Since John Donovan’s groundbreaking 1969 I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, young adult novels featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens have come a long way. Once few and far between, they have enjoyed a steady rise in numbers and prominence, particularly over the last decade . . . . There is ground yet to travel. Coming-out stories featuring teens of color are still few and far between, and representations of gay and lesbian teens far outpace depictions of bisexual and transgendered protagonists . . . . We’re getting there. It’ll be worth the trip.
Here are some other recommended books and Horn Book articles for reading on the way:
- “Reading About Families in My Family” by Megan Lambert
- “A Second Look: Annie on My Mind” by Roger Sutton
- “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” by K. T. Horning
- “Too Gay or Not Gay Enough?” by author Ellen Wittlinger
- Recommended YA books with LGBTQ characters
- Review of The Letter Q: Queer Authors’ Notes to Their Younger Selves