Brent Hartinger

Gay Teen Books: Good News/Bad News

Filed By Brent Hartinger | September 17, 2007 2:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: gay teens, literature, teens

For those interested in GLBTQ teen lit, there are two terrific new blogs reviewing older and new titles, and both with great names: I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell do I Read? and Worth the Trip (a reference to I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, the world's first gay teen novel, which came out in 1969).

Also, in other GLBTQ teen lit news, Kimberly Pauley is in the midst of LGBT Teen Lit Month over at YA Books Central (with lots of free book give-aways, incidentally!). But when she posted the news on a teachers' forum, she got a very depressing reaction:

Yesterday, I posted to a message board on inviting teachers to come check out GLBT month at YABC and explaining that I had a bunch of books and teacher guides to give away. I wasn't at all prepared for the torrent of hate and name calling that my post started up.

I was particularly surprised because these people are teachers. These are the people that are out there in our schools teaching our students -- many of whom happen to be gay, bi-sexual, lesbian and transgendered. These are the people to which someday I'll be trusting my own child.

Read about the rest of her experiences here.

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It makes me so happy to see LGBT teen novels now. I remember the first book I read that featured LGBT characters was The Front Runner by contributor Patricia Nell Warren. I have to admit that I haven't had a chance yet to read any of your books, but I'm planning a trip to the bookstore this week! Which one should I start with?