It’s back-to-school time for many LGBTQ+ students across the country and needless to say, it’s a perilous time. Several anti-LGBTQ+ laws went into effect over the summer, Including Those that limit transgender children’s access to bathrooms and sports teams as well ban books Featuring LGBTQ+ content. As a result, LGBTQ+ students, especially adolescents, lack the support they need to explore and assert their gender identity and orientation.
Fortunately, there are external resources that students, parents, and educators can take advantage of. GLAAD recently posted Evidence To combat censorship of books and school. One of the main tips for students is to use Brooklyn Library’s Books Unbanned Program, which provides free e-cards to students aged 13 to 21 anywhere in the United States so they can access its digital library and read books challenged in schools.
For those who might need some book suggestions, here are ten must-read books for LGBTQ+ teens.
Written by youth trans activists for transgender teens, this guide discusses topics ranging from dating to dating and gender dysphoria in warm, friendly language and features accompanying illustrations and lyrics from real teens across the book. This book is intended to be a practical how-to guide for transgender and non-binary teens that instills confidence and helps transgender teens feel less lonely.
Next up is a creative workbook and magazine that features coloring pages, journal prompts, and practical advice. Using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, this thoughtful guide covers topics that include body positivity, getting out, and finding support as you navigate relationships with friends and family. Whether you are trans, non-binary, or anywhere else by gender, this book will help you assert yourself.
By discussing a variety of mental health challenges such as self-harm, eating disorders, and low self-esteem, this self-help book uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and assertive community therapy in order to help LGBT people develop healthy coping mechanisms. Written by a mental health practitioner, this book is designed to be a resource for strategies the reader can tailor to suit their own needs.
Molly Muldoon and Will Hernandez – a writer and illustrator from the ace community – have written the comic book guide for a direction that often remains unseen. Since many people from the asexual spectrum grow up thinking they are broken by their lack of sexual or romantic attraction, this book is in great demand. In addition to providing validation, this book also serves as a basic introduction to what asexuality is and what it isn’t through storyboards and texts.
This memorandum statement consists of a file series of articles Based on the author’s own experiences growing up as a gay black boy in Plainfield, NJ while also addressing black gay boys who may not be getting the support they need. Moving from childhood to college, the book features frank discussions about good and bad sexual experiences as well as family and sibling.
Felix Love is an artistic trans boy who wants to experience romantic love. When pre-transition photos are leaked for the world to see, he must find out the culprit while examining his sense of self and what kind of love he deserves. Through his experiences with others, Felix Love must look at who and what must determine his value.
This book tells from the dual perspectives of an African American teen named Mabel and a Trinidadian teen named Audrey, the story of two girls who find comfort in each other after experiencing separate traumas. With rich lyrical writing and beautiful references to The late bisexual icon Whitney HoustonThis book has the power to calm your soul.
This book is the long-awaited sequel to the 2012 novel Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. While the first book featured titular male characters falling in love, this book features two of them navigating their romance in a world that stands against them. Despite this, Ari finds himself making new friends and facing enemies with Dante at his side. When Ari ends up dealing with a sudden loss, he must find the strength to continue living his perfect life.
You know how two people who pretend to be dating each other for some reason end up falling in love? This book takes this beautiful metaphor and puts two girls at its center: Hani Khan and Ishu Dai. When famous girl Hani accidentally appears as bisexual, her friends say she can’t be bisexual because she has only dated men. As a result, Hani lies and says that she has a girlfriend and must now date a girl whose friends can’t stand her, the academy that surpasses Ishu.
This book features a black asexual leader by the name of Alice who, along with her friend she broke up with for being asexual, must discover what she wants to study in college while dealing with librarian assistant Takumi’s crush and changes in her friendships with Vinnie and Ryan. She also has to come to terms with what attraction and romance mean to her as a double ace