10 must-have books for LGBTQ+ teens

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It’s back to school for many LGBTQ+ students across the country and needless to say, it’s a pretty precarious time. Many anti-LGBTQ+ laws came into effect this summer, including those that limit transgender children’s access to bathrooms and sports teams, as well as banning books with LGBTQ+ content. Consequently, LGBTQ+ students, especially teenagers, lack the support they need to explore and affirm their gender identity and orientation.

Fortunately, there are external resources that students, parents, and teachers can use. GLAAD recently released a guide to fight against the censorship of books and schools. A key tip for students is to use Brooklyn Library’s Books Unbanned program, which offers free e-cards to students ages 13-21 across the United States so they can access its digital library and read books. books that have been challenged in schools.

For those who might need some book suggestions, here are ten must-have books for LGBTQ+ teens.

Written by trans youth activists for trans teens, this guide covers topics ranging from hookup to dating to gender dysphoria in friendly, accessible language and features accompanying illustrations and words of real trans teens throughout the book. This book is intended as a practical advice guide for transgender and non-binary teens that instills confidence and helps trans teens feel less alone.

Next, a creative journal and binder with coloring pages, journal prompts, and how-to tips. Using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, this thoughtful guide covers topics such as body positivity, coming out, and finding support while navigating relationships with friends and family. Whether you’re trans, non-binary, or anywhere else, this book will help you stand up for yourself.

Discussing a variety of mental health issues such as self-harm, eating disorders and low self-esteem, this self-help book uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and treatment. assertive community to help LGBTQ+ people develop healthy coping mechanisms. . Written by a queer mental health practitioner, this book is designed to be a resource with strategies that the reader can adapt to their own needs.

Molly Muldoon and ace community writer and illustrator Will Hernandez have penned the comic book guide to a direction that often goes unseen. Since many people on the asexual spectrum grow up thinking they are broken due to their lack of sexual or romantic attraction, this book is much needed. Along with providing validation, this book also serves as a basic introduction to what asexuality is and isn’t through comics and text.

This memoir-manifesto consists of a series of essays based on the author’s own experiences as a black queer boy in Plainfield, New Jersey, while also reaching out to black queer boys who may not have the support they need. From childhood through college, the book features candid discussions of good and bad sexual experiences as well as family and sisterhood.

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Felix Love is an artistic trans boy who wants to experience romantic love. When his pre-transition photos are leaked to the world, he must find the culprit while examining his own self-image and the kind of love he deserves. Through his experiences with others, Felix Love must ask himself who and what should determine his value.

Told from the dual perspectives of a queer African-American teenager named Mabel and a Trinidadian teenager named Audre, this book tells the story of two girls finding solace in each other after experiencing separate traumas . With lush, lyrical writing and beautiful references to late bisexual icon Whitney Houston, this book has the potential to soothe 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 the titular male characters falling in love, this book features the two of them navigating their romantic relationship in a world that stands against them. Despite this, Ari finds himself making new friends and taking on enemies with Dante by his side. When Ari ends up dealing with a sudden loss, he must find the strength to continue living his ideal life.

You know how two people end up pretending to be dating for some reason and end up falling in love? This book takes that beautiful trope and puts two girls at the center of it: Hani Khan and Ishu Dey. When Hani, a popular girl, accidentally comes out as bisexual, her friends say she can’t be bi because she’s only dated guys. As a result, Hani lies and says she has a girlfriend and now has to date a girl her friends can’t stand, the academically gifted Ishu.

This book features a black biromantic asexual protagonist named Alice who, in addition to her girlfriend breaking up with her for being asexual, must figure out what she wants to study in college while dealing with a crush on library assistant Takumi. and changes in his friendships. with Feenie and Ryan. She must also accept what attraction and romance mean to her as a bi-as person.♦

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