Since June is LGBT Awareness month we at Good Enough Mother thought it would be a great idea to introduce you to a few books on this topic that are geared toward teens. Yes, it’s true, there are good mainstream LGBT titles for teen readers. Regardless of orientation teens are much more receptive to the LGBT community than their adult counterparts usually are. Plus, like I always say, kids want to read books about people who are like them. LGBT Young Adult titles are good. They explore the issues that most teens struggle with: identity, growing up, friendships, and relationships. What I’m most often pleased with about literature today is that just because a teen character identifies as LGBT, the character is not wholly that one quality. Teens won’t tolerate stereotypical depictions; they want characters who are comprised of many qualities.
Here are 5 must read titles that depict LGBT characters who are more than their sexual orientation.
1. Proxy By Alex London
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Proxy depicts a dystopian world in which our hero is gay. But he's not just gay. He's a lot of things, but just happens to be gay.Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid. How many dystopian gay characters have you ever seen before? Until now, none. Thankfully the sequel to Proxy is Guardian and we continue our hero's quest...
As an award winning blogger Pam is an expert in the field of children’s literature, teaching, blogging, consulting, writing book reviews, and public speaking. She's active in Shot@Life (a global vaccination program) and We Need Diverse Books. She's the creator of Unconventional Librarian Blog and the 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Pam is a 2014 & 2015 Cybils Judge, a Blogging from A to Z Challenge Co Host, as well as a Good Enough Mother columnist. Pam is passionate about bringing awareness and sensitivity to LGBTQ young adults in literature. She holds a BS in English Writing, a post baccalaureate certificate in Elementary Education, and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She is also a certified elementary teacher and a library media specialist.