I'LL GET THERE. IT BETTER BE WORTH THE TRIP is often considered the first queer young adult novel.

I’LL GET THERE. IT BETTER BE WORTH THE TRIP is often considered the first queer young adult novel.

“Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo”, The New York Times
By Alexandra Alter, Published June 6, 2015

First sentence: Sam Martin was browsing in a Boston record store 23 years ago when an unusual photography book caught his eye.

“We Need Diverse Books – A 2015 LGBTQI YA Preview”, B&N Teen Blog
By Dahlia Adler, Published January 8, 2015

First sentence: The past year brought YA some phenomenal LGBTQ titles, and this year, authors both debut and veteran are set to up the ante.

“Changing with the Times, Publishers Weekly 
By Gwenda Bond, Published May 23, 2014

First sentence: Lethe Press publisher and author Steve Berman remembers his time as a young bookseller at specialty LGBTQ bookstore Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia as a formative period in his life.

“Seeking an LGBTQ Middle-Grade Blockbuster, School Library Journal 
By Adam Shecter, Published May 14, 2014

First sentence: In 2007, J. K. Rowling revealed in a speech that Dumbledore was gay.

Criteria for the Selection of Young Adult Queer Literature”, English Journal
By Stephanie R. Logan, Terri A. Lasswell, Yolanda Hood, & Dwight C. Watson, Published May 2014

First sentence: The quote above by Ezra Miller, the out, young actor who played Patrick in the 2012 movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, captures the ambiguous reflection on relationships and social positioning.

“LGBTQ-Friendly YA Novels Get Aware Nods, but Are They Getting a Crossover Audience?”, Bustle.com
By Caitlin White, Published March 18, 2014

First sentence: “On March 6, the finalists for the 26th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced, and they set records for the number of LGBTQ books submitted.”

41 Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids”, Bitch Magazine
By Sarah Mirk, Published September 3, 2013

First sentence: “Let’s face it: Rainbow Magic works for some kids, but not all of them.”

Empathy, Love and the LGBT Characters In My Books”, The Huffington Post
By Francesca Lia Block, Published August 23, 2013

First sentence: “Recently an interviewer asked me about the proliferation of LGBT characters in my books, especially Love In The Time of Global Warming (a contemporary Odyssey in which seventeen-year-old Pen and her ragtag band of friends search for her family in a post apocalyptic, neo-Homerian Los Angeles) and if I consciously chose ‘hot button topics’ when I wrote for a teen audience.”

A Guide to YA Novels with LGBTQ Characters”, The YALSA Hub
By Molly Wetta, Published August 6, 2013

First sentence: “Queer characters in young adult fiction are hardly ubiquitous; the majority of books still feature cisgender, heterosexual characters.”

“Openly YA Tour Hits the Road”, Publishers Weekly
By John A. Sellers, Published June 27, 2013

First sentence: “Although books like And Tango Makes Three and The Perks of Being a Wallflower have been regulars on the American Library Association’s annual lists of most challenged titles, LGBT publishing for children and teens has made considerable strides in recent years.”

First sentence: “Y.A. literature can be depended on as a key reflector of what teens are thinking and doing—so how well is Y.A. doing at reflecting the current state of teen culture with regard to LGBT issues, and how far need we still go?”

“Too Gay or Not Gay Enough?”, The Horn Book
By Ellen Wittlinger, Published March 26, 2013

First sentence: “Several years ago, I was invited to an all-day reading festival held at a brand-new library in a mid-sized town in South Carolina.”
“What Makes a Good YA Coming-Out Novel?”, The Horn Book
By Claire Gross, Published March 26, 2013
First sentence: “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.”

“Guide to Selection of Queer Adolescent Literature for Language Arts Teachers and Librarian”, UNIversitas By Dwight C. Watson, Terri Lasswell, Stephanie Logan, and Yolanda Hood, Published 2012-2013

First sentence: “This article was written based on the belief that if teachers and librarians were aware of criteria that would allow them to select appropriate literature for adolescents that are inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning characters, themes, and plots, then these educators would be bold and resolute in including such literature in their classrooms and libraries.”
Compiled by Shannon Maughan, Published October 22, 2012

First sentence: “These listings are part of our Anti-Bullying feature.”

“Focus on LGBTQ Lit: Speaking Out”, School Library Journal
By Megan Honig, Published June 1, 2012

First sentence: “The right resources can save lives. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning teens are disproportionately at risk for being bullied, becoming homeless, and attempting suicide.”

Beyond Judy Blume: Four New YA Books with LGBT Characters”, Bitch Magazine
By Ashley McAllister, Published September 6, 2012

First sentence: “Author Malinda Lo did some sleuthing last year and concluded that less than 1% of YA books published from 2000-2011 contained LGBT characters.”

“Missing Mirrors, Missing Windows: Children’s Literature Textbooks and LGBT Topics”, Language Arts
By Laura B. Smolkin & Craig A. Young, Published January 2011

First sentence: “It is a central tenet of discussions on multicultural children’s literature that all children deserve to have access to books in schools that are reflective of their cultures.”

“‘Straightening’ Gay Characters in Young Adult Fiction: Are YA Books Keeping You a Secret?”, Autostraddle.com
Posted on September 11, 2011

First sentence: “Once upon a time I lived in New York City and worked at a literary agency where I read a lot of query letters and manuscript submissions.”

Gay Young Adult Fiction Hits the Mainstream”, Salon.com
By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Published June 24, 2010

First sentence: “When John Green and David Levithan’s young adult novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson landed on the New York Times children’s bestseller list this spring, it was unusual not just because there wasn’t a single wizard or diary-keeping princess in the whole works.”

“Breaking Down the Last Taboo: LGBT Young Adult Literature in the Pre-service Classroom”, Language Arts Journal of Michigan
By Susan Steffel & Laura Renzi-Keener, Published January 2009

First sentence: “On February 12, 2008, Lawrence Fobes ‘Larry’ King was brutally killed by a gun shot to the head.”

 Young Adult Literature” at GLBTQ.com, encyclopedia of queer culture

First sentence: “Gay and lesbian young adult literature–books targeted at readers aged twelve and up–ranges widely in sensitivity, topic, quality, and political and social insight.”

“Fight for Your Right: Censorship, Selection, and LGBTQ Literature”, The English Journal
By Jen Scott Curwood, Megan Schliesman and Kathleen T. Horning, Published March 2009
First sentence: “It was April 25, 2008.”

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