Friday, June 24, 2011

LGBTQ YA Novels With Characters of Color

Last June I ran this list for the first time. I decided to run it again when I realized there were a few new titles to be added. Pride week begins June 25th

God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya

Pull by B.A. Binns

Huntress by Malinda Lo

I Am J by Cris Beam

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright (July )

We the Animals by Justin Torres (August )

The Shattering by Karen Haley

Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez

M+O 4EVR by Tonya Hegamin

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

My Most Excellent Year: by Steve Kluger

Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Dramarama by E Lockhart

Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina

The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The God Box by Alex Sanchez

The It Chicks by Tia Williams

Love & Lies: Marisol's Story by Ellen Wittlinger

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

No Such Thing as the Real World: by Various Authors

Woodson's "The Company" is abouta Black gay male dancer in New York

Orphea Proud by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

God Loves Hair was a 2011 Lambda Award Finalist and self published. To buy a copy its best to go directly to the author's site.

A Map of Home by Jarrar is classified as fiction and works very well as a YA crossover.

I've been hearing great things about Torres debut We the Animals which is also classified as fiction. From the description it looks like it has some YA crossover appeal as well.

The LGBTQ characters in Pull and Jazz in Love are secondary, role players but their presence is felt.


Helen's Book Blog said...

What a great list, thank you for posting it. I am going to add some to my high school library collection. My favorites on the list are I am J and GodBox

Doret said...

Thanks Helen. There are a lot of great books on this list it would be diffcult not to love at least two.

Jodie said...

I'm not totally sure, because I haven't read it yet but I think 'Bait' by Alex Sanchez fits on this list as well and (I have read this but it was a while ago). 'What They Always Tell Us' by Martin Wilson might fit too (the love interest is British Indian if I remember rightly).

Jodie said...

Oh no duh I'm stupid, this is a list of books you've read not an all encompasing one. Sorry, ignore me :)

Doret said...

Jodie - I haven't read all of books on the list. Though I did read Bait and liked it a lot.

I actually need to add a line letting people know that Alex Sanchez and Jacqueline Woodson both have a lot of YA books with LGBTQ teens.

It would just be too much to list all of their titles. Though I couldn't resist adding Boyfriends with Girlfriends because I love the cover.

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