When it comes to finding info online, LGBT teens have never had it better. Sites like, It Gets Better, the Trevor Project and The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (not to mention this very site) have really important info for queer youth. But there are some other really great sites out there, like Good As You, Outsports, and I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?, which are definitely worth checking out.
God Loves Hair was originally self published by musician Vivek Shraya. Now Vancouver's Arsenal Pulp Press is releasing this collection of beautifully illustrated stories that detail the life of an Indo-Canadian child who is navigating the immigrant experience, parental expectations, puberty and sexuality. God Loves Hair will resonate with any reader who has felt that they don't quite fit in to the world in a way that is expected. Painful, tender and visually arresting, this is a book that like its hero, defies easy categorization.
Samantha Hale's "Everything Changes," follows 17-year-old Raven who wonders why she can't quite muster up the interest in boys that the girls around her seem to thrive on. It is only when Raven meets a college student named Morgan that she is able to acknowledge that this is because she doesn't like boys, never has, and never will. Though the novel could have benefited from letting its story unfold at a more leisurely pace, it is a nice addition to what may just have to be called the coming out genre.
Do you worry about what people think of you? Are you always wondering if everyone thinks your outfit is pathetic? Do you fear that the popular kids are mocking you for speaking up in class or that your teachers just plain don't like you for being gay? But how do you get to a place where the options of others aren't more important to you than are your own? Here are some ideas!
Kirstin Cronn-Mills's book, "Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices," introduces readers to seven transgender individuals with a range of gender identities. These stories work to humanize the transgender experience and will appeal to readers. But what the book does best is introduce concepts around being transgender, and explain the difference between gender identity, physical sex and sexual orientation.
"Adrian and the Tree of Secrets" is a graphic novel out of France that offers a glimpse into the lonely life of Adrian, a boy who retreats into books to escape the stifling world around him.
Adrian lives with his strict and hostile mother and attends a severe Catholic school. Nerdy and withdrawn Adrian finds himself daydreaming about Jeremy, one of the cool boys at school. But after an encounter with Jeremy becomes known around school, Jeremy can no longer blend into the background. Though "Adrian and the Tree of Secrets" is not telling a new tale, its familiarity is a reminder that despite pride parades, and Gay / Straight alliances, there are still plenty of Adrian's out there, and plenty of Jeremy's. Until LGBT youth can expect support from their peers parents and religions, stories like Adrian's will resonate for an awful lot of teens.
Everyone knows that being in the public eye means having to deal with a lot of personal and invasive questions. But no one has to field more intrusive inquires that LGBT celebs. Here is how Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Anna Paquin, Ireland Baldwin and Angel Haze, took their interviewers and the clueless media to task for some pretty out-there misinformation.
In The Before Now and After Then, Peter Monn introduces us to Danny Goldstein, a gay teen who has just started a new school after a recent family tragedy. The book is an engrossing read, which does a great job of telling the story of a contemporary gay teen who's identity is a key part of who he is, but not the central struggle of his life.
Let's be honest, a gaggle or LGBT friends aren't going to simply appear on your doorstep with a bag of chips just dying to catch the next Teen Wolf episode. So how do you make queer friends? The truth is you might actually have to do some work. But the work that is needed is totally doable, even for all you introverts out there!
LGBT teens often have a lot of outside challenges to deal with when trying to make a relationship work. Between parents and friends who don't support them, a world that may still tell them there is something wrong about loving whom they love, and possibly even having to hide the relationship altogether, dating can be tough stuff.
So the last thing you need is to have serious problems in the relationship itself. Here's are 5 easy ways to make sure the relationship doesn't fizzle out before its time.