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LGBTQ characters in YA

It's the beginning of June, which means Capital Pride is happening as I type and DCPL has some great upcoming programs and events celebrating the LGBTQ community, including but not limited to:

In honor of this outpouring of pride in the District, I present five Young Adult titles featuring interesting, multi-dimensional LGBTQ teen characters.
 

Gone, Gone, GoneGone, Gone, Gone
Hannah Moskowitz

Set in the suburbs of DC during the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, Gone, Gone, Gone is the story of fifteen-year-olds Craig and Lio -- both dealing with their own losses, both falling in love, and both trying to understand what all that means in a world that is out-of-control. Refreshingly, both gay characters and a character of color are at the forefront, but struggle with those identities is not a main plot point.
 
Adaptation by Malinda LoAdaptation
Malinda Lo

 
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs. Features a bisexual main character.
 
Boy Meets Boy by David LevithanBoy Meets Boy
David Levithan


This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it.
 
The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily Danforth


When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief; they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. 

I laughed, cried, and couldn't leave the couch until I was finished.

 
Love in the Time of Global Warming book coverLove in the Time of Global Warming
Francesca Lia Block


Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything--her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy. A beautiful and frightening dystopian tale, featuring multiple LGBTQ characters.

--Lauren