out he’s gay in the book, while most LGBT fiction doesn’t include this part. I wish I’d read this book sooner.

 

THE ART OF BEING NORMAL BY LISA WILLIAMSON:

 

The Art of Being Normal is a Beautiful and Meaningful Story.

Which I believe everyone should read, LGBT+ or not. It’s about two transgender teens and coming out as transgender.

 

It’s also got a brilliant storyline, gripping and unputdownable.

 

WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES BY SUSIN NIELSEN:

 

All though the main theme of this book is not LGBT, it is partly about that. This takes a bit of a different angle on the theme, one of the main characters is the daughter of a man who came out after marrying her mum.

 

This is a great book for children or close family members of queer people.

 

SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI:

 

A story about a boy called simon who is communicating with a boy over email.

They don’t know each other’s names but they know they go to the same school.

 

When one of these emails falls into the hands of Martin, Simon must do what he says or his sexuality will be leaked, but not only his, his pen friend blue’s sexuality as well. It’s a gripping story, and I love the characters.

 

HOW THEY MET AND OTHER STORIES BY DAVID LEVITHAN:

 

A book of short stories about love, many of which are about LGBT+ relationships These stories are amazing.

 

The best thing about these short stories is that they aren’t coming out stories. So much teen queer writing is mainly about coming out, which is a big deal, but most of these stories are just love stories, like straight ones but gay.

 

As an LGBT person I think this is great, REALLY GREAT!
Thanks for reading this short round up of LGBT+ books, I hope you go out and buy these books and enjoy them as much as I did!

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